“The way lived experience delegates were on an equal footing with academics and bureaucrats and clinicians led to some really valuable conversations and discussions” – 2022 Lived Experience attendee

Becoming an Equally Well Country: Working collaboratively to reduce health inequality

This theme acknowledges the multiple perspectives and unique experiences of all of those who are committed to the goal of reducing the life expectancy gap for people living with mental health challenges and are passionate about achieving equal rights to health care for all, no matter where they are, who they are or where they come from. Equally Well Australia will host the third Equally Well Symposium;


University of Technology Sydney
Building 11
81 Broadway Street, Ultimo NSW 2007


25-27 July 2023

Experts from Australia and internationally are being invited to share innovative practice and developments aimed to improve the physical health and wellbeing of people living with mental illness.

The event will showcase the impact being made across the Equally Well movement as we work collaboratively to achieve the goals of the Equally Well National Consensus Statement and include a special celebration of the milestones achieved in the first 5 years of the project.

With the generous support of our sponsors, this three-day event is free for all attendees.  This sponsorship also provides support for consumers and carers to attend the event.  These bursaries cover travel, accommodation and other expenses.

The themes covered in the program will include presentations from research, policy development and practice across topics such as:

  • Peer workforce
  • Young people
  • Smoking
  • Lifestyle
  • Substance use
  • Older people
  • Training and development
  • Carers
  • Improving access
  • Human rights
  • Informed consent and informed consumers
  • Comprehensive care
  • Shared Care coordination
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Services and systems
  • Translating research into practice
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Engagement and connection
  • Chronic disease
  • Lived Experience
  • Peer navigators
  • Medication

Abstracts will be streamed into the following categories in the symposium program;

  • Social and clinical prevention
  • Working in partnerships
  • Converting policy into practice
  • Consumer and carer partnerships
  • Practical project reports
  • Integrated care
  • First Nations social and emotional wellbeing

Keynote Speakers



  • 27 February 2023

  • 10 March 2023

  • 17 April 2023

  • 28 April 2023

  • 05 May 2023

  • 16 June 2023

  • 17 July 2023

  • 28 August 2023

  • 23 October 2023

  • 23 October 2023

Call for Abstracts open

Equally Well Acknowledgement Awards nominations open

Abstract submissions close

Equally Well Acknowledgement Awards nominations close

Notification of abstract status

All presenting authors to register for the symposium

Upload/submit PowerPoint presentations

Submit 1st draft written paper for symposium proceedings

Submit final written paper for symposium proceedings

Submit revised abstract

Equally Well acknowledges that the area of lived experience engagement and mental health includes many diverse terms and phrases that refer to people, roles and processes across different settings, contexts, and jurisdictions. The intention of our communication and use of terminology is for inclusive language that reduces stigma and discrimination, reflects the diversity of our community and is appropriate for the context in which it is applied.

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