Supported by the Victorian Government

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Bronze Sponsors

Neami National

The Neami Group is one of Australia’s largest and most innovative providers of community mental health services. We support people to improve their health, live independently and pursue a life based on their strengths and goals.

Over 30 years, we have built partnerships with hospitals, clinical mental health services, non-government services and community health services.

Neami draws on the knowledge, capacity and expertise of a national organisation; applying this at a local level to deliver services that meet individual and community needs. Our evidence-based approach is integral to our innovation and development and translates to improved outcomes for consumers.

As part of the Neami Group, Neami National provides services in:

  • individual support

  • step up step down services

  • residential rehabilitation

  • suicide prevention

  • prevention and early intervention

  • housing and homelessness

  • youth mental health

  • intake assessment and referral

  • recovery oriented clinical services

  • employment support

The Neami Group also provides NDIS services, delivered by Me Well, a wholly owned subsidiary of Neami. As a specialist NDIS provider, Me Well is passionate about helping people to make positive changes to their mental health and wellbeing under the NDIS.

Silver Sponsors


cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation that provides vital local health and support services including medical, dental, allied health, mental health, aged care and counselling, and many specialist health services across Melbourne’s CBD, northern and western suburbs. 


cohealth responds to people’s needs by delivering a wide range of low cost, high-quality, accessible health care and support services. cohealth promotes health and wellbeing, works to prevent ill-health and better manage health conditions, and is a keen advocate for improved access to health care for all. 

Merri Health

Merri Health creates healthy, connected communities through local health services for people at every age and stage of life and is among the largest community health providers in Victoria.

Our approach is holistic, addressing the medical, social, environmental and economic aspects that affect health, with services spanning across children and young people, carer support, chronic disease management, mental health, disability support, dental services, population health and aged care.

We’ve been the trusted health service of local communities for over 40 years and our promise is to provide an outstanding customer experience through genuine relationships, positive outcomes and community presence.


EACH recognises that health and wellbeing is significantly and negatively affected by factors such as unemployment, homelessness, financial difficulties, social exclusion and addiction so we offer a wide range of supports to assist members of our community to lead happier, healthier lives.

EACH has a comprehensive range of services that address physical, mental and psychosocial needs at a community and primary care level and we are committed to integrated and coordinated service provision.

We recognise the increasing need for effective linkages between service areas, particularly for people with complex needs. We strive to provide seamless, coordinated care that meets these needs.

Mind Australia

Mind Australia Limited is one of the country's leading community-managed specialist mental health service providers. We have been supporting people dealing with the day-to-day impacts of mental illness, as well as their families, friends and carers for over 40 years.

We provide practical and motivational support that helps people to develop the skills they need to move on, thrive and improve the quality of their lives. We also work with people to address poverty, housing, education and employment. It is an approach to mental health and well-being that looks at the whole person in the context of their daily life.

Flourish Australia

Flourish Australia are the mental health charity for people with lived experience, provided by people who have been there. 


Over half our workforce has lived experience, and all of us want to help those dealing with a mental health issue feel supported, meet their everyday challenges and thrive in their lives.


We have over 50 years of experience providing comprehensive, holistic support for people affected by a mental health issue. We don’t see the problem, we see the person. We love that everyone’s different and we help people find solutions as individual as they are. We provide one-on-one mentoring to assist people set goals, and guide them through the steps to achieve them. Most importantly, we put them in control of their journey.


Our purpose is to create and inspire a world where everyone's mental well being flourishes.

Star Health

Star Health has been a leading not-for-profit health service in the inner south
and beyond for over 40 years. 
Star Health provides a broad ranges of services for you
and your family, spanning across the entire life span, including GP Services, Dental Services, Podiatry, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Counselling and Diabetes Education. 


In 2017, Inner South Community Health became Star Health – a new name leading the way to a healthier you.  Star Health differentiates itself from other health care organisations through a model of care which allows our practitioners and clinicians to develop productive working relationships across disciplines and health professions.


Wellways Australia Limited is a leading not-for-profit mental health and disability support organisation with services in Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania. Our services span mental health, disability and community care, and reach thousands of people each year.

We work with a diverse range of people living with mental health issues or various disabilities, and their families, friends and carers, to bring about positive change and build good lives in their communities. This can include creating a home, securing a job and building meaningful relationships.

Our values of honesty, acceptance, equity, flexibility, commitment and participation are at the heart of everything we do.

Lived Experience Participation Sponsors

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The Department of Social Services (DSS) is the Australian Government’s lead agency in the development and delivery of social policy, and is working to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia.

DSS supports people and families in Australia by encouraging independence and participation, and supporting a cohesive society. 

DSS has policy responsibility for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).


The NDIS is specifically aimed at supporting people with disability, including psychosocial disability, to increase their social and economic participation.

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The National Mental Health Commission provides insight, advice and evidence on ways to continuously improve Australia’s mental health and suicide prevention systems and acts as a catalyst for change to achieve these improvements.

This includes increasing accountability and transparency in mental health by providing independent reports and advice to the Australian Government and the community.

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Registration Sponsor

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Carers Victoria

Carers Victoria is recognised and funded as the leading body for carers and caring families in Victoria.

We work closely with government and other support organisations to improve the lives of caring families throughout Victoria.


Our core work includes being the 'voice' of carers and raising awareness, providing effective advocacy and quality services to support the needs of carers, and researching and creating services and products to meet the needs and service gaps for carers and the people they care for.


Uniting works alongside individuals and families to build their capacity and confidence by empowering them with the support they need to succeed.


For over 100 years we’ve delivered community services across Victoria and Tasmania.


Our services reach to Albury-Wodonga in the north, Mallacoota in East Gippsland, the Wimmera region in the west, and across Tasmania.

Bronze Sponsor

Quit Victoria

Quit Victoria is the peak tobacco control organisation in Victoria. 


Quit strives to achieve a tobacco-free Victoria by delivering a range of programs to prevent young people taking up smoking and enabling people to quit and remain quit. 


Initiatives includes Quitline, mass media campaigns, tobacco-free environments and working with priority populations. 

VIP Conference Dinner Sponsor

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The Compassionate Friends

TCF provides a sanctuary enabling grieving families to rebuild their mental and emotional strength after the death of a child.

Their child can be of any age or, die from any cause.


TCF provides peer based mutual support, drawing upon the lived experience of our trained volunteers. This means that anyone contacting us will speak with a (trained) bereaved parent, sibling or grandparent who experienced the unimaginable pain of the death of a child.


Our services include a 24/7 telephone support line; support via groups, in person or via the web and education programs.

Lanyard Sponsor



LivSmart is a specialist psychosocial management consulting firm working at national, regional and local levels.

LivSmart helps people with psychosocial disability participate fully in their community by helping create better support services.

We do this by using our management consulting skills in service planning, training, market assessment, costing, workforce planning and development, governance, and alternative employment models to provide expert advice and support to psychosocial disability providers, funders, peak bodies and advocacy groups.

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