Conference Reference Group


To strengthen the WA mental health sector – the involvement of people with lived experience, the community, public, primary health and private sector services, funders, policy makers and mental health educators – are all essential.

The WA Mental Health Conference will be held at the Perth Concert Hall on 13-14 July 2017 and will again provide a forum for learning, development and networking. The conference will continue to adopt a holistic, person-centred perspective, based on recovery principles. It will also engage the full spectrum of WA’s mental health sector and the community.  

We have selected 17 stakeholders and representatives to be members of the Conference Reference Group (CRG).  The CRG includes representatives from the Mental Health Commission, Department of Health, Outcare, Helping Minds, University of Western Australia, Aboriginal Health Council, WA Primary Health Alliance, Western Australian Network of Alcohol & other Drug Agencies (WANADA), Enable WA, Survivor Foundation Limited, Act-Belong-Commit – Mentally Healthy WA, Department of Education, and also includes four representatives with lived experience. For sector representatives participation in the CRG is voluntary and no payment is applicable while lived experience representatives receive payment to participate as per WAAMH’s Lived Experience Partnership Payments Policy.

The purpose of the CRG is to:

  • Provide advice and support to the conference operational team;
  • Provide advice to assist with strategic event decisions;
  • Contribute ideas and expertise, especially in the areas of theming, programming and sector engagement; and
  • Help promote the conference across WA’s mental health community and encourage attendance among their own networks.

The CRG functions and responsibilities are to:

  • Develop the conference theme, promotional plan and other marketing issues, as required;
  • Develop ideas to enhance the relevance and quality of the conference program;
  • Develop plans for and assist with other aspects of the conference on agreement;
  • Provide advice in relation to keynote (and some invited) speakers and to elaborate/highlight the conference theme;
  • Review content submissions and develop the program content. The conference theme will inform the content submitted. Content will be chosen according to pre-defined criteria;
  • Meet (or teleconference) six times as a CRG and/or provide written feedback via email to ensure all tasks are undertaken and completed in a timely and efficient manner; and
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the conference.

For more information, please contact:

Carli Sheers on (08) 6246 3000 or