2M CEO presenting at Mental Health Conference

Mental Health Conference 2015Our CEO Tea Dietterich is presenting next Thursday 13 August at the 16th International Mental Health Conference on Reaching out to fragile Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities and how to ensure the message to Multicultural Australia gets across.

The 16th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise, from Thursday 13 August to Friday 14 August 2015. This conference will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss mental health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand.
The conference program is designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion.

Almost half the total Australian population experience a mental disorder at some time in their lives. Becoming more resilient will help with the ability to bounce back from difficult times and avoid developing mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental disorders experienced by Australians. Depression alone is predicted to be one of the world’s largest health problems by 2020.

Our most vulnerable populations are among the least likely to seek treatment. How can we overcome the challenge of removing the stigma and barriers for these people to access mental health services?

2M CEO Tea will be speaking on Reaching out to vulnerable CALD communities:

One in four Australians were born overseas, and there are more than 22 million people in our country who all contribute different ideas, religions, languages and customs. The diversity of these people makes Australia a unique place to live but also creates challenges how to reach all Australians. Although the majority do speak English, we have to reach especially our vulnerable groups in their own language.

Whether you are a private or public institution – the aim is to get the right message across to your key audience. It’s our duty of care to ensure those in need and those who care for them get the information they require.

Tea’s presentation will give the conference delegates insights into the latest statistics and give you hands-on tips and best practices on how to reach your Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) audience.

Other confirmed speakers:

  • Michael Burge OAM FAPS, Director of the Australian College of Trauma Treatment , a Director Board of Directors of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Dr Monique Faleafa, Chief Executive Officer, Le Va, Clinical Psychologist (DClinPsy), New Zealand
  • Alize Ferrari, BPsySc Hons, PhD, Research Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Queensland
  • Professor Antony Jorm, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Vijaya Manicavasagar, Director of Psychological Services and Director of the Psychology Clinic, Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales.
  • Professor Philip Morris , President, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association
  • Professor Jane Pirkis, Director, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Allan Sparkes CV,VA, beyondblue Ambassador. Suicide Prevention Advocate
  • Professor Harvey Whiteford, Professor of Psychiatry and Population Mental Health, University of Queensland

For more information on the 16th International Mental Health Conference, visit the conference website.

Contact Tea Dietterich here.