Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Conference 2018

6-7 July 2018 | James Cook University Douglas Campus

Our 2nd Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Conference is open to researchers, educators, students, HDR candidates, mental health professionals, consumers, carers, providers, community groups and key organisations in higher education and the broader community. The main focus is working with students, candidates and staff in higher education to improve their experiences and outcomes in higher education. When we have good mental health, we are able to realise our abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work fruitfully and productively, and better contribute to our community (World Health Organisation, 2014). Our 5 themes encompass university policies, procedures and supports, teaching and learning practices, supporting staff in responding to complex mental health issues, whole-of-community approaches, and stigma and discrimination reduction.

Theme 1: University Policies, Procedures and Supports

  • Flourishing in higher education – What’s resilience and mental health got to do with higher education policy? This theme invites papers on including mental health in the higher education policy agenda. Furthermore, it recognises universities as settings for mental health promotion, prevention and intervention.

Theme 2: Teaching and Learning Practices

  • Humanising teaching and learning for mental health. This theme invites papers on humanising pedagogy and enhancing mental health through the reconceptualisation of curriculum design. It encompasses pedagogy to support students’ transition, engagement, satisfaction, and retention.

Theme 3: Supporting Staff in Responding to Complex Mental Health Issues

  • Contemporary approaches supporting staff who are working with students with severe and complex mental heath issues. This theme invites papers on effectively educating staff in mental health literacy and in informed responses to severe and complex mental health challenges.

Theme 4: Whole-of-Community Approaches

  • Integrating whole-of-community approaches to responsive and effective mental health support for people living with mental health issues. This theme invites papers on enablers that are integral to supporting the needs of consumers and carers in higher education and the broader community.

Theme 5: Stigma and Discrimination Reduction

  • Working with particular groups including Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, HDR candidates, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander, rural and remote, international, and LGBTI. This theme invites papers on wise ways of improving the experiences and outcomes for students and staff from diverse groups.

Panel Focus Day 1

Supporting staff in higher education in building resilience of students coping with life pressures and the expanded responsibilities that accompany transition to and studying at university.



Call for abstracts closed - Authors advised of the outcome of their abstract submission mid April

Presenter acceptances -  26 April  

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