It is our pleasure to invite you to the 38th Annual Society for Mental Health Research Conference to be held at The University of Sydney in Sydney.  The conference will run from December 7-9 2016, with an exciting menu of workshops being offered on December 6. The theme of the Conference is ‘The New Wave’ celebrating the new group of researchers bringing innovative techniques and insights to mental health research and the broad range of mental health and psychiatry research conducted by our members, from the sub-cellular to translation and implementation science, across the spectrum of mental disorders.

The Conference is an unrivalled platform for mental health researchers and clinicians to engage in a vibrant clinical, scientific and social exchange. We are excited to welcome researchers from the broader health and medical sciences too, reflecting the increasing recognition of the interplay between good physical health and better mental health. The 2016 Conference will feature a 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 tomorrow’s mental health leaders with a range of free papers, conference symposia, and a dynamic early career program.

SMHR specifically encourages the involvement of early career researchers. It is the best way for new researchers to present their research and to develop their skills.  Awards and Travel fellowships, reduced conference rates and cheap accommodation at a university college will be available to help cut the expense of coming to a conference. In addition the conference will be preceded by a day of workshops providing training across a broad range of topics helping researchers analyse their data, understand the latest in genetic approaches or hone their skills in presenting their research to a broader audience. As well as the main program the conference will feature a range of early career events as well as a famously enjoyable social program.

If you are a student, an early or mid-career or senior researcher, a clinician, a consumer or carer, or a policy maker, we strongly encourage you to submit an abstract to the conference so that you can share your work with our community. If you are a regular SMHR attendee, we ask you to tell your colleagues, students, and others about our conference and encourage them to attend. Tell them that this conference is one they cannot afford to miss, and as always will provide plenty of opportunities for networking and collaboration and a program with amazing range, depth, and quality mental health research.

We really look forward to your participation in SMHR 2016 in Sydney this December.

Keep in touch with the latest conference announcements and plans via our Facebook page (2016 SMHR Annual Conference 7-9 December) or follow us on twitter (@SMHR2016).

Professor Anthony Harris and Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin (Co-Conveners)

Professor Patrick McGorry (SMHR President)