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The theme for the 2019 conference is BPD: Best Practice Deserved and aims to highlight that BPD is no longer regarded as untreatable and that people with BPD (and their families) deserve equitable access to the treatment and support they need. Recovery is a reality for many.

The presentations will feature many contributions of those with lived experience of BPD, their families and carers and clinicians. It provides a unique opportunity for clinicians, practitioners, consumers, carers and family members from across Australia to meet, collaborate, share experiences and learn.

Friday 15 November 

.........the main conference day.  It is a day for consumers, carers and clinicians to meet and share experiences and learn from one another. 

To register for both days: prior to payment during the registration process there is the option to click on the "Find Other Events" button on the booking details page.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Jayashri Kulkarni

Jayashri was appointed Professor of Psychiatry at The Alfred and Monash University in 2002. She founded and directs a large psychiatric research group, the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc). Her presentation will explore new approaches to the aetiology, possible preventative strategies and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

 Lived Experience Plenary Sessions:

  • Carissa Wright (WA): "Embracing BPD" -  Carissa is a full time peer support worker and facilitator of her own peer support group 'Embracing Borderline Personality Disorder'. In this presentation she will articulate the obstacles and the navigation to get to the destination of facilitating her own support group, as well as break down how peer support and sharing of lived experience was instrumental in her own road to recovery. 
  • Mahlie Jewell and Kyla Cassells: "Consumer and Carer Perspective on Living with BPD: Storms and Sunshine - 20 years of friendship with BPD"
  • Aaron Fornarino
  • Tania Lacey – famous Australian comedian and now an international children’s author will present via video from Berlin about her life with and recovery from BPD

Breakout Sessions and Workshops Including:

  • Consumer Panel of people with lived experience of BPD
  • Carer Panel of family or other carers of people with lived experience of BPD
  • Exploring the peer workforce
  • NDIS panel
  • Snapshot of current research
  • National Training Strategy
  • Mindful Self Compassion workshop

PLUS much more…………..

Thursday 14 November: Preconference workshop - “Working with Complexity" 

......will be held on Thursday 14th November at Spectrum Personality Disorder Service, Level 1/110 Church St, Richmond 3121. A/Prof Sathya Rao will present a workshop for mental health professionals exploring “Working with Complexity (psych-social problems as well as BPD, or co-existing problems, co-existing diagnoses)”


When & Where

The Preconference workshop for mental health professionals will be held in the training rooms at Spectrum Personality Disorder Service, Level 1 /110 Church St, Richmond 3121.

The conference will be held on Friday 15th November 2019 at the Bayview Eden Melbourne (6 Queens Road, Albert Park).  The venue is easily accessible by tram from Flinders Street Station

Bayview Eden have offered conference delegates a discounted rate* of $160/night.  Please use Promo Code BPD2019 when booking. (*subject to availability).


Silver Sponsor:

Spectrum Personality Disorder Service is the Statewide Centre of Clinical Excellence for Personality Disorders in Victoria. Spectrum supports and works with local Area Mental Health Services (AMHS) and health professionals to provide treatment for people aged 16-64 who are assessed as having, or who have a personality disorder with a particularly focus on those who are at risk from serious self-harm or suicide and who have complex needs.



Wellbeing Room

Melbourne Centre for Women's Mental Health is focused on empowering women and girls by providing evidence based therapies for the promotion of sustained recovery and well-being. Our multidisciplinary team work together to provide a comprehensive and carefully individualised treatment plan and ongoing support. Group programs are available and we also offer community education, participate in health promotion and work collaboratively with relevant charities. We are located at Suite 608 (level 6) 370 St Kilda Rd. Tram Stop 20 ‘Park Street’ is on our doorstep.


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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is a membership organisation that prepares medical specialists in the field of psychiatry, supports and enhances clinical practice, advocates for people affected by mental illness and advises governments on mental health care. For information about our work, our members or our history, visit


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