Australian Chinese Mental Health Professionals
High-Level Forum

February 24, 2019

Rydges World Square

Sydney, Australia

*Please note: The conference program is correct at the time of publication. The final conference program is subject to change at the discretion of the Program Committee

About the Forum


You are cordially invited to showcase and share with 100 international experts, researchers, and community members your research findings.

The Forum will bring together 100 international mental health experts and top researchers across the fields of mental health, providing an excellent platform for participants to formulate ideas and projects to enhance the well-being of those affected by mental health conditions. The Forum will also be joined by federal members of parliament, NSW Premier and Ministers.


  • The Forum topics will touch on relevant issues of the 21st century, such as:
  • Mental health at home and workplace;
  • Physical and mental well-being;
  • Suicide prevention;
  • Impact of technology and social websites on mental health conditions and prevention; and
  • Current challenges facing mental health experts.

The Forum will be covered by all media outlets in Australia, including TV, radio, magazine, newspaper, news website. There will also be interview opportunities.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Laurie Ann Levin​

A pioneer in Digital Treatment Technology for global integral mental health.​

After five years of development and testing, with the support of the United Nations’, September 20th, 2018, World Peace Day, launched the cost free HERE Global Foundation interactive meditation app premised on the ‘neuroscience science of peace’.

Dr Levin is dedicated to Digital Treatment Technologies that will serve as an augmentation to the delivery of traditional mental health. She sees digital treatments’ ability to provide and broaden assistance in areas of the world without access or acceptance to the customary delivery of mental health care.

In 2002, Dr Levin founded and was CEO of Moonview Sanctuary, a holistic treatment and research institute. In 2009, she published her award-winning memoir God, the Universe and Where I Fit In. In 2015, she published a bedside meditation workbook journal Life in Life, introduced on the Today Show. Dr Levin currently resides in California with her husband, former TimeWarner CEO, Jerry Levin.

Scientia Professor Phillip Mitchell

Head of the School of Psychiatry at UNSW; Consultant Psychiatrist, Prince of Wales Hospital; Director, Bipolar Disorders Clinic, Black Dog Institute; Guest Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University; Visiting Professor, Harbin Medical University, China; Board Member of the Black Dog Institute; and Board Member of the Anika Foundation for Adolescent Depression and Suicide.

Professor Mitchell’s research and clinical interests are in bipolar disorder and depression. His current focus is on identifying biological and clinical factors that increase the risk of at-risk subjects developing bipolar disorder through ‘high risk’ longitudinal studies of young people at genetic risk for bipolar disorder and molecular genetics of bipolar disorder.

The ultimate aim of this work is to enable development of targeted early intervention programs for bipolar disorder and depression.

Professor Mitchell is also interested in the clinical phenomenology of bipolar disorder and depression, and stimulatory therapies for depression (such as transcranial magnetic stimulation TMS and direct current stimulation DCS).

Seminar Presenters

Dr Fiona Kumfor

Dr Fiona Kumfor holds a Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology (Macquarie University) and a PhD in Neuroscience (University of New South Wales). She is currently an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow (2016-2019), Senior Research Fellow in the School of Psychology and registered Clinical Neuropsychologist with AHPRA.

Combining her clinical training in neuropsychology and research expertise in cognitive neuroscience her work investigates social cognition in clinical syndromes with a focus on dementia, and aims to improve diagnosis and prognosis of dementia, while also informing neurobiological models of complex human behaviours.

Dr Fiona Kumfor’s research focuses on understanding how abilities we usually take for granted, such as recognising someone you know, understanding how they feel and being able to empathise with others, can be affected in dementia.

Her research combines novel experimental paradigms with advanced neuroimaging to inform theoretical models of social cognition and improve diagnosis and prognosis of people with dementia.


Your research, along with the conference speeches/papers, will be compiled into our conference journal for publication via Australian media platforms, with the aim to enhance mental well-being of community members.
If you are unable to attend the event, you are welcome to provide us with your ongoing research work or a published paper.

Please contact [email protected] by 2 January 2019


Mission and Background

Mental Health International is a global association that brings together Chinese Australians and members of the Chinese community around the world.

We aim to benefit the Chinese community members worldwide, enhance mental health, promote charitable work, and advance the well-being of mankind.

Our organisation is formed by professionals, doctors, researchers, philanthropists and members of the society who are passionate about promoting the fields of psychology and mental well-being.

Through working with various mental health organisations and charities worldwide, together we seek to spread the knowledge of psychology, improve mental well-being and the holistic development of human being, and reduce the incidents related to mental health issues. We also aim to raise living standards for the members of the Chinese community, carry out various charitable activities, and contribute to philanthropy and the health of mankind.

Aims and Activities
  1. To spread mental health-related knowledge among members of the Chinese community around the world, invite psychologists to organise free workshops or seminars, and to raise the awareness of mental health issues and support those affected by mental disorders;
  2. To work with psychological associations and charities around the world to foster public dissemination of knowledge related to mental health; organise conferences in partnership with mental health organisations worldwide in order to deepen the understanding of mental health;
  3. To provide public educational information about mental health through websites, radio broadcasting, television broadcasting, and publications;
  4. To organise events to facilitate exchanges of ideas and research findings in the fields of psychology;
  5. To actively promote and organise all kinds of charitable activities to enhance the well-being of mankind.
Message from The Hon Tanya Davies MP

Contact Us

Brandon Chen, PhD External Liaison Manager Mental Health International 54 Meagher St. Chippendale NSW 2008 T: 02-9283 2758 M: 0426 223 638 [email protected]