July / Mentally Friendly / Designing for Better Mental Health

What's all this about?

Every week, more than 46,000 Australians use Medicare-funded mental healthcare through the Better Access program.

Despite an increase in the number of people accessing treatment for mental health, research shows that levels of psychological distress in the community have not changed, and most alarmingly, suicide rates are on the rise.

So, how might we design digital health products that complement existing treatment pathways and improve outcomes?

How can we connect these products with public policy to drive iterative feedback loops and create a system that can be personalised to every individual's changing needs?

While Australia's mental health system is very well-funded and has seen positive results; some voices are calling for extensive reform to the Better Access program.

It is our belief that design should play a pivotal role in helping Government and individuals get more value out of the current mental health system, avoiding potentially large scale, costly changes.

Join us and leading industry experts as we interrogate these questions, and how best to move forward together.

Who are we?

We are Mentally Friendly, a digital product & service studio in Sydney and Canberra with a mission to deliver wellbeing outcomes through finance, government, healthcare, education and energy – the sectors that most affect our lives.

Very Important

Yes, there will be a bar and we'll provide free food - but we hope that’s not the only reason you’d like to be there.

We acknowledge the traditional owners - the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation - upon whose ancestral lands this event takes place, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging.

Date and Time
Thu., 18 July 2019
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm AEST

Giant Dwarf
199 Cleveland Street
Redfern, NSW 2016



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