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National Mental Health Commission Update
24 September 2020

WEBINAR INVITATION Building on global innovation to transition to Australia’s digital mental health ecosystem

Date: Friday, 2 October, 2020

COVID-19 has highlighted the critical role digital technologies can play in providing immediate non-stigmatised access to support the mental and social health needs for individuals and families.

Join the National Mental Health Commission and leading service providers and advocates for the fourth global webinar presented by the eMental Health International Collaborative (eMHIC) on Friday 2 October, to understand the existing e-service landscape and explore the challenges and opportunities of integrating the different systems across governments, non-government and community delivery points without social or geographic bias.

The webinar, presented by Christine Morgan, CEO, National Mental Health Commission and Professor Anil Thapliyal, Executive Director, eMHIC, will bring together globally recognised mental health and social services experts to examine the transition to a digital mental health ecosystem that is responsive and adaptive to consumer need from a person-centric system design and delivery perspective, building on innovation and best practice.

We are pleased to welcome the following keynote speakers:

• Georgie Harman, CEO, Beyond Blue
• Helen Christensen, Director, Black Dog Institute
• Professor Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Director, Orygen Digital 
• Colin Seery, CEO, Lifeline
• Dr Peggy Brown, Director, Safety and Quality Agency

The session will also feature a panel discussion which will include the voice of a lived experience voice as well as Reachout’s Ashley De Silva, ICLA’s Rachel Green, Mindspot’s Professor Nick Titov, Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin - interim Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation University of Newcastle, and international experts Dr Arran Culver, Chief Clinical Advisor, Mental Health and Addiction, Ministry of Health, New Zealand and Niki Legge, Director, Mental Health and Addictions, Department of Health and Community Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Learn more about our keynote speakers, and how to save your seat, below.

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Date: Friday, 02 October 2020
Time: 9am – 11am AEST
Duration: 120 minutes


Georgie Harman, Beyond Blue CEO

Speaking about digital mental health service delivery – adapting to serge capacity and complexity of need.

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Helen Christensen, Black Dog Institute Director

Sharing the challenges of transitioning from existing to emerging technologies while maintaining treatment integrity and participation in a digital mental health eco-system.

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Professor Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Orygen Digital Director

Looking at the role digital technology can play in wrapping around vulnerable groups (young people) to reduce access barriers and provide an alternate to face to face treatment.

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Colin Seery, Lifeline CEO

Talking about evolving service responses to complex need using integrated digital mental health & social services.

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Dr Peggy Brown, Safety and Quality Agency Director

Presenting around setting the digital mental health standards for participation in the eco-system.

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