ANZMH: 6th RRMH logoThe Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association are seeking your support of the 6th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium, taking place from the 12 – 14 November 2014, Albury, NSW.

The number of Australians experiencing mental health problems in rural and remote areas is estimated to be comparable to major urban centres. However, the rural and remote community faces a greater challenge with limited access to mental health services and support. The Symposium theme, The Practitioner’s Voice, seeks to give voice to those practitioners who are faced with these challenges on a regular basis.

Presenters will address recent impacts and future outcomes as we consider the following questions:

  • What is the lived experience of the practitioner in a rural or remote setting?
  • How can the voice of these practitioners be heard when decisions are made?
  • Can we ensure that rural and remote practice is considered in the distribution of resources?
  • In what ways can a practitioner be an effective voice for consumers located in rural and remote settings?
  • What are the barriers and enablers in attaining training for continued professional development points in rural and remote Australia?
  • Rural practitioners experience of the new graduate. Work ready or not?

The symposium will include keynote speakers, concurrent sessions and workshops that develop skills related specifically to the mental health needs of our rural and remote communities, and ways to effectively prepare mental and other health professionals to meet future challenges.

Anxiety, depression, stress, grief and other mental health problems can often occur with many rural communities being affected by environmental threats and economic downturn. In recent years we have endured severe drought, flooding, bushfires and cyclones, which puts financial stress on farming communities. Mental health practitioners need to prepare themselves, their clients and communities, to deal more effectively with future negative occurrences in rural and remote areas.

If you are a practitioner in rural and remote Australia or have an interest in these issues, I invite you to join me in an ongoing discussion so that your voice will be heard on the appropriate and effective distribution of resources outside of the major urban centres.

Keynote speakers

  • Associate Professor Russell Roberts, National Chair, Alliance for Rural and Remote Mental Health
  • Douglas Holmes, Consumer Participation Coordinator, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney
  • Professor David Perkins, Professor of Rural Health Research, Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, The University of Newcastle
  • Arthur Papakotsias, Chief Executive Officer, Neami National
  • Mr David Butt, CEO, National Mental Health Commission
  • Dr Joseph Dunn, Psychs on Bikes
  • Rebecca Graham, Executive Director, Mental Health, Country Health South Australia Local Health Network
  • Senator Penny Wright, The Greens
  • Senator Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health


Commercial Club Albury, NSW
618 Dean St, Albury NSW 2640, Australia


12 – 14 November 2014


Registration prices start from $750 full registration. First 100 delegates to book the workshop day on the 14th November receive complimentary access.

Early Bird Registration ends 3rd October 2014.

Australia Counselling Members get a $100 discount when registering for this event.

Register now via the symposium website or click here to download the registration brochure.

For more information please contact the symposium secretariat on 07 5502 2068.