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Mental health promotion and wellbeing strategies are urgent public health concerns and the need for the promotion of mental health and wellbeing has now become a feature of government policy within many countries throughout the world. During the last decade we have seen rapid developments in the field and if we are to develop new and innovative policies and programmes for a 21st Century approach to Mental Health we need to:
This conference, which includes the Our mob, our minds, our spirit conference (annual Western Australian conference on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander mental health), provides the opportunity for delegates to address these issues by engaging with international leaders and experts from a wide range of related disciplines to:
Participants are therefore invited from:
The Seventh world conference on the promotion of mental health and the prevention of mental and behavioural disorders, incorporating the Our mob, our minds, our spirit conference, was a three day event held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The primary objective of the conference was to provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based information relating to mental health promotion and the prevention of mental and behavioural disorders, to advance the field and the body of knowledge supporting it.
The presentations, workshops, and poster displays centred on the conference theme of a 21st century approach to mental health. This theme underscores the importance of cultivating multidisciplinary partnerships to facilitate a modern approach to mental health. The conference therefore provided the opportunity for delegates to engage with international leaders and experts from a wide range of related disciplines. Topics of particular interest across the three days included: mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan; prevention of anxiety and depression; suicide prevention; mental health and wellbeing in primary care; mental health and wellbeing and chronic physical illness; and population based interventions.
The HealthInfoNet conducted an internet café on the first day of the conference. The café, run by Belinda Urquhart and Christine Potter, was well-attended by the delegates who showed great interest in learning more about the HealthInfoNet website. Belinda also gave a presentation to delegates on the third day of the conference where she demonstrated the various features of the HealthInfoNet website. Feedback from the delegates following the presentation was positive with many surprised by the wealth of information available on the website.HealthInfoNet cafes