The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association hosts the New Zealand Mental Health Conference.

As a premiere event, we want to shine a light on the work being done in New Zealand’s mental health sector. We also want to highlight the importance of community unification, strength and resilience in times of trauma and recovery, shared via the experiences and insights of mental health professionals, community groups and lived experience speakers.

We want to create a unified platform to share challenges, opportunities and developments in New Zealand’s mental health sector.

With a diverse inclusive program, our conference will provide an encouraging and supportive environment for all opinions, experiences and insights to be heard.

With support from industry partners and sponsors, we can continue our mission for mental health support, advocacy and awareness.


Discover more about the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association. Download our free association information pack.


Dame Dr Sue Bagshaw, Director, Collaborative for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development Trust


Sue Bagshaw works as a primary care doctor specialising in adolescent/youth health at a one stop community youth health centre for 10-25 year olds, which she helped to set up, under a trust called Korowai Youth Well-being Trust. She is working with others to set up a Youth Hub of services and transition housing.

She is a senior lecturer in adolescent health in the department of Paediatrics at the Christchurch School of Medicine, and she is an educator with the Collaborative Trust (a research and training centre for youth health and development). She worked for the Family Planning Association for 20 years and worked for ten years part time on the Methadone programme in Christchurch: which is why she has interests in common with young people – sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll!


Ms Barbara Kuriger, MP for Taranaki-King Country and Chief National Party Whip

Ms Sharon Leadbetter, Workplace Health Lead, Wayahead-Mental Health Association

Ms Rachel Moon, Senior Manager Strategic Wellbeing | Airline Ops and People Safety, Air NZ

Ms Bridgitte Thornley, National Director, PGF Group

Ms Jude Gain, Business Development Manager, Mental Health Education & Resource Centre (MHERC)

Ms Julie Sparks, General Manager, Step Ahead

Dr Mark Wallace-Bell, Lecturer in Health Sciences, University of Canterbury New Zealand

Presentation Submissions Close
15 November 2019

Program Available
10 December 2019

Early-Bird Closes
14th February 2020


We want to shine the spotlight on New Zealand mental health.

That is why we have sourced some of the most influential and dedicated professionals to share their experiences and ideas in mental health.

To further our commitment, we will provide you with access to all conference presentations, available via podcasts and slides in our resource centre. This will enable you to continue learning long after the conference has ended.

Unite with a community passionate about educating, advocating and advancing New Zealand’s mental health sector.