Weekly Mental Health News - Friday EXTRA

Are you a carer of someone with a mental illness?  Do you work in the mental health sector or are you someone with your own experience of mental illness?  You can subscribe here to receive weekly updates emailed to you which summarise the latest in mental health news, events, professional development and more. It's a good way to keep in touch with news that might help you.   Subscribe to the mailing list 

Week ending 20 April 2018

Just for Carers 

Inner South Family and Friends (ISF&F) – Carer Support Group…April newsletter, meetings and Dining Group
The April 2018 newsletter contains lots of information including dates for ISF&F’s Dining Group, and details of speakers for their 8 May and 12 June meetings.
Read here

Pathways for Carers walk on Saturday 21 April, 1.00pm - Guest Walker from Neami National
These walks offer carers of people with a disability or mental health issue, an opportunity to share walks with other carers and learn more about news, services and supports available to carers. Carers will be meeting at a new location, Thor-Ra-Nee Cafe, Burnt Bridge Shopping Centre, 434 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood. Pathways for Carers walks are now being offered in Yarra Ranges, Manningham, Boroondara, Monash/Knox and are supported by Unitingcare lifeAssist.
For further information about Pathways For Carers, please see this link and the attached flyer

FREE Carer Forum on Wills and Estate planning + Carer Wellbeing session 
Each and Uniting are hosting this wills and estate planning and self-care session on 8 May in Berwick.
See flyer for details 

FREE workshop on 23 May  - Cultivating Carer Wellbeing 
Carers Victoria Counsellors will host a one day counselling workshop 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 in a beautiful nature setting at the Carers Cottage in Officer. Limited places are available so call early to register your interest.
See details here 

FREE Carers’ Film Session on 10 May – City of Port Phillip and City of Glen Eira
This event is free for carers living in the City Glen Eira and the City of Port Phillip and includes a choc-top or popcorn. RSVP is essential. 
See flyer for details 

FREE Carers’ Day Out
Alfred Health Carer Services invites you to come and have a day out on Tuesady 24 Apil in Frankston with a movie and lunch in the company of other carers. Places are limited, so please make a booking NOW by contacting on Ph: 8781 3400.
See flyer for details 

Other Mental Health Activities

8th Annual National Borderline Personality Disorder Conference – 10 and 11 September 2018
Save the date and perhaps consider submitting an abstract for this Conference in Brisbane.
See details here
 

NDIS Information 

Resources for mental health carers on the Tandem website
Tandem has developed several tip sheets which outline how family and friends (carers) can be involved in the NDIS. The Tandem Tip Sheets specifically relate to supporting someone with a psychosocial disability. See website here. Other NDIS resources are also available on the site e.g. a report proforma (Psychosocial Disability Evidence Report) for health professionals to use when providing support evidence re NDIS access requests.

Alfred Health Carer Services – NDIS workshops for carers (see attached flyers for details)
* NDIS 1 Basics and Access
Tuesday 22 May from 10 – 11:30am in Dandenong
* NDIS 2 Pre planning
Monday 14 May from 10 – 12 noon in Caulfield
Wednesday 16 May from 10 – 12 noon in Frankston
Tuesday 5 June from 10 – 12 noon in Dandenong
Please circulate this information to families/carers, colleagues and networks.

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.
See details here
 

Service Updates and Newsletters

beyondblue Connect
Connecting you to personal support…beyondblue Connect is a FREE service that puts people who live, work or study in Victoria's Greater Dandenong community, in touch with mentors. They can support your wellbeing and help you achieve your goals.  If you're feeling stressed, anxious or worried and it's affecting your work, study or relationships, a beyondblue Connect mentor can assist. Call 1300 036 418
See details here 

Tandem eNews 17 April 2018
Includes: Emerging Minds visits Tandem; Tandem NDIS Tip Sheets released; Tandem become Mental Health First Aiders;  Ready, Steady, NDIS; Ensuring sexual safety in acute mental health inpatient units; Supporting people living with bipolar disorder; Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship;  Jobs
Read here

Wellways…Welcome to eNews April 2018
Includes: Wellways launches its first Reconciliation Australia-endorsed plan for recognition and understanding with our First People; NDIS media campaign launches
Read more here

Australian BPD Foundation - The BPD Advocate - Autumn 2018
Includes: Myths or Facts; Lived Experience; Carer’s Corner; Profile: Dr Martha Kent; BPD Conferences
Read here

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences - Psychology news and events
Includes: May Lecture Series featuring “ADHD and attention control”; “Is emotional stability all it’s cracked up to be?”
Read here

Professional Development 

DV-Alert workshop Working with Women with Disabilities
Lifeline is currently piloting its new DV-Alert workshop Working with Women with Disabilities around Australia. Working with Women with Disabilities is a free, accredited, two-day unit CHCD family violence001 - Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence from the national CHC Community Services Training Package. The Melbourne pilot will be held on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 of May, 2018. Lifeline is seeking participants who are community service workers supporting people with disabilities in a range of services. This includes disability services workers as well as workers who provide whole of community services. All DV-Alert workshops are free for eligible workers and financial support payments are available to assist employers to release staff by way of backfill payments.
See the national training package course outline here
See more information on the DV-Alert training suite and other DV-Alert options here
To register for the pilot of Working with Women with Disabilities see here

Integrative Medicine (Mental Health) Research Review Issue 2
Includes: Cannabidiol as an adjunctive therapy in schizophrenia; Nutritional deficiencies and clinical correlates in first-episode psychosis; Physical activity and incident depression; Exercise and the prevention of depression; Saffron for the treatment of youth anxiety and depression; Adjunctive bright light therapy for bipolar depression; Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for unipolar depression in patients with chronic pain; Vitamin D supplementation in bipolar depression
Read here

Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) launch their 2018 Indigenous Conferences program
See media release here

SEMPHN – Network News
Includes: Dandenong: Do you know someone with lived experience of suicide who might like to help others?; GP training for the management of opioid dependence
Read here


Other items of interest

Technology Safety for Women
WESNET Safety Net Australia has released two new technology safety resources for women. "Tips for a secure email" offers suggestions on how you can make your email address as secure as possible. "Securing your Home Wi-Fi Network" outlines steps to ensure your router is secure. WESTNET has also recently updated their handout on image-based abuse.

Willum Warrain (Aboriginal Association Inc) - Term 2 Newsletter with Program
Willum Warrain’s Vision…“ A vibrant and confident Aboriginal community, encouraging cultural strengthening, promoting health, and providing a safe gathering place for all community members”
Read Newsletter here
See Women’s and Men’s group programs here

Cardinia Communities eNews… NAIDOC save the date (Wednesday 11 July)
Read here

Football Federation Victoria - Clubs and Programs for Players with Disabilities
See details of inclusive programs on offer here

Reminders

Uniting lifeAssist - Carer Events and Carer Hub activities and ASIST training for carers
Term 2 activities are on offer at Uniting’s Hampton Park and Pakenham Carer Hubs. A Carer is eligible to attend if they 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.
See Hampton Park activities here
See Pakenham activities here
Also on offer is an upcoming ASIST training course in July for carers (same eligibility as above applies). N.B. the venue is yet to be confirmed and those who register for the event will be informed as soon as this is clarified.
See ASIST details here 

C i t y o f P o r t P h i l l i p Y o u t h N e t w o r K - Supporting young people to navigate NDIS
Please join the network on 10 May in St Kilda Town Hall for an interactive network meeting facilitated by Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) and Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
See details here

Space4us – a FREE program (commencing 2 May in Mornington) for young people who have a parent experiencing mental illness
Space4Us is a free group program for young people (13 – 18 years old) looking to know more about mental illness, strategies to cope at home and how to get support. It’s a chance for young people in a similar situation to come together, learn from each other and have fun! The program runs from 4 – 6 pm each session with snacks provided. 
N.B. Referrals have been extended until 10 April so please contact ASAP.
See flyer here
See information for parents and young people here
See information for referrers here  

Healing Activities for the Stolen Generations
Link-Up Victoria is offering a number of healing activities during April and May so if you are interested in any of these please contact them and register your interest. Places are limited so get in early!
See flyer for details

South East Careers EXPO - Tuesday  24 April 2018 
This Expo will provide engaging activities and information for young people and families about future pathways in education and training. It is targeted to grade years 9 - 12 and will provide lots of interactive activities and information on the day including over 100 exhibitors, entertainment provided by local schools and lots of competitions and giveaways. Highlights from the 2017 event can be seen here.
Please see the flyer attached, feel free to print or add to your school newsletters to encourage families to attend. 

Week ending 13 April 2018

Just for Carers 

Uniting lifeAssist - Carer Events and Carer Hub activities and ASIST training for carers
Term 2 activities are on offer at Uniting’s Hampton Park and Pakenham Carer Hubs. A Carer is eligible to attend if they 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.
See Hampton Park activities here
See Pakenham activities here
Also on offer is an upcoming ASIST training course in July for carers (same eligibility as above applies). N.B. the venue is yet to be confirmed and those who register for the event will be informed as soon as this is clarified.
See ASIST details here 

Other Mental Health Activities

ONLY A WEEK TO GO....FREE Mental Health EXPO in Hastings on 20 April from 10 am – 2 pm
This FREE local Mental Health community information event will help you learn about the nuts and bolts of the NDIS as well meeting up with services that may be able to help you and are available in the Hastings and wider Peninsula areas for people affected by mental illness and their families.
See flyer for details  

Applications for Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship 2018
The National Mental Health Commission (the Commission) is pleased to announce the Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship (Fellowship), a prestigious program for early and emerging leaders (including people with lived experience of mental illness and their carers) who have a passion and commitment to improving outcomes for people with lived experience of mental health issues. The Fellowship is funded by the Australian Government, with development led by the Commission. Applications have opened as of 6 April.
See details on the Commission’s website here

NDIS Information 

VALID provided NDIS courses
VALID has teamed up with a number of local services to provide 5 week courses about the NDIS.
See flyer for Doveton here
See flyer for Narre Warren here
See flyer for Mentone here

C i t y o f P o r t P h i l l i p Y o u t h N e t w o r K - Supporting young people to navigate NDIS
Please join the network on 10 May in St Kilda Town Hall for an interactive network meeting facilitated by Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) and Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
See details here

NDIS Readiness Bulletins # 5 and # 6 - Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV)
Read # 5 here
Read # 6 here
 

Service Updates and Newsletters

Respite South Newsletter - 10 April 2018
Respite South is a fortnightly newsletter for families who care for a person with a disability in Melbourne's southern region; providing news and NDIS updates; and information about recreational activities and events.
Read here

Carers Victoria Voice – 29 March edition
The end of March means it's time to apply for a Young Carers scholarship. If you know a Young Carer who could benefit from a scholarship to expand their skills or improve their educational achievements please alert them to this website to find out how to apply.
Don't forget the famous Mingle events are on again in 2018. With fantastic entertainment, food and frivolities, make sure you book in early to secure your spot.  
Read here

SANE Express – April
Includes: SANE's lived experience program has been relaunched, and is now known as SANE Peer Ambassadors; Responding to bad behaviour.
Read here

Disability News and Events on the Mornington Peninsula
Read Virginia Richardson’s (Mornington Peninsula Shire – MetroAccess worker) latest update here

Australian BPD Foundation  - April 2018 eBulletin
Includes: NSW Branch supported by MHCN; Standby Suicide Postvention; NDIS Applications for Mental Illness; BPD Clinical Network in Hobart
Read more here

BPD Community – April email update
Includes: Family and Friends Groups in South Melbourne and Dandenong; revised website; research about intergenerational parenting practices
Read more here 

MentalHealth Victoria News – 12 April 2018
The new look MHVic weekly e-bulletin now incorporates all the news, events and opportunities formerly covered by VICSERV's factsline and NDIS bulletins. 
Read here 

Mental Health Australia: CEO Updates
Frank Quinlan (CEO) is “Speaking frankly”
Read here… “Every failure has a name”
Read here…“This week I found the news very hard to reconcile”
Read here… “A lesson in grace, warmth and courtesy from our Indigenous elders”

Professional Development 

Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) Seminar - 18 April 2018
The presenter for this seminar is Professor Suresh Sundram who helped found the Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub in 2016 which offers essential mental health and other services to Asylum Seekers and refugees.
See details here

MHPN Webinar invitation for 30 April : Recognising and managing oppositional defiant disorder
Register now for an interdisciplinary panel discussion and Q&A about Dylan; a child living in vunerable circumstances who has displayed defiant behaviour since kindergarten.
See details here

SEMPHN – Network News – 3 and 9 April + SEMaphore
Read 3 April here – Includes: Free mental health services and GP priority intake line
Read 9 April here – Includes: GP training for the management of opioid dependence
Read SEMaphore here

Addiction Medicine Research Review Issue 5
Includes: Cost-effectiveness of publicly funded treatment of opioid use disorder in California; Morbidity and mortality in marginalised populations; Preventing HCV transmission in people who inject drugs; Pharmacologically controlled drinking: an emerging concept; Cannabis use and neuropsychological decline in adolescents
Read more here
 

Employment

Alfred Health -  Family Peer Support Worker​ with headspace in Narre Warren
The headspace YEPP program is seeking to appoint a family peer support worker to this program to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and to bring their unique insight into mental health challenges and what makes recovery possible. Applications close on 25 April.
See details here

City of Casey - Exciting employment opportunity in Community Care
City of Casey community Care unit is looking for an NDIS Transition Officer. If you are passionate about improving the lives of people with a disability, have experience in assessment and care planning and are familiar with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – you should take a look! Applications close on 20 April.
See details here

Emerging Minds is hiring!
They are currently recruiting for several key team members to join Emerging Minds and the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health.
See details here

Other items of interest

FREE City of Port Phillip - Older Persons Consultative Committee (OPCC) Annual Forum
Planning for future care – Who speaks for you when you cannot?
The forum will be presented by Advance Care Planning Australia to help you to plan your future care and have your preferences known and respected. Easy to understand information about what advance care planning is, how it may benefit you and how to do it will be offered as well as a complimentary information kit. The forum at St Kilda Town Hall on Monday 30 April 10 am to 12 pm includes Q & A and morning tea. 
See here for details

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) – Community Forum on 27 April
VACCA is holding this Community Forum for the Southern Metropolitan Region in Dandenong. It is an opportunity to meet with the VACCA Board and Staff. Lunch will be provided.
See flyer for details

Invitation to Dandenong Transport Accessibility Forum
The Disability Resources Centre (DRC) invites people with disabilities, their carers and advocates to join them for their Transport Accessibility Forum in Dandenong on Tuesday 1 May 2018 from 9.30am - 11.30am in the Formal Meeting Room 225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong. Morning tea will be provided so please RSVP for catering purposes.
See flyer for details 

Career Information Forums – Information, Communications & Technology (ICT)  and Tourism/Hospitality industry - 17 and 19 April 2018 in Berwick
These forums are really designed for the public, students, teachers, jobseekers. Speakers will be employers and industry leaders so information will be relevant and up to date. 
See flyer for details
 


Week ending 30 March 2018
 

Just for Carers

FREE Carers’ Day Out
Alfred Health Carer Services invites you to come and have a day out on Tuesady 24 Apil in Frankston with a movie and lunch in the company of other carers. Places are limited, so please make a booking NOW by contacting on Ph: 8781 3400.
See flyer for details 

Space4us – a FREE program (commencing 2 May in Mornington) for young people who have a parent experiencing mental illness
Space4Us is a free group program for young people (13 – 18 years old) looking to know more about mental illness, strategies to cope at home and how to get support. It’s a chance for young people in a similar situation to come together, learn from each other and have fun! The program runs from 4 – 6 pm each session with snacks provided.
N.B. Referrals have been extended until 10 April so please contact ASAP.
See flyer here
See information for parents and young people here
See information for referrers here  

FREE -  Mindfulness, communication and relationships – a series of 2 workshops for carers of a person with a disability
In partnership with Glen Eira City Council, Alfred Health Carer Services is hosting two workshops on the 19 and 26 April in Caulfield on the topic of mindfulness and communicating mindfully in relationships.
See flyer for details 

Other Mental Health Activities

SAVE THE DATE…FREE Mental Health EXPO in Hastings on 20 April from 10 am – 2 pm
This FREE local Mental Health community information event will help you learn about the nuts and bolts of the NDIS as well meeting up with services that may be able to help you and are available in the Hastings and wider Peninsula areas for people affected by mental illness and their families.
See flyer for details  

NDIS Information

Information for medical and allied health professionals - Supporting people with mental health needs to access the NDIS - Resources from VMIAC 
You may find it helpful to take these resources to your health professional when asking for supporting documentation for your NDIS Application.
See brochure here
See detailed information here

Service Updates and Newsletters

Tandem eNews 27 March 2018
Includes: Mental Health Australia's Members Policy Forum;  Ava Iranian Women's Choir project; Ready, Steady, NDIS; The Right to be Safe report launch; National approach to carer support services announced;  2018 Young Carers scholarship
Read here

Mental Health Australia: CEO Update: Mental Health Advocacy - The total is greater than the  sum of the parts
Frank Quinlan (CEO) is “Speaking frankly”
Read here 

Emerging Minds Newsletter March 2018
Includes: GP resources in development; MIRF Best Practice, Next Practice forum; Behind the scenes; 
Visit the National Workforce Centre's resource library
Read here
 

Professional Development

MHPN Webinars: Evidence based treatments for people living with Borderline Personality Disorder
Join in on Thursday 19 April to hear presentations – based on a case study – from an expert panel, covering evidence based treatments including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, whist identifying access limitations to BPD treatments.
See details here

VICSERV – Training Bulletin and factsline (including NDIS & Mental Health Bulletin)
See Training bulletin here
See factsline here 

SEMPHN – Network News
Includes: Free mental health services and GP priority intake line
Read here

Schizophrenia Research Review Issue 17
Includes: Inflammatory biomarkers and risk of schizophrenia; Variability of regional brain structure in schizophrenia; ABT-126 in the treatment of cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia
Read more here

Other items of interest

Invitation: Join in at the Brotherhood's annual Sambell Oration Dinner – Strong and Smart: Investing in Indigenous Children
Leading educator Chris Sarra will deliver this year’s Sambell Oration on 11 April. Named after former Brotherhood Executive Director Geoffrey Sambell, this keynote event is a forum for ideas that
advance a fairer Australia.
See details here

Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll Roadshow
The Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll is coming to Nairm Marr Djambana in Frankston on 11 April.
See flyer for details 

Nairm Marr Djambana – Community Open Day on 31 March
Families and members of the public have the opportunity to get involved, get connected and visit Nairm Marr Djambana on 31 March to have a yarn and a bite to eat.  
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 26 March) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here 

Clothes4u Easter News – includes annual Autumn Sale!!!
Read news here
See Autumn Sale flyer here
 

Week ending 23 March 2018

Just for Carers 

FREE City of Casey 'Caring for Me' allied health workshops for Carers and Community Care clients
See flyer for details 

Other Mental Health Activities 

Mental Health Tribunal Advisory Group (TAG)  is seeking 2 new members
The Tribunal Advisory Group (TAG) provides strategic advice to the Tribunal on a range of matters. TAG is recruiting for a member to join from the regional consumer workforce and a young carer. TAG meetings are held every 2 months and meetings run for 3 hours. Members are paid for their time and travel. Please see attached Expression of Interest (EOI) for more detailed information. The EOI closing date is Wednesday 28 March.
 

NDIS Information 

Mentis Assist March Newsletter- Navigating the NDIS
Are you NDIS ready? With the NDIS rolling out in the Bayside/Mornington Peninsula area in April, now is the time to start preparing for a smooth transition
Read more here

Uniting lifeAssist – NDIS support at the Carer Hub in Narre Warren
In 2018, Uniting lifeAssist will be offering support regarding the NDIS for people who are caring for someone with a mental illness, autism or intellectual disability, and who are living in the Council areas of Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong. The Narre Warren Carer Hub will offer NDIS workshops on a weekly basis, that aim to prepare the carer for their care-recipients’ NDIS planning meeting. There will also be opportunity for one-to-one NDIS support offered after the workshops (by appointment) and as part of lifeAssist’s Carer Support program.
See attached flyer for details 
 

Service Updates and Newsletters 

Respite South Newsletter -  21 March 2018
Respite South is a fortnightly newsletter for families who care for a person with a disability in Melbourne's southern region; providing news and NDIS updates; and information about recreational activities and events.
Read here

Health Issues Centre - 2018 Training Programs
Includes: Course in Consumer Leadership and Course in Co-Production in Health Services
Read here

Professional Development 

NDIS Disability workforce survey
Share your opinions about the NDIS in the disability workforce survey open until 9 April.
Read more here

SEMPHN – Network News
Includes: Medical decision-making laws have changed
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 19 March) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here 


Week ending 16 March 2018 

Just for Carers

Carer Workshop: Getting Back to Employment
Uniting lifeAssist is offering this Workshop for Carers supporting a person with mental illness, intellectual disability and/or autism, who are living in the Eastern Metropolitan Region or Council areas of Casey, Cardinia or Greater Dandenong. Please see the flyer attached for more details and registration link and circulate to your networks, or distribute to any clients who you think may benefit from the training. 

New national approach to carer support services announced
The Minister for Social Services, The Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced last week that the Commonwealth government has approved the long-awaited introduction of a new national approach to carer support services.
See Fact Sheet from the Department of Social Services here
See Carers Australia article here 

Young Carer Scholarships 2018 – NOW OPEN!
Carers Victoria's Young Carer scholarships give young carers attending secondary school the opportunity to be acknowledged for their contributions to their family and the community and to participate in school or community based activities that enhance their skills, educational achievement and abilities, or that help them to participate more fully in their community. Scholarships of up to $500 are awarded to successful applicants. Applications close on 20 April.
See details here
 

Other Mental Health Activities 

SAVE THE DATE…FREE Mental Health EXPO in Hastings on 20 April from 10 am – 2 pm
This FREE local Mental Health community information event will help you learn about the nuts and bolts of the NDIS as well meeting up with services that may be able to help you and are available in the Hastings and wider Peninsula areas for people affected by mental illness and their families.
See flyer for details  

Wellways Australia – Tell us what you think and WIN!
Wellways are constantly striving to improve their website by providing information and content that matters to you…
Read more here

NDIS Information 

City of Port Phillip - NDIS information sessions

Using the NDIA workbook ‘Getting Ready for your Planning Conversation’, these sessions are designed to help people with disability, as well as their families and carers, get ready for their NDIS planning conversation. Please see Eventbrite link here for all the NDIS related events coming up for Bayside Peninsula “Getting Ready for Your Planning Conversation”. 

Media Release: Launch of “Every opportunity: Victorian economic participation plan for people with disability 2018-20”
The Andrews Labor Government marked the start of the National Open Employment Forum 2018 on 8 February with the announcement of a plan headed:  Giving Victorians With A Disability "Every Opportunity." It includes 21 actions to improve work, study, and business opportunities for Victorians with a disability, and is to be strongly linked to the NDIS.
Read media release here 

NDIS Readiness Bulletin # 4 - Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV)
Included in this update are upcoming events for people with a disability, families and carers, and events for service providers. Also included are some resources that you may wish to access to support your organisation or clients with the transition to the NDIS.
Read here

Service Updates and Newsletters 

Tandem eNews 15 March 2018
Includes: Inaugural Tandem International Women’s Day Breakfast;  Mental Health Tribunal Advisory Group seeks members; Ready, Steady, NDIS; Jobs;  Have your say
Read here

Carers National News - March 2018
Includes: New national approach to carers supports and services; Young Carer Bursary Program; The importance of acknowledging the mental health needs of carers
Read here 

Australian BPD Foundation – March BPD news, training, supports and more!
Includes: BPD All In The Mind Radio Show; SA Minister Supports BPD; NDIS Mind the Gap Report Mental Health Supports; Spectrum has moved!
Read here

Wellways Australia - Welcome to eNews March 2018
Includes: Driving men’s health agenda; Mental health, aged care and disability news
Read here

Disability News and Events on the Mornington Peninsula
Lots of news on offer from Virginia Richardson (Mornington Peninsula Shire – MetroAccess Worker)
Read here

Mental Health Australia: CEO Updates:
Frank Quinlan (CEO) is “Speaking frankly” …
The little house that highlights a much bigger problem 
Read here
Let's get serious about funding co-design
Read here

Professional Development 

MHPN Connect
Includes: Melbourne Veteran network meeting April 30, upcoming ODD webinar and more.
Read here 

VICSERV – factsline - News from the community mental health sector
Read here

Psychiatry Research Review Issue 47
Includes: Hormonal therapy prevents depression in the menopause transition?; Methylphenidate vs amphetamines for ADHD during pregnancy; Childhood adversity, adolescent violence and early adulthood suicide; Childhood trauma affects cognition in older age; Virtual-reality-based CBT for psychotic disorders
Read more here

SEMPHN – Network News
Includes: Do you know someone who'd like to be involved in suicide prevention activities in Frankston Mornington Peninsula? There's a free two-day workshop for people with lived experience
Read here

Other items of interest 

Healing Activities for the Stolen Generations
Link-Up Victoria is offering a number of healing activities during April and May so if you are interested in any of these please contact them and register your interest. Places are limited so get in early!
See flyer for details

Peninsula Community Legal Centre - Fines Clinic in Rosebud on Friday 23 March
The Fines Clinic provides free legal advice and assistance with a broad range of fines including driving on toll-roads without an e-tag, parking offences and public transport fines.
See details here

South East Careers EXPO - Tuesday  24 April 2018 
This Expo will provide engaging activities and information for young people and families about future pathways in education and training. It is targeted to grade years 9 - 12 and will provide lots of interactive activities and information on the day including over 100 exhibitors, entertainment provided by local schools and lots of competitions and giveaways. Highlights from the 2017 event can be seen here.
Please see the flyer attached, feel free to print or add to your school newsletters to encourage families to attend. 

 

Week ending 9 March 2018 

Just for Carers

Uniting lifeAssist – Carer Hubs in Hampton Park, Pakenham and Narre Warren
In 2018, Uniting lifeAssist will be offering three Carer Hubs in the Southern Region, for people that are caring for someone with a mental illness, autism or intellectual disability, and who are living in the Council areas of Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong.
The Hampton Park  and Pakenham Carer Hubs are spaces for carers to gather with other carers and participate in capacity building, self-care and relaxing activities. The Narre Warren Carer Hub will offer NDIS workshops on a weekly basis, that aim to prepare the carer for their care-recipients’ NDIS planning meeting. There will also be opportunity for one-to-one NDIS support offered after the workshops (by appointment) and as part of lifeAssist’s Carer Support program.
See attached flyers for details

FREE Carers Hoarding Group Program 2018 - Swinburne Psychology Clinic
This program offers free information and support to assist people who care for someone who experiences Hoarding Disorder.
See flyer here


Other Mental Health Activities 

Space4us – a FREE program (commencing 2 May in Mornington) for young people who have a parent experiencing mental illness
Space4Us is a free group program for young people (13 – 18 years old) looking to know more about mental illness, strategies to cope at home and how to get support. It’s a chance for young people in a similar situation to come together, learn from each other and have fun!
See flyer here
See information for parents and young people here
See information for referrers here 

Wellways - My Recovery Program – information session on 6 April in Frankston
My Recovery is a peer led education program that supports participants to take steps towards recovery, improve social and emotional wellbeing, develop skills and build confidence.
See details here

Love Your Body Week 2018
The Butterfly Foundation is inviting you to Support young people's body confidence and join schools and youth organisations across Australia to run a body esteem workshop for Love Your Body Week this September. Read more here
See flyer here

Request from Mental Health Complaints Commissioner (MHCC) 
The MHCC is looking to test a fact sheet with three people with mental health issues that cause disability (psychosocial disability) or who have trouble communicating because of their cultural background. Applications close on Sunday, 11 March.
Read more here

Swinburne Psychology Clinic offering STOP Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
STOP is a low-cost and effective treatment for people experiencing difficulties with OCD.
See flyer here
 

NDIS Information 


NDIS Readiness workshop for young people in Frankston on 14 March
The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) has funding from the Victorian Government to help young people (aged between 12 – 25 years) with disability across Victoria get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Register here  
See flyer here for details
 
VICSERV (now Mental Health Victoria)  - NDIS Bulletin: NDIS & Mental Health
Read here
 

Service Updates and Newsletters 


BPD Community - March 2018 Newsletter
Includes: South Melbourne as well as Dandenong Family & Friends’ Groups plus a radio program “BPD and Healing Relationships”
Read here 

SANE Express – February
Includes: Treatment and personality disorders. What works?; Latest articles from SANE
Read here 

beyondblue – bb quarterly
Includes: National Education Initiative (NEI) funding extended, new Children's Resilience guide and more
Read here

Respite South Newsletter - 2 March 2018
Respite South is a fortnightly newsletter for families who care for a person with a disability in Melbourne's southern region; providing news and NDIS updates; and information about recreational activities and events.
Read here

Mental Health Australia: CEO Update: Our pre-Budget submission summary... Fund the commitments  to mental health
Frank Quinlan (CEO) is “Speaking frankly” … “Please provide funding for the commitments the Government has made to mental health.”
Read here

Swinburne Psychology Clinic - Newsletter March 2018
The Clinic provides low-cost counselling services, specialist group therapy programs & psychological assessments to individuals, couples and families.
Read here

Health Issues Centre (HIC) - Introducing: Consumer Connect PLUS other news
Are you interested in helping improve health services in 2018? Consumer Connect is a new HIC initiative that aims to connect consumers and health and community service organisations. HIC supports and informs health services to involve and learn from their consumers, using their unique experience, skills and knowledge to improve health care outcomes for everyone.
Read more here
 

Professional Development 


Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) Webinar on 22 March - Tips and strategies to enhance communication between medical and mental health professionals
See details here

SEMPHN – Network News
Includes: SEMPHN-funded mental health services and GP-priority intake line
Read here
 

Other Items of Interest


Clothes4U Rosebud News
From Veronica (Founder & President)…”CLOTHES4U is open for business and looking forward to assisting your clients. In 2017 we helped over 50 women per month, this year we hope to increase that number. Remember we dress women and girls for all occasions, most clients need 'Every Day Wear ' others may be Going to Court, Rental Interviews, Job Interviews, or need something for that Special Occasion. If you would like your clients to be pampered and made to feel special then send them to C4U. At the moment we have some wonderful new clothes, good looking shoes and handbags. Our shelves are also stocked with plenty of toiletries. We have so much to give away to your clients, as donations keep coming in.
Our volunteers are waiting to dress your clients, to pamper them and make them feel wonderful about themselves.”
Call Shirley on 0490 058 596 for an appointment 

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 5 March) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here


Week ending 2 March 2018

Just for Carers  

Updated brochure – Support for carers of people experiencing mental health issues in the Southern Region of Melbourne
This brochure is usually copied onto pink paper so please contact l.alcorn@alfred.org.au  if you would like multiple copies sent to you. Please clarify how many copies are required and an address for postage. Please distribute widely and update all your brochure displays/stands with this January 2018 version (the date is noted in the corner of the document).
See brochure here 

Grow Carer Support group sessions at The Melbourne Clinic - March & April
Do you look after someone with mental health issues? Do you require support from a friendly group?
This group will meet on Monday 19 March  and Monday 16 & 30 April - all in the Isaac Schweitzer conference room at the Melbourne Clinic. For further information please contact Melissa on 1800 558 268 or Melissa.Morris@grow.org.au

FREE Carers’ Luncheon on Thursday 15 March at Sails on the Bay in Elwood
Alfred Health Carer Services invites any carers living in the Southern region to lunch in the company of other carers. RSVP to Ph: 8781 3400  is essential as only a few places left so RSVP NOW!
See flyer for details.

Upcoming Parenting Forum- Strengths-Based Parenting
Jewish Care is offering this session on 13 March when Marie McLeod, Director of PoPsy, will provide insight into the value of a strengths-based approach to parenting. Drawing on research from the fields of neuroscience and positive psychology, Marie will discuss practical tips and strategies.
See flyer for details. 
 

Other Mental Health Activities 

Wild at Heart – Community Arts
Are you a muso with a mental health story to tell? The Bipolar Bears band is recruiting!
See flyer for details
 

NDIS Information 

NDIS Readiness at Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) 
Included in this update are upcoming events for people with a disability, families and carers, and events for service providers. Also included are some resources that you may wish to access to support your organisation or clients with the transition to the NDIS.  
Read here

Need Some NDIS Advice?
Carers Victoria has recently launched a new free NDIS Carer Advisory Service that is set to provide personalised phone-based support for carers and families supporting a person to transition to the NDIS. Their team can assist you to get ready for the NDIS, resolve issues and provide advice to assist with the transition. This service is available to carers in all regions of Victoria. To contact the team, call their Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636. 

Tandem (representing Victorian mental health carers) NDIS 1800 number
A 1800 number has been set up to provide telephone support with non-urgent carer NDIS enquiries. Some of the issues Tandem can assist with relate to accessing carer supports in a plan, complaints, reviews, getting ready for your first plan conversation and other general NDIS matters. Please call 1800 314 325 during business hours to speak to either Simon or Robbert.
See NDIS resources for carers here


Service Updates and Newsletters 


Tandem eNews 28 February 2018
Includes: Tandem International Women's Day Breakfast; Chinese Health Foundation Australia Project Launch; CORE Research Study finishes; NDIS News
Read here

Mental Health Australia: CEO Update: A message to our American friends
Frank Quinlan (CEO) is “Speaking frankly” …
Read here

Emerging Minds Newsletter February 2018
Includes: The Invisible Child; Interviewing the experts; The Collective Impact Symposium; Feature course: Family Talk; Upcoming Family Violence webinar and more.
Read here

Health Issues Centre (HIC) - Full Circle newsletter (February)
Read the latest news including: Changes to the HIC team; Practice Partners Program; Unspoken: What will become of me?
 

Professional Development 

Your views sought:  A draft strategy for the family/carer workforce in Victoria
A consultation paper has been developed to obtain feedback from mental health family/carer lived experience workers (such as Carer Consultants, and Family or Carer Peer Support Workers) on a draft strategy for the development of the family/carer workforce. The strategy will support the development and prioritisation of actions to support workers in designated family/carer lived experience roles. Family/carer workers are invited to provide input into the draft strategy by reviewing and responding to the consultation paper available here Feedback needs to be provided via email to: livedexperienceworkforce@dhhs.vic.gov.au by 16 March 2018. 

Frankston/Mornington Peninsula - Service Sector Orientation on 15 March in Hastings
This forum is a great opportunity for practitioners new to the catchment or those who need a refresh with all the changes to understand what is available to support their clients across various sectors. The forum will include mental health agencies, A&OD, family violence, disability, child and family and employment/training.
See details here 

VICSERV – factsline
Includes: Name change for VICSERV to Mental Health Victoria Ltd
Read here

SEMPHN – Network News
Includes: Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence; Borderline Personality Disorder in Primary Care
Read more here
 

Other Items of Interest
 

Research: Invitation to health professionals who are mothers of adult children living with schizophrenia.
Debra Klages is a mental health nurse and a PhD student from the University of New England. Her research interests focus on the experiences of nurses and health professionals who are mothers of adult children diagnosed with schizophrenia.
See details here

City of Casey Community Grants
The City of Casey is offering four grant programs to residents, not-for-profit community groups and organisations which support projects, programs and events that benefit the Casey community.
See flyer re Information sessions here
See Community Grants Guidelines here 

Experience Casey - a FREE and accessible community event on 17 March in Narre Warren.
Experience Casey aims to celebrate and experience Casey’s diverse community.  
See flyer for details. 

Frankston City Council - eNews
Includes: Ventana Fiesta, major works, the Big Picture Fest and more
Read here


Reminders
 

Bipolar Support Groups
A Bipolar Support Group for people with lived experience is running in Frankston and is held once a month. Please see attached flyer for details or contact Matt Dale (Mind) on Mob: 0427 722 856 for more information. See this website for further information and support groups in other suburbs. A Carers Bipolar Support Group is running in South Yarra. 

Inclusive recreation opportunities - upcoming Reclink activities in Frankston
The following are on offer now…

  • Frankston Dolphins Football Team - training commences 28 February. The Dolphins are an all-ages (16+), all abilities, all gender, all inclusive football team in the mid-week Reclink Community Football League. Program rules are adjusted to make the experience a fun, social and inclusive game.
  • Ten Pin Bowling - $2 bowling on the last Friday of each month (no need to book)
  • Lawn Bowls – Free social lawn bowls on the last Monday of each month
  • Women’s Yoga – Free 6 week yoga course commencing Tuesday 27 February  

Glen Eira City Council – Consultation about creating a community for all abilities 
This Council wants to hear from people about how they can best support community inclusion for people with disabilities in Glen Eira. The consultation is open until 9 March 2018.
See letter of invitation to input consultation here
See flyer here
See hardcopy survey here 

Resource: Supported Decision Making in Victoria – a guide for families and carers
This resource has been developed by the Office of the Public Advocate.
Read here 

Let your GP know about this…a new project to assist GPs to support patients with Borderline Personality Disorder who present with chronic risk
This 12 month initiative will provide intensive support for GPs to assist with the care of patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
See flyer for details