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Supporting international mental health and wellbeing

30 November 2016

For the second year, the Hunter Institute of Mental Health contributed to international mental health reform and education by supporting the 3rd Mental Health and Well-being Conference in Ghana, Africa.

The annual conference, facilitated by the Mental Health Foundation of Ghana, provided an opportunity for interaction between local Ghanaian mental health stakeholders and international experts and partners, including the University of Newcastle.

The Foundation is a collection of Ghanaian mental health professionals and non-Ghanaian mental health clinicians, educators and academics from Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and Europe formed to support the Ghanaian Government’s mental health reform agenda.

In support of the conference, the Hunter Institute provided sponsorship for 20 mental health students to attend the three day event, a great opportunity for our organisation to again be involved in.

The theme for the 2016 conference was Dignity in Mental Health: Psychological and Mental Health First Aid For All and organisers were excited to welcome Professor Malcolm Hopwood, President of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists as the main keynote speaker for the event.

Hunter Institute Director Jaelea Skehan was proud to support the international conference for a second year, and the work of the University of Newcastle as a partnering organisation.

“Mental health is a global issue. While we have much work to do here in Australia to improve our service systems, we have gained much knowledge that we can share with other parts of the world.
“It was important for our organisation to think about how we can support global advancements in mental health as well as working locally and nationally here in Australia,” said Jaelea.

For more information about the annual conference and the Mental Health Foundation of Ghana, visit