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Journeys to Understanding – Sharing experience, expertise and wisdom

20 – 22 November 2013, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (Australia)

Congress imageTraditionally held in Europe, this extraordinary conference brings together the world’s leading experts on hearing voices and recovery. It is an event unlike anything else in mental health, filled with hope, innovative thinking and collaboration. This year the congress will be hosted in Melbourne by Voices Vic, Prahran Mission.

The congress is consumer-led, but is developed by a working group which also includes members from all mental health disciplines, real practice and the latest research, carers & families, and multicultural & indigenous perspectives.


The conference themes include:

  1. Madness has meaning
  2. Inviting curiosity about voices
  3. A new era in leadership by those with lived experience
  4. New practice and research for working with voices
  5. Opening new doors for families and carers of voice hearers

Speakers include:

  • Dr Rufus May
  • Arana Pearson
  • Dr Neil Thomas
  • Dr Simon McCarthy Jones
  • Indigo Daya
  • John Watkins

Abstract Submissions are now OPEN

Do you want to present at the congress? Abstract submissions are open now and close on 10 July. The Congress organisers are seeking applications for talks, workshops, symposia and posters – based on the congress themes.

For more information

This congress is being organised by an Australian committee – please see their website (  for more information, and contact them directly if you would like to submit an abstract.

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