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Health Sciences Research Forum

Spotlight Series: Mental health research 2019

This symposium is for anyone working in the delivery of mental health services, and the policy that governs these services as well as those engaged in research. Talks will be short and delivered in lay language.

  • Group of smiling faces imageTuesday 8 October 2019
  • Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, Wellington, 23a Mein Street, Wellington

How to register

Registrations for this event are now open – the event is open to all and free of charge. Come and listen to Otago researchers outline their latest research on mental health conditions and discuss what research is telling us about how to change health service delivery. Presenters will include both established and early career researchers along with some consumer-researchers.

If you have any enquiries please contact us by email:

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Student Poster Competition

A poster competition for students involved in mental health research will take place the evening before the showcase (7th Oct). Judging of the competition will be held in conjunction with a drinks and nibbles event for all participants. There are good prizes up for grabs.

See the Guidelines for the competition.

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Mental health research draft programme

Watch this space as more speakers are confirmed over weeks to come.

9.00am Mihi

Paul Brunton (2018) thumbnailMihi and welcome from Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Health Sciences, Professor Paul Brunton

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9.10am Opening addressSusanna Every-Palmer tn

Dr Susanna Every-Palmer, University of Otago, Wellington

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Other speakers:

John Horwood_thumbnailProfessor John Horwood: Longitudinal studies examining childhood adversity

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giles newton howes thumbAssociate Professor Giles Newton Howes: Alcohol use and personality disorder

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Psychological Medicine Christchurch: Clinical research on disorders

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Kate Scott thumbProfessor Kate Scott: New Zealand's place in the world: Provocative findings from the world mental health surveys

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Cameron Lacey_thumbnailDr Cameron Lacey: Māori bi-polar service use

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Finalists in the student poster competition will also present their work

3.30pm Panel discussion

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4pm Closing