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The Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR), formerly known as The Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR) is a national peak body for psychiatric and mental health research in Australia and New Zealand.


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The Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) supports the Government's $15 million commitment to mental health research funding in the May 9 2017 Budget.  Whilst more work is needed, this is a critical first step to increasing the funding available to support mental health research in Australia.  

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39th annual SMHR conference


6-8 december 2017


It is our pleasure to invite you to the 39th Annual Society for Mental Health Research Conference to be held at Hyatt Hotel, Canberra.  The conference will run from 6-8 December, 2017, with an exciting menu of workshops being offered. The theme of the Conference is ‘From Discovery to Translation’ reflecting the broad range of mental health and psychiatry research conducted by our members, from the sub-cellular to translation and implementation science, across the spectrum of mental disorders.

The Conference is an unrivalled platform for mental health researchers and clinicians to engage in a vibrant clinical and scientific exchange. We are excited to welcome researchers from the broader health and medical sciences too, reflecting the increasing recognition of the interplay between good physical health and better mental health. The 2017 Conference will feature a comprehensive program that includes international and national keynote and plenary speakers at the forefront of science and innovation in mental health research.  The conference will also showcase tomorrow’s mental health leaders with a range of free papers, conference symposia, and a dynamic early career program.

If you are a student, an early or mid career or senior researcher, a clinician, a consumer or carer, or a policy maker, we strongly encourage you to submit an abstract to the conference so that you can share your work with our community. 

If you are a regular SMHR attendee, we ask you to tell your colleagues, students, and others about our conference and encourage them to attend. Tell them that this conference is one they cannot afford to miss, and as always will provide plenty of opportunities for networking and collaboration and a program with amazing range, depth, and quality mental health research.

We really look forward to your participation in SMHR 2017 in Canberra this December.

Associate Professor Philip Batterham and Dr Alison Calear (Co-Convenors)

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