Showcasing Neami’s diverse programs and services at the TheMHS Conference

Last week saw mental health sector professionals, carers and consumers gather at the Adelaide Convention Centre for the Annual TheMHS Conference.

MHS Conference web

This year’s theme was “Hear the Whisper: Not the Roar, Reform, Reflect and Review” and delegates heard about some of the latest and greatest research, programs, developments and findings in the mental health space.

Neami had a strong presence at the conference and demonstrated our continuing support for innovation as a Gold Sponsor. Many delegates stopped by for a chat at our stall, prompted by our material presenting some of our key partnerships around the country, to learn more about the organisation.

Several Neami staff presented papers to the conference, spoke on panels or gave presentations.

The topics included:

  • Pursuing zero homelessness in Adelaide- Street to Home and Adelaide Zero Project
  • Co-design, participatory design, Human Centred design, User Experience design: Exploring the emergent design intersections in mental health services
  • Developing a suicide prevention approach in Perth: How Complex Systems Theory is enabling effective collaboration
  • Assessing the value of Step-Up Step-Down services in Western Australia 
  • Kick the Habit: Trialling a new approach to supporting people to reduce or quit smoking
  • Steps to Wellbeing-Flexible coaching towards wellbeing for people with depression and anxiety
  • The 'Welcoming In' project – developing safe and inclusive service environments
  • What matters in youth mental health residential settings: centring the voices of young people
  • Collaborative Recovery Model principles to enhance the implementation of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) programs
  • Delivering a service for improving early engagement of young people at risk of severe mental health concerns
  • Community Mental Health Support at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre
  • Co-producing guidelines to support consumer understanding of medication
  • Optimal Health Program as a low intensity psychological intervention

At the conference, Neami CEO Arthur Papakotsias was awarded the prestigious TheMHS Award for Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Service in Australia or New Zealand. Arthur was presented with his award by former Prime Minister and Chair of Beyondblue, The Hon. Julia Gillard AC on the opening morning of the conference. Arthur said, “I felt honoured to receive the award during the opening ceremony of the conference. I think it reflects what the whole organisation strives to achieve every day, which is exceptional services for the consumers that we work with.”

Reflecting on the experience of the conference, Katie Larsen, Manager – Innovation and Projects, said TheMHS 2018 “provided an opportunity to hear from some exceptional speakers on how we can continue to elevate the voices of those with a diverse range of lived experiences to understand new and better approaches to mental health and wellbeing support.”

For more information on any of the topics Neami presented on or to discuss the option of future partnership please contact