Introduction to Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development


Introduction to Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development

The Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health will deliver a three-day introductory short course on the fast-growing field of global mental health and its contribution to sustainable development.

The course will consist of lectures, case studies and group discussions to provide an overview of global trends, illustrated by case examples of initiatives to address mental health, disability and human rights, and strategies to strengthen mental health and social support systems and to contribute to sustainable development in low- and middle-income settings.

By the end of the three-day course, you will have a clearer understanding of:

  • International instruments and strategies and national approaches to mental health system development, services delivery models, human resource development, intersectoral collaboration and the contribution of mental health systems to the sustainable development agenda
  • Strategies and initiatives to strengthen mental health and social support systems, and human rights protections, in low- and middle-income settings
  • Whether and to what extent you may wish to be involved in global mental health and possible avenues for such involvement.

The course is designed for people from a wide variety of disciplines working, or considering working, in mental health system strengthening, disability and human rights programs, research, and sustainable development

Registration deadlines and fees (GST inclusive):

Early bird: Friday 16 June 2017 A$2,640 (GST inclusive)

Non-early bird: Friday 14 Jul 2017
A$2,970 (GST inclusive) Lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea will be provided.


  • Dr Ritsuko Kakuma
    Dr Ritsuko Kakuma,
  • Associate Professor Harry Minas
    Associate Professor Harry Minas, Global and Cultural Men