Implementing the priorities of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan and the outcomes for the mental health sector

The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan has moved into its next phase with approval by the COAG Health Council in August 2017. The plan is distinguished by its greater emphasis on eating disorders, suicide prevention, improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health, reducing stigma around mental health and coordination of mental health treatment. This presents many opportunities for the mental health sector but also challenges in implementing its priority areas and delivering successful outcomes.
Mental Health Policy & Practice 2018 will bring together over 30 leading mental health and medical professionals from health, government, not-for-profit, psychology and insurance to prepare your organisation to implement mental health strategies that are clinically effective, cost-efficient and accepted by patients and consumers. 


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  1. The National Mental Health Commission will share how its monitoring and reporting is delivering better outcomes for people who need mental health support.
  2. Learn from Western NSW Local Health District’s coordinated approach to treatment which is enabling it to improve patient care through round-the-clock assistance.
  3. Hear Michael Burge OAM explain the consumer perspective’s importance and how to integrate it into current mental health strategies.
  4. R U OK?, Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Australia will present strategies to reduce the 3000 annual suicides nationwide by identifying, engaging and supporting the recovery of individuals at risk.
  5. Discover from Gillian Yearsley at Northern Queensland PHN how early intervention can significantly improve diagnosis and treatment.


Mental Health Policy & Practice 2018 has been specially designed for Directors, Heads, Senior Managers, Psychiatrists, Counsellors and Mental Health program officers who are involved in or have an interest in the public, private and community mental health sector in Australia:

  • PHNs, LHDs, HHSes
  • Managing Directors, C-Level Executives, Chairman, Directors, Heads, Senior Managers
  • Mental Health Services for adults and youth, Community services to support people living with mental illness
  • Community Services, Planning, Policy and Project
  • Not-for-Profits  


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