First responses to mental health crisis: where to from here?

Date: Friday 6 March 2020
Time: 6.30pm for pre-dinner drinks and canapes
7.00pm for two course dinner and cheese platter, including beverage package
Venue: Rydges Southbank Hotel, 9 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane

Price: Registration for ANZAPPL members: $70
Registration for non-members: $90

Please click here to register.

Ed Heffernan is the Director of the Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service and an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at The University of Queensland. He is a clinician with over 20 years’ experience working at the interface of the mental health and criminal justice systems and he leads the Forensic Mental Health Research Group at Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research. He is also the Clinical Director of the Mental Health Liaison Services to the Police Communications Centre and Queensland Ambulance.

Ed will discuss the novel initiatives, the opportunities and the challenges for mental health services in supporting the first response to mental health crisis situations. He will overview and critique the range of collaborative models, including co-responder models, unique police mental health programs and the important role of the broader mental health sector in this space. He will discuss work happening in Queensland, including findings of a globally unique research study: Partners in Prevention: Understanding and Enhancing First Responses to Suicide Crisis Situations.

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