15th International Mental Health Conference
Место проведения: АвстралияДата мероприятия: 26-08-2014 - 27-08-2014Подача тезисов до: 14-04-2014
The 15th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise from Monday 25th to Tuesday 26th August 2014. Optional workshops will held on Wednesday the 27th of August.
The conference theme “Mental Health: Innovation | Integration | Early Intervention”, will focus on Suicide, Dementia, Depression, Personality Disorders and Trauma.
Keynote addresses, submitted papers, workshops and case studies will examine how approaches and techniques can be incorporated into daily practise. Featuring Australia and New Zealand's leading clinical practitioners, academics, and mental health experts, the conference will motivate and inspire professionals (and future professionals) by sharing information about;
- Promotion and Prevention - examine and review effectiveness
- Early Intervention - strategies and treatments
- Innovative Programs - designed to assist frontline workers and carers
- Implementing Government Policy - what changes can we expect
- Recovery - current practice innovations
- Treatment and Medication Interventions - what the future looks like
- New Technology - driver behind change
Inclusive Approaches: Multicultural, Indigenous, men, youth and older people
Around one in three Australians experience mental illness at some stage in their life. Mental illness affects people of all ages, with a significant impact on many young people. Around two million Australians with mental illness do not receive any mental health care. And it's the most vulnerable – people in rural and regional areas, Indigenous Australians, men, young people and disadvantaged groups - who are among the least likely to seek treatment. Untreated mental illness can mean reduced employment, family breakdown, homelessness and suicide. And the burden extends beyond the individual to family and friends.
Although depression is common and disabling at any age, depression is the most common mental health problem in the older population. There are several causative and contributory factors for late onset depression including physical co-morbidities, prescribed medications, grief, loneliness, financial problems, loss of independence, feeling useless to society, chronic pain and aged related brain changes. Though common, depression is often under-diagnosed in primary care, in residential aged care facilities and even in general hospital settings. Even when diagnosed, there is a tendency for late onset depression to be under-treated. The suicide rate is high in older adults and the risk factors include male sex, widowed or single, social isolation, recent bereavement and disability. Treatments for depression are effective but require age appropriate management strategies to achieve and maintain remission.
Multicultural mental health focuses on key issues and challenges, and ways to build inclusive approaches and strategies that respond more effectively to the mental health needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Migrants and refugees settling in a new country, such as Australia, experience unique mental health issues and have both protective and risk factors that are deeply influenced by culture, especially if they are settling into a culture that is quite different from their own. Culture influences our understanding of health and illness, modes of treatment as well as health-seeking behaviour such as attitudes to preventative and curative care, attitudes to providers as well as expectations of the healthcare system.
The challenge remains to provide the right mix and level of mental health services when people need them, and to remove the barriers and stigma that prevent people with mental illness, their carers and families from asking for help (1).
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
- Prof David Ames, Executive Director, National Ageing Research Institute
- Professor Amanda Baker, Research Academic, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle
- Ms Susan Beaton, Suicide Prevention Advisor, beyondblue
- Commissioner John Feneley, Mental Health Commission of NSW
- Associate Professor Judy Proudfoot, Head of e-Health, Black Dog Institute. Associate Professor, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales
- Sebastian Rosenberg, Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Policy, Brain and Mind Research Institute, Sydney University. Associate, Menzies School of Health Policy
Mr Keir Wells, Lived experience from a proud Manic-Depressive
Invited Keynote Speakers
- Professor Richard Bryant, Director, Traumatic Stress Clinic. Scientia Professor, School of Psychology, UNSW
- Professor Roger Mulder, Professor and Head of Department, (Acting) Director of Mental Health Clinical Research Unit, University of Otago, Christchurch
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