October 31st


The Hon. Julia Gillard AC

Chair, beyondblue

Keynote Address 

"NDIS & Mental Health" 

Professor Pat McGorry AO

Executive Director, Orygen

Professor of Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne

Opening Address 

John Brogden

Chairman, Lifeline Australia

Keynote Address

Q&A Panel

"Q & A


joint winners of the 

2017 Australian Mental Health Prize"

(moderated by Dr. Norman Swan)

Professor Allan Fels AO

Janet Meagher AM

Independent Advisory Council, NDIA

Concurrent Sessions and Abstract Speakers


Q&A Panel

"Joint Federal and Victorian Political Representatives"

(moderated by Dr. Norman Swan)

Julie Collins

Shadow Minister Mental Health

Emma Kealy

Shadow Minister Country Health, Victoria

Senator Rachel Siewert

Australian Greens - Mental Health Spokesperson

Lidia Thorpe

Victoria Greens - Mental Health Spokesperson

Federal Government representative TBA

Victorian Government representative TBA


November 1st


Rob De Luca


Keynote Address

Professor Diana Rose

Professor of User-Led Research, Service User Research Enterprise (SURE),

Kings College, London 

Keynote Address

Lucy Brogden

Chair, National Mental Health Commission

Keynote Address

Scott Avery

Research & Policy Director, First Peoples Disability Network Australia

 "Culture is Inclusion" Project 

Q&A Panel

"How Can the Different Parts of the Mental Health System Work Together?"

(moderated by Dr. Norman Swan) 

Damian Ferrie

CEO, Star Health

Dr Tony Bartone

President AMA

Dr Murray Wright

NSW Chief Psychiatrist

Dr Gerry Naughtin

Strategic Advisor, Mental Health & Psychosocial Disability, NDIA

Kim Ryan

CEO, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Janne McMahon

Founder and Executive Officer, Private Mental Health Consumer and Carer Network

Kathy Faulkner

Acting Executive Manager, Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Brisbane North PHN

Concurrent Session and Abstract Speakers


Q&A Panel

"What Have We Learnt Over

the Last 2 Days


 What Do We Do Now To

Make Those Changes Happen?"

(moderated by Dr. Norman Swan)

Amanda Bresnan


Frank Quinlan

CEO, Mental Health Australia

Gerry Naughtin

Strategic Advisor, Mental Health & Psychosocial Disability, NDIA

Maureen Lewis

Deputy CEO, National Mental Health Commission

Kerry Hawkins

President, WA Association for Mental Health

Vice-President, CMHA

Lyn English

Deputy Consumer Co-Chair, National mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum

Dr Sebastian Rosenberg

Fellow, Learning and Development Unit, Centre for Mental Health Research

ANU College of Health and Medicine