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eMHIC Webinar: A Call to Action on Responsible e-Mental Health Practice and Policy

March 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am NZDT

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E-mental health (eMH) practices are often focused on the question of what’s possible? but not necessarily the vital question of what’s responsible? Without responsible e-mental health practices, the dawning era of online mental health care could be undermined. One risk is ‘techno-solutionism’ in which technological solutions are promoted as a quick and easy but ultimately misguided way to solve complex real-life problems.

Potential harms include over-promising and under-delivering, decreased privacy, and the leveraging of private information against people’s interests. These harms risk undermining public confidence in eMental Health and undermining the trust of service users and mental health professionals.

This webinar will bring responsible e-mental health practices to the forefront. Hear experts from around the world, including lived experience expertise, discuss what responsible digital and online mental health and crisis support initiatives mean to them.

The webinar will also see the launch of the eMHIC Position Statement on ethics and law, which was developed throughout 2020. The purpose of the Statement is to (1) recognize the important role eMHIC can play in articulating the ethical and legal issues raised by e-mental health practices and (2) to support action to ensure such practices are guided by ethical principles, professional codes of conduct, and established norms of law.

Expert Panel Speakers

Dr Piers Gooding

Australian Research Council Fellow, University of Melbourne Law School, Australia

Dr Piers Gooding is an Australian Research Council Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School and an associate of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute. He is a socio-legal researcher looking at disability and mental health-related law and policy. He is the author of A New Era for Mental Health Law and Policy (2017) with Cambridge University Press and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal for Mental Health and Capacity Law. Piers has acted as a board member and advisor in a range of local, national and international bodies working on the rights of disabled people, and has advised policy-makers at national and international levels.

Richman Wee

Academic Research Manager at Te Piringa - Faculty of Law, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Richman Wee’s work in the past two decades has primarily centred on ethico-legal, regulatory and public policy issues involving human health and research. He has been covering the waterfront of legal, ethical and policy issues relating to medico- and cyber-technologies, and has been engaged in a suite of roles from policy advisor, to academic researcher, research management, and research funding advisor. He is currently based at Te Piringa – Faculty of Law, Waikato University, for the Law Foundation’s “Technology in Legal Education for New Zealand Project” that involves all law faculties/schools in NZ.

He was involved with the pioneering NZ Law Foundation’s cyber and data initiative, as Project Manager for the “Information Law and Policy Project.” He was also a researcher and project manager for the Law Foundation’s multidisciplinary and international “Human Genome Research Project: Law, Ethics and Policy for the Future.” He served as the first Policy Advisor to the Health Research Council of NZ. Richman was the legal member and chair of Multi-Region Ethics Committee in NZ.

Mary O’Hagan

Executive Director Lived Experience, Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Mary O’Hagan was a key initiator of the psychiatric survivor movement in New Zealand in the late 1980s and was the first chairperson of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry between 1991 and 1995. She has been an advisor to the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

Mary was a full-time Mental Health Commissioner in New Zealand between 2000 and 2007. Mary established the international social enterprise PeerZone which provides peer support and resources for people with mental distress.

She has written an award-winning memoir called ‘Madness Made Me’ and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015. All Mary’s work has been driven by her quest for social justice for one of the most marginalised groups in our communities.

Dr Pat Deegan

Founder, Pat Deegan & Associates, USA

Patricia E. Deegan Ph.D. is a founder of Pat Deegan & Associates. For over 30 years Pat has been a thought leader and disruptive innovator in the field of behavioral health recovery. Pat founded a company run by and for people in recovery. The mission: To safeguard human dignity by bringing individual voice and choice to the center of the clinical care team. Toward this end she developed Pat Deegan’s Recovery Approach that includes the award winning CommonGround software, Medication Empowerment, the online Recovery Library, the CommonGround Academy for peers and practitioners, and the Hearing Distressing Voices Simulation.

Since 2009 Pat has worked as a consultant helping to develop and evolve the OnTrackNY model for coordinated specialty care teams for young folks experiencing early psychosis. Pat is an activist in the disability rights movement and has lived her own journey of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. She has held a number of academic appointments, has numerous publications, and has carried a message of hope for recovery to audiences around the world. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University.

Lene Søvold

Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Advisor & Researcher, Norway

Lene enjoys advocating, developing and delivering person-centered, preventive, health promoting, integrative, sustainable and innovative approaches and solutions within the healthcare system, corporate world, schools and communities.

She has recently been developing a new integrative framework to help guide clinical work and future research to better understand, assess and facilitate important factors and mechanisms related to the overall patient / user experience across health interventions and modalities.

Lene is also involved in the development and deliverance of both face-to-face and digital mental health programs and solutions for treatment, disease prevention and promotion of overall health, wellbeing, socio-emotional learning, emotional intelligence, equality and empowerment within clinical contexts, in general public, in educational settings and within organizations.

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March 18
10:00 am - 11:30 am NZDT
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