NAVIGATING COMPLEXITY – EMBEDDING INTEGRATION THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
The need to strengthen connections between political, social, emotional and economic spheres during the pandemic, has taught us ‘if you want to go far, go with others.’
People working to improve access to mental health services, often need to build and strengthen bridges at the intersections between mental and physical health and other human services.
TheMHS Conference Sydney 2022 will explore the collaborative action being developed with other sectors and investigate what still needs to happen. Clearly the system needs to address significant workforce shortages and anticipate future needs. How do we strengthen bridges to make a real difference in outcomes for those seeking support from the mental health system?
Many people living with mental health conditions have poorer physical health and psychosocial outcomes, and have shorter life expectancy. Homelessness and unemployment continue to be the co-existing challenges people face, with ‘safe, stable and secure accommodation and supports’ remaining out of reach for many.
In exploring these interfaces between services and systems, we honour the fundamental values and principles that ensure strong representation from people with lived experience, carer, family and whānau, multidisciplinary workforces, and the millennia-long approaches of First Nations’ peoples.
Can the interfaces become our new frontiers, as we improve access to quality mental health services in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand?
ABOUT THEMHS CONFERENCE
The annual TheMHS Conference is held in a different city around Australia and New Zealand each year and attracts approximately 1,000 delegates annually.
The Mental Health Services Conference is strongly interdisciplinary and multisectoral – making TheMHS Conference the place to be for networking in the mental health sector. Our delegates come from a diverse range of personal and professional backgrounds including clinicians, managers, consumers, carers, researchers, educators and policy makers.
We know that it is important to hear not just from researchers and clinicians, but also from consumers, carers and service managers. Our program reflects the diversity of the mental health sector and our keynotes are selected to bring the very best and latest insights into issues of mental health and wellbeing.
Go to the theMHS website for more information