Mental Health Victoria and Community Mental Health Australia are delighted to host the 2nd Annual NDIS & Mental Health Conference from 31 October to 01 November 2018, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. 


Our Master of Ceremonies this year will be the Dr. Norman Swan, host of ABC Radio National’s Health Report.



The event will feature keynote presentations from international and Australian experts, alongside lived experience and service providers presenting on a diverse range of insightful and inspiring topics in mental health.



Confirmed Speakers:

* The Hon. Julia Gillard AC Chair, beyondblue
* Julie Collins MP, Shadow Minister for Mental Health
* Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Spokesperson for Mental Health
* Martin Foley MP, Minister for Mental Health (Victoria)
* Professor Diana Rose, King's College London
* Lucy Brogden, Chair National Mental Health Commission
* Rob De Luca, Chief Executive NDIA
* Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Executive Director of Orygen
* Dr Murray Wright, NSW Chief Psychiatrist
* John Brogden, AM, Consumer/Chairman of Lifeline Australia
* Dr Gerry Naughtin, Chief Executive of Mind Australia



The Conference will be extensively promoted throughout Australia to NDIS participants; carers; mental health service providers; State, Territory and Commonwealth Government Departments; primary health networks; medical professionals and psychologists; and academia.



  • Wednesday 31 October 2018 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
  • Thursday 01 November 2018 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Member (2 Days) $890
  • Non-member (2 Days) $990
  • Concession (Carer) $250
  • Concession (Cnsmer) $250
  • Concession (Student) $250
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Getting here

BY TRAM: Tram routes 96, 109 and 12 (Stop 124A Casino/MCEC) will all take you to our Clarendon Street entrance. Otherwise, tram routes 48 and 70 (Stop D5) take you to Flinders Street. From there, it’s just a short walk up Clarendon Street until you reach us. For tram timetables or further trip planning, use Public Transport Victoria’s Journey Planner.

BY TRAIN: Our closest station is Southern Cross. Once you exit the station, you can catch the 96, 109 or 12 tram routes and arrive at MCEC in just a few stops. For train timetables or further trip planning, use Public Transport Victoria’s Journey Planner.

BY CAR: If you’re being dropped off at the Exhibition Centre, our Clarendon Street entrance is the closest entrance. If you’re getting a lift to the Convention Centre, the entrance near DFO is the closest drop off point. If you’re driving in, our Exhibition Centre car park can be accessed via Normanby Road. You can view more parking options below.

BY BUS: From Monday to Friday, bus route 237 goes via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street, which is roughly a five-minute walk to MCEC. For bus timetables or further trip planning, use Public Transport Victoria’s Journey Planner.

BY TAXI OR UBER: If you’re heading to the Exhibition Centre, ask your taxi or Uber driver to drop you off at MCEC’s Clarendon Street entrance. If you’re going to the Convention Centre, ask your driver to drop you off at Convention Centre Place, next to Pan Pacific Melbourne and DFO South Warf. We have two nearby taxi ranks – Crown, Clarendon Street and DFO, Convention Centre Place.

When you arrive from Melbourne Airport (also known as Tullamarine Airport), you have three options. You can catch a taxi from outside your terminal or request an Uber by following the signs outside your terminal to the pick up zones. You can also get the Skybus, which has a service called the Southbank Docklands Express that stops at the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC. Receive 5% discount on purchasing tickets online by entering the promotional code ‘MCEC’.

Parking

Company: Wilson Parking Opening hours: 24/7 hours Enter/Exit: Normanby Road Clearance Height: 2.2 metres Please note that our car park can reach capacity early in the day during busy events.

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Company: Care Park Opening hours: 24/7 hours Enter/Exit: Corner of Siddeley Street and Flinders Street, Docklands Clearance Height: 1.9 metres

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Company: Wilson Parking Opening hours: 24/7 hours Enter/Exit: Normanby Road and Munro Street. Collect a validation ticket when making a purchase from DFO and receive a 50 per cent discount on your parking rate.

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Company: Wilson Parking Opening hours: 24/7 hours Enter/Exit: Convention Centre Place or Munro Street Clearance Height: 2.1 metres

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Company: Care Park Opening hours: 24/7 hours Enter/Exit: Munro Street

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Eating there

Shed Café - Exhibition Centre

The ideal spot for coffee on the go. Treat yourself to delicious house-made cakes and pastries while overlooking the Yarra River and South Wharf boardwalk. For lunch, choose from a selection of fresh, seasonal salads and sandwiches made using Victoria’s finest produce.

Plenary Café - Convention Centre

The perfect place to relax. If you’re waiting for an event or simply a bit peckish between meetings, stop by Plenary Café for home-made jaffles, toasties, salads and wraps. Plenary Café has all your cravings covered.

Goldfields Café + Bar - Exhibition Centre

The newest Café and Bar on the block. With its vibrant dining atmosphere, it's the ideal place for breakfast made to order, share plates and best of Victorian wines to keep discussing the day's event or just relax. A must visit!

Accessibility

Wheelchair access

There are accessible toilets, ramps and lifts throughout our venue, including lift access from the car parks. If you’d like to hire a wheelchair from us, call our Customer Service team on +61 3 9235 8000 or email us at customerservice@mcec.com.au.

Vision impairment

Braille is provided on all room door signage and fixed directional signage throughout the venue. MCEC is guide dog friendly and welcomes any registered assistance dogs into all areas of the building.

Assisted hearing

Most meeting rooms within the Convention Centre are equipped with TTA Hearing Assisted telephones, and we have other hearing assisted devices available to hire. To book, call our Customer Service team on +61 3 9235 8000 or email customerservice@mcec.com.au.

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Parent Rooms

Our Parent Rooms offer a comfortable and private space for parents and children. Located in both the Convention and Exhibition Centres, these feature everything you need to change or feed in privacy and comfort.

Cloak room

Looking for somewhere to store your coat, pram or luggage? Visit our Customer Service desk at either the Convention Centre Place or Clarendon Street entrances and our friendly staff will happily lighten your load.

Charging Stations

Power on with work or finish off that assignment at one of our many conveniently located charging stations throughout the building.

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