3rd Australian Mental Health & Psychosocial Disaster Conference 2011: Responding to the Human-Social Impact

28 & 29 September 2011

The Sebel & Citigate, King George Square, Brisbane

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Registration information

This Conference was planned for May 2011 but following the Eastern Australian floods, the conference has been rescheduled until September 2011.


This Conference builds on the 1st Psychosocial Response and Recovery Symposium run by Queensland Health in November 2007 and the 2nd Australasian Mental Health and Psychosocial Disasters Conference, also run by Queensland Health and Australian Security Research Centre in October 2008.

The 2011conference is unique in Australasia as it is the only conference that focuses especially on mental health and psychosocial issues relevant to both first responders and affected communities. Following the 2011 Queensland and New Zealand disasters, this year’s conference will be focusing on best practice in dealing with large scale disasters.

Who should attend

Psychological first aid responders
Mental health, medical/health and allied health clinicians/professionals providing therapeutic services
Managers responsible for front line responders
Staff responsible for peer support and employee assistance
General health and human/community services workers in defence, emergency services and health services
Disaster management planners, policy makers and service administrators, managers, team leaders and responders

Four day-long streams giving indepth focus on:

Psychosocial lessons from responses to large scale disasters
Psychosocial impacts on individuals and intervention options
Caring for first responders and employees involved in traumatic events
Education sector and children response and recovery to crisis and disasters

Two workshops on:

Community resilience
Queensland Disaster Response: Psychological Recovery and Teacher Training

Two forums on:

Intervention options, and their effectiveness and limitations following large scale disasters
Tools for peer support and developing a peer support/employee assistance program
The forums are moderated discussions involving both speakers and audience members. A series of questions will be posed at the beginning of the forum and these can be changed depending on the audience interest. All forum participants are invited to share their views on the questions, and can make an informal presentation of up to 10 minutes, preferably without slides. Audience members are welcome to distribute material at the forum.

Program Chair
Athol Yates
Australian Security Research Centre

General Enquiries
Keanne Stephenson
Tel: 0412 472 766
Email: keanne.stephenson@homelandsecuritygroup.com.au


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