World Hearing Voices Congress 2013

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

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Hearing Voices: Journeys to Understanding
Sharing experience, expertise and wisdom

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


Thank you...

   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

The world's most refreshing, creative and hopeful mental health conference is coming to Melbourne this November… we hope you join us!  

Key Dates
20 – 22 Nov
Call for papers
Subsidy applications 

Call for posters


Regular fees
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We need to do better for voice hearers, and we believe
that if we work together, we can

The World Hearing Voices C
ongress will bring together:
  • people who have learned to understand and live with their voices
  • innovative practitioners and researchers who are thinking outside the square
  • family and friends who have found ways to live with voice hearers in supportive ways
  • communities who have changed their thinking about voices and made a difference

It will start up new conversations and partnerships which extend beyond the congress.

What is the congress about?
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  The aim of the congress is build our collective understanding about hearing voices and new ways of thinking about recovery, by drawing on the wisdom of many different perspectives. 

This includes three days of new ideas, collaborative conversations, innovative research and practice, and stories of hope and creativity.

Congress themes include:

  • Exploring the meaning behind ‘madness’
  • Inviting curiosity about hearing voices
  • A new era in leadership by those with lived experience
  • New practice and research for working with voices
  • Opening new doors for families and carers of voice hearers

Who is it for?

Would you like to find greater understanding about hearing voices?  We invite you to join the conversation:

  • Voice hearers, consumers and service users
  • Clinicians
  • Community workers
  • Carers, family and friends
  • Academics, researchers and students
  • Policy makers, managers and leaders

This is the congress people will be talking about for years to come.
We hope you join the conversation!



Dr Rufus May
(UK)  |  Rachel Waddingham (UK)  |  Will Hall (US)
Debra Lampshire (NZ)  |  Arana Pearson (NZ)  |  Ron Coleman (UK)
Prof Alan Rosen (
AU)  |  Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona (US)  |  Dr Dirk Corstens (NDL)
A/Prof Flavie Waters
(AU)  |  John Watkins (AU)  |  Dr Simon McCarthy Jones (AU)



This event has been endorsed for continuing professional development points by:
  • 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 hereIf requested by Friday 15th Nov it will be available at the registration desk at the end of your last day at the congress.

  Keep an eye on this site as we add more news about
 speakers, registrations & the developing program.

Congress News No 1 (June 7)
Congress overview
Accommodation options

Congress News No 2 (June 19)
Speaker profiles:  Dr Rufus May & Will Hall
Travel flyer #1 - "General congress travel tips"

Congress News No 3  (July 18)
Speaker profiles:  Lindy Moffatt & Rachel Waddingham
Travel flyer #2 - "Never travelled before?"

Congress News No 4 (July 30)
Speaker profiles:  Dr Lewis Mehl Madrona & David Denborough
Travel flyer #3 - "Travelling to Australia"

Congress News No 5 (Aug 21)
Speaker profile:  Dr Dirk Corstens
Don't forget your visa. 
Have you thought about submitting a poster at congress?
Congress News No 6 (Sept 7)
Speaker profiles:  Dr David Leonard & Prof Alan Rosen
Professional development points now available
New program highlights released!



Contact Information

  • 03 9692 9400
    +61 3 9692 9400

    Voices Vic
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    PO Box 68
    Prahran Vic 3181

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