25-26 Nov 2015

SMC Conference & Function Centre

66 Goulburn St

Sydney, NSW 2000

This year's program will address mental health reform and preparedness for change towards the NDIS, advocacy and eligibility, managing workforce changes and reviewing practice, strengthening the community sector and services to support people who experience mental illness, whilst promoting strength focused programs and recovery oriented approaches.

The program features 23 speakers including:

  • David Butt, CEO & Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission
  • John Feneley, Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW
  • Dr Russell Ayres, Mental Health Branch Manager, Department of Social Services
  • Dr William Kingswell, Executive Director, Mental Health Alcohol & Other Drugs Branch, Clinical Excellence Division, Department of Health, Queensland Government
  • David Meldrum, Executive Director, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia
  • Rob Ramjan AM, CEO, Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc.
  • Dr Roderick McKay, Director Psychiatry & Mental Health Programs, NSW Institute of Psychiatry
  • John Malone, Executive Director, Aftercare
  • Catherine Nattress, Parent/Carer

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Community Mental Health: Challenges & opportunities
  • The Queensland Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Services Plan 2016 - 2021
  • Advocacy & eligibility for the NDIS
  • Working collaboratively in response to the NDIS
  • Involvement with support coordination in the NDIS Barwon trial site
  • Experiences from the Hunter trial site - Supporting long stay clients to access & transition to NDIS
  • Family carer perspective of the NDIS
  • Preparedness for NDIS - Can PIR strengthen NDIS?
  • Promoting strength focused & recovery oriented approaches including primary health nurse intervention
  • Psycho-social needs assessment & linking people in a timely way to the right services
  • Building a new workforce for new ways of working
  • Can the NDIS prevent ageism impeding recovery in older people with mental illness?
  • Developing a lived experience workforce - Partnering with consumers & carers
  • Leading change & enhancing workplace resilience

View the conference website for further information. 

NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley will present a keynote address. 

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Last updated: 21 June 2017