The conference theme, 'Close to Home' [the title of an iconic 1970s New Zealand television programme] was chosen because it captures our hopes and dreams for the future of mental health and addiction nursing. Nurses of the future will provide services as close to home as possible, service users will dictate how and where they receive treatment, nurses will respond to the needs of diverse populations and foster hope, resilience and creativity. Home is often a place of healing but it can also be the source of mental health and addiction problems. This conference will provide an opportunity to explore a range of issues, such as displacement, homelessness, trauma and abuse.
An innovative programme is under development. Keynote speakers from New Zealand, Australia and further afield will both challenge and inform you. Concurrent streams will reflect our individual specialties and the areas in which our practice overlaps.
As well as an array of exhibitions and presentations you will be able to network with nurses, service-user experts, and other mental health and addiction professionals from multiple locations and specialties.
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