World Hearing Voices Congress 2013

South Wharf
Wednesday, 20 November 2013

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Congress Program

Draft Program Now Available 
Abstract & Poster Submissions
Program Committee Members

Traditionally held in Europe, this extraordinary conference brings together the world’s leading experts on hearing voices and recovery.  It is an event unlike anything else in mental health, filled with hope, innovative thinking and collaboration.  This year the congress will be hosted in Melbourne by Voices Vic, Prahran Mission.

The congress is consumer-led, but is developed by a working group which also includes members from all mental health disciplines, real practice and the latest research, carers & families, and multicultural & indigenous perspectives.

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Draft Program Now Available  *NEW

All the speakers, panels and sessions, by time and day.  There are over 119 sessions to choose from!

Download program (A3 version) - easier to read
Download program (A4 version)
Last updated 15 Oct

Please note that the current program is a draft version and is subject to change (but these should be mostly minor).  

We hope it looks as exciting to you as it does to us!



This year's congress features a line up of some of the world's leading experts by experience and expertise.  The program includes 43 in featured speakers and panelists plus another 45 abstract presenters.

Rufus May  (UK)

Will Hall  (USA)

Rachel Waddingham  (UK)

Alan Rosen  (AUS)

Flavie Waters (AUS)

Lewis Mehl-Madrona  (USA)

Arana Pearson (NZ)

Dirk Corstens  (NDL)

Ron Coleman  (UK)

Allister Bush  (NZ)

John Farhall  (AUS)

Maggie Toko  (AUS)

Auntie Di Kerr  (AUS)

John Watkins  (AUS)

Merinda Epstein  (AUS)

Amanda Waegeli  (AUS)

Judith Drake  (AUS)

Naomi Halpern  (AUS)

Barb Shearer-Jones  (AUS)

Judy Hope  (AUS)

Neil Thomas  (AUS)

Carol Harvey  (AUS)

Karen Taylor  (NZ)

Nga Tran  (AUS)

David Denborough  (AUS)

Kellie Comans  (AUS)

Peter Bullimore (UK)

David Leonard AO  (AUS)

Lesley NiaNia  (NZ)

Sandra Hacker AO  (AUS)

Debra Lampshire  (NZ)

Barbara Mainguy  (USA)

Sarah Bendall  (AUS)

Fi Robinson  (AUS)

Lindy Moffatt  (AUS)

Simon McCarthy-Jones  (AUS)

Indigo Daya  (AUS)

Louisa Dent-Pearce  (AUS)

Sue Brann  (AUS)

Janet Karagounis  (AUS)

Lyn Mahboub  (AUS)

Sue Nunn  (AUS)

Wiremu NiaNia  (NZ)

Susan Rossell  (AUS)

Some selected speaker profiles...

Dr Rufus May (United Kingdom)
Clinical psychologist and trainer with lived experience of psychosis. Featured in the British Channel 4 documentary 'The Doctor Who Hears Voices'. Read more.

Arana Pearson (New Zealand)
Voice hearer, speaker, educator, musician and writer (NZ).  Read more.

Will Hall (USA)
Therapist, trainer, and community development worker whose recovery from a schizophrenia diagnosis has brought him to the forefront of leading innovations in psychosis treatment in the US and around the world. A long time leader with the peer recovery movement, founder of Portland Hearing Voices, and a past board member of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, Will also hosts the interview format FM radio program Madness Radio syndicated through the Pacifica Network and on iTunes.

Abstract Submissions CLOSED

Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract to present.  We received a huge volume of fantastic presentations.  Selections have been made by our program committee and all submitters have been contacted.  If you have not heard from us yet please contact us via email.

A total of 45 sessions have been included in the program from these submissions - including research, innovative community and clinical work, stories and perspectives from lived experience, challenging new ideas and thinking, workshops, and some very exciting creative performances.

Poster Submissions OPEN

Have you considered submitting a poster?

Posters are traditionally used at conferences to report on research, but we are also interested in creative posters from individuals and groups as well.

We want our posters at congress to reflect the many rich and varied experiences of hearing voices, recovery and support options, research, descriptions of hearing voices groups and community programs, creative interpretations of voices and mental health ... and anything else you would like to share with other delegates.

Posters have the advantage that they can be seen by every delegate at the event instead of just those people in a particular session.

Posters will be on public display in the lunch area at the congress and will have a dedicated time for people to stand with their poster and speak about it to interested people during the congress.  

It costs nothing to submit a poster, you just need to apply on our website.

Your submission only has to explain what your poster will include, and who is preparing it - you don't have to give us your poster until the actual congress (bring it with you on the first morning).

Download Poster Submission Guidelines

Ready to go? Submit your applications here:
Submissions are made via an online form.  Remember to click the submit button when you are finished.

** Please note** 

Poster submissions officially close on Monday 4th November.  Posters applications may still be able to be entered after this date but will only be accepted subject to space, and may not be included in the book of abstracts due to printing deadlines.


Program Committee Members

We have taken care to form a program committee that represents the many different interests and experiences of people who will attend congress. The committee is over 50% people with lived experience, and the balance includes clinicians, community workers, and family/carers.

Download our program committee members list.


This is going to be an extraordinary event unlike any other on the mental health calendar.  But don't just take it from us... here's some of the comments from delegates at the 2012 Voices Vic conference...

Feedback from voices hearers / consumers
“The whole conference was the most relevant I have ever attended.”
- Consumer consultant, Voice hearer
“A must-see to challenge traditional concepts of support.  Best, most hopeful conference attended.  Great vibe!”
                                                                                                        - Peer support worker

Feedback from clinical professionals
“It is not anti-psychiatry, though at times it is critical of certain attitudes and practices.  Every practicing psychiatrist should attend a conference such as this as it will educate and benefit their practice.” 
- Psychiatrist

“Thank you for a thought-provoking, evocative, powerful and inspiring conference.”
                                                                             - Nurse/Manager clinical services

Feedback from community workers

“This conference was a highly significant achievement… lived experience, diversity and inclusivity.  This was the most important conference I have attended for a number of years.”
- Manager-Community Service

“Not a moment when I wasn’t captivated and has inspired me both personally and professionally." 
                                                                                                                                - Keyworker
Feedback from carers, friends & family

“One of the most involving, interactive, authentic conferences I have attended in over thirty years of direct involvement as a carer. …Thank you so much for opening new doors for us.”
- Carer
“Life changing.” 
- Carer



Contact Information

  • 03 9692 9400
    +61 3 9692 9400

    Voices Vic
    Congress Team
    PO Box 68
    Prahran Vic 3181

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