Mental Health Symposium

The reality of mental health

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How can we effectively support the 1 in 5 Australians currently affected by mental illness? It’s a question which impacts so many levels of our community and is a critical challenge for our healthcare sector to answer.

Mental health is complex. The fact that someone is not experiencing a mental health condition doesn’t necessarily mean their mental health is flourishing. Join Bolton Clarke Research Institute at our Mental Health Research Symposium as we take a deep dive into the challenges, complexities and possible responses to this crucial public health issue. Along with expert presenters and important research findings, the Symposium will be an opportunity for all stakeholders to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make effective mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

You’re invited

The Bolton Clarke Research Institute is pleased to invite you to our one-day symposium, The Reality of Mental Health: Approaches to Recovery

Mental health conditions are recognised as a leading cause of worldwide ill health and disability. With many barriers to seeking treatment, increased knowledge is imperative to providing effective consumer-responsive health care. This symposium will explore, discuss and address challenges and potential solutions faced in provision of community mental health care.

The Reality of Mental Health: Approaches to Recovery features sessions on consumer engagement, low-intensity interventions, mental health in veterans and mental well-being in later life.

The Reality of Mental Health: Approaches to Recovery

Friday 13 October 2017

9:15am – 3:30pm (Registration open at 8:30am)

The Clarendon Room
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
South Wharf, Melbourne

Tickets: $160, concession $80
RSVP Friday 6 October 2017

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided

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The Reality of Mental Health: Approaches to Recovery

Features sessions on consumer engagement, low-intensity interventions, mental health in veterans and mental well-being in later life.

The experts:

Key note speaker: Mick Stephenson ASM

Executive Director Emergency Operations, Ambulance Victoria

Mick Stephenson commenced his career with Ambulance Victoria in 1996 as a paramedic, becoming a Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) paramedic in 1999. A former intensive care nurse his special interests lie in algorithmic patient care, cardiac arrest improvements, systematic patient assessment and the validation of paramedic work through research.

He has a strong interest in workplace health and safety including the prevention and management of psychological injury in paramedics. He is currently the Executive Director Emergency Operations with AV together with holding the role Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, and Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice at Monash University. Mick was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours 2015 for his contribution to improving patient care and clinical outcomes.

Guest speaker: Dr Tanya Davison

Addressing the challenge of depression in residential aged care

Dr Tanya Davison has been conducting research into late-life depression and dementia for the past 15 years, and is currently based at the Institute for Health & Ageing. She has a particular interest in non-pharmacological treatment approaches, and will share insights from a current NHMRC project grant she is leading that aims to prevent newly admitted residents from developing depression.

Guest speaker: Dr Helen Kelsall

Psychological health in Australian veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War, 20 years after deployment

Dr Helen Kelsall is a Senior Research Fellow at the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health. She was a lead investigator on the 2000-02 and 2011-12 Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study, an investigator on the Transition and Wellbeing Research Program, and other collaborative studies investigating psychological, physical, and social health and wellbeing in military and veteran populations.

Additional talking points

HOW R U? Volunteer-delivered Peer Support for Older People

Alyse Lennox, Research Assistant, School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Monash University
Gillian Wilson, Volunteer Services Manager, Alfred Health


Why Do We Wait? NewAccess

Simone Thrippleton, National Manager Mental Health, Bolton Clarke


What is Needed to Improve Mental Health Outcomes for Military & Veteran Personnel?

Professor David Forbes, Director, Phoenix Australia;
Deputy Head, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne


Moving into Residential Care: Strategies for Resilience and Maintaining Wellbeing for Older People & their Families

Professor Colleen Doyle, Professor of Aged Care,
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Australian Catholic University

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