This is a list of ACT Interest Groups that we know of in Australia and New Zealand. They are groups for professionals only and are not open to members of the general public. Their purpose is to serve as a form of ongoing learning and support, and/or peer supervision. If you would like your group listed below, please let us know. This list is provided for information only, groups have not been vetted by ANZ ACBS, and inclusion on this list does not represent endorsement by ANZ ACBS.

New Zealand ACT SIGs

Dunedin ACT Interest Group

For details, contact David Mellor or Helen McCotter The Southern ACT Interest Group currently meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 4-5pm (although that time could be extended soon) in Room 9 on the 3rd floor of Wakari Hospital Main Block.  There is a considerable range of training and experience within the group (from none to 10+ years).  The group continues to adapt to the needs of its members. It is most useful if you have at least read a book or two about ACT or (better still) done a workshop.  We include conversations and presentations but our most recent focus has been on experiential practice and role-plays, questions from members and sharing of ideas as well as case discussion.  Practitioners, researchers and students of all levels are welcome.

Wellington ACT Interest Group

For further information please contact Ben Sedley or Giselle Bahr This group meets on the first Monday of the month, 6- 7pm, in the CBD. Each group begins with a mindfulness exercise and then is followed by a presentation / discussion led by a different volunteer each month. Presentations may be a clinical case or a chapter / concept summary. All welcome regardless of level of training or experience in ACT.

Otautahi ACT Interest Group

Contact Kathryn Whitehead at or  ph 03 337 7939. This group meets the last Thursday of each month, at the Mothers and Babies Service at The Princess Margaret Hospital, 91 Cashmere Road, Cashmere, Christchurch NZ. We meet for 1.5 hours, from 3.30pm to 5pm. The group’s focus is on fostering ACT skills, knowledge and capacities in the Otautahi/Christchurch area, with some outreach to the rest of the upper South Island (for yearly study days and visits to our group). The group alternates between a session focussed on experiential practice of a core process/ACT focus and some case supervision, and a more theoretical or research-focussed topic based around a journal paper. Those who are using ACT in some way with their clients, and/or have read several introductory books or attended a workshop, are welcome to join this group.

Australian ACT SIGs


Brisbane ACT Interest Group

For details, contact NeLi (Janelle Louise) Martin at Brisbane meets on the 3rd Tues of every month at Auchenflower and Wilston alternatively. The group is currently working with the 2nd Edition of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – the Process and Practice of Mindful Change.

Sunshine Coast ACT Interest Group

For details, contact Madonna Hirning at Meetings are held on Wednesday nights about every 5 weeks and commences at 7pm. Meetings are held in Marcoola. Sunshine Coast meets every 5 or so weeks on a Wednesday night at 6.50pm for a 7pm start. They are just finishing working through Learning ACT and are looking at moving onto ACT made Simple. They discuss workshops and training people have been to.

Goldcoast ACT Interest Group

For details, contact Lorraine Langsford at Gold Coast meet once every eight weeks and focus on ACT concepts and skills.

Logan ACT Interest Group

For details, contact Shelley McQuade at Meets every first Monday of the month at Logan Clinical Psychology, 77 Wembley Rd, Logan Central, at 5.15 pm.


Canberra ACT Interest Group: “ACT in the City” 

For details, contact Carolyn Minchin at or 0405918441. The Canberra ACT Interest Group meet by request to share literature, networking and training opportunities, to support practitioners learning ACT, and to connect with CBS-based supervision. We have a substantial  lending library, including the classics Learning ACT, Mindfulness for Two and ACT made Simple.


Details coming soon…

Western Australia

ANZ ACBS (WA) Community Events Team

The ANZ ACBS (WA) Community Events Team is a committed group of volunteers who coordinate the delivery of low-cost training and networking opportunities including pub talks and student interest days. We also moderate our Facebook community group. If you’d like to join our team, send us an email, we’d love to have you join us.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), interest orientated network (ACTion)

ACTion is a group of therapists committed to improving their therapy skills in ACT and related “Third Wave” Cognitive-Behaviour Therapies such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, DBT, Compassion Focused Therapy, and more recent Contextual Schema Therapy models. The interest group started in May 2011 with the aim of developing a local community of therapists who support, network and learn from each other. Attendance at the group meets APS professional development (PD) criteria. 

General Format: Action meetings are 2 hours duration. The format includes small group case presentations / discussions, video of expert therapy sessions, intervention demonstrations by the facilitator, practice of therapy skills and liaison with colleagues. A focus of each session is also a reading and discussion text.

Facilitator and ACT Trainer: Mitch Hart – Clinical Psychologist                        
Mitch qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1986 and nearly 35 years of clinical experience working in public and private mental health areas.  Over this time, he has completed advanced level training in Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness. Mitch currently works in private practice and provides supervision and training to students and colleagues. He has a specialist interest in supervision/therapy skill development and has worked in this role since 1995, supervising about 250 University students, therapists and Clinical Psychologists in small group and individual formats. He is regularly invited to conduct ACT workshops for organisations and in 2011 his work was peer reviewed by the international Association for Contextual Behavioural Science and formally recognised as an ACT trainer (one of 8 trainers in Australia). For further information regarding specialisation and interests please visit

Venue:  The Wembley Hotel upstairs private function area “the white room” 344 Cambridge Street Wembley WA 6014.

Visit for the most up to date information on Fees, Registration and Dates. Discounts available for ANZ ACBS members and post-graduate students. For queries please email

South West WA ACT Interest Group

For details, contact Georgina Kelly at

Kalgoorlie ACT Interest Group

For details, contact Judy Marty at

New South Wales

Sydney ACT Interest Group

For details, contact Mary Sawyer at The Sydney ACT interest group meets each 3rd Thursday of the month, 6-8pm at Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick. There is no fee for attendance and we are a friendly bunch and  discuss challenging cases, practice ACT skills, do role plays and discuss research. The group has been going strong since 2003 and  is hosted by Mary Sawyer, any professional is welcome whether a clinician, researcher or manager. All levels of experience are welcome.

Albury/Wodonga ACT Interest Group

For details, contact Michael Hickey at

Wollongong ACT Interest Group

For details, contact Jenni Dall at