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Early Bird Discounts
1 June - 31 July 2013

Standard prices
1 Aug - 31 Oct

Register  online

Sponsorship Opportunities

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

Read more and download our prospectus

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 won't be disappointed!

Download our flyer about travelling to Australia, handy tips and all the great things to do while you're here.
Keep your eye on the website


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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In this issue:
  • Registrations & the end of the financial year
  • New travel and tourism flyer for people travelling from overseas
  • A special thank you to our sponsors
  • Speaker profile:  Dr Rufus May
  • Speaker profile:  Will Hall
  • Abstract submissions update
  • An apology to Rachel Waddingham



The Australian financial year is about to end:
  • Don't miss out on registering if your organisation wants to pay out of this year's budget
  • Did you plan to claim a tax deduction for your congress registration?  From next year the Australian Tax Office plans to cap self education expense deductions

Early bird discounts are still open until 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 are a voice hearer (or consumer/service user) or carer who is on a low income (not working full-time) but don't have a concession card.  This rate also applies to full-time students with ID.

Concession fee: this applies for voice hearers 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.

Update on Paypal
 We've had a few delays getting PayPal set upon 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

Download registration fees.

Register online now

New Travel & Tourism Flyer
Are you travelling to congress from outside Australia?  We've prepared this new brochure with lots of handy travel advice.  Download flyer here.

Next newsletter we'll release another flyer for first time travellers, including sections for people with lived experience.  The flyer will include information on booking flights, looking after your mental health while you travel, and lots of information about making your trip easy and stress-free.

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

Rufus May

Rufus May is a clinical psychologist in the National Health Service (NHS) in England, and an independent trainer and consultant.  Rufus travelled his own recovery journey after being diagnosed with schizophrenia aged 18.  Renowned for his creative and sensitive approaches, today Rufus supports recovery for people who experience psychosis and other difficulties.  He works with the hearing voices approach, acceptance and mindfulness, community development projects, emancipatory activities and self help and holistic practice. Rufus has been a keynote at many conferences around the world - his talks are challenging, touch the heart, and make us laugh as well.

Want to know more?
Rufus was featured in the ITV documentary "The Doctor Who Hears Voices".  Watch this and other videos with Rufus: Watch here...

rufus photo"At the age of 18, Rufus May was diagnosed as an incurable schizophrenic and locked up in a psychiatric hospital. Now, he is a respected psychologist and a passionate campaigner on mental health issues. He is also the guest editor of this special issue. Here, he tells his extraordinary tale." (The Mad Doctor, The Independent, 18 March 2007).  Read more...

Rufus has developed and adapted many great strategies to help people live with difficult voices.  In this article he talks about challenging the power relationship with voices.  Read more...

Speaker Profile
Will Hall

Will Hall is one of the leading voices of lived experience in the USA today.   Will is a therapist, trainer and community development worker whose recovery from a schizophrenia diagnosis has brought him to the forefront of leading innovations in psychosis treatment in the US and around the world.

A long time leader with the peer recovery movement, founder of Portland Hearing Voices, and a past board member of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, Will also hosts the interview format FM radio program Madness Radio syndicated through the Pacifica Network and on iTunes.

Will has taught in more than 9 countries and gained international recognition for his work with mental diversity, including coverage in the New York Times and Newsweek.  Therapeutically Will works with process oriented psychology, open dialogue, family recovery, medication education, psychosis, emotional crisis and mental diversity, social oppression, rank and abuse, relationships, and community development work.

Want to know more?
"Listening to Madness", Newsweek (2009).  Interview with Will Hall.   Read more...

"The Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Medications."  Written by Will Hall with a 14 member health professional advisory board providing research assistance and 24 other collaborators involved in developing and editing.  Published online by The Icarus Project and The Freedom Center (USA).  Harm reduction is the strategy of choice in drug and alcohol programs, but is still not commonly recognised as an approach in working with people who are not happy with their medication.  Read more...

You can read Will's recovery
story at The National Empowerment Center website. 



Limited spaces still available 

Do you have something to share at the World Hearing Voices Congress? We'd love to hear from you.

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

Apology to Rachel Waddingham (oops!)

We accidentally spelt Rachel's surname incorrectly in our last brochure.  It is Rachel Waddingham, not Waddington.  Our very humble and sincere apologies to Rachel. You can download the correct version of the brochure here.

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