Weekly Mental Health News - Friday EXTRA

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Read past editions of Friday EXTRA

19 October 2018
12 October 2018
5 October 2018
28 September 2018
21 September 2018
14 September 2018
7 September 2018
31 August 2018
24 August 2018
17 August 2018
10 August 2018
3 August 2018
27 July 2018

Some previous editions are transcribed below. Scroll down to read.


Week ending 20 July 2018

Just for Carers

Managing the Ripple Effect: Strategies for family, friends, and the health care team
People connected to someone going through a hard time with their mental health can also have their own challenges. This course being run in Frankston by the Discovery College brings people together to gain some new insights into being able to support ourselves and others through these challenges.
See Term 3 timetable for details

Other Mental Health Activities

Mindfulness course at the Discovery College (headspace Bentleigh)
If you’re interested in experiencing a range of mindfulness skills and techniques, and learning about how you can live or support others to live mindfully then this course is for you. See here to enrol
To find out more about other courses on offer and how to enrol, visit their website and download the Discovery College course guide and term timetable.

Becoming a Mental Health Peer Worker course at Mind Aust - 9 August 2018 at Heidelberg
There are still some places available in this course for anyone with a lived experience of mental ill-health and recovery (either directly or as a carer) who is thinking about becoming a peer worker and would like some more information about what is involved.
See details here

CHAMPS group in Narre Warren – starting on 15 October
CHAMPS is a 6-week group program for children aged 8-12 who have a parent or parents with a mental health issue including children who do not live with their birth parents.
See flyer for details including booking a place 

Disco Christmas - Saturday 28 July
Mornington Peninsula Shire is mixing Christmas with Disco - come along and warm yourself up by dancing to some Christmas classics, as well as your disco favourites. $5 on the door includes light refreshments. For more information about the All Abilities Discos visit this website

NDIS Information 

Getting ready for the NDIS – information sessions
Alfred Health Carer Services invites carers of people with a disability (including psycho-social disability) to attend a FREE session in Caulfield, Dandenong or Frankston during July and early August.
See flyer for details including RSVP.

NDIS “Getting Ready for Planning Conversations”  presented by Latrobe Community Health Services
Latrobe Community Health Services are providing Local Area Coordination for the NDIS across the Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia LGA’s. They are providing a FREE session on “Getting ready for your NDIS Planning Conversation” on 24 July 2018 from 7pm -9pm @ The Castle Hemmings Park, Princess Highway, Dandenong. See here for details

Local Area Coordination (LAC) provider announced for Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia.
Latrobe Community Health Service has been appointed as the NDIS Local Area Coordination (LAC) provider for the Southern Melbourne Area.  Please see their website and the NDIS website here for further information.

NDIA released Mental Health Access Snapshots
The snapshots provide specific, detailed information to people with psychosocial disability, their supporters, and service providers. They aim to assist people to understand the requirements of the NDIS access process in relation to psychosocial disability, and demystify the access process. The snapshots are as follows:

1.General information about how the NDIS can support your mental health
2.Impairment and mental health in the NDIS
3.Recovery and the NDIS
4.Functional capacity and mental health issues
5.NDIS and other services supporting your mental health

More NDIS sessions and support in Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong
Uniting is offering NDIS information sessions for carers living in the City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong and the Shire of Cardinia as the NDIS will commence in those areas in September 2018. The sessions will be held at the at Dandenong Neighbourhood House, with the first NDIS presentation to be held on Wednesday 13 June.
See details here 

NDIS Contact Email
Do you have questions, complaints or need to clarify inaccuracies with any information provided through the NDIS/NDIA?  
Email: viceast@ndis.gov.au

Service Updates and Newsletters 

Mental Health Victoria News – 17 July
Includes: Upcoming training; NDIS & Mental Health Conference and more
Read here

Mental Health Australia: CEO Updates:
Frank Quinlan (CEO) is “Speaking frankly”… Healing isn't about fixing what's broken, it's about restoring connections and sharing responsibility...
Read here 

Wellways e News – July 2018
Includes: Connect for Wellness program (peer worker drive change); How to triumph over negative chatter
Read here

Professional Development 

Final 2018 dates for SANE's suicide prevention workshop in Melbourne - register now!
SANE Australia is offering a final round of capacity building workshops in Melbourne exploring mental illness and suicide prevention.
See details here

Spectrum DBT Training…16 and 17 August 2018
See link here for details of this 2 day workshop

Research Review video - Acute schizophrenia, Q & A with A.Prof Stephen Stahl and Prof Mal Hopwood
See link here to the second Q & A session between Professor Mal Hopwood and Adjunct Professor Stephen Stahl from the University of California in San Diego. This series concentrates on acute schizophrenia, engaging family, treating adolescents, patient monitoring and selection.  

SEMHPN – Network News (16 July)
Includes: Community Information Night: New AOD treatment; Tenders open: Services for young people with severe & complex mental health issues
Read here 

Other items of interest 

Media: a selection of Articles from The Conversation
The Inner South Family & Friends (ISF&F) Carer Support Group have compiled a selection of articles (as of  16 July) from The Conversation and Pro Bono e-newsletters which may be of interest to you.
Read here
 

Reminders

FREE Family Relationship Support for Carers (FRSC)
This is a statewide service providing counselling, mediation and future planning support for families caring for someone with a disability (including mental illness). For more information, contact Ph: 1300 303 346 or Email: frsc@each.com.au
See flyer for details 

FREE Workshop for carers - Learning More About BPD on 27 July
This workshop is specifically for families and friends who are supporting someone with, or a likely diagnosis of, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) .  The next one-day workshop will be held on 27 July at Spectrum in Richmond and there will be another workshop offered on 16 August.
See here for more information or to register or contact spectrumtraining@easternhealth.org.au 

Updated resources for mental health carers from Alfred Health Carer Services (AHCS)
AHCS has recently updated and printed some information brochures which highlight available support and links for carers who live in the Southern region and care for someone with mental illness. Please download if a single copy only is required. If service providers require multiple copies for clients and waiting room/display areas, please email Lindy on l.alcorn@alfred.org.au with required number of brochures and details of mailing address.
See “Support for carers of people experiencing mental health issues” brochure here
See “Mental Health Carer and Family Support Groups” brochure here
See “Mental Health Resources” postcard here 

Referrals are open for the next CHAMPS group! 
CHAMPS is a free, peer support group for 8-12 year old children who have a parent or adult family member with mental health challenges. Parents are also encouraged to attend the Parents’ Peer Support Program. Referrals for this group will close on 20 July and can only be accepted for families living in the Mornington Shire Council local government area.
See CHAMPS flyer here
See Information for Parents and Children here
See Information for Referrers here
See referral form here

Carer Hub activities in Hampton Park and Pakenham - Uniting lifeAssist Term 3 2018
These FREE activities are open to Carers who provide unpaid support for a person with a mental illness, intellectual disability or autism, and live in the Council areas of Greater Dandenong, Casey or Cardinia. For more information, please refer to the Hampton Park and Pakenham flyers attached.   

Pilot Study - online intervention for young adults whose parents have a mental illness and/or substance use disorder
Monash University is seeking 18 to 25 years olds, whose parents have a mental illness and/or substance use disorder, to participate in a pilot study of mi.spot (6.8.18 – 14.9.18), a facilitated online program that offers peer support and education. The mi.spot program is based on young people’s feedback and consists of six optional online group sessions (one hour, weekly) with professional facilitators. Participant requirements:

  • Aged between 18 and 25 years inclusive
  • Must have at least one parent with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder (don’t have to be living with them)
  • Living in Victoria, New South Wales or Queensland and speak fluent English
  • Regular Internet access from 6th August 2018 to 14th September 2018
  • Have not previously participated in the mi.spot program

For more information and to register, click on the following link or email Jodie Matar, mi.spot Program Manager , at mi.spot@monash.edu

ResetLife – a new Victorian-first alcohol and drug treatment service for South Eastern Melbourne 
Residents in South Eastern Melbourne will have access to a new free Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) treatment program from August this year. Called ResetLife, it's the first of its kind in Victoria to help tackle harm caused by alcohol and drug use. The program for adults involves 16 weeks of intensive treatment, followed by 36 weeks of continuing care. The highly-structured format includes individual and group sessions for clients and family members. ResetLife will start in Frankston and be delivered by Peninsula Health. It will be implemented in other parts of South Eastern Melbourne over the next 12 months.
Consumers, family, friends as well as health professionals, can call SEMPHN’s Intake number (Ph: 1300 331 981) between 9am-5pm weekdays for information and to be referred to the program.
Read media release here

MHCSS Intake - Last day for referring for Outreach Support will be 31 August 2018
As per the DHHS Update attached here, referrals for MHCSS (Mental Health Community Support Services) Individual Support (OUTREACH) will close on Friday 31 August 2018  for all metro areas. There are currently a number of people already waiting for support (on the Needs Register), so referrals will be moving over to ‘NDIS transition support’ rather than being allocated to MHCSS.

Monash Health - Mental Health Week Art Competition 2018 (7 - 13 October 2018)
This Art Competition is open to any consumer, patient, client and their families/Carers and staff of Monash Health, Mental Health Program and Aged Persons Mental Health Program, Drug & Alcohol Services, and Dual Disability. Artwork must be received by Friday 28 September 2018 at 12 Garside Street, Dandenong.
See Art Competition poster here
See Art Competition form/details here

2018 Carers Victoria Election Platform Survey

The next Victorian state election will be held on Saturday 24 November 2018. Carers Victoria is developing a State election platform and would welcome your input. As the state-wide organisation representing and providing support for carers across Victoria, Carers Victoria wants to hear from as many carers as possible about what you want from the Victorian Government in the 2018 election.
Read more here 

 

Week ending 13 July 2018 

Just for Carers

FREE Family Relationship Support for Carers (FRSC)
This is a statewide service providing counselling, mediation and future planning support for families caring for someone with a disability (including mental illness). For more information, contact Ph: 1300 303 346 or Email: frsc@each.com.au
See flyer for details 

FREE Workshop for carers - Learning More About BPD on 27 July
This workshop is specifically for families and friends who are supporting someone with, or a likely diagnosis of, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) .  The next one-day workshop will be held on 27 July at Spectrum in Richmond and there will be another workshop offered on 16 August.
See here for more information or to register or contact spectrumtraining@easternhealth.org.au 

Updated resources for mental health carers from Alfred Health Carer Services (AHCS)
AHCS has recently updated and printed some information brochures which highlight available support and links for carers who live in the Southern region and care for someone with mental illness. Please download if a single copy only is required. If service providers require multiple copies for clients and waiting room/display areas, please email Lindy on l.alcorn@alfred.org.au with required number of brochures and details of mailing address.
See “Support for carers of people experiencing mental health issues” brochure here
See “Mental Health Carer and Family Support Groups” brochure here
See “Mental Health Resources” postcard here 

Other Mental Health Activities

Referrals are open for the next CHAMPS group!
CHAMPS is a free, peer support group for 8-12 year old children who have a parent or adult family member with mental health challenges. Parents are also encouraged to attend the Parents’ Peer Support Program. Referrals for this group will close on 20 July and can only be accepted for families living in the Mornington Shire Council local government area.
See CHAMPS flyer here
See Information for Parents and Children here
See Information for Referrers here
See referral form here

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course at Mind - 7 & 8 August 2018 at Heidelberg
MHFA teaches individuals how to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. Learn the signs and symptoms, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.
See flyer for details 

Registration is now open for the 8th Annual National Borderline Personality Disorder Conference 2018
The Conference is to be held on 10-11 September in Brisbane. The theme 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.
See details here

Saving Lives. Saving Money: A snapshot of mental health in Victoria
Mental Health Victoria has launched a major report which maps out the economic case for investment in Victoria's mental health system. According to the report, Saving Lives, Saving Money, the Victorian mental health system now lags behind other Australian states and territories and this is having a growing impact on consumers, emergency services, hospitals, homelessness services and the justice system in the state. 
Read report here

Australia's new Digital Health Strategy
Australians will be able to access new digital health services following the official launch of Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy. The strategy will help deliver improved health services including coordinated real time care for patients with chronic illnesses. The Agency’s top priority is the creation of a My Health Record for every Australian by the end of 2018, unless they choose to opt out by 15 October 2018. Doctors, pharmacists and authorised healthcare providers will be able to access patients' My Health Records to assist in their treatment, access to prescriptions and advance care planning.
For further information on My Health Record go to this website 

NDIS Information 

FREE Port Phillip NDIS Expo on 19 July…see the Visitors’ Guide for details
Come and explore the range of services available to people living with disability in the City of Port Phillip. It will be a great opportunity for local people to meet with over 60 service providers, attend info sessions and see some great performances by people with lived experience of disability.
See flyer for details  
See Expo Visitors’ Guide

FREE NDIS and mental health information session - 19 July in Frankston
The Frankston City Council in partnership with Tandem, the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC), and the Brotherhood of St Laurence are hosting this session. Topics covered will include:

  • What is the NDIS and is it for me?
  • Unpacking the NDIS pathway for psychosocial disability
  • Evidence gathering
  • Information for carers
  • Local Area Coordinators and the planning meetings

See here for more information

Getting ready for the NDIS – information sessions
Alfred Health Carer Services invites carers of people with a disability (including psycho-social disability) to attend a FREE session in Caulfield, Dandenong or Frankston during July and early August.
See flyer for details including RSVP.

NDIS “Getting Ready for Planning Conversations”  presented by Latrobe Community Health Services
Latrobe Community Health Services are providing Local Area Coordination for the NDIS across the Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia LGA’s. They are providing FREE sessions on “Getting ready for your NDIS Planning Conversation” as follows:
16 July 2018
* From 1pm - 3pm @ Casey Lynbrook Community Centre, 2 Harris Street, Lynbrook. See here for details
* From 7pm - 9pm @  Gembrook Community Centre, 4 Gembrook Rd, Gembrook. See here for details
18 July 2018
* From 7pm - 9pm @ Brentwood Park Neighbourhood House 21A Bemersyde Drive, Berwick. See here for details
20 July 2018
* From 10am -12pm @ Balla Balla Community Centre 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East. See here for details
* From 4.30 – 6.30pm @ Springvale Meeting Room, 397 - 405 Springvale Road, Springvale.  See here for details
24 July 2018
* From 7pm -9pm @ The Castle Hemmings Park, Princess Highway, Dandenong. See here for details

Local Area Coordination (LAC) provider announced for Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia.
Latrobe Community Health Service has been appointed as the NDIS Local Area Coordination (LAC) provider for the Southern Melbourne Area.  Please see their website and the NDIS website here for further information.

NDIA released Mental Health Access Snapshots
The snapshots provide specific, detailed information to people with psychosocial disability, their supporters, and service providers. They aim to assist people to understand the requirements of the NDIS access process in relation to psychosocial disability, and demystify the access process. The snapshots are as follows:

1.General information about how the NDIS can support your mental health
2.Impairment and mental health in the NDIS
3.Recovery and the NDIS
4.Functional capacity and mental health issues
5.NDIS and other services supporting your mental health

More NDIS sessions and support in Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong
Uniting is offering NDIS information sessions for carers living in the City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong and the Shire of Cardinia as the NDIS will commence in those areas in September 2018. The sessions will be held at the at Dandenong Neighbourhood House, with the first NDIS presentation to be held on Wednesday 13 June.
See details here 

NDIS Readiness Bulletin # 12 - Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV)
Includes: NDIS events and community information sessions
Read here

NDIS Contact Email
Do you have questions, complaints or need to clarify inaccuracies with any information provided through the NDIS/NDIA?  
Email: viceast@ndis.gov.au

Service Updates and Newsletters 

Carers Australia - Carers National News  (July edition)
Includes: Parliamentary Friends of Carers event; Peer support forum; Campaign for improved access to drug and alcohol treatment
Read here 

Tandem eNews 12 July 2018
Includes: NAIDOC Week; Advance Statements and Nominated Persons;  Sharing Minds Forum; NDS Zero Tolerance Initiative;  Ready, Steady, NDIS; Wellways Community Advocacy Forums; Young Carer Bursary Program
Read here

Mental Health Victoria News
Includes: MHV Training: 'Recovering function' BPD Workshop; First responders need better mental health support: report
Read here

Mental Health Australia: CEO Updates:
Frank Quinlan (CEO) is “Speaking frankly”… Shouting insults serves no one well
Read here 

BPD Community - July email update and newsletter
Includes: newsletter on Suicide Prevention; BPD Awareness Week Celebration Night; Family & Friend’s Group
Read here

Respite South Newsletter - 9 July 2018
Respite South is a fortnightly newsletter for people who care for a person with a disability in Melbourne's southern region.
Read here

Professional Development 

eSafety Women  - Online training for frontline workers
This in-depth training for frontline workers aims to help them better help their clients experiencing technology-facilitated abuse.
See details here

RANZCP 2018 Congress - Conference Review
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) 2018 Congress - Conference was held earlier this year in Auckland, New Zealand. The selection and review of the research presented has been carried out independently by Professor Malcolm Hopwood, Ramsay Health Care Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, who attended the meeting. This edition includes:

  • Tackling ethnic inequalities in mental health
  • A healthcare system response to borderline personality disorder
  • How psychological therapies work for persistent mental health problems 
  • A simple treatment protocol for schizophrenia
  • Trends in personality disorder research and treatment
  • Integrating physical and mental healthcare in psychosis

Read here 

SEMHPN – Special Edition (5 July) and Network News (9 July)
Special edition: My Health Record Expansion…Read here
Network News includes: Responding to the mental health needs of people from refugee backgrounds
Read here 

Other items of interest

A resource from the Office of eSafety Commissioner: The Lost Summer : Video game resource for 11 – 14 year olds
The Lost Summer is a role-playing video game, designed to be a highly engaging experience for 11-14 year olds while building digital intelligence skills and encouraging online safety. Players are immersed in a futuristic environment where they need to exercise personal and social capabilities such as critical thinking, empathy, resilience, respect and responsibility to complete challenges and advance through the game. The game is made up of five chapters, with each focusing on a key area of digital intelligence: Respect; Critical Thinking; Resilience; Responsibility and Empathy.
See details here

Media: a selection of Articles from The Conversation
The Inner South Family & Friends (ISF&F) Carer Support Group have compiled a selection of articles (as of  9 July) from The Conversation and Pro Bono e-newsletters which may be of interest to you.
Read here

Employment

Each is recruiting for a Mental Health OT
See link here for details. Applications close 16 July.

 

Week ending 6 July 2018 

Just for Carers

Inner South Family & Friends – AGM on 10 July… NOTE CHANGE OF SPEAKER…now Professor Allan Fels AO
The ISF&F 2018 Annual General Meeting and monthly support group meeting will commence at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 10 July at the Betty Day Centre in St Kilda. The speaker, Professor Allan Fels AO has an impressive CV including Chair, National Mental Health Commission to January 2018; Board Member of Mind Australia; Patron of Mental Health Australia and of Mental Health Victoria; Previous Chair of the Haven Foundation with which he continues his association and role.
See flyer for details 

Carer Hub activities in Hampton Park and Pakenham - Uniting lifeAssist Term 3 2018
These FREE activities are open to Carers who provide unpaid support for a person with a mental illness, intellectual disability or autism, and live in the Council areas of Greater Dandenong, Casey or Cardinia. For more information, please refer to the Hampton Park and Pakenham flyers attached.        

Other Mental Health Activities

Pilot Study - online intervention for young adults whose parents have a mental illness and/or substance use disorder
Monash University is seeking 18 to 25 years olds, whose parents have a mental illness and/or substance use disorder, to participate in a pilot study of mi.spot (6.8.18 – 14.9.18), a facilitated online program that offers peer support and education. The mi.spot program is based on young people’s feedback and consists of six optional online group sessions (one hour, weekly) with professional facilitators. Participant requirements:

  • Aged between 18 and 25 years inclusive
  • Must have at least one parent with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder (don’t have to be living with them)
  • Living in Victoria, New South Wales or Queensland and speak fluent English
  • Regular Internet access from 6th August 2018 to 14th September 2018
  • Have not previously participated in the mi.spot program

For more information and to register, click on the following link or email Jodie Matar, mi.spot Program Manager , at mi.spot@monash.edu

NDIS Information 

Getting ready for the NDIS – information sessions
Alfred Health Carer Services invites carers of people with a disability (including psycho-social disability) to attend a FREE session in Caulfield, Dandenong or Frankston during July and early August.
See flyer for details including RSVP.

Local Area Coordination (LAC) provider announced for Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia.
Latrobe Community Health Service has been appointed as the NDIS Local Area Coordination (LAC) provider for the Southern Melbourne Area.  Please see their website and the NDIS website here for further information.

NDIA released Mental Health Access Snapshots
The snapshots provide specific, detailed information to people with psychosocial disability, their supporters, and service providers. They aim to assist people to understand the requirements of the NDIS access process in relation to psychosocial disability, and demystify the access process. The snapshots are as follows:

1.General information about how the NDIS can support your mental health
2.Impairment and mental health in the NDIS
3.Recovery and the NDIS
4.Functional capacity and mental health issues
5.NDIS and other services supporting your mental health

FREE Port Phillip NDIS Expo on 19 July
Come and explore the range of services available to people living with disability in the City of Port Phillip.
See flyer for details  

More NDIS sessions and support in Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong
Uniting is offering NDIS information sessions for carers living in the City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong and the Shire of Cardinia as the NDIS will commence in those areas in September 2018. The sessions will be held at the at Dandenong Neighbourhood House, with the first NDIS presentation to be held on Wednesday 13 June.
See details here 

Seminar from Belonging Matters Inc: Your life, your design – 15 August in South Yarra
This seminar offers the opportunity to hear from a range of presenters, including parents, about their NDIS journey and to find out how and why they self-manage NDIS supports.
See flyer for details including registration and ticket costs

NDIS Readiness Bulletin # 11 - Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV)
Includes: NDIS events and community information sessions
Read here

NDIS Contact Email
Do you have questions, complaints or need to clarify inaccuracies with any information provided through the NDIS/NDIA?  
Email: viceast@ndis.gov.au


Service Updates and Newsletters

   
   

ResetLife – a new Victorian-first alcohol and drug treatment service for South Eastern Melbourne
Residents in South Eastern Melbourne will have access to a new free Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) treatment program from August this year. Called ResetLife, it's the first of its kind in Victoria to help tackle harm caused by alcohol and drug use. The program for adults involves 16 weeks of intensive treatment, followed by 36 weeks of continuing care. The highly-structured format includes individual and group sessions for clients and family members. ResetLife will start in Frankston and be delivered by Peninsula Health. It will be implemented in other parts of South Eastern Melbourne over the next 12 months.
Consumers, family, friends as well as health professionals, can call SEMPHN’s Intake number (Ph: 1300 331 981) between 9am-5pm weekdays for information and to be referred to the program.
Read media release here

Australian BPD Foundation – July 2018 eBulletin – Issue 14
Includes: BPD: Young People and Imagery; ED Nursing and BPD Carers; BPD Information Booklet; NDIS and Psychosocial Disability; Mental Health First Aid & LGBTIQ; QLife Phone Support
Read here

Carers Victoria VOICE June 2018
Includes: 2018 Young Carer Scholarship Award recipients; new projects with Good Shepherd Microfinance; Carers Australia 2019 Young Carer Bursary; Peer Possibilities forums held across Victoria in June; funding for Carers Victoria to support the 'Be Connected' initiative promoting digital inclusiveness for all Australians.
Read here

Mental Health Victoria News – 28 June
Includes: States to match Federal funding for those outside the NDIS;  Funding announced for EDV’s peer support program; Child Information Sharing Scheme
Read here

Mental Health Australia: CEO Updates:
Frank Quinlan (CEO) is “Speaking frankly”… Are we there yet?
Read here 

Emerging Minds Newsletter June 2018
Includes: Building Blocks: a word from the creators; Invitation to participate: help evaluate the program; National to Local team across the country; Upcoming MHPN webinar series; mi.spot pilot online intervention invitation
Read here

Wellways: Invitation to the Shooting Stars Launch
Everyone is welcome to join in at the launch of Shooting Stars Community Basketball on Tuesday 24 July in Seaford.
See details here

KidsMatter Famlies - The importance of healthy relationships
Read here

KidsMatter Primary, Term 2 2018
Read here

Professional Development

VTMH Seminar – Bicultural practitioners in mental health settings: Findings from a constructivist grounded theory study
This seminar will be held on Wednesday 18 July 2018 from 3 – 4 pm in Fitzroy.
See details here

VTMH Forum: Save the date (11 October) - 'Vocation works!' -  Diverse voices on vocational rehabilitation
A forum to discuss vocational rehabilitation from a range of perspectives including people with lived experiences of mental health challenges, advocates, practitioners, and researchers about the role of work and other meaningful occupations in peoples’ lives.
See details here

MPHN Webinar invitation: Borderline Personality Disorder in Youth – 23 July
The Mental Health Professionals' Network, in partnership with the Australian BPD Foundation and Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria is producing a free webinar series to increase clinicians' expertise and ability to provide high quality, responsive, evidence-based treatment, care and support for people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
See details here

SEMHPN – Network News (2 July)
Includes: New Victorian-first alcohol and drug treatment service for SE Melbourne.
Read here
 

Other items of interest

LGBTIQ Women's Health Conference
The 2018 LGBTIQ Women's Health Conference is happening 12-13 July in Melbourne. A wide range of topics will be covered, including: racism and queer refugees; the over-incarceration of lesbian and bisexual women; coming out for senior lesbians, and housing support; overcoming barriers to primary health care for TGD and other communities; supporting regional LGBTIQ communities; family violence protection, and much more.
See Conference website here for registration (by 6 July) or for more information, contact Caroline Bayer at caroline.bayer@vac.org.au  or ph: 9865 6746 or 0422 227 781.  

Chrisalis Foundation Gala Presentation Ball for All Abilities – 20 October 2018
There are still a few places left for those who wish to be part of this event at Bunjil Place. Rehearsals commence on 19 July.
See flyer for details 

Media: a selection of Articles from The Conversation
The Inner South Family & Friends (ISF&F) Carer Support Group have compiled a selection of articles (as of 2 July) from The Conversation e-newsletter which may be of interest to you.
Read here

 

Week ending 29 June 2018 

Just for Carers

FREE Carers Day Out at Bunjil Place – N.B. RSVP by 29 June
To acknowledge and celebrate carers and the role they play, the City of Casey and Uniting are providing a FREE Carers Day Out at Bunjil Place in Narre Warren.  The event will include music entertainment and lunch and is for Carers living in the local government areas of Casey, Cardinia or Greater Dandenong, who are supporting a person with mental illness, autism or an intellectual disability.
See flyer for details 

“Juggling it all” project…Young people creating a new resource for young people who have a parent with a mental illness – Workshop on 4 July
When a parent in a family has a mental illness it can make for tricky times and it often means juggling lots of different things in your own life and helping a lot more in your family. The aim of this project is to reach young people (12 – 24 yo) and let them know that they are not alone.  By sharing your stories YOU can contribute to a resource that aims to help more families to feel better supported and understood.
Read more here 

New Family Peer Support Worker for headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program (YEPP)  
Alfred Health has appointed Lorraine Almeida to this role which is based  in Dandenong. Lorraine is happy to talk with carers who may link to the YEPP and intends to create resource packs which will include information for carers of young people experiencing mental health issues with a focus on psychosis, early intervention and prevention. Her  work contact details are as follows:
Email: l.almeida@alfred.org..au   Mob: 0419 017 499  Working days: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 

A movie screening…On Richards Side
On 4 July, Little Dreamers is screening On Richards Side, a movie 30 years in the making, with a special guest appearance from Andrew Wiseman, the Director & Producer of the feature.  The movie offers a piercing insight into the everyday trials and joys of living with and caring for someone with a severe disability – as well as shining a much-needed light on the conditions faced by Australia’s 2.8 million carers. See the movie trailer here
When: Wednesday 4 July from 6 pm
Where: Como Cinema, Level 1, Cnr Toorak Rd & Chapel St, South Yarra, Victoria.
(All proceeds go to Little Dreamers Australia).
Tickets: $10 (Click here to purchase
           

Other Mental Health Activities

Mentoring Opportunity
Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) are seeking women who are interested in supporting women with disabilities who wish to step up in their own communities. The mentoring program will complement the Enabling Women program, a successful leadership program for women with disabilities. Come along to an information session on the 3 July from 4.30 - 5.30 pm in Noble Park.
See flyer for details
See CALD Mentor Application form

Workshop from Belonging Matters Inc: “Is it Behaviour or Communication?” – 16 August in South Yarra
Often people with a disability are labelled as having “challenging behaviours”. This workshop goes beyond simply addressing a “behaviour” and enables participants to view behaviour as a means to communicate. 
See flyer for details including registration and ticket costs


NDIS Information 

Local Area Coordination (LAC) provider announced for Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia.
Latrobe Community Health Service has been appointed as the NDIS Local Area Coordination (LAC) provider for the Southern Melbourne Area.  Please see their website and the NDIS website here for further information.

NDIS – Families as Planning Partners Course presented by VALID and The Bridge Inc.
There are two 5 week courses on offer to assist parents/families of people with disability to be updated on the many changes in the disability services area as well as to get ready for transition to the NDIS. Expressions of interest close on Tuesday 3 July.
See Narre Warren course flyer here
See Cranbourne course flyer here 

FREE workshops: Carers, Families and the NDIS…in July in Dandenong or Pakenham
Carers Victoria has designed a three-part program to help you to understand the NDIS process and to get ready for the NDIS planning conversation. The programs will take place in Pakenham on Tuesdays 3, 10, & 17 July and in Dandenong on Wednesdays 4, 11, & 18 July.   There is no cost and refreshments will be provided.
See Pakenham flyer here for details and RSVP
See Dandenong flyer here for details and RSVP 

Southern Melbourne Information Session – 4 July in Narre Warren
The NDIA will be delivering a Community Information Session in Narre Warren on Wednesday 4 July 2018 to help people with disability, as well as their families and carers, get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme which will commence in your area from 1 September 2018.
See flyer for details and RSVP 

NDIA released Mental Health Access Snapshots
The snapshots provide specific, detailed information to people with psychosocial disability, their supporters, and service providers. They aim to assist people to understand the requirements of the NDIS access process in relation to psychosocial disability, and demystify the access process. The snapshots are as follows:

1.General information about how the NDIS can support your mental health
2.Impairment and mental health in the NDIS
3.Recovery and the NDIS
4.Functional capacity and mental health issues
5.NDIS and other services supporting your mental health

FREE Port Phillip NDIS Expo on 19 July
Come and explore the range of services available to people living with disability in the City of Port Phillip.
See flyer for details  

More NDIS sessions and support in Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong
Uniting is offering NDIS information sessions for carers living in the City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong and the Shire of Cardinia as the NDIS will commence in those areas in September 2018. The sessions will be held at the at Dandenong Neighbourhood House, with the first NDIS presentation to be held on Wednesday 13 June.
See details here 

Seminar from Belonging Matters Inc: Your life, your design – 15 August in South Yarra
This seminar offers the opportunity to hear from a range of presenters, including parents, about their NDIS journey and to find out how and why they self-manage NDIS supports.
See flyer for details including registration and ticket costs

NDIS Readiness Bulletin # 11 - Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV)
Includes: NDIS events and community information sessions
Read here

NDIS Contact Email
Do you have questions, complaints or need to clarify inaccuracies with any information provided through the NDIS/NDIA? 
Email: viceast@ndis.gov.au


Service Updates and Newsletters

New Family Peer Support Worker for headspace YEPP has commenced
Alfred Health has appointed Lorraine Almeida to this role which is based  in Dandenong. Lorraine is happy to discuss referral of carers with service providers and her work contact details are as follows:
Email: l.almeida@alfred.org..au   Mob: 0419 017 499  Working days: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 

Tandem eNews 27 June 2018
Includes: A beacon of hope in Albury; Tandem's Support and Referral Service turns one; Ready, Steady, NDIS; Health services inadequate in responding to young people affected by trauma; Child Information Sharing Scheme
Read here

Mental Health Australia: CEO Updates:
Frank Quinlan (CEO) is “Speaking frankly”… Workplaces have a pivotal role to play in creating a supportive culture around mental health…
Read here


Professional Development

Mental Health Victoria – Training Bulletin
Includes: MHV training calendar July – December 2018
Read here

MHPN Connect
Includes: Upcoming webinars on self-care & BPD, Victorian network news, resources & more
Read here 

Rehabilitation Research Review Issue 7 – Rehabilitation and Multiculturalism
Includes: CALD individuals accessing disability services in Australia; Are multidisciplinary pain interventions multicultural?; Catering for the needs of migrants with disability; Impact of interpreters in mental health service provision for refugees; Clinical supervision promoting an understanding of diversity
Read more here 

Depression Research Review Issue 6
Includes: Prevention of depression relapse or recurrence; Use of antipsychotics in patients with depression; Predictors and moderators of relapse in young patients with MDD; Is mental disorder associated with creativity?; Is educational achievement a risk factor for adolescent depression and self-harm?; ECT for continuation and maintenance treatment of depression; Magnetic seizure therapy versus ECT in persistent depression
Read here

Aboriginal Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Workshops – Limited places left for 2018
Workshops are delivered by Dr Tracy Westerman, a recognised leader in Aboriginal mental health, suicide prevention and cultural competency fields and WA's 2018 Australian of the Year.
See details here

SEMPHN – Network News – 25 June
Includes: Managing Alcohol and Other Drug Presentations in Primary Care
Read more here

Week ending 22 June 2018 

Just for Carers 

Inner South Family & Friends (ISF&F) Support Group
The ISF&F Support Group runs monthly meetings including guest speakers on a range of relevant mental health issues. Their AGM is to be held on 10 July and the guest speaker will be Beth Wilson (OAM, Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner 1997-2012, Lawyer, Health Consultant and Advocate.)
See website for other news and events

New Horizons – a program for bereaved carers
Carers Victoria is offering a three-day program for bereaved carers, facilitated by a Carers Victoria counsellor. It offers an opportunity to explore issues of loss and grief in a safe and supportive environment.
See details here
                                              

Other Mental Health Activities

Monash Health - Mental Health Week Art Competition 2018 (7 - 13 October 2018)
This Art Competition is open to any consumer, patient, client and their families/Carers and staff of Monash Health, Mental Health Program and Aged Persons Mental Health Program, Drug & Alcohol Services, and Dual Disability. Artwork must be received by Friday 28 September 2018 at 12 Garside Street, Dandenong.
See Art Competition poster here
See Art Competition form/details here

NDIS Information 

FREE workshops: Carers, Families and the NDIS…in July in Dandenong or Pakenham
Carers Victoria has designed a three-part program to help you to understand the NDIS process and to get ready for the NDIS planning conversation. The programs will take place in Pakenham on Tuesdays 3, 10, & 17 July and in Dandenong on Wednesdays 4, 11, & 18 July.   There is no cost and refreshments will be provided.
See Pakenham flyer here for details and RSVP
See Dandenong flyer here for details and RSVP 

Southern Melbourne Information Session – 4 July in Narre Warren
The NDIA will be delivering a Community Information Session in Narre Warren on Wednesday 4 July 2018 to help people with disability, as well as their families and carers, get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme which will commence in your area from 1 September 2018.
See flyer for details and RSVP 

NDIS features on the ABC’s Q&A program – 25 June
This Q&A will be asking some big questions about the NDIS. They want to know what is working and what isn’t. They want to know how people with disability think it could be fixed.
See details of the panel members and register your questions here 

NDIA released Mental Health Access Snapshots
The snapshots provide specific, detailed information to people with psychosocial disability, their supporters, and service providers. They aim to assist people to understand the requirements of the NDIS access process in relation to psychosocial disability, and demystify the access process. The snapshots are as follows:

1.General information about how the NDIS can support your mental health
2.Impairment and mental health in the NDIS
3.Recovery and the NDIS
4.Functional capacity and mental health issues
5.NDIS and other services supporting your mental health

FREE Port Phillip NDIS Expo on 19 July
Come and explore the range of services available to people living with disability in the City of Port Phillip.
See flyer for details  

More NDIS sessions and support in Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong
Uniting is offering NDIS information sessions for carers living in the City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong and the Shire of Cardinia as the NDIS will commence in those areas in September 2018. The sessions will be held at the at Dandenong Neighbourhood House, with the first NDIS presentation to be held on Wednesday 13 June.
See details here 

Briefing Paper - Victorian mental health carers in the NDIS…Issues and Recommendations
Tandem Inc. (Representing Victoria’s mental health carers) has recently released this document.
Read here

NDIS Readiness Bulletins #9 and #10 - Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) 
Includes: Upcoming NDIS information sessions and events
Read Bulletin # 9 here
Read Bulletin # 10 here

NDIS Contact Email
Do you have questions, complaints or need to clarify inaccuracies with any information provided through the NDIS/NDIA?  
Email: viceast@ndis.gov.au 

2nd Annual NDIS & Mental Health Conference Melbourne 31 October – 1 November 2018
The key focus areas for the 2018 Conference will include:

  • Implementation of the 5th National Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Plan
  • The intersection of physical & mental health
  • Integrated service models
  • Co-design / Co-production of mental health service delivery
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health
  • Integration of the NDIS into the broader health system
  • Service, Quality & Safety

Early Bird Registrations close on 31 August.
See more details here
Deadline extended for Call for Abstracts to Friday 27 July 2018 – Read here

Service Updates and Newsletters  

Mental Health Victoria News – 21 June
Includes: MHV launches “Saving Lives, Saving Money”; Child Information Sharing Scheme; 2018 VCOSS Summit: Delivering a good life for every Victorian
Read here

Mentis Assist - June Newsletter
Includes: New Psychological Services; Mentis win a community category award!; NDIS roll-out in the Peninsula Bayside area
Read more here

Wellways eNews - June 2018
Includes: Life in Community (LinC) program; Keeping watch on your health; No one should fall through the gaps
Read more here

Professional Development

New Online Training: Building Blocks for Child Social and Emotional Wellbeing
This is a new course from the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health. It explores the foundations of children’s social and emotional wellbeing as a starting point to working collaboratively with parents to identify issues and concerns they may have about their child or children. The course is aimed at anyone who works with parents of children aged 0-12 including Allied Health professionals, nurses, GPs, social services, early childhood education and care professionals.
See details here

MHPN Webinar Invitation: Identifying Body Dysmorphic Disorder
This webinar on 27 June will discuss identifying Body Dysmorphic Disorder and psychological assessments for people seeking cosmetic surgery.
See details here 

Addiction Medicine Research Review Issue 6
Included in this edition: Web-based intervention for risky drinkers; Methadone maintenance treatment reduces crime; Transitioning from methadone to buprenorphine in pregnancy; PTSD and cannabis use
Read here 

Video - Prof Stephen Stahl interview - depression and anxiety in MDD
This Research Review video features a selection of interview questions conducted by Professor Mal Hopwood interviewing Adjunct Professor Stephen Stahl from the University of California in San Diego. Subjects include depression, anxiety symptoms, anhedonia, discussing medication costs and utilising agomelatine.
View here

SEMPHN – Network News – 18 June
Includes: GPs spend their Saturday tackling mental health topics
Read more here

Other items of interest

Enabling CALD Women with a disability – Information session on 10 July in Noble Park
The Enabling Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women Leadership Program is an exciting free opportunity for culturally diverse, interfaith and migrant women with disabilities to come together, share their lived experiences and support each other to develop a strong sense of leadership within their community.
See flyer for details

Launch of the City of Casey’s We Are, We Can, We Will, campaign
Calling all women and girl’s aged 14+!! Come down to Casey Stadium on Sunday 1 July from 1.30 – 5.30 p.m. to celebrate the launch of We Are, We Can, We Will, a new City of Casey initiative aimed at getting our women and girls active. Featuring major guest speaker Elka Whalan former dual Olympian, group fitness activity delivered by Ashlee Howard, former Melbourne Vixen and sports tasters sessions…it’s not one to miss - and it's completely free! 
See here for more information and RSVP or call 9705 5439.  
 

Week ending 15 June 2018 

Just for Carers

FREE Carer Lunch and Wellbeing afternoon at Dandenong Neighbourhood House on Tuesday 19 June
This event is the first step of a project Uniting lifeAssist has embarked upon with Dandenong Neighbourhood House to build Carer awareness in the Dandenong community. If you have any queries, please be in touch on Ph: 9239 2500.
See flyer for details
                                                                       

Other Mental Health Activities

Mental Health Resources
Jack Mulholland (Metroaccess Community Development Officer – Maroondah City Council) maintains an online mental health resources page and continually adds new items e.g. dNet an information site on depression.  The information included is generally not locality specific so is applicable to people living in various areas.
Access the website resources here 

MHCSS Intake - Last day for referring for Outreach Support will be 31 August 2018
As per the DHHS Update attached here, referrals for MHCSS (Mental Health Community Support Services) Individual Support (OUTREACH) will close on Friday 31 August 2018  for all metro areas. There are currently a number of people already waiting for support (on the Needs Register), so referrals will be moving over to ‘NDIS transition support’ rather than being allocated to MHCSS.

Nominate now for the 2018 Mental Health Awards
The Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Mental Health Awards. The Awards will recognise an Advocate of the Year and a Mental Health Organisation of the Year. These inaugural awards will be presented by the Governor of Victoria at Government House of Friday 26 October 2018 from 7:00 - 9:00am.
Read more here

Talking About Trauma: Guide to Conversations & Screening for Health & Other Service Providers
This guide from the Blue Knot Foundation is intended to build the knowledge and skills of everyone in our community. Whether in a personal or professional capacity, we all need to engage in conversations about trauma. It is not difficult to acquire the necessary knowledge for ‘talking about trauma’. The guide is available for download  after completing a short form, and hard copies are available for purchase.

NDIS Information 

NDIA released Mental Health Access Snapshots
The snapshots provide specific, detailed information to people with psychosocial disability, their supporters, and service providers. They aim to assist people to understand the requirements of the NDIS access process in relation to psychosocial disability, and demystify the access process. The snapshots are as follows:

1.General information about how the NDIS can support your mental health
2.Impairment and mental health in the NDIS
3.Recovery and the NDIS
4.Functional capacity and mental health issues
5.NDIS and other services supporting your mental health

FREE Port Phillip NDIS Expo on 19 July
Come and explore the range of services available to people living with disability in the City of Port Phillip.
See flyer for details 

Southern Melbourne NDIS Get Ready Information Sessions
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (or NDIS) is a new way of providing individualised support in Australia for people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities and will be coming to Southern Melbourne from 1 September 2018. Free information sessions will be held to answer your questions on What is the NDIS? and How it will Work? See attached flyers for details...

  • Tuesday 19 June,  6.30pm – 8.30pm  @  Quest Hotel, Dandenong Central
  • Wednesday 20 June,  6.30pm – 8.30pm  @  Toomah Community Centre, 18 Golden Green St, Pakenham 

More NDIS sessions and support in Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong
Uniting is offering NDIS information sessions for carers living in the City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong and the Shire of Cardinia as the NDIS will commence in those areas in September 2018. The sessions will be held at the at Dandenong Neighbourhood House, with the first NDIS presentation to be held on Wednesday 13 June.
See details here 

Briefing Paper - Victorian mental health carers in the NDIS…Issues and Recommendations
Tandem Inc. (Representing Victoria’s mental health carers) has recently released this document.
Read here

Early Bird Registrations: Now Opened for the 2nd Annual NDIS & Mental Health Conference 2018
Register now to receive the early bird rate for this Conference to be held in Melbourne from 31 October – 1 November 2018.
See details here

NDIS Readiness Bulletins #9 and #10 - Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) 
Includes: Upcoming NDIS information sessions and events
Read Bulletin # 9 here
Read Bulletin # 10 here

NDIS Contact Email
Do you have questions, complaints or need to clarify inaccuracies with any information provided through the NDIS/NDIA?  
Email: viceast@ndis.gov.au 


Service Updates and Newsletters 

Tandem eNews 13 June 2018
Includes: Maryborough Mental Health Forum; 1000 Voices – Be the Changemakers; Tandem June Member Meeting; Ready, Steady, NDIS; Mental Health Education for Community Groups; Steps to Wellbeing; Discounted Workshop for Tandem Members
Read here

Mental Health Australia: CEO Update:
Frank Quinlan (CEO) is “Speaking frankly” …
* Australia's 'Top 5' young scientists of 2018 Read here
* Acknowledging there is still much more to do Read here

SANE Express – June
Includes: Hocking Fellowship applications closing; Spotlight on young adults; It’s time to end the stigma; The SANE blog
Read here

Mental Health Victoria News – 8 June update  + NDIS & Mental Health Conference 2018 deadline extended for presentation abstracts
* Includes: Launch of report: “Saving Lives: Saving Money”; Launch of The Prevention Hub uniting the Black Dog Institute and Everymind
Read here
* Call for Abstracts: Deadline Extended to Friday 29th June 2018
Mental Health Victoria and Community Mental Health Australia invite you to submit content to present at the 2nd Annual NDIS & Mental Health Conference 2018.
Read more here
 

Professional Development

2018 Indigenous STOP Domestic Violence Conference – Brisbane from 9 – 11 July 2018
Indigenous Conference Services is offering 2 for the price of 1 registration.
See details here 

Art workshops - professional development training for disability support workers
Come and learn easy art techniques you can use with your clients to enhance their wellbeing.
See flyer for details

SEMPHN – Network News – 12 June
Includes: Do you work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds?; Free training for the AOD sector
Read here

Other items of interest

Invitation to the Clothes4U Fashion Event – 27 July in Mt Eliza
You're invited to a fun evening of fashion! Exchange your quality new or pre-loved clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories that no longer spark JOY for you and swap them with other participants. If you don't have anything to bring that's OK too, there will be an opportunity to purchase fabulous items at very reasonable prices. Cost: $20 includes wine and finger food.
See flyer attached for more information and payment details

The Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) is holding an art competition for people with disability.
The winning artwork will feature on the Victorian public sector’s first ever Disability Employment Action Plan. 
See details here    

Come & Try …Ice Skating, Curling and Sled Hockey…8 August at Docklands
See flyer for details


Employment 

MetroAccess role at Kingston
The City of Kingston has advertised their MetroAccess role as a full time role to 30 June 2019. If you know of anyone who may be interested in this role please refer them to the Kingston jobs portal here. Applications close 21 June. 
 

Reminders

Invitation to Carers – Counselling Workshop in beautiful bush setting
Carers Victoria Counsellors will host a one day counselling workshop on 18 July reflecting on carer well-being and self-care. A small group of carers will connect with two counsellors who will facilitate a day of gentle reflection, rest and time out.
Expressions of interest close Wednesday 4 July 2018. Limited places available so call early.
See here for details

Mental Health Foundation of Australia (MHFA) – Peer Support Groups…looking for a Facilitator
MHFA offers a number of Peer Support Groups including OCD Support Group; Mood Disorder Support Group; Domestic Violence Support Group and a Grief Support Group. See their list of Peer Support Groups here. MHFA is seeking the services of a support group facilitator to coordinate a “Bipolar Carers Support Group”, a 90 minute session - one evening a month. Some negotiation as to the day the group will run may be possible and also that there may be some remuneration available for this position. Please contact Jim Goodin (MHFA Chairperson) on Ph: 9826 1422 or Mob: 0409 904 022 if you are interested to discuss this role. 

2018 Carers Victoria Election Platform Survey
The next Victorian state election will be held on Saturday 24 November 2018. Carers Victoria is developing a State election platform and would welcome your input. As the state-wide organisation representing and providing support for carers across Victoria, Carers Victoria wants to hear from as many carers as possible about what you want from the Victorian Government in the 2018 election.
Read more here 

 

Week ending 8 June 2018 

Just for Carers

Invitation to Carers – Counselling Workshop in beautiful bush setting
Carers Victoria Counsellors will host a one day counselling workshop on 18 July reflecting on carer well-being and self-care. A small group of carers will connect with two counsellors who will facilitate a day of gentle reflection, rest and time out.
Expressions of interest close Wednesday 4 July 2018. Limited places available so call early.
See here for details
                                                                       

Other Mental Health Activities

Mental Health Foundation of Australia (MHFA) – Peer Support Groups…looking for a Facilitator
MHFA offers a number of Peer Support Groups including OCD Support Group; Mood Disorder Support Group; Domestic Violence Support Group and a Grief Support Group. See their list of Peer Support Groups here. MHFA is seeking the services of a support group facilitator to coordinate a “Bipolar Carers Support Group”, a 90 minute session - one evening a month. Some negotiation as to the day the group will run may be possible and also that there may be some remuneration available for this position. Please contact Jim Goodin (MHFA Chairperson) on Ph: 9826 1422 or Mob: 0409 904 022 if you are interested to discuss this role. 

Support body confidence & healthy relationships with food & exercise in your community!
The Butterfly Foundation is Australia's leading not-for-profit for eating disorders and body image. Their prevention services work collaboratively with local councils to help all members of a community understand the risk and protective factors in the development of body dissatisfaction and eating disorders. See Butterfly Foundation services brochure here

FREE Suicide Prevention Workshop on Friday 13 July
Wesley LifeForce will be conducting this free Workshop at Jan Wilson Community Centre – Halton Road, Noble Park North VIC 3174 on Friday 13 July 2018 from 9am – 1.30pm. The program helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them. The training is open to community members aged over 18 years. Morning tea will be provided. If you know of any individuals or groups who may be interested in attending this workshop please ask them to register using this link. 

How dogs can help mental health
Please see attached a number of articles about the benefits and some available support services...
How Dogs Can Help with Mental Health – Mind Boosting Benefits of Dog Ownership
How therapy dogs can help students in the classroom with more than stress relief
Assistance Dogs Australia - offer dog programs in schools as well as a range of other services.
 

NDIS Information 

NDIA have released Mental Health Access Snapshots
The snapshots provide specific, detailed information to people with psychosocial disability, their supporters, and service providers. They aim to assist people to understand the requirements of the NDIS access process in relation to psychosocial disability, and demystify the access process. The snapshots are as follows:

  1. General information about how the NDIS can support your mental health
  2. Impairment and mental health in the NDIS
  3. Recovery and the NDIS
  4. Functional capacity and mental health issues
  5. NDIS and other services supporting your mental health

FREE Port Phillip NDIS Expo on 19 July
Come and explore the range of services available to people living with disability in the City of Port Phillip.
See flyer for details 

Southern Melbourne NDIS Get Ready Information Sessions
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (or NDIS) is a new way of providing individualised support in Australia for people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities and will be coming to Southern Melbourne from 1 September 2018. Free information sessions will be held to answer your questions on What is the NDIS? and How it will Work? See attached flyers for details...

  • Tuesday 19 June,  6.30pm – 8.30pm  @  Quest Hotel, Dandenong Central
  • Wednesday 20 June,  6.30pm – 8.30pm  @  Toomah Community Centre, 18 Golden Green St, Pakenham 

More NDIS sessions and support in Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong
Uniting is offering NDIS information sessions for carers living in the City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong and the Shire of Cardinia as the NDIS will commence in those areas in September 2018. The sessions will be held at the at Dandenong Neighbourhood House, with the first NDIS presentation to be held on Wednesday 13 June.
See details here 

Briefing Paper - Victorian mental health carers in the NDIS…Issues and Recommendations
Tandem Inc. (Representing Victoria’s mental health carers) has recently released this document.
Read here

Early Bird Registrations: Now Opened for the 2nd Annual NDIS & Mental Health Conference 2018
Register now to receive the early bird rate for this Conference to be held in Melbourne from 31 October – 1 November 2018.
See details here

NDIS Readiness Bulletins #9 and #10 - Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV)
Includes: Upcoming NDIS information sessions and events
Read Bulletin # 9 here
Read Bulletin # 10 here

NDIS Contact Email
Do you have questions, complaints or need to clarify inaccuracies with any information provided through the NDIS/NDIA?  
Email: viceast@ndis.gov.au

Service Updates and Newsletters

Family violence help - The Orange Door
The Orange Door is a new way to access help and support for women, children and young people who are experiencing family violence; and for families who need support with the care, wellbeing and development of children or young people. Getting help is free and clients do not need a referral. The Orange Door will be rolled out across Victoria by 2021. Bayside Peninsula is the first location and is now open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays). Phone: 1800 319 353. Other out of hours services are also available.
See more details here

Child Safety Toolkit for Schools & Not-for-profit Organisations
This Toolkit has been created to promote child safety and help not-for-profit organisations ensure compliance with the complex web of legislation in this area. 
See here for more information and toolkit download

Tandem eNews 30 May 2018
Includes: National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum;  Supported Decision-Making Workshop;  Tandem June Member's Meeting;  My Health Record; Ready, Steady, NDIS; Discounted Workshop for Tandem Members
Read here 

Carers Victoria – VOICE May 2018
Includes: Young Carers Scholarships; Submissions to the Australian Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS; nominations for the 2018 Victorian Senior of the Year; the chance to win free movie tickets.
Read here 

BPD Community – June email update
Includes: Information night (19 June) on suicide prevention; Family & Friend’s Group meetings; Mental Health Australia project on alternative ways to provide psychosocial support for NDIS participants; Safe Haven Café at St Vincent’s
Read here 

Australian BPD Foundation - June BPD news, training, supports and more!
Includes: Treating BPD; BPD & Intellectual Disability; Conversational Model; Employment - 2 jobs!
Read here 

Mental Health Australia: CEO Updates:
Frank Quinlan (CEO) is “Speaking frankly” …
25 May…Bravery in all its forms
1 June… Homelessness in Australia, an unnatural disaster

Mental Health Victoria News – 25 and 31 May
Issues include: Impact of the budget on not for profit agencies; NDIA release of “Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Strategy”; Victorian mental health carers in the NDIS report released by Tandem; NDIA Quarterly Report released.
Read 25 May here
Read 31 May here

Respite South Newsletter - 28 May 2018
Respite South is a fortnightly newsletter produced by Alfred Health Carer Services for people who care for a person with a disability in Melbourne's southern region.
Read here 

Wellways – Volunteering with Wellways
Includes: Life in Community (LinC) program; Wellways support with the NDIS
Read here

Professional Development

VTMH Seminar: SAVE THE DATE… Upcoming VTMH Forum: Vocation Works!
The forum on 11 October will feature culturally diverse voices on vocational support and recovery.
Stay tuned to this website for more details 

SEMPHN – Network News – 28 May and 4 June
Includes: Free mental health services and GP priority intake line; Family violence help – The Orange Door; Mental health peer support via beyondblue Connect
Read 28 May here
Read 4 June here


Other items of interest

Peninsula Transport Assist – Volunteer Assisted Community Transport
Peninsula Transport Assist recently won the inaugural 2016 Age Friendly Victoria Award that recognises excellence & innovation in creating age-friendly communities, promoting active ageing and improving quality of life and inclusion for older people. This service is available to all residents and to community organisations within the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region.
See website here for charges and booking details 

Media: a selection of Articles from The Conversation
The Inner South Family & Friends (ISF&F) Carer Support Group have compiled a selection of articles (as of 4 June) from The Conversation and Pro Bono e-newsletters which may be of interest to you.
Read here