Fourth Annual Forum 2018
We're pleased to again be presenting the eMental Health Expert Forum, on 17 October 2018. This annual, invitation-only, one day conference is the leading event for eMental Health implementation science leadership in New Zealand. The Forum is run in a workshop style, valuing input and discussion from all participants. We are privileged once again to be hosting internationally recognised experts as our keynote speakers. Details to follow. Invitations are currently being sent out to participants for 2018. The Forum will be held at AUT's City Campus in Auckland.

Keynote Speakers 2017

    Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE

    President, World Psychiatric Association (2014-2017)

    Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity, King's College, London

    Professor Dinesh Bhugra's research interests are in cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and service development. He also has an interest in e-mental health and is helping to develop the World Psychiatric Association's position statement on the topic, and exploring social media.

    Dinesh is the recipient of more than 10 honorary degrees. He has authored and co-authored over 400 scientific papers, and 30 books. He is also the editor of three journals (International Journal of Social Psychiatry, International Review of Psychiatry, International Journal of Culture and Mental Health). Previously Dinesh was the Dean (2003-2008), and then President (2008-2011) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK, where he led on major policy initiatives on psychiatry's contract with society and the role of the psychiatrist. 

    Professor Michael Krausz

    Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

    UBC-Providence Health Care Leadership Chair of Addiction Research

    Dr. Michael Krausz began his professional career in Germany, where he trained at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf as a nurse. He then went on to complete a residency in Adult Psychiatry and his Doctor of Philosophy, where he examined the associations between psychosis and addictions. In the mid-1990’s, he became a founding director of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Addiction Research at the University of Hamburg. As founding director, he was responsible for the German Heroin Trial, the European Cocaine Project, and several other notable addiction-related trials. He also served as Editor-in-Chief for two European scientific journals—Suchttherapie and European Addiction Research.

    After relocating permanently to Vancouver, Canada, he was the Medical Director of the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction with Vancouver Coastal Health from 2009–2012. Currently, he is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is the Providence Health Care B.C. Leadership (LEEF) Chair in Addiction Research at the UBC Institute of Mental Health. As head of the Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Group at CHÉOS, Michael's research explores the relationship between early life trauma, substance use disorders, and other mental illnesses. His research includes the At Home/Chez Soi Study, the B.C. Health of the Homeless Survey, and the Study to Assess Long-Term Opioid Maintenance Effectiveness (SALOME). He has published more than 300 scientific papers to date.

    More recently, Michael has extended his expertise to include e-mental health, with The Bell Youth Mental Health IMPACT Project in 2012. Bell Canada’s philanthropic support in the amount of $1 million as part of their Let’s Talk Initiative was critical seed funding in the development of a new mental health platform, WalkAlong, designed to provide youth who are experiencing depression and anxiety with resources to help foster mental wellness. In 2014, he was recognized for his tireless research and advocacy work with the City of Vancouver’s Healthy City for All Award of Excellence.

     Gareth Edwards

    Director of Positive Thinking, NZ

    There is a (r)evolution happening. People are reclaiming the experiences currently called mental 'illness' and organisations are redefining how they support mental health and wellbeing. We are beyond BAU and into Business as Unusual.

    Starting life as an academic with a BSc Hons Psychology and an MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence, Gareth was mid-way through a Psychology PhD when he began experiencing extreme lows and highs. This led to homelessness, compulsory hospitalisation and a diagnosis of Type 1 Bipolar Disorder. His recovery journey included working for health services, government and universities in almost every job to 'change the system from within'. He had roles as a psychiatric nurse aide, pyscho-education group facilitator, homelessness key worker, anti-stigma activist, human rights educator, trainer, researcher, evaluator, analyst, funder, project manager and service manager. In 2006 he created Positive Thinking as a platform for lived experience leadership. 

    In the last decade he has built, run and evaluated mental health services and programs in New Zealand and overseas. He specialises in 'alternatives and adjunct' to traditional services like human rights approaches, self-help and peer support, and digital mental health. He is also a musician and laughter yogi who likes to put the 'heal' back into mental health and the 'chi' back in psychiatry.