Thirty Australians who participated in mental health leadership training last year will put their skills into practice when they attend the 2017 International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) Exchange this week.
The early and mid-career mental health leaders from across Australia will attend and support the delivery of IIMHL Exchange matches (meetings) on 27-28 February, before joining world mental health leaders in Sydney for the IIMHL Exchange combined meeting on 2-3 March.
Each of the 30 emerging leaders last year attended a training program called Supporting the Promotion of Activated Research and Knowledge (SPARK), developed and delivered by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. The program teaches emerging leaders how to move innovative ideas in mental health and wellbeing rapidly into practice.
NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley thanked the National Mental Health Commission, which sponsored the Australian SPARK training, and the graduates’ employers for supporting their participation in the 2017 IIMHL Exchange.
“The achievement of the mental health reform plan Living Well in NSW, and other state and national reform agendas, depends on the energy and commitment of people like these SPARK graduates,” Mr Feneley said.
“I’m delighted they have the opportunity to attend this event and collaborate with some of the leading lights in mental health care from around the world.”
The SPARK graduates will be identified with a badge, and other delegates are encouraged to talk with them about their experiences and careers.