The annual Vic. Collab Conference showcases the specialist practice of mental health nursing, and the ways in which this practice contributes to better health outcomes for consumers of mental health services. It’s an accessible, ‘grassroots’ event that welcomes graduate, early career and veteran nurses, nursing academics and nursing students alike.
The Conference particularly encourages presentations from practising nurses (including graduate nurses), and provides support for first time speakers who’d like to contribute to the program. It's held at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley Race Club, a venue chosen for its ease of access to public transport and major arterial roads, plus free onsite parking.
The 18th annual Collab Conference was held on the 3rd & 4th August 2017, and featured the following keynote speakers:
- Joy Duxbury
Professor of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Central Lancashire
Prof. Duxbury reported on a large program in North West England that employs six core strategies to reduce seclusion and restraint.
- Kim Foster
Professor of Mental Health Nursing at Australian Catholic University
Prof. Foster spoke about her research and insights into resilience for consumers and nurses alike
- Trevor Hunt
Head of the DHHS Mental Health and Drugs Workforce
Mr Hunt delivered an up-to-date overview of the Victorian State Government’s mental health workforce strategy and innovations agenda.
- Haley Peckham
Dr Peckham delivered the ‘good news’ on neuroplasticity, trauma and recovery, from the perspective of both her own lived experience and her scientific expertise.
You can view the full 2017 program here
The Victorian Collaborative Mental Health Nursing Conference is jointly hosted by collaborative partners: