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Safeguarding Mental Health An inaugural conference to be held at James Cook University this June/July will look at how best to support students experiencing mental health issues. The countdown is on for the Inaugural Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Conference, to be held at James Cook University’s Townsville campus on Friday June 30 and Saturday July 1. “In Australia, there are approximately 800,000 university students aged between 18 and 25 and it is estimated that at least one in four will have experienced some mental health issues in the last year,” says Dr Margaret-Anne Carter, a senior lecturer in Education at James Cook University and one of the conference founders. “This figure is a wake-up call, creating both challenges and

opportunities for universities, the mental health sector and the wider community. We all need to be on the same page in advocating and supporting the mental wellbeing of Australian university students and staff. “In convening this conference we will be informed by the most recent research, exploring innovative, integrated and sustainable mental health interventions led by universalities in collaboration with researchers, mental health bodies and the broader community. Members of the public, mental health practitioners, students, academics, educators, researchers, consumers and carers are all welcome to attend.”

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(Left to right) Dr Beryl Buckby, Dr Margaret Carter and Associate Professor Abraham Francis.

Keynote speakers will include Dr Benjamin Veness, Dr Jan Orman and Professor Pat Dudgeon. “We have many more speakers (local, regional, national and international) presenting at the conference and are thankful to our sponsors including BUPA, The Black Dog Institute and Centacare North Queensland for supporting this inaugural event,” Dr Margaret Carter says. To register for the conference, or enquire about sponsorship, please visit

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