Now that the Sunshine Coast Mental Health Summit has come to a close, we would like to thank everyone for their time and commitment to this great cause. The summit was an incredible opportunity to work with so many people. We will endeavor to keep you up to date in regards to the outcomes of the Summit as they come to light.
Sunshine Coast Mental Health Summit: Outcomes
The Summit is now at a close but this doesn't mean that it is over. There is still work being done to help us move forward in this cause. We will be updating our website as information comes to light.
Currently we have the Summit Statement on our website:
On 24-25 June 2010, leading mental health experts, researchers, consumers, carers, practitioners and concerned community members gathered at the National Mental Health Summit to create a blueprint to address this neglected sector.
The Summit congradulated Prime Minister Gillard on her appointment and advised that the new Government cannot afford to waste any time - outlining a 6-point plan to prevent a new generation of Australians from succumbing to mental illness. The Summit also welcomed the 42 recommendations contained within Senate Report, "The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia", released today.
Sunshine Coast Mental Health Summit: A Catalyst for Action
Was held on the 24 & 25 June, 2010
University of the Sunshine Coast
A unique opportunity for the Sunshine Coast community to utilise the knowledge of Australia's leading experts in the field of mental health, including Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry and Executive Director of the Brain and Mind Institute, Professor Ian Hickie, AM.
The Summit will provide a catalyst for the development of a regional strategy to reduce the stigma of mental illness in the community, address the needs for child and youth mental health programs in a variety of settings, and build capacity within the health profession and the education sector in the areas of prevention, early intervention and treatment of people with a mental illness.
Professor Patrick McGorry Speaks Out
If he didn't have politicians' ears already, Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry plans to get them this weekend with an advertisement due to run between political programs on national TV. In a stirring speech, the psychiatrist calls on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to ensure mental health reform is part of their plans to improve Australia's health system this election year. He also calls on Australians to throw their support behind the campaign...