More than 75% of mental health issues develop before the age of 25 and there are fears for young people’s long-term wellbeing if they do not receive timely support and treatment. The system mostly runs in crisis mode, which means that it reacts to mental health crises instead of preventing them. 

 

One in two. That is the number of young people that were unable to carry out their daily activities in 2020 due to a decline in wellbeing, up from two in five in 2018. Adolescence is a time for developing individual identity and learning how to interact with the wider world without parents. Friends and peers are of paramount importance at this phase of life and the absence of peer connections at this critical time, especially with school disruptions due to COVID-19, is distressing.  

 

Akolade’s National Youth Mental Health Summit will examine the pre-existing challenges facing the youth mental health sector in Australia exacerbated by the pandemic and explore where there are opportunities for intervention, innovation and sustainable reform which are now more urgent than ever. Hear insight from industry leaders who will discuss the current research and developments, increase your network of fellow professionals and unite to lead youth mental health practices in Australia. 

Demonstrate the benefits of collective action in achieving clear positive outcomes for youth mental health 

Develop strategies to strengthening the community sector along with the peer workforce 

Provide seamless integration, collaboration and delivery of services 

Adapt a plan of action to prevent the rise in the increasing numbers of suicide  

Provide solutions for the on-going intergenerational disadvantage faced by the Indigenous community and addressing it as an immediate need to reform  

Hear from 45+ public sector and community leaders

Christine Morgan

Chief Executive Officer

National Mental Health Commission

Aaron Wallace

Chief Executive Officer

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

The Hon Greg Hunt MP

Minister for Health and Aged Care

Parliament of Australia

Gillian Yearsely

Chief Executive Officer

NTPHN

Rosalie Kickett

Director Cultural Mental Health Healer

Baranginge Koort

James Toomey

Chief Executive Officer

Mission Australia

Tony Stuart

Chief Executive Officer

UNICEF

Megan Krakauer

Project Director

National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project

The Hon David Coleman

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Parliament of Australia

The Hon Luke Howarth

Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services

Parliament of Australia

Dr Leanne Beagley

Chief Executive Officer

Mental Health Australia

David Butt

National Chief Executive Officer

Grow Australia

Kayeleen Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service

Dr Sarah Pollock

Chief Mental Health Advocate

Mental Health Advocacy Service

Deborah Woods

Chief Executive Officer

Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service

Chris Giles

Chief Executive Officer

Kookaburra Kids Foundation

Lesley Nelson

Chief Executive Officer

South West Aboriginal Medical Services

Nieves Murray

Chief Executive Officer

Suicide Prevention Australia

Karyn Cook

Chief Executive Officer

Ngwala Willumbong Aboriginal Corporation

Deborah Childs

Chief Executive Officer

HelpingMinds

Gill Callister

Chief Executive Officer

Mind Australia

Arthur Papakotsias

Chief Executive Officer

Youth Focus

Bronwen Edwards

Chief Executive Officer

Roses in the Ocean

Jonathan B. Singer

President

American Association of Suicidology

Gerry Georgatos

National Coordinator

National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project

Louise Lockyer

Advocate Consultant Mental Health

Baranginge Koort

Dr Bernadette Wright

Co-Founder

CrossCultural Intellect

Andrea Creado

Co-Founder

CrossCultural Intellect

Elvis Martin

Principal Ambassador

National Youth Commission Inquiry

Jasper Garay

Aboriginal Academic (Darkinjung/Ngarigo)

The University of Sydney

Kate Aitchison

Senior Music Therapist, Jacaranda Place Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre

Children’s Health Queensland

Danielle Abbot

Quality and Practice Lead

Family by Family

Carla Clarence

Principal Social Health

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

Ross Jacobs

National Clinical Advisor

Canteen

Christopher Hipwood

Manager - Youth Mental Health Program

Outcare

Penelope Strauss

Research Fellow in Youth Suicide Prevention

Telethon Kids

Teresa Alice

Project Manager

Akeyulerre

Dr Melanie Newton

Project Manager

Wungen Kartup Aboriginal Mental Health Service

Damien Rotumah

Alcohol and other Drug Support Worker

Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service

Kurt Simpson

Alcohol and other Drug Support Counceller

Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service

Rich Read

Wellbeing Officer

Royal Perth Hospital

Michael Hertz

Educator

Royal Perth Hospital

Daniel Cazangiu

Peer Support Worker

Youth Mental Health Program, Outcare

Melanie Robinson

Director

Aboriginal Health, Child and Adolescent Health Service, WA

Josie Ford

Acting Aboriginal Mental Health Coordinator

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Christine Williamson

Youth Service Manager

NPY Women’s Council

Dr Jennifer Cohen

Evaluation Manger

Canteen

Kelly Dhaemer

Clinical psychologist

Child and adolescent Mental health Services (CAMHS)

Alice-Rose Wickey

Innovative Health Services for Homeless Youth

Southern Metropolitan Region

Agenda

  • Conference Day 1 - 24 August 2021
  • Conference Day 2 - 25 August 2021
  • Post-Conference Workshops - 26 August 2021

8:00 AM 

Registration Opens

8:30 AM 

Welcome to Country

Uncle Richard Walley OAM
Aboriginal Consultant – Committee for PerthDirector – Noongar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI)Writer, Musician and Performer
Aboriginal Productions, Awareness and Events

8:50 AM 

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Gerry Georgatos
National Coordinator
National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project

9:00 AM 

Opening Keynote
A community to raise a child. A system to support the community – Australia’s National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

· Examining telehealth and the flexibility it offers
· Exploring other challenges and opportunities in providing access to services

· Adapting new practices for sustainable service delivery

Christine Morgan
Chief Executive Officer
National Mental Health Commission

9:30 AM 

Ministerial Address
Focusing on the national youth mental health and the impacts of COVID-19

The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health and Aged Care
Parliament of Australia
*Virtual presentation

9:40 AM 

Focusing on the recent pandemic and its effects on children and young people

· Discussing challenges for families such as social disconnection, social distancing and home-schooling
· Building resilience after the pandemic for children, young people, families, schools and communities

· Evaluating the effects of the pandemic and its impact on youth wellbeing

Tony Stuart
Chief Executive Officer
UNICEF Australia

10:10 AM 

Ministerial Address
Supporting young Australians into jobs and training as a way to improve the mental health of young people

The Hon Luke Howarth
Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services
Parliament of Australia
*Virtual presentation

10:20 AM 

Morning refreshments and mindfulness activity

STREAM A: Developing collaborative partnerships with community

Chair: Ross Jacobs
National Clinical Advisor
Canteen

STREAM B: Developing suicide prevention plans

Chair: Gerry Georgatos
National Coordinator
National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project

10:50 AM 

Case study: Discussing Indigenous collaboration with community and alternative pathways to healing and recovery

• Discovering treatment models with impactful outcomes
• Understanding how alternative pathway recovery models help victims gain self-awareness and self-worth
• Discussing experiences with diverse pathways to recovery, including traditional and non-traditional healing models

Rosalie Kickett
Director Cultural Mental Health Healer
Baranginge Koort

Louise Lockyer
Advocate Consultant Mental Health
Baranginge Koort

Case study: Developing psychosocial interventions for young people at risk of suicide

• Developing collaborations with families to reduce youth suicide risk
• Using safety planning as an intervention framework
• Identifying effective and cognitive techniques used in youth suicide intervention

Jonathan B. Singer
President
American Association of Suicidology
*Virtual presentation

11:20 AM 

Case study: Designing services with community to improve outcomes for children, families and young people

• Setting strong foundations that lead to thriving partnerships
• Co-designing services and service delivery
• Identifying peer approaches and their impacts on the social determinants of health

Danielle Abbot
Quality and Practice Lead
Family by Family

Carla Clarence
Principal Social Health
The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

Creating a focus on personal recovery not just“clinical recovery”

• How to center the focus on the symptoms to access the treatment outcome
• Ways to strengthen support for children and young people during treatment
• How to prevent children and young people from being re-traumatised

Elvis Martin
Principal Ambassador
National Youth Commission Inquiry

11:50 AM 

Discussing social and emotional wellbeing service experiences of Indigenous young people in NSW: listening to voices, respecting experiences, improving outcomes

• Focusing on Aboriginal controlled community health organisations as leaders in social and emotional wellbeing
• Creating engagement strategies with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young peoples in health research
• Introducing early intervention and prevention approaches in a crisis driven system

Jasper Garay
Aboriginal Academic
The University of Sydney

It’s a new era – an era where people with lived experience are rightfully taking a central role in system reform, co-design and service delivery

• Empowering system reform through collaboration, perspective, diversity and expertise
• Examining bold innovation through co-design, service delivery and post-implementation iterative design
• Navigating power imbalance, risk aversion and stagnant thinking in order to truly meet the needs of the people we serve

Bronwen Edwards
Chief Executive Officer
Roses in the Ocean

12:20 PM 

Networking Luncheon

1:20 PM 

Case study: Canteen Connect – a success story of co-designing an innovative online health community

• Identifying genuine co-design as a key concept for all areas of organisational innovation
• Developing agile online services to meet young people’s needs and preferences
• Understanding service growth and responsiveness to change existing ways of working to increase service flexibility and accessibility

Ross Jacobs
National Clinical Advisor
Canteen

Dr Jennifer Cohen
Evaluation Manager
Canteen

Case study: Discussing suicide prevention for LGBTQA+ young people

• Examining clinical approaches and community-based strategies to prevent suicide amongst LGBTQA+ young people
• Understanding the need for additional research into preventing suicide for LGBTQA+ young people
• Focusing on the importance of consumer involvement in clinical practice with LGBTQA+ young people

Penelope Strauss
Research Fellow in Youth Suicide Prevention
Telethon Kids

1:50 PM 

Case study: The Links program: A multidisciplinary team working collaboratively to achieve better outcomes for young people and their families

• Discussing how to pool in experts and resources
• Identifying innovations and new ideas collaboratively
• Developing solutions and achieving better outcomes

Christopher Hipwood
Manager – Youth Mental Health Program
Outcare

Daniel Cazangiu
Peer Support Worker – Youth Mental Health Program
Outcare

Examining the missing link: Outreach, the most important factor in suicide prevention

• How can we provide outreach in early intervention with suicide ideation
• Providing outreach to homes in regional and remote areas for crisis stabilisation
• Developing outreach not only in aftercare but long term through care

Megan Krakouer
Project Director
National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project

2:50 PM 

Providing community-based services that meet the growing demand for treatment

• Discussing ways to have services, support and care closer to home
• How to bridge the gap between providing what is needed and what recourses are available
• Learning from experience and being culturally aware to deliver positive outcomes

Melanie Robinson
Director – Aboriginal Health
Child and Adolescent Health Service, WA

Josie Ford
Acting Aboriginal Mental Health Coordinator
Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Tackling the increasing number of children and young people involved in drugs and alcohol and its connection to youth suicide

• Discussing the growing numbers of drug and alcohol related issues
• Promoting positive choices for children and young people
• Monitoring the structure of the illicit drug markets and routes of supply

Kayeleen Brown
Chief Executive Officer
Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service

Damien Rotumah
Alcohol and other Drug Support Worker
Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service

Kurt Simpson
Alcohol and other Drug Support Counsellor
Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service

2:50 PM 

Afternoon Refreshments and Mindfulness Activity

3:20 PM 

Increasing cultural collaboration and awareness for Indigenous community

• Focusing on ways to educate, upskill and empower your Indigenous workforce
• Aiming to strengthen staff connection to identity and country
• Developing techniques for the workforce to be culturally aware and responsive

Lesley Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
South West Aboriginal Medical Services

3:50 PM 

Panel discussion: Integrating prevention and early intervention models to help move away from the existing crisis driven system

• Exploring ways to provide services for the growing demand of mental health support
• Discussing pathways for children and young people who do not need extensive treatment
• Ensuring children and young people get the therapeutic and wellbeing support they need when it would make the most difference

Nieves Murray
Chief Executive Officer
Suicide Prevention Australia

Chris Giles
Chief Executive Officer
Kookaburra Kids Foundation

Aaron Wallace
Chief Executive Officer
Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

4:30 PM 

How to make services more accessible for young people to get help when needed

• Understanding young people’s concerns about mental health and how to seek help
• Developing solutions to increase service flexibility and accessibility
• Ensuring access to mental health services irrespective of disadvantage

James Toomey
Chief Executive Officer
Mission Australia

5:00 PM 

Closing remarks from the Chair and end of day one

8:00 AM 

Registration Opens

8:50 AM 

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Gerry Georgatos
National Coordinator
National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project

9:00 AM 

Keynote: Working with young people in a non-traditional approach to youth mental health

• Developing effective approaches to youth mental health and wellbeing in remote communities
• Considering implementing non-clinical approaches to youth mental health in remote communities
• The use of arts/culture and music as a wellbeing strategy

Gillian Yearsley
Chief Executive Officer
NTPHN

Christine Williamson
Youth Service Manager
NPY Women’s Council

9:30 AM 

Ministerial Address
The Australian government’s reform agenda to support children and young people

The Hon David Coleman
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Parliament of Australia
*Virtual presentation

9:50 AM 

Panel Discussion: Discussing the value of people with lived experience to co-design and lead services

• Understanding the view points and expertise of people with lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress
• How to encourage people with lived experiences to lead, take part in and encourage change
• Working with people with lived experience to tackle challenges within the current system

10:30 AM 

Morning refreshments and mindfulness activity

STREAM A: Increasing service integration, design and access

Chair: Ross Jacobs
National Clinical Advisor
Canteen

STREAM B: Developing prevention and early intervention models

Chair: Gerry Georgatos
National Coordinator
National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project

11:10 AM 

Providing constructive engagement options for children and young people to stay on the right track

• Developing prevention programs to tackle substance abuse amongst young people
• Examining initiatives that have had successful outcomes
• Investing in diversion programs within communities

Karyn Cook
Chief Executive Officer
Ngwala Willumbong Aboriginal Corporation

Alice-Rose Wickey
Innovative Health Services for Homeless Youth
Southern Metropolitan Region

Demonstrating the benefits of collective action in achieving clear positive outcomes for youth mental health

• Exploring the power of the peer group to improve mental wellbeing for young people
• Empowering young people to navigate problems with a wellbeing toolkit
• Building a connect community through mutual help

David Butt
National Chief Executive Officer
Grow Australia

11:40 AM 

Providing seamless integration, collaboration and delivery of services for Indigenous young people

• Understanding the ongoing cycle of trauma
• Looking into solutions and outcomes of initiatives that have shown results
• Discussing how intergenerational trauma can create disadvantages in the daily life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Dr Melanie Newton
Project Manager
Wungen Kartup Aboriginal Mental Health Service

Examining contemporary integrated psychosocial recovery models for young people

• Discussing youth outreach recovery service, getting them back on track and back to track with peer-led service
• Empowering young people to build skills including physical, cultural and sexual safety
• Discussing how clinical consultants specialises in working with young people

Gill Callister
Chief Executive Officer
Mind Australia

12:20 PM 

Improving multidisciplinary assessment processes with resource-oriented music therapy assessment

• Identifying helpful and unhelpful approaches to assessing young people experiencing severe and enduring mental health issues
• Considering alternative approaches to engagement and rapport-building in the early stages of treatment
• Integrating multidisciplinary assessment processes to prevent repetition and “therapy fatigue” in young people

Kate Aitchison
Senior Music Therapist
Jacaranda Place Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre, Children’s Health Queensland

Discussing solutions for positive outcomes from intergenerational trauma faced by the Indigenous community

• Understanding the ongoing cycle of trauma
• Looking into solutions and outcomes of initiatives that have shown results
• Discussing how intergenerational trauma can create disadvantages in daily life functioning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Deborah Woods
Chief Executive Officer
Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service

1:00 PM 

Networking Luncheon

2:00 PM 

Case study: Discussing the challenges in psychological service provision for children and young people in remote areas

• Providing culturally appropriate interventions
• Collaborating with other services to manage risks together
• Thinking beyond our traditional boundaries

Kelly Dhaemer
Clinical psychologist
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) 

Connecting children and young people with identity, culture and country

• Discussing why connection to country and culture is so important for a young Indigenous person’s sense of belonging
• How to engage at-risk children and young people to improve their wellbeing and prevent suicides
• Discussing ways to support Indigenous children to make better life decisions

Teresa Alice
Project Manager
Akeyulerre

2:40 PM 

Case study: Opt-out advocacy as a critical system safeguard for children and young people

• Discussing the human rights context of mental health legislation in Western Australia
• Understanding advocacy, supported decision-making and recovery – making sure children’s and young people’s voices are heard in their treatment, care and support
• How can we work with services to ensure that consumers get what they want

Dr Sarah Pollock
Chief Mental Health Advocate
Mental Health Advocacy Service

Case study: Understanding the benefits of including parents, family and carers when working with a young person experiencing a mental health challenge

• Identifying who is important to the young person
• Introduction to the practical guide for working with carers of people with a mental illness and the six partnership standards
• How you can make the partnership work in practice

Deborah Childs
Chief Executive Officer
HelpingMinds

3:00 PM 

Afternoon Refreshments and Mindfulness Activity

3:30 PM 

Identifying why developmental and life cycle context matters in mental health system design and co-design

• Examining important differences in the ecosystems around infants, preschoolers, primary school, secondary school and post-school youth
• Setting strong foundations with related sectors to respond early and build capacity
• Crossing sector boundaries to create an integrated response for families keeping COVID-19 in mind

Dr Leanne Beagley
Chief Executive Officer
Mental Health Australia

4:00 PM 

Youth mental health during a pandemic and being future-ready

• Providing demand management for increased youth counselling
• Discussing the transition of mental health services to be provided from home via remote services
• Understanding youth and comparison culture

Arthur Papakotsias
Chief Executive Officer
Youth Focus

4:30 PM 

Closing remarks from the Chair and end of day one

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Workshop A: Improving the wellbeing and resilience for healthcare workers and their teams

Now more than ever is the time to recognise and support the efforts of mental health workers. The consequences of overlooking these stressors could not be any less important. This workshop model for wellbeing services and education for healthcare employees and organisations recognises the impact of healthcare workers’ life experiences and embedded belief systems on their wellbeing.

This workshop will help you understand the deep sense of purpose and how to cultivate creative response. You will focus on reflective practice and develop strategies for improved wellbeing. Therefore, this model addresses team and organisational dynamics by encouraging and supporting interdisciplinary conversation and action across all levels of the organisation, including front-line clinicians, support staff, middle management and executive leaders.

Attend this practical workshop and:
• Equip your workforce to positively adapt to change, complexities and adversities
• Develop wellbeing strategies for healthcare workers and their teams
• Discover practical, evidence-informed tools that you can use for improved wellbeing
• Engage to stimulate the implementation of interventions to create a healthy mind
• Provide resilience coaching, moral and psychological support to healthcare professionals

Michael Hert
Certified Educator
Royal Perth Hospital 

Richard Read
Certified Educator
Royal Perth Hospital 

12:00 PM 

Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 PM 

Workshop B: Overcoming cultural barriers and providing services for people from ethnoculturally and linguistically diverse (ELD) backgrounds

The concept of a mental health disorder can have a range of interpretations depending on the culture and/or the ethnic group within a given culture from which the person originates. The stigma towards seeking help, and culture-based expectations for how help is provided may be determined by many factors. This may include how frame of references are modified by experience through acculturative processes not only in young people but also the entire family unit.

Attend this practical workshop and:
• Understand what needs to occur in implementing the transcultural process in a mental health context
• Discover the importance of self-reflective practice that goes beyond cultural competency and cultural awareness
• Acquire appropriate culturally-responsive communication skills that may help overcome stigma surrounding service engagement
• Examine the effects of acculturation, acculturative stress and intergenerational conflicts that may impact on the family unit and lead to mental health deterioration
• Discuss the strategies for promoting a barrier-free pathway towards positive service outcomes

Andrea Creado
Co-Founder
CrossCultural Intellect

Dr Bernadette Wright
Co-Founder
CrossCultural Intellect

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