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:
Download flyer here.
Planning your trip
Safety and security
Packing and luggage
Getting through a long flight
Duty free shopping
Looking after your mental health while travelling.
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.
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
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:
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 you seen our previous newsletters? They're packed with info about the congress and you can read them here...
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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