Reinforcing an integrated and person-centred care approach to improve mental health and advance “Zero Suicide”

Pre-Conference Workshop | 18 February 2019    View Program 
Conference | 19 February 2019 View Program 
The Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Forum has partnered with Lifeline Australia to bring you a solutions-focused 2019 program featuring Australia's leading clinicians, academics, mental health professionals and persons with lived experience - Championing strategies for mental health reform and suicide prevention to provide the best outcomes for those affected by suicide and Australians experiencing mental illness.  
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 Pre-Conference Workshop: L. I. F. E – Living is For Everyone 
This Workshop embodies the understanding and principals of Surviving, Recovering, Achieving and Living after Ideation or a Suicide Attempt from the Lived Experience perspective and to encourage the approach of “Zero Suicides” in the health care model. The aim of the workshop is aimed at service providers, clinicians and practice managers and those who wish to engage in a more holistic approach to service delivery.  It is also aimed at supporting those who have ideation or survived an attempt to understand the elements of their own personal journey, recovery and to encourage those engage in LIFE again and contribute to systemic change through real partnerships and collaboration. 
Key learning Objectives: 
  • Identifying the human and emotional needs of those with ideation and attempt survivors 
  • Recognising the tools to encourage those with ideation or attempt survivors to live 
  • Scenarios presented will be actual experiences of those who have had ideation or survived an attempt 
  • Applying principles of leadership in the medical model through developing survivor champions  
  • Learn how to develop and redesign “Consumer Engagement” through contribution and empowerment 
  • Understanding the importance of Wellness and not Illness in Recovery 
  • Identify the key issues of organizational change and the medical model

Featured Speakers

Colin Petitt

Commissioner for Children and Young People

Commissioner for Children and Young People

Kyn Cowper

Head of Crisis Support Services

Lifeline WA

Dr Kaine Grigg

Founding Consultant Clinical Psychologist


Dr Ashleigh Lin

Program Head of Mental Health and Youth

Telethon Kids Institute

Katherine Houareau

Chief Executive Officer

Changing Lives Australia

Dr Michael Wright

Early Career Research Fellow

School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology, Curtin University

Edward Petch

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist; Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Justice, Hakea Prison

Dr Lyn Henderson Yates

Chief Executive Officer

Derby Aboriginal Health Service Council

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Why Attend The Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Forum

    • The mental health and wellbeing of children and young people is a public health issue in Australia. Commissioner Colin Pettit joins us to address the increasing percentage of children and adolescents suffering from mental health disorders. He shares best practice programs from WA and other states and territories to improve the mental wellbeing of Australia’s younger population. 

    • Hear from Clinical Psychologist Dr. Kaine Grigg as he talks about the importance of an “all of community approach” to mental health care and suicide prevention. Dr. Grigg shares the strategic framework and multidisciplinary approach to empowering individuals and communities in the fight against mental illness. 

    • To improve the mental wellbeing of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, Dr. Michael Wright initiated the Looking Forward Project to integrate an Aboriginal worldwide in mental health service organisations. Dr. Wright will discuss the Minditj Kaart–Moorditj Kaart Engagement Framework, sharing the best policies and practices to respond to the mental health needs of Indigenous Australians. 

    • Trans and gender diverse young people are more likely to experience mental health disorders as compared to their gender-conforming peers. Dr. Ashleigh Lin will discuss how gender-affirming treatment may decrease their risk of depression and suicide, improving the mental wellbeing of Australia’s gender diverse population. 

    • We bring together persons with lived experience of mental health and suicide-related issues to share their unique journeys and experiences. As Australia strives to put people, not processes, at the heart of mental health care and suicide prevention, now is the time to listen to those who have engaged with the system and understand what needs to change. 

    • Australia’s forensic and inmate population has complex psychosocial needs and often experiences negative mental health outcomes. Service Director Edward Petch will join us to share person-centred approaches and integrated services and programs to achieve positive mental health outcome for one of Australia’s at-risk groups.

    Who Should Attend The Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Forum

    • Federal, state and local governments 
    • LHDs and PHNs 
    • GPs and hospitals 
    • NFPs 
    • Mental health clinicians 
    • Psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors 
    • Program coordinators and managers 
    • Policy advisors 
    • Social and peer workers 
    • Academics and researchers 
    • Persons with lived experience 
    • Consumer advocates and peak bodies


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    Pan Pacific Perth

    207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA 6000 
    Conference Room: Hamersly 

    Workshop Room: Meeting Room 3
    Pan Pacific Perth is offering attendees a special discounted rate. Please book directly with the hotel using the following link: