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Mental Health Forum To Set A New Agenda For Research

New priorities in mental health research and translation are to be identified by a collaboration of scientists, clinicians and the community at a unique Meeting for Minds Mental Health Forum, to be held on 14 and 15 May.

Clinicians, scientists and those with lived experience of mental illness from around the world will gather at the inaugural ‘Meeting for Minds’ Mental Health Forum to provide multiple perspectives in mental health and neuroscience through an innovative program of discussion and debate.

At the conclusion of the forum, eight key projects will be identified to underpin a new mental health research agenda providing real benefits to those affected by mental illness.

Meeting for Minds was conceived by Maria Halphen, President of the Philippe and Maria Halphen Foundation, based in Paris, France.  The forum has been developed by the Halphen Foundation’s organizing committee, which includes Keith Wilson, former Minister for Health and chairman of the Mental Health Council of Australia, National Mental Health Commissioner and Executive Director of the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute Professor Ian Hickie, and facilitator Dr Norman Swan.

Professor Ian Hickie said that for the last two decades, Australia has been at the forefront of mental health service innovations, particularly with regards to early innovation.

“Now is the time to forge a new set of partnerships, linking the emerging insights from brain and clinical sciences with the experiences of those who live with mental ill-health. In this country, we are committed to making a real difference. To do that we need now to set an ambitious agenda for collective action. This forum provides us with a great opportunity to set that agenda into action.”

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