Outside In 2009









On the 6 - 8 May 2009, the Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (NADA) and the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) came together for the first time to present this broad-ranging, inclusive and thought-provoking conference at Darling Harbour, Sydney. Approximately 600 delegates over three days were exposed to speakers, presentations and interactive opportunities to look for ways forward in dealing with complex and diverse needs in the community, especially around the issues of mental health and drug and alcohol use.


Highlights from our keynote speakers included Tania Major, Young Australian of the Year 2007 who highlighted the importance of self-determination and self-responsibility in working with particular communities, specifically remote Indigenous communities. Jeff Cherverton, Executive Director of the Queensland Alliance highlighted the distinction between mental health promotion and mental health anti-discrimination campaigns and challenged Australians to catch up with the rest of the world in this work. Janet Meagher AM - Divisional Manager, Inclusion at PRA led a symposium on iatrogenic effects which focused on the effects of pharmacotherapy for mental health and drug and alcohol issues which occur to varying degrees for all consumers. These effects include metabolic disorders and sexual dysfunction. This symposium also included presentations by Deb Ballard, Ralph Brew and Sione Crawford.


A range of other important issues and innovative programs were shared and discussed throughout the conference including consumer participation, research and data use, leadership and workforce development and working with criminal justice clients, homelessness, families and carers and cultural diversity.


Conference Book of Abstracts



Conference Report


Conference Presentations