Conference Themes

Theme 1: University Policies, Procedures and Supports

  • Flourishing in higher education – What’s resilience and mental health got to do with higher education policy? This theme invites papers on including mental health in the higher education policy agenda. Furthermore, it recognises universities as settings for mental health promotion, prevention and intervention.

Theme 2: Teaching and Learning Practices

  • Humanising teaching and learning for mental health. This theme invites papers on humanising pedagogy and enhancing mental health through the reconceptualization of curriculum design. It encompasses pedagogy to support students’ transition, engagement, satisfaction, and retention.

Theme 3: Supporting Staff in Responding to Complex Mental Health Issues

  • Contemporary approaches supporting staff who are working with students with severe and complex mental heath issues. This theme invites papers on effectively educating staff in mental health literacy and in informed responses to severe and complex mental health challenges.

Theme 4: Whole-of-Community Approaches

  • Integrating whole-of-community approaches to responsive and effective mental health support for people living with mental health issues. This theme invites papers on enablers that are integral to supporting the needs of consumers and carers in higher education and the broader community.

Theme 5: Stigma and Discrimination Reduction

Working with particular groups including Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, HDR candidates, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander, rural and remote, international, and LGBTI. This theme invites papers on wise ways of improving the experiences and outcomes for students and staff from diverse groups.

Panel Focus Day 1

Supporting staff in higher education in building resilience of students coping with life pressures and the expanded responsibilities that accompany transition to and studying at university.