An update on the World Hearing Voices Congress.
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Early Bird Discounts

1 June - 31 July 2013

Standard prices
1 Aug - 31 Oct

Register  online

Sponsorship Opportunities

Limited sponsorships packages are still available. 
Please contact us for further information 

Read more and download our prospectus

Abstract Submissions

Officially Closed 

Poster Submissions

Still open 
Read more and submit online

Coming from Overseas?

Why not add a great Aussie holiday onto your trip to congress? 
Between the miles of glorious beaches, stunning flora and fauna, great nightlife, and world famous fashion and wine regions, you won't be disappointed!

Download our flyer about travelling to Australia, handy tips and all the great things to do while you're here.
Download our flyer for first time travellers, helpful tips on booking your flights, travelling with medication, packing tips and loads more. 
Download our newest flyer for anyone who hasn't been to Australia before. Filled with loads of information, short videos and downloadable brochures


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
(right on the banks of the famous Yarra River)


Wednesday - Friday
 20 - 22 November 2013

Registration Fees

Download fees here plus information about subsidies

Professional Development Points?

We are currently applying for professional development points with the Australian professional bodies ACA (counselling), AASW (social work) & AMHNA (mental health nursing).  Keep an eye on our website for details.








Early bird discounts finish today/tomorrow 31 July
Early Bird Fees   1 June - 31 July 
Standard Fees    1 August - 31 October
Late Fees            1 November - 19 November 

Discounts are also available for
Reduced fee: this applies if you don't have a concession card but are a voice hearer (or consumer/service user) or carer who is on a low income (not working full-time).  This rate also applies to full-time students with ID.

Concession fee: this applies for voice hearers (or consumer/service user) and carers who receive a government unemployment or pension payment.  If you live in Australia please provide your Centrelink pension or health care card number.  If you live overseas please provide your social security number or equivalent.  If you are a voice hearer or carer and don't meet these criteria please register at the "reduced" rate.

We understand that it is difficult for many people on low incomes to afford registration fees - especially on top of travel and accommodation costs.  In the near future we hope to be able to offer subsidies for people experiencing financial difficulty.  Our congress project team is working hard to raise money for these subsidies, so stay tuned for more news.

We know that some Australian mental health services are covering the registration fees for some carers and consumers, so it is also worth asking your local mental health service if they can offer any support.

Update on PayPal
We're much closer to getting PayPal set up on our registration site.  We are still hoping these issues will be sorted out, but in the meantime the available payment methods are:
In Australia:  credit card, cheque & direct deposit
Overseas: credit card only

We are hoping to have these issues fixed and PayPal up and running in the next week or two. 

Download registration fees.

Register online now

New Travel Flyer for anyone who hasn't been to Australia before

Never been to Australia before?  We've prepared this new brochure just for you, with lots of handy travel advice and information for making your trip easy and stress-free (well, close to stress free!).  The brochure includes information about:
  • Language including some common "Aussie words" and online dictionary links
  • Currency including link to currency converter 
  • ATMs, eftpos & GST
  • Power points 
  • Links to helpful short videos and brochures on Australian customs and border protection, carry-on restrictions, duty-free limits, international security security screening and much more 
  • Melbourne Airport 
  • Tips for spotting your luggage 
  • Visitor information centres 

DON'T FORGET:  If you are travelling to Australia from overseas you will probably need to get a Visa.  Details in the brochure.

Download flyer here.

Let us know if there is anything else you want to know about.  

A BIG 'Thank You' to our sponsors
We want to express our gratitude to the many sponsors who have come on board to support the congress.  We've had wonderful financial support from the community managed mental health sector and broader community.  This support will help us to stage a world class event, and it demonstrates fantastic commitment to consumer-led initiatives and innovation in mental health.

We encourage you to show your support for our sponsors, who are listed at the end of this newsletter.

Speaker Profile


David Denborough 

David Denborough is a world leading expert in Narrative Therapy, community development and working with indigenous communities.  He's also an outstandingly engaging speaker!  David has a social work background and has worked with communities all over the world from Bosnia to Rwanda and from Canada to Australia’s indigenous communities. He is based in Adelaide where he works as a community practitioner, teacher, writer and editor for the Dulwich Centre Foundation. This unique centre responds to groups and communities who are facing significant hardships such as trauma, violence, drug and alcohol issues, grief & loss, poverty, racism, discrimination and dispossession.

David has a passion for hearing people’s stories and then finding creative activities to express them. He has written songs in response to current social issues that have received air time in Australia and Canada, including one dedicated to the people of Victoria following the devastating 2009 bushfires (check it out here). David also authored the play “Sundowner” which, in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Australia, is currently playing throughout Australia staring Helen Morse.

David is a prolific writer, and some of his books include “Collective narrative practice: Responding to individuals, groups, and communities who have experienced trauma”, “Working with memory in the shadow of genocide: The narrative practices of Ibuka trauma counsellors”, “Trauma: Narrative responses to traumatic experience”, “Beyond the prison: Gathering dreams of freedom” and many more.

For more information about the Dulwich Centre and their work you can visit their website: or
Facebook page:

For more information on “Sundowner”: or

Speaker Profile

Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona 

Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona was a key-note speaker at the 2012 Voices Vic conference and due to popular demand he’s coming back to Melbourne for the World Hearing Voices Congress. Lewis will explore how Voices and indigenous narrative wisdom can assist healing, and show ways to apply Native American traditions to healing journeys.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine.  He currently lives in Brattleboro and serves as a core faculty to the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at the Coyote Institute as well as practicing family medicine, geriatrics, and psychiatry. He works with Aboriginal communities to develop uniquely Aboriginal styles of healing and health care for use in those communities. Lewis is currently working with voice hearers to explore new healing dialogues with their local communities. 

From Lakota and Cherokee background, Lewis has studied extensively with Native American healers, primarily focusing upon Cherokee and Lakota traditions, though he has also explored other Plains cultures and those of Northeastern North America.  He is on the board of directors of the Coyote Institute (for Studies in Change and Transformation). 

Lewis has been studying traditional healing and healers since his early career and combines teachings from both psychiatry and Native American traditions with the goal of bringing the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing back into mainstream medicine and to transform medicine and psychology through this wisdom coupled with more European derived narrative traditions. Lewis is the author of the Coyote trilogy (Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing & Coyote Wisdom) all about the wisdom that indigenous North American culture has to offer modern medicine. He has also authored Narrative Medicine and his most recent book, ‘Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry’.

To find out more you can visit his website:

Coyote Institute (for Studies in Change and Transformation):   


Abstracts have now officially closed

Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract. We received an overwhelming response and are currently in the process of reviewing all abstract submissions. Once we have completed all the reviews you will receive notification via email whether your abstract was successful or not.  Please be patient with us whilst we go through this process - you will hear back in the next few weeks. 

Poster submissions are still open 

Do you have something to share at the World Hearing Voices Congress? We'd love to hear from you.
Presentations welcomed from people with lived experience, academics, community workers, clinicians, family and carers.  
We are very open to a wide variety of poster formats - including traditional research summaries, personal stories, artwork, community group profiles and much more. 

Information sheet for new presenters click here
Full poster submission guidelines click here
Submit poster online here

Have your read our previous newsletters?

Have you seen our previous newsletters?  They're packed with info about the congress and you can read them here...

Newsletter 1

Newsletter 2

Newsletter 3 

A message from our Principal and Auspicing Partner UnitingCare Australia 

UnitingCare is one of Australia’s largest non-government providers of community services, with almost 1,500 community service delivery sites across every state and territory, providing services to over 2 million people each year. The UnitingCare network employs 35,000 staff and 24,000 volunteers nationally and provides services to children, young people and families, people with disabilities, and older Australians in urban, rural and remote communities. Its annual turnover is over $2.3 billion. UnitingCare Australia is the national body for the UnitingCare network, and a national agency of the Uniting Church in Australia.
UnitingCare is delighted to join in the conversation at the World Hearing Voices Congress as the Auspicing Partner. As an ‘agency of the people’ UnitingCare supports the growing consumer leadership and consumer-led approaches that are so powerful in people’s recovery journeys. 
UnitingCare collaborates to create a democratising process by bringing together people from different backgrounds into a learning environment including health professionals, carers and consumers, policy makers, researchers – but with consumers in the lead role.
UnitingCare is a thought leader in delivering a congress of a global scale which is based on a new premise in mental health; this being the acceptance that voice hearing is a common human experience, the place of trauma in this experience, and interventions and research that directly address the distressing nature of this experience for some people.
UnitingCare innovates to create new partnerships in practice and research that have a transformative effect on the mental health sector in Australia and internationally.

Visit the UnitingCare website.

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