Program

The AMHOIC program offered a variety of sessions that appealed to a wide cross-section of participants from all areas. The program had a great mix of speakers and offered excellent networking opportunities. 

The theme for the conference was A shared vision: strengthening connections with information.

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8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration desk open

Concourse, Level 2, Conference Centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Workshops

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP 1

Outcomes culture – evolution and revolution?
Convenors: Paul Hanton, Cara Thomas, Kelly Pope & Mark Smith

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PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP 2

What do you have to do to bring about service change? The role of service benchmarking
Convenors: Richard Woodcock, Dr Tim Coombs and Rick Bastida

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PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP 3

Measuring what people get from mental health and addiction services: expectation, satisfaction or experience
Convenors: Dr Tim Coombs, Dr Cheryl Reed & Jackie Crowe

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PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP 4

Turning policy into practice: the glossy brochure is more than the next batch of recycling
Convenor: Dr Peter Brann

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6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Courtyard, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Registration desk open

Concourse, Level 2, Conference Centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

9:00 AM to 9:05 AM

Welcome

AMHOCN welcome

9:05 AM to 9:15 AM

Welcome to Country

9:15 AM to 9:35 AM

Opening address

Associate Professor John Allan
Executive Director, Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch, Queensland Health

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9:35 AM to 10:15 AM

Plenary session 1

Keynote address

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project 
Professor Pat Dudgeon
Psychologist and Research Fellow, School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide occurs at double the rate of other Australians. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of 15 to 34 years of age, accounting for 1 in 3 deaths. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide rates can vary markedly by age, gender and other factors.  A national evaluation project: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project was set up to identify success factors in Indigenous suicide prevention. These were published in the November 2016 Solutions That Work: What the Evidence and What Our People Tell Us Report. 

The ATSISPEP outcomes included: The development of an evidence base for what works in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention; the development of a culturally appropriate evaluation framework, including a national interactive map of places experiencing high rates of suicide and the available services; identifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community suicide prevention needs; identifying system-level change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention; and hosting a National Suicide Prevention Conference.
Professor Pat Dudgeon will discuss the importance of community engagement in the process, outcomes and implications of the ATSISPEP Project.

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10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

Morning tea

Concourse, Level 2, Conference Centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

10:45 AM to 11:15 AM

Concurrent session 1

1A: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

Clinicians and consumers jointly collecting and using data
Haylee Clark 
Senior Social Worker/Case Coordinator, Pathways, Child and Adolescent Health Service CAMHS WA

Dr Rosemary Skinner
Senior Clinical Psychologist, Pathways, Child and Adolescent Health Service

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1B: The lived experience of consumers, carers and families of mental health services

Consumers’ experience with Take Two therapeutic program
Dr Mohajer A Hameed
Team Leader - Research and Evaluation, Berry Street Victoria

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1C: The role of community managed organisations, Primary Health Networks, primary care and private mental health services

What is the social contribution of Baptcare's MICare program for clients in Tasmania?
Ann MacRae
Family Services Project Manager, Research Team, Baptcare

Debra Fast
Service Manager Mental Health, Family and Community Services, Tasmania

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Read more: Haylee Clark Debra Fast Dr Mohajer A. Hameed Ann MacRae Dr Rosemary Skinner
11:15 AM to 11:45 AM

Concurrent session 2

2A: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

Seclusion research data challenging assumptions
Dr Mark Smith
Principal Advisor, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui

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2B: The lived experience of consumers, carers and families of mental health services

Partnering with mental health carers: changing workplace practice
Sarah Pollock
Executive Director Research and Advocacy, Mental Health Carers Australia

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2C: The role of community managed organisations, Primary Health Networks, primary care and private mental health services

Strength/information/connection: interdependent elements of care
Marian McKenzie
Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, Smith Street Practice

Anne Galloway
Senior Mental Health Clinician and Mental Health Manager, HealthWISE NENW

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Read more: Anne Galloway Marian McKenzie Dr Sarah Pollock Dr Mark Smith
11:45 AM to 12:15 PM

Concurrent session 3

3A: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

Use of HoNOS Outcomes Data to identify consumer therapeutic needs to strategically plan and deliver a mental health therapeutic program
Jason Monk
Clinical Improvement Coordinator, Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch, Mental Health Clinical Improvement Team

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3B: The lived experience of consumers, carers and families of mental health services

The carers experience of service provision: why is it such a struggle to have carers identified?
Dr Tim Coombs
AMHOCN Consultant, AMHOCN

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3C: The role of community managed organisations, Primary Health Networks, primary care and private mental health services

Outcome measurement in non-government organisations: a descriptive study of recovery-based mental health workers’ experiences and attitudes
Josephine Logan
Master of Mental Health Practice student, Menzies Health Institute, Griffith University

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Read more: Tim Coombs Josephine Logan Jason Monk
12:15 PM to 1:00 PM

Lunch

Frescos Restaurant, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

1:00 PM to 1:40 PM

Plenary session 2

Keynote address

Recovery, empowerment and consumer visions for change
Kelly Pope
Youth Participation and Consumer Advice, CYT Consulting 

What is it like to use mental health services in an information and outcomes focussed world? This talk presents personal stories of accessing support over the last twelve years which illustrate considerations for data collection, outcomes measurement, and the sharing of information. How can information help strengthen connections that benefit people with lived experience - both individually and in the context of bringing about systemic change? What do outcomes measures have to do with recovery, as defined by the consumer movement as “living well in the presence or absence” of symptoms of mental illness? Information can be empowering in understanding ourselves and our communities, yet in a world where stigma and discrimination exist caution is often valid. We are entering an age of big data, though it remains as important as ever to listen to each small, individual voice. How can we work together to ensure information and outcome measures make a real difference to people with personal experience of distress? 

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1:40 PM to 2:10 PM

Concurrent session 4

4A: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

On track - the evaluation of influence in system-wide change
Phillipa Gaines
Project Manager, Platform Trust

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4B: The lived experience of consumers, carers and families of mental health services

Meaningful engagement... and making it work!
Lisa Jones
Director of Recovery, Consumer and Carer Participation, Metro North Hospital and Health Service

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4C: Embracing diversity and understanding individual needs

The rocky road to a culturally capable mental health service
John Dillon
Coordinator, Clinical Improvement, Mental Health, Queensland Health

Lynette Anderson
District Indigenous Health Worker Coordinator, Mental Health Service Group, Townsville Hospital and Health Service

Read more: Lynette Anderson John Dillon Phillipa Gaines Lisa Jones
2:10 PM to 2:40 PM

Concurrent session 5

5A: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

Honest HoNOS - digging deeping into the data
Chris Crawford
Lecturer, Health, Medical and Applied Science, CQUniversity

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5B: The lived experience of consumers, carers and families of mental health services

A mental health journey, from those that lived it
Peter Cox
Associate Clinical Services Coordinator: Registered Mental Health Nurse - Western Community Mental Health Services, SA Health 

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5C: Embracing diversity and understanding individual needs

Taking the consumer perspective: the work to shape mental health policy
Associate Professor Meg Smith
Psychologist and President, Way Ahead

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Read more: Peter Cox Chris Crawford Associate Prof Meg Smith
2:40 PM to 3:00 PM

Afternoon tea

Concourse, Level 2, Conference Centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Concurrent session 6

6A: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

Raters of the lost art: the HoNOS/CA challenge - the sequel
Ossi Beck
Mental Health Clinical Improvement Coordinator, Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch, Queensland Health

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6B: Mental health, drug and alcohol services: learning from each other and strengthening collaboration

Driving practice change in smoking cessation
Irene McCarthy
Manager (jobshare), Mental Health Clinical Collaborative, Queensland Health

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6C: Analysis of the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection (NOCC) - measures and measure development

Measurement properties of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) family of measures: a systematic review
Claudia Sparti
Research Officer, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research

Dr Meredith Harris 
Senior Research Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Queensland

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Read more: Ossi Beck Meredith Harris Irene McCarthy Claudia Sparti
3:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Concurrent session 7

7A: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

Getting to know you: unexpected outcomes from a mandated assessment and planning structure
Bronwyn Hyde
Project Manager, Mental Health, Western NSW Local Health District

Associate Professor Peter McGeorge
UNSW and Notre Dame, Clinical Lead PCLI, NSW Ministry of Health 

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7B: Mental health, drug and alcohol services: learning from each other and strengthening collaboration

Developing a recovery focused mental health care plan for community mental health
Sheree Dimitrescu
Registered Nurse, Mental Health, Central Coast Local Health Service

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7C: Analysis of the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection (NOCC) - measures and measure development

Impact of consumer-rated measures on outcomes, use and costs of specialised public sector mental health services: a propensity-matched study 
Claudia Sparti
Research Officer, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research

Dr Meredith Harris  
Senior Research Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Queensland

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Read more: Sheree Dimitrescu Meredith Harris Bronwyn Hyde Claudia Sparti
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Concurrent session 8

8A: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

The importance of process and outcome measurement in the effective implementation of evidence-based practices in supported employment
Helen Lockett
Strategic Policy Advisor, the Wise Group
Doctoral Candidate, University of Auckland

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8B: Mental health, drug and alcohol services: learning from each other and strengthening collaboration

Alcohol and Drug Outcome Measure (ADOM): one year of data, what have we learnt?
Paul Hanton
Clinical Project Lead, Service Information Development Team, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui

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8C: Analysis of the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection (NOCC) - measures and measure development

Towards a consistent national consumer-rated measure for adults and older persons
Professor Philip Burgess
School of Public Health, University of Queensland

Dr Meredith Harris
Senior Research Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Queensland 

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Read more: Prof Philip Burgess Paul Hanton Meredith Harris Helen Lockett
6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Conference Dinner

Roma and Terrace Rooms, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Registration desk open

Concourse, Level 2, Conference Centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

9:00 AM to 9:05 AM

AMHOCN recap of day 1

9:05 AM to 9:45 AM

Plenary session 3

Keynote address

Peripheral vision - We need to 'see' to engage
Dr Peri O'Shea
Mental Health Care Consultant

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Whilst there is increasing goodwill to engage, most of us still find it difficult or uncomfortable to see beyond our own perspective. Whilst we might think we are talking the same language; we may not understand each other. Whilst we might think we are encouraging participation or participating; the participation might be seen as tokenistic or controlled by other parties. These juxtapositions are apparent in the collection, interpretation and use of data within Mental Health services. Whilst data might be purportedly used to provide a better service, the users of the service might may not agree with the collection, interpretation or use of the data. Even the data that is collected from the perspective of the service users might be interpreted and used by people who have not used the service in ways that the service users might not agree with. Moreover, most service users do not know how the data collected from them or about them is used, which can lead to mistrust and disengagement and also underutilisation of data. This talk will explore how clinicians and service users can, and have, worked together to build better data frameworks and real service improvement by looking beyond own experience to better understand perspectives beyond our own.

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9:45 AM to 10:15 AM

Concurrent session 9

9A: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

CIMHA mobility trial: assessing the impact of mobile technologies
Rick Bastida
Manager, Queensland Mental Health Clinical Improvement Team, Queensland Health

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9B: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

Session cancelled. 

9C: Analysis of the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection (NOCC) - measures and measure development 

A ‘new’ way of reporting outcomes? 
Professor Philip Burgess 
School of Public Health, University of Queensland

Dr Meredith Harris
Senior Research Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Queensland 

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Read more: Rick Bastida Prof Philip Burgess Meredith Harris
10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

Morning tea

Concourse, Level 2, Conference Centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

10:45 AM to 11:15 AM

Concurrent session 10

10A: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

Symposium - Client directed outcomes informed practice in a youth mental health service
Dr Paul Denborough
Head of CYMHS, Alfred CYMHS and headspace YEPP

Rachel Barbara-May
Chief Social Worker/Eating Disorder Program Coordinator, Alfred CYMHS and headspace YEPP

Concurrent 10A will be held from 10.45am - 11.45am

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10B: Recovery and what it means for children, adolescents, youth, adults and older persons

Comprehensive, sustainable perinatal model of care
Michelle Haling
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Raphael Services Blacktown, St John of God Health Care

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10C: Educators, researchers and policy makers working together

Data and information - what are we scared of?
Sandra Baxendine
Information Analyst, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui

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Read more: Rachel Barbara-May Sandra Baxendine Dr Paul Denborough Michelle Haling
11:15 AM to 11:45 AM

Concurrent session 11

10A: continued...

Symposium - Client directed outcomes informed practice in a youth mental health service 
Dr Paul Denborough
Head of CYMHS, Alfred CYMHS and headspace YEPP

Rachel Barbara-May
Chief Social Worker/Eating Disorder Program Coordinator, Alfred CYMHS and headspace YEPP

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11B: Recovery and what it means for children, adolescents, youth, adults and older persons

Sharing the driving and getting to the best destination
Tim Davidson
Program Manager Community, Children's Health QLD, Queensland Health

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11C: Educators, researchers and policy makers working together

Evaluating the implementation of a shared care guideline in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) using the Rogers-Greenhalgh Diffusion of Innovations framework
Dr Simon Davies
Director, Specialised Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

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Read more: Rachel Barbara-May Tim Davidson Dr Simon Davies Dr Paul Denborough
11:45 AM to 12:15 PM

Concurrent session 12

12A: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

Connecting data to practice: creating a contemporary and efficient mental health service for the future
Stacey Cooper
Project Officer, Wide Bay Mental Health Alcohol & Other Drugs Service, Wide Bay Hospital & Health Service

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12B: Recovery and what it means for children, adolescents, youth, adults and older persons

Development of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Infants (HoNOSI)
Dr Peter Brann
Director of Research and Evaluation/Adjunct Lecturer, Child Youth Mental Health Service/School of Clinical Sciences, Eastern Health/ Monash University

Dr Gordana Culjak
Epidemiologist, Healthcare IT Consultant and Honorary Associate, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney; Consultant, AMHOCN

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12C: Educators, researchers and policy makers working together

Implementation of the Australian Mental Health Care Classification using a behaviour change theory, the Theoretical Domains Framework
Dr Simon Davies
Director, Specialised Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

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Read more: Dr Peter Brann Stacey Cooper Dr Gordana Culjak Dr Simon Davies
12:15 PM to 1:00 PM

Lunch

Frescos Restaurant, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

1:00 PM to 1:40 PM

Plenary session 4

Keynote address

Making recovery beautiful
Dallas Hibbs
Chief Executive, He Waka Tapu

Tanith Petersen
IT Admin Manager, He Waka Tapu

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A little more than 4 years ago we made 2 acknowledgements; our aftercare support  was somewhere between awful and ordinary, and our utilisation of technology was non-existent. We also made the philosophical leap that making recovery beautiful was a far more liberating prescription than minimising the harmful impacts of addiction and mental health problems.  Whilst beauty will always be in the eye of the beholder, we are pleased to share in more objective terms the impact of 140,000 contributions made on our outcomes tool, Whaiora Online, and our growing contribution to capturing post discharge recovery outcomes.

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Read more: Dallas Hibbs Tanith Petersen
1:40 PM to 2:10 PM

Concurrent session 13

13A: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

Using our data to create a sustainable mental health service
Dr Peter Brann
Director of Research and Evaluation/Adjunct Lecturer, Child Youth Mental Health Service/School of Clinical Sciences, Eastern Health/Monash University 

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13B: Mental health, drug and alcohol services: learning from each other and strengthening collaboration

Data collection - a reporting burden or means to enhance service delivery?
Ashley Bajaj
Decision Support Coordinator, Mental Health and Addictions, Midland Regional Network

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13C: Educators, researchers and policy makers working together

Policy to practice: utility of face-to-face training for NOCC measures in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Western Australia
Ruth Lawrence
Service Manager, Health, Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Touchstone)

Dr Vineet Padmanabhan
Area Director, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, West Australian Country Health Service and Head of Service, Paediatric Consultation and liaison team, Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth

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Read more: Ashley Bajaj Dr Peter Brann Ruth Lawrence Dr Vineet Padmanabhan
2:10 PM to 2:40 PM

Concurrent session 14

14A: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

Working to scope? The conundrum for community mental health practice
Sarah Hamilton
Statewide Allied Health Professional Practice Leader - Social Work Addiction and Mental Health Services, Metro South Health Service

Yolanda Mansfield
Research Co-ordinator, Service Evaluation & Research Unit, West Moreton Hospital and Health Service

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14B: Mental health, drug and alcohol services: learning from each other and strengthening collaboration

Reflecting on 15 years of national reporting. What does the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection tell us?
Dr Tim Coombs
AMHOCN Consultant, AMHOCN

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14C: Educators, researchers and policy makers working together

Getting it right: using consumer and service data for workforce planning
Joanne Richdale
Workforce Analyst, Workforce Planning, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui

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Read more: Tim Coombs Sarah Hamilton Yolanda Mansfield Joanne Richdale
2:40 PM to 3:00 PM

Afternoon tea

Concourse, Level 2, Conference Centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Concurrent session 15

15A: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

Old ways won’t open new doors - strengthening connections with service users in outcome measurement
Cara Thomas
Clinical lead, Service and information development team, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui

Julie Kneebone
Consumer Development Advisor, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Waikato District Health Board

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15B: Evidence from practice: challenging assumptions

The mental health phase of care - a new instrument to support the funding of mental health services 
Dr Tim Coombs
AMHOCN Consultant, AMHOCN

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15C: Mental health, drug and alcohol services: learning from each other and strengthening collaboration

Equally well: together we are making a difference
Helen Lockett
Strategic Policy Advisor, the Wise Group
Doctoral Candidate, University of Auckland

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Read more: Tim Coombs Julie Kneebone Helen Lockett Cara Thomas
3:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Plenary session 5

Panel discussion

Cataracts in our vision: the unknown unknowns

4:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Conference closing

AMHOCN / Te Pou