Strengthening international collaboration in schizophrenia research

June 2015

The inaugural Australasian Schizophrenia Conference in Melbourne this year will accelerate the collaborative research needed to address the challenge of improving the diagnosis and treatment of Schizophrenia.

Bipolar and Schizophrenia affect at least two percent of the Australian population and sadly almost 80 per cent of the disability associated with schizophrenia is currently untreatable.

Club Melbourne Ambassador Professor Patrick McGorry AO, the Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health and the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health in Melbourne, is the Program Chair for this regional conference.

The conference will be held at MCEC in September and attended by academics, clinicians and researchers to tackle some of the larger questions facing this field of research. Professor McGorry hopes the conference will provide a platform for discussions which will bring more awareness and lead to more opportunities for strengthening research practice and will foster collaboration in current and future schizophrenia research in these growing regions. 

"This is a unique meeting with the two major international schizophrenia research organisations ICOSR and SIRS joining with the Psychosis Australia Trust to co-host the inaugural Australasian Schizophrenia Conference,” said Professor McGorry.

“Australian research in schizophrenia is world class and this conference builds on this and draws in the latest cutting edge research from around the world to an Australian and Asia Pacific audience."

Themes of the three day conference will include:

-        Treatment Innovation in Psychosis and Schizophrenia,

-        The Voices of Schizophrenia,

-        Recovery – why wait?

This conference includes plenaries, orals, concurrent, and poster sessions. Abstracts are now being accepted through the conference website.

The 2015 Australasian Schizophrenia Conference will receive assistance from Club Melbourne as part of the program’s support for inaugural conferences. Club Melbourne provides support for the creation of new conferences that meet a set of outlined criteria, such as belonging to an identified Government priority sector, taking place at MCEC and having a defined trajectory of growth. If you are working on an inaugural concept that you believe could meet the criteria, we would like to hear from you to discuss how Club Melbourne may be able to support your efforts.