The congress is now over, but what an event it was! Inspiring, collaborative, filled with heart and brilliant ideas.
Artwork and comments on "The Voices Wall" kept us all connected
Over 770 people attended the congress during the 3 days, making it the largest ever Intervoice World Hearing Voices Congress, and the largest ever consumer-led event in Australia's history. Most importantly, many voice hearers have now found new ways of living with their voices, many workers now have new strategies and ideas for better supporting voice hearers, and many family, friends and carers now feel better able to understand and support their loved ones.
"The Moon is a Balloon" MIF Choir uplifted our hearts and helped us all raise our voices together
We were able to have many difficult conversations with a deep respect and collaborative spirit... keeping doors open for many new projects and partnerships.
We generally avoided 'keynotes' and instead had conversations that brought different views together. Our panel, 'The pros and cons of medication" included different lived experience and clinical views: Ms Nga Tran, Janet Karagounis, Will Hall, Indigo Daya, John Watkins, Dr Rufus May, Merinda Epstein & Dr Judy Hope.
Many new ideas and projects kicked off at the congress and we will share more about these in the coming weeks, including:
The Melbourne Declaration - A public commitment by organisations to listen and respond to the needs and wants of voice hearers. 55 organisations have already signed the declaration - we hope many more will join us.
Towards Voices of Reconciliation & Partnership - a shard project between Voices Vic and The Dulwich Centre to explore ways in which we can recognise the histories of voice hearers and move towards reconciliation between the consumer movement and the mental health system.
The open space dialogues from last day of congress
A cloud site to share your photos of the congress with us. Until then please email your submissions to us (5MB or less per email).
How to contribute to the congress 'book of proceedings'. We hope to set up a discussion forum for sharing your reflections and other contributions. Until then please email your submissions to us.
News from Yeni Rosa about her work with voice hearers in Indonesia
Want to share about your experience of congress? We'll launch an evaluation page early next week. In the meantime please join the conversation on Facebook
To the elders of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation for welcoming us onto their land, and to all of the elders of First Peoples who shared their wisdom with us at congress
To our sponsors, exhibitors and supporters for helping us make the congress happen
To our team of staff and volunteers for making everything run so well, and everyone feel so welcome
To our delegates for joining us on this special journey to understanding
It will start up new conversations and partnerships which extend beyond the congress.
Australian Counselling Association (42 OPD points)
Australian Association of Social Workers (21 hours)
Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (19.5 points)
To request a certificate of attendance, please click here. If requested by Friday 15th Nov it will be available at the registration desk at the end of your last day at the congress.