About the conference

The fourth Western Australian Mental Health Conference is coming your way on 7-8 November 2022 at Perth's very own shiny Optus Stadium.

The WA Mental Health Conference is organised by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health, with principal support from the WA Mental Health Commission and support from Lotterywest.

The conference aims to develop, strengthen and support WA’s mental health sector, so we can work better together in the interest of the community’s mental health.

This event will provide collaborative opportunities for people with lived experience, clinical staff and non-clinical mental health workers; offering the chance to share resources, perspectives and best practices.

Key dates

  • Early July – Those who submitted abstracts will be notified of the outcome
  • April-July – Keynotes announced
  • May – Subsidy applicants notified of the outcome
  • July – Program announced
  • August onwards – Sponsors and presenters invited onto the virtual platform
  • Late October – Virtual open to delegates

In 2022, we will utilise innovative and interactive ways of workshopping and sharing perspectives about how to best unpack the theories, research and reports into actual practice in the workplace to benefit the people we serve. 

We collectively have an opportunity to harness the new practices and technologies implemented through the COVID-19 pandemic to take us forward into the future.

We recognise that a combination of factors, including roles, strengths, and supports within the mental health workforce and in the community, contribute to a person's overall mental wellbeing and recovery journey.
Therefore, it's vital they all complement each other and work effectively together for this shared purpose.

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Conference streams will be underpinned by the trauma-informed principles

  • Safety
  • Trust
  • Choice
  • Collaboration
  • Empowerment
  • Respect for diversity

While the program streams rest on the trauma informed principles, these words can be used in their own merit outside of how they relate to trauma. For example, you may wish to present about mental health in the workplace - this would relate to the 'Safety' stream. Your presentation/workshop could speak to one or multiple streams. 

Content will cover practice issues such as:

  • Addressing stigma and discrimination
  • Co-occurring issues, including alcohol/drugs, neurodevelopmental disorders and psychosocial NDIS
  • Peer workers and building the lived experience workforce of the future
  • Looking after our workforce: recruitment, retention and skills development
  • Supporting and empowering those who care for others
  • Equipping community and workplaces with mental health practice skills and strategies for all
  • Utilising technology to offer long distance and remote support.

Keep in touch

More program information will be unveiled soon and you can subscribe for updates here so you are the first in the know of any news or developments. We look forward to sharing more conference developments with you in coming months.