Conference invitation from the CEO of the Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association

June 16, 2015

Dear Colleagues

On behalf of the Conference Committee I would like to extend an invitation for you to participate as a delegate or speaker at the inaugural Australian STOP Domestic Violence Conference being held in Canberra from the 7 – 8 of December 2015.

The meeting will update the critical issues relating to domestic violence and will bring together Mental Health Practitioners, Academia, Researchers, Service Providers, Policy Makers, NGO’s and all external providers impacted by Domestic Violence.

The Conference theme “Connecting the Dots” will examine domestic violence holistically and discuss the development of collaborative approaches within the sector. This multi-discipline program will cover a range of topics in relation to Domestic Violence, including the co-occurrence and prevalence of mental health issues for victims and perpetrators.

The event is being hosted by the Australia New Zealand Mental Health Association, a Non-Government, Not-for-profit, complimentary membership based Association. The Association does not apply for or accept any Government funding, as all our activities since 1999 have been funded by our educational activities, as we are practitioner and research, rather than consumer based.

We have chosen Canberra as the host city for this Conference as we intend to engage with policy makers and would like to develop a platform for meaningful dialogue that includes all groups within the sector.

Confirmed Keynote Presenters include:

  • Libby Davies, CEO, White Ribbon
  • Professor Patricia Easteal AM, University of Canberra
  • John Hinchey, Victims of Crime Commissioner
  • Dr Tony McEwan, Lecturer in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology and Forensicare
  • Heather Nancarrow, CEO, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited

Additional Keynote invitations have been extended to:

  • Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Dame Quentin Bryce, AD, CVO, Chair of a Queensland Domestic Violence Taskforce
  • Michael Hogan, Director General, QLD Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability
  • The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Social Services

The Call for Abstracts are now open, and I urge you to consider presenting and being part of the program.

We are also pleased to advise that registrations are open. To register or to submit an abstract, please visit the Conference website or contact the Conference Secretariat at if you have any questions.

I look forward to meeting you in December.

Kind regards,

Peter Sugg, CEO, Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc.