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A first for Brisbane, Queensland

The National Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) conference draws on a strong history of successful national events around Australia, and September 2018 marks the inaugural Queensland event.

We expect to attract delegates from every corner of Australia to this landmark event, and represent a significant step forward for the advancement of knowledge, awareness and services for this complex mental illness.

The conference provides an opportunity for clinicians, practitioners, consumers and carers/family members from across Australia to come together to collaborate, share information and educate the wider community.

10 September 2018. Pre-Conference Workshop: Core treatment strategies for BPD 
​(with specific emphasis on risk factors and risk assessment methods for self-harm and suicidality). Associate Professor Rao (Clinical Director of Spectrum Personality Disorder Victoria) will facilitate the full day workshop.  
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11th September 2018 Conference Day

Plenary Sessions and Breakout Sessions for everyone who wants to learn more or to make a difference for those living with BPD.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Brin Grenyer – What treatments work for BPD?

Brin is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Wollongong and Director of the Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders, in partnership with NSW Health.

Lived Experience Plenary Sessions:
◦   Dr. Haley Peckham: “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” Validating the impact of complex trauma without diagnosing disorder."
◦    Mahlie Jewell: "Stigma, Discrimination and life on the borderline".
◦    "Consumer and Carer Perspective on Living with BPD: Our Recovery Story:" Consumer and Carer Joint Presentation - a mother-daughter perspective of how strong relationships can overcome diagnosis and stigma of 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
◦    Carol Addicoat and Peter Fairbanks "Dual Diagnosis Building Positive Directions (BPD): Borderline Personality Disorder and co-occurring substance use".
◦    Prof Brin Grenyer, Director, Project Air "Developing a program to support families and other carers".
◦    Aaron Fornarino: (lived experience of BPD) "Men and BPD: The Elephant in the Room"
◦PLUS much more…………..


The conference will be held on Tuesday 11th September 2018.

The pre-conference Workshop will be held on Monday 10th September 2018.


Hotel Grand Chancellor, 23 Leichhardt St (Cnr Wickham Terrace) Brisbane

The Hotel Grand Chancellor is approximately 20 minutes (15km) from the Brisbane Airport.


The theme for the 2018 conference is ‘Research Resources Respect: Connection Building ’ and aims to highlight the many contributions of those with lived experience of BPD, their families and carers and of everyone involved in improving treatment, care and support for people with BPD to help people to achieve a meaningful life. It provides a unique opportunity for clinicians, practitioners, consumers, carers and family members from across Australia to meet, collaborate, share experiences and learn.

How to register

Click here to REGISTER for the 8th National Borderline Personality Disorder Conference!

Some bursaries are available to assist consumers and carers attend.  Please contact Kara for more information.