An update on the World Hearing Voices Congress.
The conference people will be talking about

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Early Bird Discounts
1 June - 31 July 2013

Standard prices
1 Aug - 31 Oct

Register  online

Sponsorship Opportunities


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Abstract Submissions

14 May - 10 July 2013

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'll have the trip of a lifetime!

Next newsletter we'll release a booklet about travelling to Australia, handy tips and loads of great things to do while you're here.


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.






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This November the world's most innovative mental health conference is coming to Melbourne, Australia.

Working together to build our understanding about hearing voices, unusual experiences
and new ways of thinking about recovery.

Led by people with lived experience of hearing voices - but welcoming and inclusive of everyone...

voice hearers, consumers, service users,
mental health clinicians, community workers, carers and family, researchers and students.

Three days of new ideas, deeper understanding, collaborative conversations, innovative research and practice, and stories of hope and creativity.

Join the conversation!


Exciting new speakers joining the program

The world's leaders in hearing voices recovery work are coming to congress.

Our speaker line-up is getting more exciting by the day! 

Our aim is to bring together a range of really diverse views about voices - from lived experience, from professional expertise, from the perspective of families and carers, from indigenous and multicultural views. 

Just some of the extraordinary people joining us at congress include:
International speakers
Dr Rufus May (UK) 
Will Hall

Rachel Waddingham (UK)  Arana Pearson (NZ) 
Debra Lampshire (NZ)  |  Ron Coleman (UK)
Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona (US)  |  Barbara Mainguy (US)
Dr Dirk Corstens (NDL) Karen Taylor (UK) 
Wiremu and Lesley NiaNia (NZ)  |  Dr Allister Bush (NZ)

Australian speakers
Prof Alan Rosen   |  Dr Sarah Bendall  
Dr Sue Brann  | 
A/Prof Flavie Waters
David Denborough  |  Judith Drake  |  A/Professor Carol Harvey
Indigo Daya     |  Dr Simon McCarthy Jones
John Watkins  Dr Neil Thomas  |  Amanda Waegeli
Janet Karagounis  |  Dr David Leonard   
Lyn Mahboub  |  Lindy Moffatt  |  Maggie Toko
Fi Robinson  |  Prof Susan Rossell  |  Barb Shearer-Jones


From next issue we'll start profiling two speakers per newsletter.  You can also read more on our congress website.



Limited spaces available 

Do you have something to share at the World Hearing Voices Congress? 

We want to hear from people with lived experience about your views on and experiences of voices and recovery.  We want to hear from professional practitioners and researchers about innovative work with voices.  We want to hear from families and carers, and community groups.  We especially want to hear from collaborative groups of people working in new ways to make sense of and live with voices and other unusual experiences.

Presentation options range from 20mins to 60mins, and include panels/symposia, talks, debates and workshops.  We are also interested in short creative presentations about voices of approximately 15 minutes in length. 

We are inviting poster submissions as well - so if you have something to share that would work on a poster, please submit your ideas.

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




We are offering special discounts until the end of July. 

Early Bird Fees   1 June - 31 July 
Standard Fees    1 August - 31 October
Late Fees            1 November - 19 November

Download registration fees.

Discounts are also available for:
Concession Fee:  For voice hearers/consumers/service users and carers/family with pension or government concession cards
Reduced Fee:  For full time students, and for voices hearers/consumers/service users and family/carers on a reduced or part-time income

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.

DON'T MISS OUT on the early bird rate...
Register online now


There is a huge range of accommodation in Melbourne, catering to all budgets. We have negotiated discounts and reserved rooms for congress delegates at:

The Pensione 3.5 star 
0.2km walk from venue.  Prices range from $120AUD per night.
Single, double, twin and triple rooms available.

To book your reservation click here (please quote discount code PMIC13)

The Hilton 5 star 
Co-located with the congress venue.  From $260AUD per night
To book your reservation and get the discount click here

Another great option for those on a budget:

Melbourne Central YHA (Youth Hostels Australia)
Prices range from $30AUD per night.  To book your reservation please visit

Want more options?
For more accommodation choices you can also check out these accommodation booking sites:

This download includes a list of accommodation in Melbourne within walking distance of the congress venue.

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