It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 39th Annual Society for Mental Health Research Conference to be held at The Hyatt Hotel in Canberra. The conference will run from 6 – 8 December 2017, with a diverse range of workshops being offered on 5 December. The theme of the Conference is ‘From Discovery to Translation’, which encapsulates the breadth 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 lively clinical, scientific and social exchanges. We welcome researchers from the broader health and medical sciences too, as we recognise the interplay between physical and mental health. The 2017 Conference will feature an exciting and 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 upcoming leaders in mental health, with a range of free papers, conference symposia, and a dynamic early career program.

SMHR specifically encourages the involvement of early career researchers in the conference, providing them with a friendly and supportive environment in which to present their research and to develop their research communication skills. Awards and Travel fellowships, reduced conference rates and a range of accommodation options will help to reduce the costs associated with this year’s conference. In addition, the conference will be preceded by a day of workshops providing training across a broad range of topics, including data analysis and media engagement. In addition to the main program, the conference will feature both formal and informal early career events, as well as a famously enjoyable social program.

We strongly encourage all of you to submit an abstract to the conference and share your exciting and innovative research with other researchers, students, consumers, carers, clinicians, and policy makers. If you are a regular SMHR attendee, we invite you to encourage your colleagues, students, and others to attend this year’s conference and share with them the amazing research and networking opportunities that will be on offer.

We really look forward to your participation in SMHR 2017 in Canberra this December.

Dr Alison Calear and Associate Professor Phil Batterham (Co-Conveners)
Professor Patrick McGorry (SMHR President)