Weekly Mental Health News - Friday EXTRA

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Week ending 17 November 2017 

New Grow Carer Support group at The Melbourne Clinic
This FREE Carer Support Group is taking place on Monday 27 November, 2017 from 12.30 to 2.00pm at The Melbourne Clinic, 130 Church St Richmond. Bookings and enquiries to Melissa by Thursday 23 November on 1800 558 268 or Email: Mellisa.Morris@grow.org.au
See flyer for more details 

FREE One-day workshop for families and friends… Learning More about Borderline Personality Disorder
This workshop on Thursday 30 November from 9.30am – 4.30 pm in Ringwood is an opportunity to learn more about Borderline Personality Disorder and explore how to best support the person with BPD whilst also caring for yourself. The group will include a combination of education and practical approaches to learning new skills as well as provide a safe environment to meet with other carers.
See flyer for more details 

BPD Community - November email update and October Newsletter
From Barb Mullen… “October was a busy month: BPD Awareness Week and our annual Celebration Night, BPD Community’s AGM, Mental Health Week and then Carer’s Week. November is the time for some deep breathing as we prepare for the summer months ahead. Change not only requires awareness and acceptance, it also requires action. And action needs planning and preparation. There are many steps to make on this journey to create our community to support recovery.”
Read more here

Tandem eNews 16 November 2017
Includes: Tandem Annual General Meeting 2017; Tandem Service Awards Carer Events; Carers Victoria turns 25!  Ready Steady NDIS; Working with Families & Carers in Mental Health Online Library; Members sought for Community Advisory Committee; TheMHS Mental Health Service Awards
Read here

Mental Health Australia (MHA) CEO Updates:
Frank Quinlan (MHA CEO) is “Speaking Frankly… What did we all do to stamp out stigma this week?
Read here

Wellways - Welcome to eNews November 2017
Includes: Find out how Opening Doors gave Daniel keys to a new life; Art show a hit in Frankston
Read here

Carers Australia: 7th International Carers Conference - Post conference news
Read here

VICSERV Invitation: Mind the Gap Report and AGM
The “Mind the Gap: Report on Barwon mental health community under NDIS” will be presented prior to the VICSERV AGM on Thursday 23rd November 2017 in Melbourne’s CBD. RSVP by 17 November.
Read here

Invitation to attend SHARC’s 2017 Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held on Monday 27 November 2017 at the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre,
140 Grange Road, Carnegie
See details here

Mentis Assist - Annual Report 2017
“2017 was a challenging yet rewarding year for Mentis Assist. Mentis Assist's CEO and board continue to explore the impact the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will have on the organisation and the wider community.”
Read more 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 & 11 November) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here

Professional Development: 2 Days Training: Caring With: Introduction to Carer Lived Experience Work
This training for Carer Lived Experience Workers (e.g. Carer Peer Workers and Carer Consultants) will be held in Melbourne CBD on 4 and 5 December 2017.
See details here 

Professional Development: VICSERV NDIS Bulletin
Read here

Professional Development: “Best Practice / Next Practice: Working with families when a parent has a mental illness”.
This two day forum will be held in Melbourne on 1st and 2nd March 2018.
Please find attached a flyer with the registration link for this forum.  

Professional Development: Talking Point seminar series presents: The role of the workforce in eliminating hepatitis as a health concern by 2020
See details here

Professional Development: SEMPHN – Network News
Includes: Share your views: National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Monitoring and Reporting Framework
Read here

Employment: Ermha is looking for a Manager of Operations in North and East Metro Melbourne as well as a Behaviour Support Practitioner – Senior Psychologist in Dandenong South.
See details here

REMINDERS:

FREE NDIS information sessions for carers in November & December in Caulfield
Alfred Health Carer Services (AHCS) are offering two information sessions for carers on the NDIS to be held at Caulfield Hospital. AHCS has changed the dates to allow more time for registrations.  The new dates are:
Session 1  NDIS Basics and Access…Thursday 23 November
Session 2  NDIS Pre planning…  Tuesday 5 December
Please promote to any carers who may be interested. Carers who have registered already will be notified of the change of date. RSVP is essential so register early.
See details on the updated flyer attached.

FREE upcoming events at Uniting lifeAssist Hampton Park and Pakenham Carer Hubs. 
At Hampton Park Carer Hub...

Tai Chi Session
Description: Come and join us for a relaxing and calming Tai Chi session, run by a trained instructor.
When: Tuesday 21 November 2017 from 11am to 12pm
Where: Uniting Place, 1 Coral Drive, Hampton Park VIC
Who: People living in Cardinia, Casey or Greater Dandenong and are supporting a person with emotional distress, a mental illness, autism or intellectual disability
Cost: FREE, lunch provided at the session. Please RSVP for catering purposes.
RSVP here or at events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500  

Carers Victoria Workshop – “Relax and Unwind – Improve your wellbeing”
Description: Caring can lead to increased feelings of stress and tiredness. This workshop will explore strategies that can be incorporated into your daily routine to help you relax.
When: Tuesday 28 November 2017 from 11am to 1pm
Where: Uniting Place, 1 Coral Drive, Hampton Park VIC
Who: People living in Cardinia, Casey or Greater Dandenong and are supporting a person with emotional distress, a mental illness, autism or intellectual disability
Cost: FREE, lunch provided at the session. Please RSVP for catering purposes.
RSVP here or at events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500  

Informal Catch-up & Chill Out Session (Movie)
Description: Join us for an informal catch-up and comedy movie (TBA). Art and craft activities also available.
When: Tuesday 5 December 2017 from 10.30am to 2.30pm
Where: Uniting Place, 1 Coral Drive, Hampton Park VIC
Who: People living in Cardinia, Casey or Greater Dandenong and are supporting a person with emotional distress, a mental illness, autism or intellectual disability
Cost: FREE, lunch provided at the session. Please RSVP for catering purposes.
RSVP here or at events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500  

Relaxing Massage and Scrapbooking
Description: Come and enjoy a relaxing massage from a trained therapist and create a scrapbook page devoted to a favourite memory. Scrapbooking materials will be provided.
When: Tuesday 12 December 2017 from 11am to 1pm
Where: Uniting Place, 1 Coral Drive, Hampton Park VIC
Who: People living in Cardinia, Casey or Greater Dandenong and are supporting a person with emotional distress, a mental illness, autism or intellectual disability
Cost: FREE, lunch provided at the session. Please RSVP for catering purposes.
RSVP here or at events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500 

At the Pakenham Carer Hub...

Carers Victoria Workshop – “Relax and Unwind – Improve your wellbeing”
Description: Caring can lead to increased feelings of stress and tiredness. This workshop will explore strategies that can be incorporated into your daily routine to help you relax.
When: Wednesday 22 November 2017 from 11am to 1pm
Where: Toomah Community Centre, 18 Golden Green Street, Pakenham
Who: People living in Cardinia, Casey or Greater Dandenong and are supporting a person with emotional distress, a mental illness, autism or intellectual disability
Cost: FREE, lunch provided at the session. Please RSVP for catering purposes.
RSVP here or at events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500  

Sound Meditation Session
Description: You will be guided through a relaxing meditation session, where your attention will be drawn to the healing instruments in the room, played by the experienced facilitator. Be sure to bring along a blanket or yoga mat to lay on.
When: Wednesday 6 December 2017 from 11am to 12pm
Where: Toomah Community Centre, 18 Golden Green Street, Pakenham
Who: People living in Cardinia, Casey or Greater Dandenong and are supporting a person with emotional distress, a mental illness, autism or intellectual disability
Cost: FREE, lunch provided at the session. Please RSVP for catering purposes.
RSVP here or at events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500  

Headspace and Uniting lifeAssist - Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Course for Carers
Description: Equips adults with practical skills to recognise and assist a young person who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received.
When: Saturday 25 November and Saturday 9 December 2017, from 9am to 5pm
Where: Headspace Narre Warren, 66 Victor Crescent, Narre Warren
Who: People living in Cardinia, Casey or Greater Dandenong and are supporting a person with emotional distress, a mental illness, autism or intellectual disability
Cost: FREE, light finger food will be provided at the session. Places are limited; Please RSVP your interest by November 15.
RSVP here or at events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500  

Inner South Family and Friends (ISF&F) – Newsletter
The ISF&F newsletter contains a wealth of information for Mental Health carers and is a really good read.
Read newsletter here 

New digital mental health gateway – Head to Health 
The Turnbull Government has launched this new digital gateway – Head to Health, to be an essential tool for the one in five working age Australians who will experience a mental illness each year. The Government hopes that the website will help people take control of their mental health in a way they are most comfortable with and can complement face-to-face therapies.
Head to Health aims to provide a one-stop shop for services and resources delivered by some of Australia’s most trusted mental health service providers, and includes free or low-cost apps, online support communities, online courses and phone services."
See website here



Week ending 10 November 2017
 

NDIS Resources:
*
New NDIS participant pathway
* NDIS Plan management
* Organisations supporting the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme - November 2017

Support Group: How 'The Supper Club' gave a space to parents who lost their children to drugs
Read more here

Community Event: Opening Act - Belonging to the Arts – a celebration on 30 November in Dandenong
To celebrate International Day of People with Disability, The Bridge are hosting an Arts “come and try” spectacular.
See details here 

Australian BPD Foundation… November BPD news, training, supports & more!
Includes: SA BPD Centre of Excellence; Recovery and BPD; Australian Perinatal Mental Health; Australian BPD Survey Results
Read more here

Mental Health Australia (MHA) CEO Update:
Frank Quinlan (MHA CEO) is “Speaking Frankly… Turning awareness into action...
Another Mental Health Month where we raise awareness, advocate, and advance the cause and achieve great things….So why can’t we convert this awareness into real reform?”
Read here

SANE Express – November
Includes: Introducing the  2017 Hocking Fellows; SANE Forums celebrate three years and The latest from the SANE blog
Read here

National Mental Health Commission – November e-newsletter
Includes: Townsville Commissioners; Call for change in seclusion and restraint practices in Australia; Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Monitoring and Reporting Framework Workshops
Read here

Professional Development: Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) for Psychosis
Southern Synergy, Monash University, is hosting a two-day workshop for Clinicians on Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) for Psychosis, with international presenters Dr Eleanor Longden & Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland on Monday 19 March - Tuesday 20 March 2018 at the delightful Abbotsford Convent. This workshop is a unique opportunity for Australian mental health professionals to gain a strong foundation in CFT and its application to psychosis. 
Places are strictly limited to the first 60 registrations so we encourage you to register early if you wish to attend. Once you have registered, you will be sent a form to fill out so that the workshop can be tailored to best meet the needs of all participants.
Please see attached flyer and website for details. Please spread this widely amongst your networks.

Professional Development: MHPN Connect: Narcissistic webinar, connecting practitioners in the Kimberley, resources and more.
Read here 

Professional Development: Register now for MHPN's webinar on 22 November: Internet gaming addiction and the effects on mental health
Join our interdisciplinary panel discussion of Jack, a teenage male who is withdrawing from his regular activities and focusing only on internet gaming. Jack is consumed by his next game strategy and is distracted at school, his school friends have started bullying him calling him a geek. Jack's mum is concerned he is not eating well and notices a change in his mood.
Read details here

Professional Development: VICSERV Factsline 3 November 2017
Read here

Professional Development: “Best Practice / Next Practice: Working with families when a parent has a mental illness”.
This two day forum will be held in Melbourne on 1st and 2nd March 2018.
Please find attached a flyer with the registration link for this forum.  

Professional Development: The Alcohol & Drug Service at Access Health & Community presents: Introduction to Internal Family Systems Therapy – a FREE Lunchtime Learning Session
Come to Access Health and Community in Hawthorn on 7 December for a free one hour presentation about Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS).
Read details here

Professional Development: Viral hepatitis training for Alcohol and Other Drug and Opioid Substitution Therapy workforces
Read here 

Professional Development: SEMPHN – Network News
Includes: SEMPHN Mental Health Intake and FAQ Webinar now available
(You can now phone or fax intake, and watch a webinar); Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (Get a national qualification from March next year)
Read more here

Professional Development: Research Reviews - September & October 2017
Depression Research Review Issue 3
Schizophrenia Research Review Issue 14
Psychiatry Research Review Issue 43
Psychiatry Research Review Issue 44 

 

Week ending 3 November 2017 

Bipolar Support Groups
A Bipolar Support Group for people with lived experience is now 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 new Carers Bipolar Support Group will also be starting on 5 December in South Yarra. 

Support Service: Peer Space @ headspace in Frankston
A fortnightly support group for young people is now offered at headspace. This group is facilitated by and for people with lived experience of mental health challenges.
See details here 

A Pilot - online intervention for young people whose parents have a mental illness:  An invitation to participate and/or share with your networks
Monash University is seeking 18 to 25 years olds, whose parents have a mental illness, to participate in a pilot study of mi.spot, a facilitated online program that offers peer support and education. The mi.spot program is based on young people’s feedback collected earlier this year.
See details here

beyondblue: Do you know when anxiety is talking?
Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. However, research tells us we don’t understand anxiety the way we now understand depression. Nor do we treat it as seriously. It can take years for someone to recognise that what they’re experiencing has a name. It can take even longer for someone to seek support due to a common misconception they will appear weak or over-sensitive if they do reach out, or that things will just get better on their own.
The good news is - there is hope. There are treatments that work. The first step is knowing when anxiety is talking. 
See more details here

Research project: To assess the support needs of family and friends who support a person who has attempted suicide.
You are invited to participate in a survey that is part of a research project to gather information from people in Australia who currently support or care for a person who has attempted suicide. The research aims to get your perspective on the types of programs or information that may be suitable for a support person to assist them in this role. The results will be used to guide development of suicide prevention programs that support family members and friends impacted by suicide attempt/s. Participation involves completing an online survey that takes less than 10 minutes.
The research is being conducted by Everymind (formerly the Hunter Institute of Mental Health), and is funded by beyondblue.
If you are interested in finding out more about the study, please click on this link.

Tandem eNews 16 October 2017
In this issue:
Tandem salutes Victoria's mental health carers; CALD grants announced; Tandem planning on World Mental Health Day; Say thank you to our unpaid carers; Tandem Mental Health Carer Register; Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture; New digital mental health gateway; Ready, Steady, NDIS; CALD Carers Project; Drop the Jargon Day
Read here

Carers Victoria Voice - October edition
Includes a huge variety of carer – focussed news.
Read here 

Respite South Newsletter 23 October 2017
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 more here 

Australian BPD Foundation 
* October BPD news, training, supports & more!
Includes: National BPD Training; National BPD Advocacy Brief; National BPD Survey results; Head to Health...Read more here
* The BPD Advocate Spring 2017 newsletter
Read here

BPD Community – October newsletter…It's time to celebrate!
Lots of news included in this newsletter.
Read here 

Mental Health Australia (MHA) CEO Updates:
Frank Quinlan (MHA CEO) is “Speaking frankly”…
20/10/17…New psychosocial gateway must smooth the road for ​psychosocial support in the NDIS
Read here
27/10/17…“And what are you going to do about that?” - A tribute to Jackie Crowe
Read here

Mornington Peninsula Shire – Disability News and Events
Update from Virginia Richardson….”Lots happening as we head towards the Silly Season - I can't believe it's already November!  And the NDIS begins in just five months from now. A few of us from the Shire met with the Local Area Coordination team from the Brotherhood of St Laurence last week, to talk about the local rollout of the NDIS and what we all need to be doing to help each other. We will be working hard to ensure a smooth transition, as I know this is an unsettling time for many families. I'm optimistic that most, and hopefully all people will be better off though, and am keen to ensure we do all we can to make the community inclusive and accessible for everyone.”
Read 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 30 October) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here

TheMHS Summer Forum 2018 - Registration Now Open
The 20th TheMHS Summer Forum is an annual two-day educational program that highlights a contemporary topic in mental health. It will guide, challenge and inspire you. Audience discussion and participation are actively encouraged. This forum is to be held in Sydney in February with the topic being “Trauma Matters”. Trauma leaves an indelible impression in the lives of survivors. Trauma is associated with the development in a person’s life of mental health problems and substance use, as well as major impacts on social, emotional and physical health.
Read more here

Wellways: Updates
* Wellways eNews October edition – Read here
* MH Week - if you missed out you can watch the video of the Artist's Soirée
With over 200 guests in attendance, it was a full house at the Artist’s Soiree at Cube 37 in Frankston on the evening of Monday 9 October. It was a fun night for the artists who contributed to the Wellways 2017 Mental Health Week Peninsula Art Exhibition where they celebrated  and shared their stories with family, friends and the community.
Read here

COPMI national initiative - Special Edition, October 2017
Includes:

  • National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health to launch this November
  • What is the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health?
  • What does this mean for the COPMI national initiative?
  • COPMI eLearning updates will effect Let's Talk and Family Focus users 
  • COPMI newsletter and COPMI social media

Read here 

Professional Development: Register now for MHPN webinar: Collaborative Care and the Narcissistic Personality
Read here

Professional Development: VDDS Training Calendar 2018
Please note these workshops are only for eligible staff working in Victorian Specialist Mental Health services (including CAMHS, CYMHS, Adult and Aged services); they are no longer open to MHCSS staff. In 2018 the VDDS will deliver 6 workshops twice; round 1 and round 2. Please register by completing the registration form attached (Page 1) and fax back to the Victorian Dual Disability Service on (03) 9231 2953 or email vdds@svha.org.au . Round 1 registration close date is Thursday 25 January 2018 and round 2 close date is Thursday 22 June 2018. Please note that all sessions fill up within weeks of advertising so you are encourageed to register as soon as possible to secure a place.
See details here    

Professional Development: VICSERV updates
Training Bulletin – 16 October
Factsline – 23 October
Peer workforce training - Special  Bulletin 27 October 2017
NDIS & Mental Health: VICSERV NDIS Bulletin 27 October 

Professional Development: Turning Point Training: Family work & alcohol & other drugs: keeping kids in mind
This one day workshop is aimed at AOD workers whose adult clients have children. The workshop will incorporate ideas and skills from the Let’s Talk model to assist workers to speak to clients about the needs of their children, the impact of their substance use on children, and their relationships with other family members.
See details here 

Professional Development: BPD Webinar Series - Towards a National BPD Training & Professional Development Strategy
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 BPD.
See details here

Professional Development: LGBTIQ Cultural Competency and Response
Australian and international research shows considerably higher rates of drug use among LGBTIQ populations compared to the general population, with rates of drug use in LGBTIQ communities more than double that of other communities.
This training event is being hosted by VAADA and presented by Drummond Street Services on 23 November in Preston.
See details here

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News
Includes: Vale Jackie Crowe and other items
Read here 


Week ending 15 September 2017

This page of the AHCS website and the Friday EXTRA will be on holiday until 3 November 2017...
During the time the EXTRA is having a break, keep in touch with news from these websites...
Take good care of yourselves, Lindy
NDIS This site has a Question & Answer section about the scheme which is updated weekly
Tandem 
Mental Health Australia 
Reimagine – Mental Health, My Recovery and the NDIS 
Carers Victoria 
VICSERV (Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria) 
VAADA (Victoria Alcohol and Drug Association)

Carer South News Spring 2017
In the next few months, there are some significant events on the calendar. This month is Dementia Awareness month with the theme "You are not alone". Mental Health Week is from Sunday 8 to Saturday 14 October and aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health. And from 15 to 21 October, we celebrate Carers Week. Read all about events on offer in this newsletter.
Read here

Respite South Newsletter 11 September 2017
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 more here

Family Drug Help, a program of SHARC, is looking for helpline volunteers
Have you got lived experience as a family member impacted by someone’s drug and alcohol use? Want to make your experience count? Family Drug Helpline is a confidential 24/7 telephone service that offers support, information and referral to people affected by someone’s drug and alcohol use. The Helpline is staffed by trained volunteers who have lived experience and know what it’s like because they’ve been there.
Read more here

Australian BPD Foundation… Sept eBulletin - Issue 5
Includes: BPD Awareness Week; Prescribing for BPD; Self-Harm, Suicide and BPD; LGBTI Support
Read more here

NEW Bipolar Support Groups
A new Bipolar Support Group will be running in Frankston. The group is to be held once a month and has just commenced meeting. 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 new Carers Bipolar Support Group will also be starting on 5 December in South Yarra. 

CHAMPS group commencing on 18 October in Narre Warren…for children 8 to 12 whose parents have mental health issues
CHAMPS is a 6 week peer support program for children of parents who have mental health issues.  The program is for Primary School students aged 8-12 years. CHAMPS is based on the belief that being a parent is both challenging and rewarding. Most families experience a range of difficulties at some stage. Living with a mental illness can making coping with such difficulties and looking after children even more stressful.
See flyer here for details
See Information for Parents here  

Mental Health Australia (MHA) CEO Update: Marriage equality through their eyes
Frank Quinlan (MHA CEO) is back at his desk “Speaking Frankly”…
Read here

Media Release: Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley…More Treatment And Research For Youth Mental Health
Read 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 11 September) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here 

Cheltenham Mind Recovery College is Moving!
The Mind Recovery College in Cheltenham is moving to a new home in Station Road at the end of September. Don’t worry; it’s not far away and closer to Cheltenham train station and bus stops, so no more running across the Nepean Highway! The College will still have the same look and feel and will continue to run the same courses and most importantly, have the same friendly faces. From Friday 22 September all courses will be held at 44 Station Road Cheltenham, Vic 3912. Their phone number and email address will remain the same so you can still reach them at Ph: 8698 4060 or Email: recoverycollege@mindaustralia.org.au. They are excited to welcome you to their new home and thank you for your continuing support so invite you to their Housewarming BBQ and Mental Health Week celebrations on Monday 9 October – call to find out more details! 

Australian Human Rights Commission - e-bulletin, 8 September 2017
Includes: The Australian Human Rights Commission encourages all eligible Australians to participate in the upcoming postal survey on marriage equality. The Commission’s position, summarised in its 2012 position paper on marriage equality, is that civil marriage should be available to all couples, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.“All people have the right to equal treatment before the law. Australia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) citizens should be able to marry the person they love,” said Commissioner Santow.
Read more here

KidsMatter Primary – Enewsletter
Read the latest including: Building a positive school community ​with KidsMatter Primary; Helping children experiencing mental health difficulties
Read more here 

Professional Development: VICSERV Bulletin - R U Ok? and Vote 'Yes'
Read here

Professional Development: Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences – newsletter
This newsletter is published each month, and is a great resource for keeping up to date on all of the latest news, events and developments within the School and the wider psychology profession. They also regularly feature research opportunities, conferences, research grants and Psychology job postings from Australia and around the world.
Read here

Professional Development: Pharmaceutical Risk and Response Seminars (Victoria-wide)
Are you concerned about overdose in your community? Are you equipped for a crisis? The Penington Institute has developed the Pharmaceutical Risk and Response Seminar to help equip frontline workers with practical skills when responding to overdose. They are currently seeking expressions of interest to provide the Pharmaceutical Risk and Response Seminar, free of charge in locations across Victoria. The training is designed to help frontline services address the health and welfare needs of clients affected by the problematic use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
Read more here

Professional Development: Free ice training for AOD workers
360Edge, Australia’s leading expert consultants in alcohol and other drug responses, has been chosen to deliver half day face to face workshops to frontline workers across Victoria as part of the Victorian Government’s $45.5 million ice action plan ‘Taking action, Stopping ice’.
See details here

Professional Development: Friends of SEMPIR - August 2017 newsletter
Welcome to the August edition of Friends of SEMPIR, the newsletter to keep you up to date with all of the exciting projects, events and latest news to do with the SEMPIR program. Includes: NDIS - Understanding the needs of our Service Providers; PIR Employment Assistance Program a success!!; PULSAR  everyday - Resources available!
Read more here

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News – 11 September
Includes: R U OK? Show your support on 14 September… More than 3,000 Australians suicide each year. That’s about 8 people every day, across all ages, gender and socio-economic status.
Read more here


Week ending 8 September 2017
 

Interested in music? Would you like to volunteer to help a band that supports people with mental health challenges?
Ad Hoc Rock is a band that supports people with disability. The majority of participants face mental health challenges. As the name implies they mainly play rock music, with a few rock ballads, blues and other music for good measure. They  practise  a short distance away from Ringwood Station with the 670 bus stopping less than 100 metres from where they rehearse.
See flyer here for more details 

Special Announcement from Tandem: Mental Health Tribunal: Member recruitment
Applications are invited by Martin Foley MP, Minister for Mental Health, for appointment of members to the Mental Health Tribunal (the Tribunal). The Tribunal is an independent statutory tribunal established under the Victorian Mental Health Act 2014 (the Act). The Tribunal is an essential safeguard under the Act to protect the rights and dignity of people with mental illness. The primary function of the Tribunal is to determine whether the criteria for compulsory mental health treatment as set out in the Act apply to a person. The Tribunal makes a Treatment Order for a person if all the criteria in the legislation apply to that person.
See here for details

Family Support Program - Alcohol and Other Drug Services (Frankston and Mornington)
The FaMDAS Family Support Program provides practical support, information, education and advice to families and significant others of people using alcohol and other drugs. The services are flexible, confidential, non-judgemental and supportive. They are able to see you at their Frankston site located next to Frankston Hospital, at the Community Health Centre.
See flyer here for more details 

The Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) announce their new partnership with Intentional Peer Support (IPS) International
SHARC have partnered with IPS to strengthen their knowledge base and enhance their delivery of peer support initiatives. This new partnership will see IPS lensed toward the Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) sector in Australia and produce IPS training and materials that support the sector, the emerging peer workforce and the communities served.
Read more here

Wellways Updates:
**Sharing stories, changing lives: your invitation to the annual Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture
This year’s event is running during Mental Health Week and will be held on 11 October. Wellways has a long and valued history of people sharing their experience of mental health issues and disability as a way of creating community awareness and social change and are delighted to announce Uncle Jack Charles as the keynote speaker for the 2017 lecture.
See details here
**2017 Mental Health Week – Peninsula Art Exhibition
The Mental Health Week Art Exhibition is a showcase of work by artists who have a lived experience or those affected by mental health issues, including carers and significant others.
See details here 

Update: Mornington Peninsula Disability Community Inclusion - MetroAccess
From Virginia Richardson (MPS MetroAccess Worker)… There's a lot happening on the Mornington Peninsula this month and next so this email bulletin is all local. Includes NDIS information sessions.
See here for news and events

Health Issues Centre (HIC) - Clinical Governance Training For Consumers
HIC is aware that more and more is asked of consumer representatives in the health sector and they are being invited more and more to be members on clinical governance committees and health services boards. HIC offers a three-hour workshop that will teach consumers, and community and board members the fundamentals of clinical governance from the perspective of consumers engaged in clinical governance committees.
See here for details

Professional Development: LAMPS newsletter 
Please find attached here the first LAMPS newsletter for September 2017. 

Professional Development: VICSERV Factsline 7 September
Read here

 

Week ending 1 September 2017 

Alcohol and Other Drugs Family Counselling Program – via Star Health
This Program responds to the needs of families impacted by substance use. The service focuses on increasing family skills and understanding of substance use, treatment options and legal factors by providing the opportunity for families to come together. The service will increase the family’s confidence and coping capacity to more effectively manage substance use issues, treatment pathways and options. Counselling sessions target skills development in Psychoeducation – Collaborative sharing and navigation of AOD sector; Goal setting; Communication and problem-solving skills; Setting limits and managing conflict; Relapse prevention – identifying and managing early signs.
Who can use the service?

  • If all family members are over 16 (family can be understood as direct family member, support person, or any person who has a close relationship with the member with a substance use issue).
  • Families or a member who have a significant link (live or work) within Stonnington, Port Phillip, Glen Eira, Kingston or Bayside councils.
  • Families who feel a group strategy will be the best fit and have the capacity to attend sessions together.

For more information…contact Silvia Violante (Alcohol and Other Drugs Family Counsellor) Ph: 9520 3175 or sviolante@ischs.org.au

Accessible sports programs at the Casey Stadium
A number of All Access programs are on offer at the Casey Stadium. Join in and have some fun! See flyers below for details.
See All Access Sports Zone flyer.
See All Access Karate flyer.
See Older Adults Karate flyer. 

BPD Community – September Newsletter
Barbara Mullen (BPD Community) writes… “An exciting month just gone and the next month is looking better.” Read news about their new Family and Friends Activities Coordinator (Tamara Stilwell), the upcoming Celebration Night on 5 October and more.
See here

Tandem – newsletter 24 August
Included in this issue: Vale Fiona Richardson; Tandem Conference & Awards Dinner; Ready, Steady, NDIS; ILC National Readiness Grants Round 2; Wellways extends Helpline hours; Eating Disorders Victoria's Peer Mentoring Program; Love Your Body Week 2017; FineFixer.org.au; Breast screening saves lives; Victorian Disability Awards winners
Read here

Carers Victoria – Voice ebulletin
Includes: Creating a stronger future for carers; Statement in response to Equal Marriage Postal Vote; Victorian Carer Statement and more…including corrected link here to Gambling and Intellectual Disability Research
Read here 

Respite South Newsletter 28 August 2017
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

Reconnexion newsletter
Reconnexion is a service of EACH with a focus on treating panic, anxiety, depression and tranquilliser dependency. In this newsletter, learn about some recent government initiatives and the personal journey of one of their clients. 
Read update here 

Mental Health Australia (MHA) – CEO Update
Includes: Meet our Consumer and Carer Team, latest news and  reminders from the sector.
Read here
Includes: Guest Blog from Mental Health Australia Director of Policy and Projects and acting Deputy CEO, Josh Fear - Getting NDIS transition right.
Read here

Intentional Peer Support… “Train-the-Trainer"
Intentional Peer Support, Australia is pleased to announce that Intentional Peer Support Train-the-Trainer is happening soon in Melbourne.
Dates: 9 -13 October 2017
Facilitators: Tyneal Hodges (QLD) and Flick Grey (VIC).
Venue: Treacy Centre, Parkville.
Cost: $1500
There are limited places and priority will be given to people who apply early
See full details and the (online) application form 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 28 August) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here 

Carers Australia - 7th International Carers Conference…An opportunity to learn and share
This conference will be held in Adelaide from 4 - 6 October 2017.
Read Latest news …

Conference: Register now: “From Stigma, To Strength”…Borderline Personality Disorder Conference Perth, 18 October 2017
Read update here

Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund is open for applications
The Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Fund (ADIPEF), assists indigenous and non-indigenous people with disability to participate in both formal and informal education programs through small grants i.e. help people to complete or undertake courses and programs through providing small grants. The fund is looking to distribute small six monthly grants of up to $2,500 to assist people with disabilities to continue their learning. 
The closing date for the Education Fund applications is 30 September 2017.
See here for further information, including where to download an application form. 

Professional Development: Harm Minimisation Forum…Is It Time For A Safe Injecting Room In Melbourne?
This free event on Thursday 28 September from 7 – 9 p.m. in Parkville is open to all professionals in the Alcohol and Other Drug sector, an excellent opportunity to network and deliberate collaboratively on a matter of major concern.
See details here

Professional Development: VICSERV  Training Bulletin 29 August and VICSERV NDIS Bulletin 31 August
Read Training Bulletin here
Read NDIS Bulletin here

Professional Development: Psychiatry Research Review Issue 42
Included in this edition…

  • Antidepressant switching vs augmentation in MDD
  • Personality disorder and alcohol treatment outcome
  • Co-morbid anxiety disorders with MDD
  • NIRS evaluates brain function after ECT
  • Improving care for young adults with early-phase psychosis
  • Considering pharmacogenetic treatment guidance

Read here 

Professional Development: Schizophrenia Research Review Issue 13
Included in this edition:

  • Cancer mortality in patients with schizophrenia
  • Sustainability of treatment effect of a 3-year early intervention programme for first-episode psychosis
  • Intranasal oxytocin for social cognitive deficits in people with schizophrenia
  • Cognitive remediation and occupational outcome in schizophrenia
  • Predictors of favourable outcome in first episode psychosis patients without antipsychotic medication
  • Real-world effectiveness of antipsychotic treatments in a nationwide cohort of patients with schizophrenia
  • Effect of substance use on 10-year outcome in first-episode psychosis

Read here  

Professional Development: MHPN Connect newsletter
Includes: Obesity webinar, Aboriginal storytelling, resources and more.
Read here

Professional Development: Save the date (10 October) …Turning Point Symposium and Oration
Dr Marianne Jauncey, Medical Director of the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Sydney will deliver the Turning Point 2017 oration… Changing the conversation: How evidence requires advocacy to influence the political landscape.
See details here

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News – 28 August
Includes: Refugee health and wellbeing in general practice; Get involved in Women’s Health Week
Read here

Employment: TaskForce: Part time Care & Recovery Coordinator role (Dandenong)
The focus of this position based in Dandenong is to reduce AOD related harms to forensic and voluntary clients and their families by conducting assessments, coordinating care and recovery treatment plans and providing a range of counselling interventions to assist clients and their family members. Applications close on Monday 11 September
Read more here 

Week ending 25 August 2017

Services for homeless people on offer at the Doveton Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Each Tuesday evening from 6 – 9 p.m., vulnerable and homeless people can access a hot meal, clean clothes and a shower at 34 Oak Avenue in Doveton. The services have been established with support from a number of agencies, including the City of Casey, the Manna4Life meals program, Orange Sky to provide laundry services and Clean as Caspar providing a mobile shower service.
Contact Ph: 9791 1449 for more 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 21 August) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here 

Updates from Wellways…
**Westernport Warriors are in the Reclink Grand Final! + Mental Health Week Events
Read more here
**Call for Artists…REMINDER: submission deadline for the 2017 Mental Health Week Peninsula Art Exhibition is Monday 11 September
Read more here

Conference: Register now: 7th National Borderline Personality Disorder  Conference in Perth on 18 October
See details re the Pre-Conference Workshop here

Conference and Personality Disorders Update - August 2017
The 11th Annual Conference on the Treatment of Personality Disorders is being held at the University of Wollongong from 2 – 4 November 2017. Please see the attached update about the Conference and other resources and news about Personality Disorders.
Read here

Professional Development: VICSERV  Factsline Thursday 24 August
Read here

Professional Development: Psychiatry Product Review - Paliperidone Palmitate for Schizophrenia
This is a product review of the use of Paliperidone Palmitate 3-monthly formulation for maintenance treatment of schizophrenia with independent commentary provided by Professor Nagesh Pai, the Foundation Professor of Psychiatry at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, Australia.
Read here 

Professional Development: KidsMatter Webinar 21 September… Getting help … deciding when and where
Join the KidsMatter team to learn about the ins-and-outs of mental health and where to go for support. Understanding the differences between mental health, mental health difficulties and disorders is an important aspect for promoting well-being, providing support and deciding when and where to get help. 
Read more here

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News – 21 August
Includes: National Mental Health Commission extends consultation period for mental health project
Read here

Employment: Alfred Health CYMHS…Family Peer Support Worker - Neurodevelopmental Stream
This is a fantastic opportunity for a Family Peer Support Worker to join the Neurodevelopmental Stream at Alfred Child and Youth Mental Health Service. This exciting position aims to deliver one to one, peer to peer support to Carers of Alfred CYMHS clients.
See more details here
 

Week ending 18 August 2017 

Everything Carers at Carers Victoria
everythingcarers.org.au is an online space for carers. Everything Carers makes it easy to explore local news, events, services and supports, whether in country Victoria or metropolitan Melbourne.
See flyer for details 

Alfred Health Carer Services: Respite South Newsletter 14 August 2017
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

Swinburne Psychology Clinic (Hawthorn) - low cost counselling and clinical services
The services are available for adults and children.
Read more here 

FREE Family Education Program in Berwick…InFocus… for those impacted by someone’s drug and alcohol use
Family Drug Help in partnership with The Salvation Army START AOD Program, Berwick will deliver the InFocus Education Program for the City of Casey community. InFocus is a NEW education program, developed by Family Drug Help, that offers practical support, relevant information, coping strategies and the opportunity for people to connect through their shared experiences.
See here for details

New Sharc program “Is someone you care about a problem gambler?”
The aim of this InFocus program is to provide coping strategies for family members that can protect them from developing emotional and physical health problems due to the chronic stress of having a gambling problem in the family. SHARC finds when you keep on doing what you’ve been doing you’ll keep on getting what you’ve got. The 4 week program will run in Bentleigh East in September and a 2 day program will run in Carnegie in October.
See here for details

Mental Health Australia (MHA) – CEO Updates
Includes: Garma Festival 2017, latest news and reminders from the  sector
Read more here
Includes: Guest blog by Janet Milford - What's happening to our  NDIS?
Read more here 

Australian BPD Foundation - August 2017 eBulletin - Issue 4
Includes: Stigma Watch; NDIS reimagine.today; Be Medicinewise Week; BPD Awareness Week; Equally Well; Mental Health Pledge; Consultation NMHC
Read here

Butterfly Foundation… LOVE YOUR BODY WEEK this September
Registrations for LOVE YOUR BODY WEEK, Butterfly's largest annual body image awareness campaign supported by Sportsgirl will remain open throughout September. 
See more 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 14 August) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here 

Discovery Club event – Discover your story as a fairytale
Have you ever thought to yourself, 'What would my life look like if it was a fairytale?' Join wonderful Melbourne author and memoir workshop facilitator at the second August Discovery Club at Kathleen Symes Library, Carlton on Wednesday 30 August.
See details here

Melbourne Writers Festival Event: WOMEN OF SUBSTANCES
A Saturday (26 August) lunchtime conversation about addiction, with Jenny Valentish (author of Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment) and Kate Holden (author of In My Skin).
See details here

Media Release: Supporting Communities to Tackle Ice
Thirteen community groups will receive grants from the Andrews Labor Government to fight against ice and drug addiction in communities across the state.
Read more here

Invitation to Service Providers to host a BreakThrough: Ice Education Program.
BreakThrough supports those impacted by someone’s drug use to get the facts, develop strategies and access help and support. BreakThrough was developed and is delivered by Turning Point, SHARC and the Bouverie Centre and is facilitated as either a single 4 hour session or 2 x 2 hour sessions. It is free of charge to your service and participants.
Read more here

Professional Development: Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) Core Skills, Two-day Workshop commencing 4 September
Participants of this two-day workshop will learn the core skills of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training, an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion.   The program includes an introduction to mindfulness, its uses and dangers.  John Julian will also provide a short overview on relaxation skills.
See flyer for details 

Professional Development: VICSERV - Factsline Friday 11 August and NDIS Bulletin
Read Factsline here
Read NDIS Bulletin here

Professional Development: World’s Largest Overdose Prevention Training on 31 August from 6pm @ Port Melbourne Town Hall
This FREE EVENT involves community and not-for-profit health organisations in St Kilda and surrounds coming together with other key organisations to mark International Overdose Awareness Day with a commemoration ceremony and the World’s Largest- ever Overdose Prevention Training Session.
See details here

Professional Development: KidsMatter
You're invited to make KidsMatter happen at your place! This August and September there are events especially for early childhood services and schools wanting professional learning about growing healthy minds. KidsMatter Early Childhood have 16 professional learning topics that keep early childhood mental health in focus.
Read more here 

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News – 14 August
Includes: Refugee health & wellbeing in general practice and more
Read here 


Week ending 11 August 2017
 

Family Connection: Headspace and ACYMHS warmly welcomes you to THE LOUNGE in Bentleigh
Caring for a young person with early stage psychosis and during recovery can be an overwhelming and challenging time for families. The Lounge provides an opportunity for family and friends to meet in an informal relaxed environment with people who may share similar experiences. Please join in to learn more that may help you along the way.
See flyer for more details 

NDIA newsletter… Your plan - your budget! Your NDIS budget explained…
As an NDIS participant, you have choice and control over how you manage your NDIS plan. In the video in this newsletter, it will be explained how your NDIS plan is set up, what your Core, Capital and Capacity support is, and how to spend the funds in your NDIS plan to live the life you want.
Read more here

Disability Loop Newsletter – 4 August
Disability Loop is a way to find out more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). See the Reimagine website for people with mental health conditions including psychosocial disability, who want to understand what the NDIS is and how it could help.
Read here

Mornington Peninsula Shire - MetroAccess eBulletin August 2017
Virginia Richardson (MetroAccess Worker) has compiled lots of news about activities and events, including NDIS information sessions.
See here for details

SANE Express newsletter
Includes: Does mental illness affect intimacy?; Suicide Prevention Workshops; The new SANE Blog
Read here 

Tandem – Update …9 August
Includes: Tandem Conference update;  Nominate for a Tandem Award; Tandem is recruiting for a NDIS Project Officer; Carer Engagement;  CLEW Training Forum; New Executive Director at DHHS
Read more here

Wellways Update: 9 August
Includes: New Helpline hours, Wellways grant successes, advocating for carers
Read more here

Wellways advocates for carers…join them!
Wellways will strongly advocate for continued support for mental health carers in their own right and asks you to join them and have your voice heard by:
becoming an advocacy member and campaigning with them for better rights for people living with mental health issues, their families, friends and communities 
watching out for their social media campaign in the coming weeks and sharing your story about how carer support made a difference in your journey
emailing them to tell how you would like to be involved
Read more here

National Mental Health Commission - August 2017 Update
Includes: Strengthening the Commission; Equally Well – equality in health care for people with mental illness; Commission’s new responsibility to monitor and report on the implementation of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan; Seclusion and restraint
Read more here

Expression of Interest open – City of Casey (Community Selection Panellist)
The City of Casey is looking for residents to participate on community panels to assess award nominations and grant applications such as Casey Australia Day Awards, Casey Volunteer Awards and the Community Grant Program.  The panels sit a few times per year, to discuss and recommend award nominees and winners along with allocation of grant funds.  All residents over the age of 18 years are eligible to apply.  Expressions of interest are now open and will close at 5.00 pm on 11 September 2017. Complete the Expression of Interest form here.
See flyer  

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  7 August) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here

Media: Pro Bono Australia: Social Impact Investments Could Relieve Housing Crisis and Govt Delivers Homelessness Funding
Read more here

It's National Homelessness Week!
One way you can contribute towards ending homelessness is by signing the petition attached here.  This is the major campaign for both the Council to Homeless Persons & Homelessness Australia, calling on the Federal Government to fund public & community housing.  
Read more here

VMIAC Inbox news
Includes: Write a short recovery story for PeerZone; Legal Aid Brief; Victorian equal opportunity and human rights commission; Womens Street Soccer Calendar August and September; Hearing Voices Group Facilitation; Seeking Research Participants -Consumer Empowerment in Mental Health Services
Read here 

VicHealth update…. World famous This Girl Can campaign lands in Victoria
The ground-breaking campaign from Sport England and The National Lottery launched in 2015 was the first to feature ‘real’ women exercising in mass advertising, by telling the unedited story of women of all shapes, sizes, ages, from a range of backgrounds being active and playing sport. To date, it has inspired 2.8 million more English women to get active.
Read more here

Health Issues Centre – Update
Includes: How we help health service staff achieve the best results; Danielle's Experience of our Accredited Training
Read here 

Carers Australia - 7th International Carers Conference, Adelaide, 4-6 October 2017
Read Latest news … Early Bird registration extended until 18 August
Read here

VTMH Forum - 'Opening doors to spiritual experience: Exploring practices that enrich personal recovery' – 6 September
What role does spirituality play in your own life and in the lives of consumers and colleagues? How are practitioners and services engaging with the experience of spirituality and meaning as they work with consumers to build ‘meaningful lives’?
This forum is for mental health practitioners, consumers and carers who work with people experiencing mental health or emotional issues.
Read more here

Policy Document: The National Drug Strategy is now available to download
Read more here

Conferences: 2017 National Indigenous Drug & Alcohol Misuse Conference + 2017 National Indigenous Colour of Justice Conference
See details here

Professional Development: NEW Resource! Mental Health-Substance Use Book Series
This series of seven books introduce the last, but vital, step to the development of services, interventions and treatments available for the individual experiencing mental health-substance use problems.
Read more here

Professional Development: Putting the pieces together: working with BPD clients in the A&OD sector
This full day professional development training will be held at Turning Point on 14 September.
See details here

Professional Development: Turning Point: Professional Development Training Calendar - September to December 2017
See here

Professional Development: The international Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC)
This Conference (GAPC) is the leading forum for the world’s alcohol policy makers, researchers and practitioners and will be in Melbourne on 4 – 6 October 2017.
Read more here

Professional Development: The Compassion Lab
This two day Compassion Lab has been created especially for those who work in mental health and there are only have 40 places available. The program is grounded in evidence-based understandings of how we can deliver our best in environments that are characterised by high stress levels, complexity and workload. Alongside the evidence we have developed a creative program that brings warmth to these ideas.
Read more here

Professional Development: Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences Newsletter
Includes: Visual processing in schizophrenia: Putting the deficit in context; Electrical brain stimulation for the masses: How science has shaped the adoption of a “new” way to change our minds
Read more here

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News – 8 August
Includes: Lived experience wisdom to support suicide prevention initiatives; Do you work with clients affected by alcohol and other drugs?
Read here