TheMHS Summer Forum

Community Mental Health Systems: Human Rights and Services.

Sydney, Australia | 28 February – 1 March 2019
Join us to help shape the next 50 years in Community Mental Health Systems

Community Mental Health Systems: Human Rights and Services. 

After 50 years of de-institutionalisation most of the large psychiatric hospitals have either been closed or substantially downsized. It is 40 years since the first Australian research project showed that community-based care was effective and preferred by people and their families.  But are we now in danger of re-creating those institutions in the community? People with lived experience of mental health disorders, have the right to live in the community in freedom, among family and friends, with dignity, respect and ability to exercise their human rights.

In this year’s Forum we will examine international, national and local policies, research and practice to build a picture of what is needed to enable a person with lived experience of mental health issues to attain or retain their full citizenship in society. We are pleased to welcome Peter Hawkins, Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School, as the keynote speaker and facilitator for this two day forum. You can expect to be part of a thought-provoking, challenging and respectful learning experience. Experts from Australia and New Zealand will present mental health research, policy and programs so that we can answer these questions.

• How can mental health services better engage with people in the community?

• What role is there for consumer run services and peer support?

• How can evidence and research inform implementation and practice?

• What is the emerging evidence and growing points in the community mental health system?

• How do clinical services, support and mental health promotion fit together to provide “no gap” services?

• What are the most effective ways to gain support for a more community oriented service system?

Key Dates

November 2018
Online Registration Opens
20 December 2018
Early Bird Registration Closes
28 February - 1 March 2019
TheMHS Summer Forum

Keynote Speakers

Maree Teesson

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Professor Maree Teesson AC, is Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC); Professorial Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW; Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS); Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences (ASSA); and a Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission Advisory Board.

Maree’s vision is to build the world’s leading dedicated translational research program for the prevention and treatment of comorbid mental health and substance abuse. While it is widely recognised that there is significant comorbidity in these two areas they have traditionally been approached in isolation, making it virtually impossible to make significant inroads. She seeks to increase our understanding of drug & alcohol and mental disorders, prevent these where possible and improve treatment responses.

Maree has made a substantial contribution to medical research with over 280 research articles, reviews, book chapters and books. The innovation of her research has been recognised through leadership of over 100 grants totalling over $47M.

Maree’s awards include the Companion of the Order of Australian (AC); the prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Mentoring Young Researchers; Senior Scientist Award by the Australian Professional Society on Alcohol and Drugs; SMHR Oration Award; and Westpac/Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence (Innovation).

Patrick McGorry

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Professor Patrick McGorry is an Irish-born, Australian psychiatrist known world-wide for his development and scaling up of early intervention and youth mental health services, and for mental health innovation, advocacy and reform. He is executive director of Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, and founding editor of  “Early Intervention in Psychiatry”.  He led the advocacy which resulted in the establishment by the Australian government in 2005 of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, which in 2006 became Headspace, and he remains a founding board member of that organisation.

Professor McGorry has published over 800 peer reviewed articles, with 52,000 citations and a “h” index of 95. He has played a key advocacy and advisory role to government and health system reform in Australia and in many parts of the world.

He is President of the Schizophrenia International Research Society, and President of the International Association of Youth Mental Health, and was Founding President and is now treasurer of the International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA)

In 2010 Professor McGorry was selected as Australian of the Year and became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). In 2013 he received the Annual Research Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Washington DC, and in 2015 was awarded the Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research by the US-based Brain and Behaviour Foundation.  In 2016 he became the first psychiatrist to be elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.  In 2018 he received the Schizophrenia International Research Society Lifetime Achievement Award.

Barbara Disley

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Barbara has extensive leadership and management experience leading large teams within the education and health sectors.  She has held a number of senior public positions including chair of the first Mental Health Commission and Deputy Secretary Ministry of Education where she had responsibility for special education.  Barbara has worked in a number of non government organisation Chief Executive roles including the Mental Health Foundation, Richmond Fellowship and now Emerge Aotearoa.   She has been involved in a number of Government reviews including chairing the review of the ACC Sensitive Claims pathway and as a panel member of the current Mental Health Inquiry.  Barbara was also a panel member for the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service which heard the stories of over 1000 people who had experienced abuse or neglect while in state care.  She is currently the Chief Executive of Emerge Aotearoa, a large non government mental health, disability and social housing provider. Barbara has a doctorate in education and in 2011 was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to mental health.

Peter Hawkins

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Peter Hawkins is Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School, Chairman of Renewal Associates, and founder and emeritus Chairman of Bath Consultancy Group, Chairman of Metaco South Africa and Honorary President of the Academy of Executive Coaching and APECS.  He is a leading consultant, writer and researcher in leadership and leadership development and an international thought leader in executive teams, systemic team coaching and coaching supervision.  He has just led a major global research project on Tomorrow’s Leadership and the Necessary Revolution in Today’s Leadership Development for Henley Business School and finished writing the second edition of Leadership Team Coaching in Practice to be published in July 2018 by Kogan Page.

Over the last 35 years he has worked with many leading companies all over the world including Deloitte, PwC, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Investec, BBC –  co-designing and facilitating major change and organisational transformation projects and coaching company boards and leadership teams. He has helped several senior executive teams develop their vision, values and strategy for the future, both in commercial companies, public sector, higher education and large professional service organisations.

He now delivers key-note speeches, global webinars and bespoke trainings in many parts of the world on:

  • Leading in a VUCA world
  • Tomorrow’s Leadership and the Necessary Revolution in Today’s Leadership Development.
  • Coaching your own team to create more value.
  • Creating a Coaching Culture.
  • Systemic Team Coaching.
  • Coaching Supervision.

He is the author of several best-selling and internationally translated books including Leadership Team Coaching in Practice (Kogan Page, 2014; 2nd edition 2018); Leadership Team Coaching (Kogan Page, 2011; 2nd ed, 2014; 3rd ed 2017); Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy: Supervision, Skills and Development (with Nick Smith, McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, 2nd ed, 2013); Creating a Coaching Culture, (McGraw Hill, 2012); and The Wise Fool’s Guide to Leadership (O Books, 2005) and Supervision in the Helping Professions (McGraw Hill 1989,2000,2006,2012 with Robin Shohet);

He is visiting professor in Leadership and Change at the University of Bath, School of Management and in Executive Coaching at Oxford Brookes University School of Management.  He is on the board of a number of small companies and charitable trusts.

He is married with three grown up children and five grandchildren, as well as having a range of animals and gardens to look after on his 37 acres on the edge of Bath.

Watch Peter talk about the five disciplines of high performing teams: Watch Peter talk about how to lead at a distance and lead teams that are virtual, international and multicultural:

Sir Graham Thornicroft

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Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry at the Centre for Global Mental Health, King’s College London, and is Consultant Psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in a community mental health team. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and is an NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus.

 Graham has made significant contributions to mental health policy in England, including Chairing the External Reference Group for the National Service Framework for Mental Health, the national mental health plan for England for 1999-2009.

He is also active in global mental health, chairing the WHO Guideline Development Group for the Mental Health Gap Action Programme Intervention Guide, a practical support for primary care staff in low and lower middle incomes, which is now used in over 100 countries worldwide.

His expertise includes: reduction of stigma and discrimination, evaluation of mental health services, implementation science, and global mental health. Graham has authored 30 books and over 500 peer-reviewed journal papers. Graham received a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours Awards in 2017.

About the Summer Forum

Join us Thursday 28 February and Friday 1 March 2019 at the Mercure, Sydney Australia for the 21st annual TheMHS Summer Forum.

TheMHS Summer Forum is an annual two-day educational program that highlights a contemporary topic in mental health. It will guide, challenge and inspire delegates. Audience discussion and participation are encouraged.

We believe in promoting positive attitudes about mental health and mental illness.

Our forums foster the exchange of ideas, focus discussion on workforce development, and are a great place for networking and debate for professionals, consumers, families and carers, managers, researchers and policy-makers.