Youth Mental Health Symposium


The Youth Mental Health symposium, YMHO2, begins on Friday 28 February with a half day of workshops on ‘Assessment and management of youth substance misuse: Queensland Hot House Service’ and ‘Assessment and treatment of gender dysphoria in children and adolescents’. This will be followed by a full day program on Saturday 1 March.


We have sought to include a broad range of topics: Therapies (Mentalisation Based Therapy and Family Therapy), the management of clinical problems commonly seen in youth mental health (sleep disorders and substance use problems), highly specialised areas (gender identity and transgender issues) and the all too frequently encountered challenge of supporting young people with mental illness into meaningful vocational pursuits.


We are very pleased to have the voices of carers and consumers represented in the program.


We also welcome Professor Patrick McGorry, Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health Research Centre and Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, who will speak on ‘Preventive strategies in emerging mental disorders in young people:  clinical staging and translational research.’


If you haven’t yet secured your place, visit the conference website and register now.


One day registration options for Friday or Saturday are also available.


This event will be held on Friday 28 February and Saturday 1 March 2014 at the Pullman Brisbane King George Square.


Presenters for the Bolts from the blue session have been confirmed:

  • ‘Who minds the minds of young prisoners?’ presented by Dr Scott Harden

  • ‘Equine Assisted Psychotherapy’, presented by Dr Anja Kriegeskotten

  • ‘Auckland Regional Youth Forensic Service’, presented by Dr Caleb Armstrong

  • ‘Happy Minds Australia’, presented by Dr Sacha Rombouts

  • ‘The Keeping the Body in Mind Project - Bondi Community Centre, Prince of Wales Mental Health, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District,’ presented by Simon Rosenbaum

  • ‘Food and Facilitators: Jigsaw Barwon Health's New Group Programs’, presented by Dr. Renée Bauer & Ms Stephanie Bergen

  • ‘Definition and Conception of School Bullying: An Australian Adolescent Perspective’, presented by Ms Hannah Thomas

  • ‘Adolescent Intensive Management Team,’ presented by Mr Andrew Chia

  • ‘The boys need us: the mental health and wellbeing of young men’, presented by Dr Leanne Hides


For those wishing to book accommodation with the Pullman, reference this conference to receive a discounted booking rate (available until rate is fully booked).


Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals treating youth are all welcome.