Scientific Program

Conference Series Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend 28th International Conference on Psychiatry & Mental Health Melbourne, Australia.

Day 2 :

Keynote Forum

Wai Kwong TANG

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Keynote: Structural and functional MRI correlates of Post stroke Depression

Time : 09:00 AM

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Professor WK Tang was appointed to professor in the Department of Psychiatry, the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011. His main research areas are Addictions and Neuropsychiatry in Stroke. Professor Tang has published over 100 papers in renowned journals, and has also contributed to the peer review of 40 journals. He has secured over 20 major competitive research grants. He has served the editorial boards of five scientific journals. He was also a recipient of the Young Researcher Award in 2007, awarded by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Depression is common following an acute stroke. Poststroke Depression (PSD) have notable impacts on the function recovery and quality of life of stroke survivors. Incidence decreased across time after stroke, but prevalence of PSD tend to be stable. Many studies have explored the association between lesion location and the incidence of PSD. For example, lesions in frontal lobe, basal ganglia and deep white matter have been related with PSD. Furthermore, cerebral microbleeds and functional changes in brain networks have also been implicated in the development of PSD. In this presentation, evidences of such association between the above structural and functional brain changes and PSD will be reviewed.Acknowledgement:This project is supported by the following grants.Health and Medical Research Fund, reference number: 02130726 Health and Medical Research Fund, reference number: 01120376 National Natural Science Foundation of China, reference number: 81371460General Research Fund, reference number: 474513General Research Fund, reference number: 473712

Keynote Forum

Michael Sheehan

Executive Director at Relationships Australia Western Australia

Keynote: If you continue to raise your voice, we will have to ask you to leave! Whatever happened to compassion in mental health care?

Time : 10:10-10:50

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Michael is currently Executive Director at Relationships Australia Western Australia and oversees its Family Mental Health, Domestic Violence and Child Contact Services. For over 25 years, he has held senior management positions within the community services sector, involving setting up and managing mental health, substance use and government and community services.  This has involved:   Developing and reviewing all policies, procedures and good practice standards around workplace safety, child protection and working with families affected by domestic violence;Providing professional clinical supervision to staff, including staff needs assessments and overseeing the design and implementation of staff training interventions;Writing Family Court assessments, professional articles and reports; University lecturing, delivering national and international conference presentations and workshops on domestic violence, mental health;Liaising and networking with government and non–government agencies including memberships of various key reference groups.


Despite the belief that compassion is at the essence of caring and the heart of practitioner-client relationships, it is no longer a common feature of mental health care discourse. Moreover, there continues to be a gaping imbalance of power in mental health services evidenced by a lack of tolerance for ‘difference’ and the imperative to deal decisively with ‘problematic’ clients. This is a result of societal concerns and priorities around the need to control risk and uncertainty and an emphasis on rationalisation of services and evidence-based practice. In this paper, I discuss how globalisation and our current political climate have led to a lack of compassion that has developed in mental health practice. I argue for the need to reintroduce and support compassionate care where it can thrive and is expected. Only through the eyes of compassion can we truly understand a person who is grappling with despair, persecuted by voices, or a prisoner of their fears, and assist them on their journey to recovery.