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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

Abstract submissions extended until 19 July 

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. 


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 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 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'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.

A note about our fees
Some  people on low incomes have asked us why the registration fees can't be cheaper.  We just want to let people know that we have not set our registration prices lightly and  it is very expensive to host a major international event like this.  The conference registration fees are helping us to cover our costs, and our sponsors are also helping us to do this.  We have done our very best to set fees as low as we can.

Register online now

New Travel & Tourism Flyer 
Never travelled 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:
  • Passports
  • Planning your trip
  • Booking flights
  • Visa application
  • Medication
  • Booking accommodation
  • Safety and security
  • Packing and luggage
  • Getting through a long flight
  • Duty free shopping
  • Looking after your mental health while travelling.

Download flyer here.

Next newsletter we will have another brochure for people wanting to know more about Australia.  

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

Lindy Moffat

Lindy Moffatt is a Wakka Wakka, Gumbaynggir and Dunghutti woman who works in program development at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation in Canberra, Australia.   She has worked in the areas of arts, higher education, counselling, mental health and domestic and family violence services.  Lindy won the 2011 Dr Ross Ingram Memorial Competition, Medical Journal of Australia for her essay entitled: “Mental illness or spiritual illness: what should we call it?” in which she describes the grief and loss she experienced, the struggles caring for her son and the impacts of trans-generational trauma on Indigenous families and mental health. 

Read Lindy's essay online

Visit the healing foundation website here


Speaker Profile

Rachel "Rai" Waddingham 

Rachel (“Rai”) Waddingham is the manager of Mind in Camden's London Hearing Voices Project and Voice Collective.  She has led peer support initiatives for children, young people and their parents, voice hearers in prison and people experiencing paranoia.  Rai is a trustee of the English Hearing Voices Network and ISPS UK, a media spokesperson, writer and international trainer. Rai is also a voice-hearer and survivor of trauma. 

Read more about Rachel:

Visit Rai's website Behind the Label  
"... I hear voices, see visions and have a whole host of unusual experiences that have, at times, overwhelmed me. Although I'm diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder and dissociative disorder, I no longer believe that seeing myself as 'ill' is useful or relevant. Human experience is way more interesting than the labels we attach to it..."

"A personal perspective on the importance of psychological therapies"

Rachel Waddingham, manager of the London Hearing Voices Project, discusses her personal experience with Hearing Voices groups during an interview at the 2012 World Hearing Voices Congress in Cardiff, Wales.

Check out "Voice Collective"
For children and young people who hear, see and sense things that others don't.  Includes a wonderful video put together by young people at the service about hearing voices:
Still from Voice Collective video


Closing Date Extended to 19th July (TOMORROW)

Limited spaces still available 

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.  

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

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

Coming Soon 

Keep your eye on this spot in our next newsletter as we will be profiling each of our sponsors, more speakers, and more detail about the program.

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