‘Embracing change through innovation and lived experience’ was the central theme for the 27th annual Mental Health Services (TheMHS) conference held recently in Sydney.

Australasia’s largest mental health conference drew more than a thousand delegates from across the sector to broaden their connections, hear latest developments and participate together to keep improving mental health services across the region.

Wellways staff from across the Service Delivery and Quality and Service Development teams in NSW, ACT, Victoria and Tasmania participated in this major event.

Wellways staff delivered presentations on a range of topics, making a valued contribution to advancing thought leadership within the mental health sector. 

Acting Wellways Chief Executive Officer, Laura Collister, praised Wellways staff for presentations that stood out for their focus on using data and evidence-based practice. She also highlighted the importance of partnerships between the organisation and universities to deliver rigorous research contributing valuable insights into mental health issues.

Wellways staff presenters included:

  • Rachael Lovelock on carer peer workforce as a discipline, and carer participation, influence and leadership
  • Kate Higgins on the Family Education research project
  • Kate Higgins and Ben Matthews on creating change at all levels through a diverse peer workforce
  • Rosalie Frankish, Beth Fogerty and Vanessa von Berg on the Doorway Housing and Recovery program and embracing natural support connections in communities
  • Justin McKenzie and Daisy Gleeson on using Mead’s Intentional Peer Support Model as a basis for supervision with peer staff

Keynote speakers across the three-day conference included Mike Slade, Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion, University of Nottingham; Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Faculty Physician and Associate Professor, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and Director of the Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation; and Flick Gray, Mental health consumer consultant, trainer and researcher.

The Wellways Australia team looks forward to sharing insights and ideas at next year’s TheMHS conference, hosted in Adelaide.

Find out about TheMHS and next year’s conference.