AI for healthy minds and healthy brains

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AI for healthy minds and healthy brains

Global mental health is recognised as a key factor in achieving a sustainable future (SDG3 Ensure healthy lives and wellbeing for all at all ages). Mental, neurological and substance-use disorders are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with an estimated loss of US$16 trillion to the global economy by 2030, according to the World Economic Forum. Today, an estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression alone, while suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people. Most mental illnesses are treatable.

The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened mental wellbeing challenges, with mental healthcare and support services across the globe experiencing increased demand. In Australia, the increased pressure on mental health infrastructure and programs as a result of COVID are demonstrating inadequacies across the system leading to the need to implement better use of technology in diagnosis, prevention and treatment.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies have extraordinary potential to achieve innovative solutions in mental healthcare.
Monash University’s Data Futures Institute presents a panel of experts across the disciplines of Public Health, Mental Health, Neurology, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Medical Imaging discussing the latest research on AI for early diagnosis, prevention and better treatment of mental and neurological disorders. This event also features an insightful presentation on one of Australia’s flagship projects in AI for public mental health “The National Ambulance Surveillance System – A unique dataset to inform suicide and self-harm prevention”. An interactive discussion and Q&A will delve into the ethical and socio-economic challenges, patient consent and consumer representation in mental healthcare.
About the Monash Data Futures Institute

The Monash Data Futures Institute is the access point to Monash University’s vast network of researchers, academics, engineers and scientists in AI and the data sciences. The Institute forms the nucleus of one of the largest cohorts of AI and Data Science researchers in the Asia-Pacific. Partnering with industry, governments and not-for-profits at all levels to address the most pressing global and scientific challenges of our time, we emphasise a cross-disciplinary approach to transformative change in health sciences, sustainable development, governance and policy.

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  • Start date
    14 October 2021 at 08:30 CEST Geneva | 17:30-19:00 AEDT Melbourne
  • End date
    14 October 2021 at 10:00 CEST Geneva | 17:30-19:00 AEDT Melbourne
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • Programme stream
  • Topics
  • UN SDGs
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