It’s our pleasure to invite you to the Sunshine Coast of Queensland in 2018 for the 40th Annual Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) conference, which will be held at the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Noosa Heads. The conference will run from 28th to 30th of November 2018, with a diverse range of workshops being offered on the 27th of November at the Sunshine Coast Mind & Neuroscience – Thompson Institute.

A defining feature of this SMHR is the coming together of clinical and research colleagues from around Australia and abroad to discuss and debate important topics in the area of mental health within a genuine spirit of collaboration. Thus the theme for this year’s meeting is “collaboration” which we feel aptly captures the spirit and enthusiasm by which colleagues attend this wonderful meeting.  

Over the years SMHR has brought together people and organisations from all of Australia who share the common goal of improving the lives of patients afflicted by mental illness and this year is no different. In addition to our membership we welcome researchers from the broader health and medical sciences too, as we recognise the interplay between physical and mental health.

In 2018 SMHR will feature an exciting and 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 upcoming leaders in mental health, with a range of free papers, conference symposia, and a dynamic early career program.

SMHR specifically encourages the involvement of early career researchers in the conference, providing them with a friendly and supportive environment in which to present their research and to develop their research communication skills. Travel fellowships, reduced conference rates and a range of accommodation options are available for this year’s conference. In addition, the conference will be preceded by a day of workshops providing training across a broad range of topics. In addition to the main program, the conference will feature both formal and informal events, as well as a famously enjoyable social program.

We invite you to submit an abstract and share your exciting and innovative research with other researchers, students, consumers, carers, clinicians, and policy makers. If you are a regular SMHR attendee, we ask that you encourage your colleagues, students, and others to attend this year’s conference and share with them the amazing research and networking opportunities that will be on offer.

On behalf of the SMHR Executive and Organising Committee we look forward to your participation in SMHR 2018 in Noosa this November.

Professors Jim Lagopoulos and Daniel Hermens (Co-Conveners)

Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin (SMHR President)