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TheMHS Conference

Tuesday, 15th August 2023 to Friday, 18th August 2023
Adelaide Convention Centre

Making rights real

Bringing humanity and human rights into mental health

Humanity, compassion and equity are key elements of a mental health system that incorporates human rights into its culture of care. 

Ensuring access to safe, inclusive services is a constant challenge for a pressured mental health services workforce, which is also implementing ongoing reforms.

We need to support people to define their own experience and seek help when they first need it. How well do our systems and services support the rights of everyone needing mental health care and support?

What changes are needed in the organisational culture of mental health services to enable person-centred, compassionate care that takes account of the whole person?

Are there different approaches to service development and service delivery that would better ensure the rights of people needing those services?

How could education and training of the workforce better support compassionate and rights-based services? Most importantly, how would the experience of people seeking support and wellness (tangata whaiora) be improved?

TheMHS Adelaide will explore the principles and practicalities of making rights real, including legal frameworks, organisational culture, stigma, discrimination and evidence -based alternatives to re-traumatising practices.

People from across multi-disciplinary perspectives, including lived experience, family and whānau, First Nations’ peoples and clinicians and researchers, will share practical examples of what is working to make rights real in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

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