Other Events



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The ACMHN relies on members and organisations to provide us with information about upcoming events. 

Please note that the lectures, workshops, seminars and events listed below have not been endorsed by the ACMHN unless this is stated.

The ACMHN takes no responsibility for the organisation or content of the programs listed.


MARCH 2017 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Manisfestations and Current Thinking 

Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria)

Event Details:

Tuesday, 7th March 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Melbourne Clinic Isaac Schweitzer Room
130 Church Street
Richmond VIC 3121 (Enter via Tweedie Place)

FREE ENTRY (Gold coin donation welcome)

Contact Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Vic) to book your seat:
Call: 03 9826 1422 Fax: 03 9826 1411
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More information 


Australian Healthcare Week Expo

Nursing & Clinicians Free On-Floor Program (earn 8 CPD Hours – ACN endorsed)

Event details:

Wednesday 8th - Thursday 9th March 2017
10am-4pm each day
International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney


Register to enter: http://expo.austhealthweek.com.au/register-your-free-visitor-pass



Mental Health Foundation Australia (Victoria)

Schools' Creative Writing Competition 2017

Open to all students enrolled in Years 5 – 12 from schools around Victoria
Competition opens Thursday 9 March 2017
Competition closes Friday 4 August 2017

Monetary prizes will be awarded for upper primary (years 5-6), lower secondary (years 7,8 and 9) and upper secondary (years 10, 11 and 12) divisions. Prizes will be presented at the launch of Victorian Mental Health week on Monday 9 October 2017.

The piece should concern what students think, feel or have experienced about mental health issues, and aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Entries should be maximum 1000 words.

For information can be found on the promotion flyer



Decision Assist - Free webinar
Jane does not want to go to hospital

Thursday 30 March 2017
1:30pm - 2:15pm AEDT

Proudly presented by Decision Assist, this webinar will focus on providing care that is consistent with individual goals, values and beliefs.

When Jane says she doesn’t want to go to hospital, what does she mean? Why is she saying that? What is important to her and what is she aiming to avoid? How do we work respectfully with her to understand what she is saying and what she means?

For further information and to register please visit http://www.webcasts.com.au/decisionassist300117/


Symposium of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

You are invited to join the Chief Justice of W.A., the Hon Wayne Martin AC, together with a panel of five experts who will present different entry points to the cycle of child sexual abuse (CSA).
1. Intervention from the child's position involving protective behaviours, training and appropriate sexual education.
2. A personal experiential perspective on CSA in families and as a counsellor.
3. Details of research with adult survivors of intra-familial CSA.
4. The importance of providing effective group and individual treatment to child sexual and internet offenders as an intervention into the intergenerational cycle of CSA to assist in its prevention and the healing of survivors, family members and the community.

5. A police perspective in examining the notion of success in sex crime investigation and to consider the disincentives for police in adopting a truly victim-centred approach.

The Chief Justice of W.A., The Hon. Wayne Martin AC will then chair a panel discussion of selected questions arising from the morning presentations.

On Friday 31 March 2017, 9.30am-4.00pm

Jull Common Room, St. Catherine's College UWA, Perth.

2 Park Rd, Crawley, Western Australia 6009


For brochure and other information : Jonathan Kester 0438929899 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

APRIL 2017

The Crafting of Grief: Constructing Responses to Loss, Grief and Death

Monday 3, Tuesday 4 April 2017
The Theatre Room, Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley WA

Contact: Dr Ian Percy
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Prof Lorraine Hedtke MSW PhD from California State University, San Bernardino USA teaches about death, dying and bereavement in North America and internationally. On Day One Lorraine will give the foundational assumptions of her work with innovative ideas and practices that represent a departure from the conventional models of grief psychology. The emphasis will be on therapeutic conversations that craft meaningful questions in the face of uncertainty and distress. She will focus on a more relational version of grief through the narrative approach of remembering. On Day Two Lorraine will offer a nuanced approach to constructing identity in the face of complex grief. She will review circumstances where there is distance, migration, and estrangement or where loved ones may have died by suicide or homicide. Participants will be introduced to storied ways of creating agency with clients and shown how complex shades of meaning can be teased out in different ways. Learning will be enhanced through Lorraine’s interactive style of teaching, participant exercises, live interviews and video.

Prof Robert Neimeyer: The Crafting of Grief represents an artful act of resistance against the dominant narrative of grieving, one that opens up space for alternative stories of hope, inspiration and meaning.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for adolescents and adults - Advanced level workshop: An attachment-based intervention for depression and related disorders

6 and 7 April 2017


Presenters: Rob McAlpine PhD, MAPS & Anthony Hillin B Soc Stud (SW), M Adol MH (Certified IPT Trainers)

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a brief, engaging, evidence-based therapy approved by Medicare Better Access and ATAPS.
This workshop provides a two-day intensive skill development opportunity with two expert trainers for clinicians with prior experience of IPT.

More information 

Forced adoption webinar: Providing support through search, contact and reunion

Register now for the next free forced adoption training webinar “Providing support through search, contact and reunion” to be held on Tuesday 11 April 2017 at 7pm (AEST).

The webinar is suitable for all mental health professionals, including mental health nurses and will feature a panel of experts facilitated by Dr Lyn O’Grady.

Register now: http://omnovia.redbackconferencing.com.au/landers/page/d1c9fa 

On April 13, 2017, FND Hope International will participate in the 5th annual International FND Awareness Day.

With the theme “Solving the FND Puzzle,” the day will feature spreading awareness through social media, online doctor interviews, fundraisers, an online art auction, and patient support materials, highlighting unsung heroes (medical professionals and caregivers) and introducing our FND Scientific Registry for much needed medical research.

Last year over 53 countries participated in Awareness Day activities!

For more information, visit http://fndhope.org/fnd-awareness-day-2017/


MAY 2017


ACN National Nurses Breakfast 2017

Friday 12 May 2017

The ACN National Nurses Breakfast is hosted each year in celebration of International Nurses Day on 12 May. The campaign encourages nurses and their supporters to host a breakfast or get-together at their workplace, university or community centre to celebrate the invaluable contribution nurses make to the health of our society.

Register to participate for a free breakfast kit at https://www.acn.edu.au/acn-national-nurses-breakfast-2017 

Mental Health Foundation Australia Multicultural Gala Dinner

This year, the Foundation is taking a new approach to raise mental health awareness in various community groups in Victoria such as Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Sri Lankan, Fijian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, African, Greek, Italian etc. by organising a Multicultural Gala Dinner at the Hungarian Community Centre; 760 Boronia Road, Wantirna 3152 on 13th of May 2017.

To register visit https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=261290 

Centre for Education & Research Nursing & Midwifery

Clarence and Eastern District

2017 Mental Health Lecture Series

Dr Jason Westwater
“Gender dysphoria”

Dr Jason Westwater did his undergraduate medical training in Glasgow. He trained as a
specialist Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, General Practitioner and latterly as a Family
Therapist. He moved to Australia 5 years ago. He did a Masters in Clinical Family Therapy in
Melbourne in 2015. He has had a specialist interest in gender dysphoria for the past 14 years
and was the first child psychiatrist in Scotland to be seeing young people. He works full time in a
government CAMHS service and also does some private work.

The talk will discuss the diagnosis of and terminology associated with gender dysphoria, gender
development, treatment, overarching principles and recent research.

A case presentation will also be used.

VENUE: Important information

*This month we have the main lecture site at St Johns Park

*Follow the signs at L2 Carruthers Building

*Other sites will be video-linked as normal state-wide and we are able to include all regions within THS

*Please contact Julie to ensure your preferred VC site is included

Refreshments from 12:45
Lecture 13:00 – 14:00
As refreshments will be provided

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Further enquires to Julie Porter
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Expression of Interest
Professional Development - Eating Disorder Essentials

Wellington, New Zealand 22nd to 26th May 2017

This 5 Day comprehensive course is in line with the latest thinking from a range of psychological approaches. You will learn practical and effective skills that will enable you to engage with clients and offer them constructive help with eating disorders.

To view EOI Form click here

14th Annual Conference of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP)

Sydney from 25th to 28th May 2017

Featuring a large group of local and international speakers, the conference will cover such topics as "Working with extreme states"; "Working with the trauma that results from abuse within institutional contexts"; Working with couples, young people and families; Issues of trauma, migration and neglect ... and much more.

Visit the website for more details www.iarppsydney2017.com 

JUNE 2017

Cancer Nurses Society of Australia 20th Annual Congress

Evolving Cancer Care - Enhancing Quality, Embracing Innovation 

15 - 17 June 2017

Adelaide Convention Centre http://cnsacongress.com.au/
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ACN Nursing & Health Expo

Sunday 18 June 2017
Pavilion 2
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
8:30am – 1:30pm

Free Entry

T: 02 6283 3424
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JULY 2017

Making Sense Forum - 10 July 2017 with Daniel Fisher, Julie Jones-Webb and Max Simensen

*Making Sense – Sydney 10 July 2017

Making Sense – Melbourne 21 July 2017 

This one-day forum explores the relationship between personal meaning and recovery, and how we can navigate the differences in personal realities to create a pathway to shared understandings and more creative, hopeful and helpful responses to mental distress. Daniel will be joined by other well-known and well-respected speakers who will provide important perspectives on this topic.

In Sydney (10 July 2017), Daniel will be joined by Julie Jones-Webb and Max Simensen. In Melbourne (21 July 2017), Daniel will be joined by Indigo Daya and John Watkins – more details, bios and program coming soon! Click on the links below for a flyer and registration form.

For more information, visit website.

ACMHN Members are offered 25% off the full registration for this forum.

National Suicide Prevention Conference 2017 - Relationships, resilience and respect: Responding to vulnerability in life

Suicide Prevention Australia

Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) presents the annual National Suicide Prevention Conference to benefit those who are working in, and supported by, suicide prevention programs. Attracting over 400 delegates, the conference is recognised by governments, sector leaders and people with lived experience as an important vehicle for ensuring that those with responsibility for delivering services, are able to provide the best available support to those who are vulnerable, at-risk and/or disenfranchised in a timely and effective manner.

Aims of the Conference
• Increase sector commitment to participate in a collaborative approach to suicide prevention
• Enhance community participation in suicide prevention activities
• Facilitate the continuation and development of quality suicide prevention initiatives

Event details:
Pre-conference sessions 25 & 26 July 2017
Conference 27 – 29 July 2017
Sofitel Brisbane Central
249 Turbot St
Brisbane QLD 4000

Registration: https://eecw.eventsair.com/2017-national-suicide-prevention-conference/registration/Site/Register 

More information: https://www.suicidepreventionaust.org/conferences/ 


The National Nursing Forum
‘Make Change Happen’

21 – 23 August 2017
Event Centre, The Star, Sydney

The National Nursing Forum (NNF) is the Australian College of Nursing’s signature annual event bringing together nurses, other health professionals and students from around the country and across the globe. The 2017 theme is, Make Change Happen, using the voice of health professionals to lead change in nursing, health and aged care.

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+61 2 6283 3424


3rd Australian Nursing and Midwifery Conference
“Collective Conversations: Education, Quality and Research in Nursing and Midwifery Practice”

14th & 15th September 2017
Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre, Newcastle, NSW
More information

The Organising Committee of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Conference invites you to participate in the 3rd Australian Nursing and Midwifery Conference hosted by Hunter New England Local Health District, The University of Newcastle and The University of New England.

This conference provides a forum for clinicians, nursing and midwifery researchers and educators from Australia and internationally, to share knowledge and celebrate experiences of innovative nursing and midwifery led projects relating to clinical care, education programs and research.

Call for Abstracts

The Conference Committee are calling for papers and poster presentations which reflect one of the following conference themes:

- Care and compassion
- Innovation and evidence translation
- Partnerships

Abstract Submission Close: Friday 24th March 2017

To download the Call for Abstracts, please click here
For further information, as well as online abstract submission, please click here




Mental Health Week 2017 - Official Launch

Monday, October 9, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

"Mental Health in the Workplace" We welcome you to join the Mental Health Foundation Australia 32nd annual Mental Health Week launch, as part of an international conversation. This community event is held in partnership with the Victorian State Government. It is aimed at encouraging us to influence and celebrate how Aussie workplaces can contribute positively to mental health and wellbeing of all community members in their working environments. Given 45.5% of the population will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime, workplaces have a critical role to play. Prior to the formalities commencing at 5.00pm, for a 5.30pm start, there will be a public, community and industry information expo from 3.00pm.

Program includes Keynote speaker Keith Schleiger - Ch 9's, "The Block" foreman. with great appreciation to "DATS Environmental Services" Dr David Gillespie - The Hon. Federal Assistant to Health Ms Jackie Crowe - National Mental Health Commissioner George Donekian as MC And more Live performance by Wild At Heart Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir Heidi Everett Plus Awards to Artist of the MHW 2017 Community Poster, people's choice award Awards to winners of the creative writing school student's competition Please join us for an afternoon and early evening catered for function by The Streat. We can't wait to see you, your family, friends, work colleagues, team leaders, managers, employers, CEO's, board directors. Everyone is welcome!


For more information, visit the event website here.

The 2nd Annual Narratives of Health and Wellbeing Research Conference 

Rise: A conference exploring resilience, writing and wellbeing

26th and 27th Oct 2017, Noosa Queensland

Save the Date/Call for Abstracts

Pre-Conference Workshop and Welcome Events Thursday 26th October 2017

Conference Friday 27th October 2017

Link is: http://nhwrconf.wixsite.com/home 
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Expression of Interest
Professional Development - Eating Disorder Essentials

Adelaide 6th to 10th November 2017

This 5 Day comprehensive course is in line with the latest thinking from a range of psychological approaches. You will learn practical and effective skills that will enable you to engage with clients and offer them constructive help with eating disorders.

To view EOI Form click here

Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders & Obesity

If you are a professional providing psychosocial interventions to clients recovering from an eating disorder or managing overweight and obesity, it can be crucial that you have the skills and confidence to support their nutritional education, dispelling the myths from the facts and encouraging their behavioural change from a position of true understanding.

You will learn:
• How nutritional approaches can inform your practice and enhance your work with clients
• How the body uses food and nutrients
• Biochemical imbalances
• Blood sugar and hormone balance
• Digestion and metabolism
• Nutritional education and dietary choices
• Common myths about food, diet and weight control... and much more.

Join us for our Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders & Obesity 3 day course in:

BRISBANE 30th October to 1st November 2017
MELBOURNE 13th to 15th November 2017

Save over $200 if you book and pay before the Early Bird cut off date.
21hrs CPD

More information about the course can be found here or phone Allison on 0421 747 129 to discuss.
(Note: If you are an Accredited Practicing Dietitian our other courses are more suitable for you.)

National NDIS Mental Health Conference

Community Mental Health Australia is pleased to announce the National NDIS Mental Health Conference will be held on 16 and 17 November 2017.

The Conference is an opportunity for the Mental Health sector to work together to make the most of this new scheme. With the conference theme ‘towards a better life’, there will be a focus on the transformational potential of the NDIS for people living with a psychosocial disability.

SMC Function and Conference Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney

Register your interest and we'll notify you of important event updates and when tickets become available. It's free to register your interest, sign up now. 

Register Now!

Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Conference

Thursday, 30 November to Friday, 1 December 2017

The Conference Organising Committee is pleased to announce the preliminary Conference program is now available to view on the conference website. The theme for the 2017 conference will be 'Celebrating the Why'.

A large number of high standard, relevant and interesting presentation abstracts were received. At the conference, the program will feature an impressive line-up of national and international keynote speakers, as well as presentations from your peers from three streams; Organisation & Systems, Patients and Staff.

Please visit the conference website for further details regarding the conference sessions, themes and social functions.





The 2018 Hokkaido International
will be held at the family friendly, Kiroro Resort situated on the north island of Japan from 28th January to the 2nd February, 2018.

Allied Medical Professionals for Education and Development (AMPED) have been hosting medical events for over 21 years and are proud to be hosting this Workshop for mental health researchers, clinicians and those involved in the care and treatment of people who suffer from a mental health illness.

“A meeting of the mind body and soul, the 2018 Winter Workshop in Kiroro promises to deliver a potent blend of cutting edge research and clinical expertise leading to knowledge translation, understanding and better treatment of these complex illnesses” - Professor Patrick McGorry AO

Apart from boasting a fabulous ski resort that is renowned for having some of the best facilities and snow in the world, Kiroro Resort is a fully serviced resort. It has a large selection of rooms, restaurants, bars, shops, entertainment complexes, pool, gym, Japanese Onsens for male and females, and a huge merry-go-round, all indoors.
Key-note Speakers

Professor Patrick McGorry Melbourne, Australia
Professor Eric Chen Hong Kong
Professor Ian Hickie Sydney, Australia
Professor John Kane NY, USA
Professor Philippe Conus Lausanne, Switzerland
Professor Max Birchwood Birmingham, UK
Professor Sung Wan Kim Seoul, South Korea

SkiJapan.com is the appointed travel agents for the conference.
Conference Registration: www.ampedmedicalconferences.com 
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Flights & Accommodation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02 9938 9915

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June 2018

Cancer Nurses Society of Australia 21st Annual Congress

Theme: Science, Symptoms and Service Delivery
Dates: 21 – 23 June 2018
Venue: Brisbane Convention Centre 
Website: http://www.cnsacongress.com.au 
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July 2018