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Leadership Retreat 2017

Leadership Retreat 2017

Leadership Roles for developing the MH workforce of the future 

25 February 2017 | Sydney, Australia


You are invited to come to this one day Leadership Retreat just prior to the IIMHL Leadership Exchange Australia and New Zealand and immediately after TheMHS Summer Forum in Sydney, Australia.  

The day will focus on the workforce and the leadership necessary to develop a truly team based interdisciplinary approach to clinical care, organisational governance and policy advocacy and implementation. Specifically, how do we prepare the workforce for this kind of work into the future – in public, private or NGO mental health organisations, behavioural health, primary health care and public health/population health?

This is your opportunity to collaboratively envision what the best mix of skills, roles, professions will be to promote mental health and wellbeing.  What leadership roles are necessary and how will they change into the future?  Is there a new way of thinking about leadership and workforce development? 


Kinghorn Centre, Level 6, St Vincents Hospital, Sydney .


$110 (including GST) covers basic costs, including morning/afternoon tea and lunch.

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Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson is a public service psychiatrist from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania who has focused his career on community/population health and improving psychiatric services. He has worked in a clinical and leadership capacity across the spectrum of community behavioral health and primary care settings and has an extensive background in behavioral health services research, psychiatric pedagogy, psychiatric administration and health policy advocacy. Currently he is the Chief Medical Officer for Recovery Innovations, a US organization that is leading efforts internationally to put recovery into practice. Prior to this he served as the Medical Director of the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he provided expert psychiatric consultation to public policy formation and implementation.


Kim Ryan

Kim Ryan is the CEO of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN); a passionate advocate for mental health and for the profession of mental health nursing. Kim believes nurses and midwives have the capacity to improve the mental health of the community and, in particular, that health outcomes for people who experience mental health conditions are substantially improved when a mental health nurse is involved. Kim has worked tireless nationally and internationally through nursing and other mental health organisations to advocate for better mental health care for all. Kim was instrumental in establishing the collaborative Mental Health Professionals Association (MHPA) with the RACGP, the APS, the ACMHN and the RANZCP, and chaired the association to undertake a landmark $15 million project focusing on professional collaboration to improve mental health care. She is the winner of the inaugural Australian Mental Health Prize 2016.


Special Guest Speaker via live link from the UK: 

Peter Hawkins

Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School, Chairman of Renewal Associates and founder and emeritus Chairman of Bath Consultancy Group.  He is a leading consultant, writer and researcher in leadership and leadership development and an international thought leader in executive teams, and systemic team coaching.  He has just led a major global research project on Tomorrow’s Leadership and the Necessary Revolution in Today’s Leadership Development.  Peter also draws on his 10 years working in mental health and background as a psychotherapist. 

Watch Peter talk about what leadership needs to look like to address the challenges of the future.


Who should come?

  • Leaders in the mental health field – at many levels, including emerging, mid-career and elders
  • From all professional disciplines, service-user/consumer and family/carer peer workers, managers, academics
  • In public, NGO and fee-for-service fields

Priority will be given to those who are attending either IIMHL Leadership Exchange or TheMHS Summer Forum.

The day is intentionally positioned between TheMHS Summer Forum in Sydney (23 – 24 Feb) and the IIMHL Leadership Exchange that begins on Monday 27 February. This allows for Sunday 26 Feb being a rest day or a travel day before IIMHL Leadership Exchange.


Objectives of the day:

  1. To begin to co-design and outline changes required in leadership and workforce roles, processes for optimal mental health systems of the future.
  2. To envision the interdisciplinary roles, teams, partnerships and mix of mental health providers and facilities which will need to be in place within the next 5-10 years for optimal recovery from mental illness. 


Supported by:

 Queensland Mental Health Commission