Vic Collaborative Mental Health Nursing CONFERENCE

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. Now in it's 19th year, the Collab Conference is 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 guidance and 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.

Call for abstracts: 2018

A call for abstracts will open in late March 2018, with instructions on how to submit your abstract posted to this page.

The Conference will again be held during in the first half of August. Check back in early 2018 for confirmed event and Early Bird registration dates.

Highlights from the 18th annual Collab Conference

The 18th annual Collab Conference was held on the 3rd and 4th of August 2017, and featured the following keynote speakers:

  • Joy Duxbury
    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
    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
    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
    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:

The Centre for Psychiatric Nursing
The Centre for Psychiatric Nursing
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Foundation
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Foundation
Health and Community Services Union
Health and Community Services Union
The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (Vic Branch)
The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (Vic Branch)