Changing the Services Landscape - Call for Abstracts

The MHCC ACT Conference Planning Committee invites paper and presentation submissions for their 2014 conference.

Conference Title: Changing the Services Landscape; Choice, Control and Possibilities for Consumers Carers and Service Providers

Conference date: Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 June.

Submission Closing Date: Submissions must be received by COB on Friday 28th of February 2014.

Theme: Changing the Community Mental Health Service Delivery Landscape in the ACT


• Recovery

• Co-design & Collaboration

• National Disability Insurance Scheme

• Peer Work

• Sector Leadership

• E-health and Online Mental Health Supports

Purpose: The purpose of the conference is to raise sector awareness and understanding of imminent changes in ACT community mental health service delivery and provide practical tools to prepare for these changes. We aim to achieve this through offering a platform for people with firsthand experience of significant change to relate their journeys of Recovery. Most importantly, this conference will explore ways in which people with a lived experience, their families and carers, can collaborate with mental health service providers to design and manage services that will make possible “the contributing life”. MHCC ACT recognises that changes in service delivery will ensure the person with a lived experience of a mental illness has the power to choose and design their own service package. In light of this MHCC ACT remains committed to delivering a consumer-centred conference and strongly encourages submissions from people with lived experience of mental illness, their families and carers.

Proposal Format:

When writing your proposal please consider:

Your proposal must be written in English

• Proposal text must be in Arial, 10pt font, single-spaced and left aligned.

• Your proposal text should be no more than 300 words, including references.

• Use standard abbreviations only. Within the body of the proposal, when using abbreviations spell out the name in full at the first mention and follow with the abbreviation in parenthesis. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the name in full is outlined in the body of the proposal.

Your proposal should clearly, and where applicable, concisely outline the Background, Research Aims/Objectives, Methodology, Results/Findings and Conclusions. Your proposal must clearly address the conference theme.

Proposal Content:

The conference looks to identify how across the ACT community mental health sector, access to services and service delivery is set to change for consumers, carers and service providers, through:

• Discussion and debate around the potential implications of the impending policy and practice change

• Experienced-based information and knowledge sharing

• Practical strategies and tools to enable people with a lived experience and carers of people with a lived experience of mental illness to fully grasp and incorporate the possibilities of choice and control in terms of living a good life

• Practical strategies and frameworks that enable mental health service providers to not only manage the change, but improve service delivery and grow through it.

Presentation format:

It is expected all presenters and presentations will be delivered safely and with a recovery based focus, please indicate your preferred presentation format:

• Symposium

• Discussion groups

• Workshop

• Personal story

• Snap shot (10min max)

• Poster

Selection Process:

The committee will review all submissions and selection will be made based on:

• Relevance to theme

• Clarity of submission

• Scope of presentation in relation to conference attendees

Click here to download the application.  

Click here to download an example of personal story submission.

Article Posted:

Monday, 17 February 2014