Weekly Mental Health News - Friday EXTRA

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Week ending 21 July 2017

Register early as places are limited…FREE NDIS information sessions for carers living in the Southern region 
Alfred Health Carer Services recognises that many carers are seeking information about how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will affect them. As a result, Carers Victoria has been invited to provide four separate information sessions throughout our region, designed to answer your questions. Sessions will commence from 16 August and will be held in Moorabbin, Lynbrook, Mornington and Chelsea.
See flyer for details...please promote these sessions to any Southern region carers. 

Wellways - caring for carers group
The group meets for coffee once a month to discuss challenges faced in caring for their loved ones who are experiencing mental health issues as well as planning and organising a ½ day activity for themselves to attend once a month. Last meeting, the group decided to attend the McClelland Art Gallery in Langwarrin on 21 July. The cost of the coffee and ½ day activities is $2. The group will also have the opportunity to plan overnight trips away 4 times/year. The cost of this will be $10.
The group offers carers some control and choice as well as an opportunity to contribute.
See flyer for more details 

Parenting Forum: Let’s Talk About Sex … hosted by Jewish Care
Sex – it’s a topic that many parents struggle to talk about with their children. In this Parenting Forum, Director of HUSHeducation,  Margie Buttriss will help parents learn how to navigate this sometimes awkward subject with confidence. Margie has over 30 years’ experience as a teacher and educator. She founded HUSHeducation, an organisation which presents educational and engaging workshops to children, teens, parents, teachers and community workers.
When: Thursday 10 August 2017 at 7.30 – 9.00pm
Where: Caulfield Park Pavilion - Balaclava Rd, Caulfield
Cost: Gold coin donation
See flyer here. RSVP: Tuesday 8 August 2017  Contact: 8517 5999 or cbarrett@jewishcare.org.au 

Special Event: Creating citizen-based community and support services…VICSERV hosts guest speaker, Simon Duffy on 23 August
How can organisations implement control and choice? How can can participants collaborate and maximise outcomes of control and choice? How can our community services transform to a new service delivery model?
See details here

Launch of Access Espresso & Access Art Studio @ Carnegie Library!
Access Inc is an independent not for profit organization which works to help people with disability achieve their life goals.  They run a range of innovative and cutting edge programs & activities designed to enrich the lives of its members and the community. Access Espresso will be serving hot drinks and treats from the Access Bakery weekdays 10am – 2pm from 17 July – 25 August at the library and an exhibit, “ I am me” will be on display during library opening hours from 17 July – 29 July. 
See flyer    Visit website here    

Discovery Club - Art Discovery Workshop on 26 July + Writing Workshop on 28 August
Discovery Club studios are authentic arts spaces for people on a path of mental health recovery. Learn, share and work with artists who also get mental health.
See details here

TALENT CAMP - Spread the word!
The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) have just launched an exciting national program called Talent Camp. It is a diversity and inclusion project designed to provide skills development opportunities to emerging storytellers and screen content creatives from diverse backgrounds (cultural background, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic disadvantage and socio-economic status). Applications to participate close on Monday 7 August.
See more details here

FREE information event: “YOUR LIVER – YOUR LIFE” the latest developments in treatment, with a focus on Hepatitis C
This event on 28 July in St Kilda will provide information on the latest developments in treatment, with a focus on Hepatitis C which can now be cured in 95% of cases.
Booking is essential so see details here

FREE seminar… Talking Point's next free seminar on 2 August presents: Jenny Valentish, author of Woman of Substances
Jenny Valentish is the author Woman of Substances:  A journey into addiction and treatment, published in June 2017 by Black Inc. It draws on 300 studies and 35 firsthand interviews for a gendered look at addiction.  At this seminar, Jenny will be in conversation with Dr Naomi Crafti.
See more details here

The Supper Club – A support group for families who have lost a loved one as a result of substance use.
The Supper Club is facilitated by a professionally trained grief counsellor and provides the opportunity for people to connect around their shared experiences. Over the past 4 years, The Supper Club has provided vulnerable families with support, mutual learning and hope.
See more details here

Family Drug Support - Melbourne Remembrance Ceremonies
Has anyone in your family died as a result alcohol or other drug use? For the past 20 years, Family Drug Support has held ceremonies to remember those who have been lost. These are simple ceremonies which involve memories, music, reading of names or lighting candles. These events have brought comfort to many families over the years, as the focus is on the people, not the drugs used.
See more details here

Alfred Health Carer Services – Respite South Newsletter - 17 July
Respite South is a fortnightly newsletter for families who care for a person with a disability in Melbourne's southern region.
Read here

Tandem Newsletter – 11 July PLUS Tandem Strategic Plan 2017-2020
Includes: 2017 Tandem Awards – nominations now open!;  Tandem Conference sponsorship opportunities;  Morning Tea with MIND Australia Carer Helpline;  Small Grants Program – applications are now open; LIFE project transfers to Hunter Institute of Mental Health; Young Carer Bursary Program.
Read newsletter here
Read Strategic Plan here

SANE Express – July
Includes: What do you think of the SANE Forums? Have the forums helped you manage mental illness or look after someone who does? + Join Jack on SANE's Vietnam Challenge
Read more here 

Australian BPD Foundation Ltd – July eBulletin
Includes: Funding for BPD training; BPD Awareness Week Ambassador; Perinatal Health and BPD; Aboriginal Mental Health
Read here 

Carers Australia - 7th International Carers Conference, Adelaide, 4-6 October 2017: - Latest news
Read more here 

Mental Health Australia (MHA) – CEO Updates… Taking a break
MHA CEO, Frank Quinlan says… I will be taking a break over the next six weeks and will spend some of that time at the Garma Festival in East Arnhem Land with a delegation of about 20 members of Mental Health Australia and Carers Australia.
Read more here

FMC Mediation & Counselling newsletter… The Session
Includes: eSafety, Kids & the Digital Age; Domestic Violence, Financial Abuse & Sexually transmitted debt
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 17 July) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here 

Wellways Australia – Updates
Includes: My Recovery at Wellways…This is a peer led education program that supports participants to take steps towards recovery, improve social and emotional wellbeing, develop skills and build confidence
Read here

Clothes4U Inc…now looking to dress men Clothes4Him as well as women.
Clothes4U has been serving women on the Peninsula for four years, assisting over 50 women in need per month. They have been requested to look at ‘Dressing Men’ as no one on the Peninsula addresses men’s needs, and would create Clothes4Him. They would dress men with everyday wear and for other occasions, such as Court Appearances, Rental Interviews, Work Experience, Job Interviews and more. They are able to source clothing and have volunteers to dress and style men.  What they don't have is premises. They would like to set up a pilot program and are asking for some assistance as follows…
Does anyone have a spare room Clothes4Him could utilise for one day a week or, alternatively, do you know of any vacant premises?
They are prepared to put in the hard work, so if you can help or have some ideas, please contact Veronica Whittaker (President & Founder) on this email: veronika.whittaker@yahoo.com.au 

Updated Link to Mental Health Australia response to the Productivity Commission National Disability Insurance Scheme Costs Position Paper
Unfortunately, a technical problem resulted in some update recipients receiving the incorrect link to this paper. To ensure that all MHA members and friends have the opportunity to be up to date on our latest national advocacy in relation to the NDIS, please find the correct paper attached

Health Issues Centre - Accredited Training Courses for 2017
Includes: Course in Consumer Leadership and Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement
Read more here

Gambling addiction: Three Sides of the Coin creative storytelling workshops
In your work as an AOD or MH counsellor you may have clients who also have struggled with gambling addiction, or are affected by a loved ones addiction. If so, you may wish to refer them (both gamblers and affected others – there are 2 groups)  to the Three Sides of the Coin creative storytelling workshops.
See details here

Conference: 11th Treatment of Personality Disorders Conference…"Understanding narcissistic personalities and other relationship complexities” – 2 – 4 November 2017
See details here 

Professional Development: AOD Peer Workforce review
The Health and Human Services Workforce team at the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) has requested the assistance of the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) in reviewing the current status of the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) peer workforce.
See details here

Professional Development; VICSERV Factsline and NDIS & Mental Health Bulletin
See Factsline here
See NDIS Bulletin here

Professional Development: ** Positions Available ** Stress Management Workshop
This workshop for Mental Health staff will be held on 2 August, 2017 from 10am - 4:30pm at Level 3 - Level 2, Training Room, St Kilda Road Clinic, 607 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Please register here gapsycheducation@alfred.org.au
See flyer for more information 

Professional Development: Putting the pieces together: working with BPD clients in the A&OD sector - Thursday 14th September
This training will focus on building an understanding of the person with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in order to develop appropriate treatment and therapeutic work. It includes an overview of the basic principles of assessment and management of risk.
See more details here

Professional Development: Talking Hep C - Engaging Your Clients in Good Conversation about Hepatitis C Testing and Treatment.
See here for more information

Professional Development: Exploring Psychosocial Issues in Pregnancy - How to Reduce the Risk
This session on Thursday 27 July 2017 from 9.30am–1.00pm in Parkville explores barriers for pregnant women who are using drugs to accessing pregnancy care. It also examines the complexities and cumulative harm in working with vulnerable families, some of the issues facing indigenous women and dual diagnosis related concerns during pregnancy.
Read here

Professional Development: RANZCP 2017 Conference Review
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) 2017 Congress titled, ‘Speaking our Minds. Telling our Stories’ was held in Adelaide earlier this year. Included in this Conference review are:

  • Functional recovery: Are we focused on the right symptoms and outcomes? 
  • The global burden of mental and substance use disorders
  • Effect of childhood maltreatment on cannabis use disorders in young adulthood
  • Subpoenas and the psychiatrist 
  • Prescribing for patients with special dietary requirements
  • Yoga as a treatment for anxiety and depression

Read here 

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News – 10 July and 17 July
Includes: My Health Record security concerns unfounded; Culturally-sensitive Advance Care Planning; Sleeping bag donation warmly received
Read 10 July here   Read 17 July here

Employment: Employment opportunities at Windana…Senior Nursing, Allied Health, Nursing and Assessment Careers
Windana is a major provider of drug treatment services in Victoria.  They are committed to creating positive outcomes for people disengaged or living on the margins of the community.  Their approach is to offer holistic, innovative services to the client group and encourage staff and clients to work in partnership.  See more details here


FREE activities at the lifeAssist Carers Hubs for Term Three – Pakenham and Hampton Park
* Youth Mental Health First Aid @ Hampton Park Carers Hub
When: Tuesday 25 July 2017, Session 1 (10am – 4pm) and Session 2 to follow on Tuesday 8 August (10am – 4pm)
Where: Uniting Place: 1 Coral Drive, Hampton Park (parking available on site).
Who: Carers of people with a mental illness, intellectual disability or autism, living in Casey, Cardinia or Dandenong.
Lunch Provided. RSVPs are essential here  
“This course teaches how to provide initial support to young people (12 to 25 years) who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.”
* Plan My Future NDIS Workshop
When: Wednesday 2 August (10.45am – 1pm)
Where: Pakenham Carers Hub, Toomah Community Centre, 18 Golden Green Street, Pakenham
Who: Carers of people with a mental illness, intellectual disability or autism, living in Casey, Cardinia or Dandenong.
Lunch Provided. RSVPs are essential here  
‘Learn about the NDIS and how to get NDIS ready. We will discuss: eligibility and access to the NDIS, Setting, reviewing and achieving your goals, NDIS terminology and experiences of working with the NDIS, and question time.”
See Hampton Park Hub calendar here
See Pakenham Hub calendar here 

FREE …NDIS: Mental Health Carer Information Session
This event is being held on Saturday 22 July for Mental Health carers. Whilst it will be held in Ringwood, it is not specific to the Eastern region so RSVP now if you are interested to attend.
See flyer 

Course for women: Bring the Sass … commencing on 28 July in Mornington
A mindful, creative and holistic approach to being your best self with Self Awareness, Sensuality, Spirituality – SASS…. OWN YOUR POWER
Bring The SASS is an empowering course specially designed for women to grow and connect with their authentic selves. You will learn techniques for building self-confidence, mindfulness, sensuality, self-expression and self-care. There will be activities to help increase employability; including a makeover and a trip to’ Dress For Success’. A fun and exciting pathway to being the best YOU you can be!
See flyer for details                 See service provider referral information 

Mind - Family and Carers Support Group in Port Melbourne
This group will be held in Port Melbourne on the 3rd Thursday of the month commencing on Thursday 20 July.
See flyer for further details.   

Carer Support Groups in Caulfield, Noble Park and Nunawading…Are you supporting someone with mental health issues? Would you like to be part of a fortnightly friendly peer support group for Carers?
Grow Better Together currently offers confidential and free support groups for carers in Caulfield, Noble Park and Nunawading areas and is looking to set up more support groups. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, Grow Better Together would be happy to hear from you. Please contact Melissa at Grow on 9528 2977 or 1800 558 268.
See flyer here

Annual Mind Community Conference is on again
The Mind Community Conference 2017 will be held on Wednesday 26 July 2017 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The flyer is attached. If you have any questions regarding the Mind Community Conference or the Mind Community Awards, please contact Consumer Consultant Sarah Dalgleish on conference@mindaustralia.org.au or (03) 9455 7957. Enrol here   

National Mental Health Commission – Invitation to share your views…Engage and Participate in Mental Health
The Commission is conducting an overview of engagement and participation in mental health. We are inviting consumers, carers, families, support people and other stakeholders to share your views and ideas.
Read more here

RUN 2 MEND MINDS – 27 August 2017
The 2017 Nostra Homes de Castella Run 2 Mend Minds is proud to continue their partnership with the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) to raise valuable funds to support its ongoing clinical research, which is all geared to developing new treatments for mental illness. 1 in 3 people are directly touched by mental illness and 1 in 5 people will suffer with an illness at some point in their lives. You can help make a difference! Just share your fund raising page with your family and friends when you register.
Read more here 

Week ending 14 July 2017

Research: Carers of LGBTIQ people with a mental illness
RMIT and Carers Victoria  are working in partnership on a collaborative research project to investigate the experiences of Victorian carers of LGBTIQ people living with mental illness or who have experienced a mental health crisis. Carers are eligible to participate if they are;

  • over 18 years of age
  • have been or currently in a caring role since the 2014 Victorian Mental Health Act was implemented
  • and the person/people they supported are LGBTIQ

See flyer here for more information 

Save the date!...Upcoming Forum: Opening doors to spiritual experience: Exploring practices that enrich personal recovery 
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 will be held on Wednesday 6 September from 9:30am – 1:30pm at the Chamberlain Theatre, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.
Registrations will be opening soon. Expressions of interest are currently being taken.  To stay informed as details are announced, please email vtmh@svha.org.au and include “Spirituality Forum” in the subject line of your email. 

Wild at Heart Community Arts…looking for new participants for their Songwriting Workshops!
Wild At Heart Community Arts runs songwriting workshops weekly at Reservoir and South Melbourne. We work with some of Melbourne’s most excellent songwriters to create opportunities for people who experience disability, mental illness or other disadvantage to find their voice through music.
Read more here 

Tandem Newsletter
Includes: Jobs at Tandem; NAIDOC Week 2017; COPMI's eLearning and resources
Read here

Carers Victoria – Voice newsletter June 2017
Includes: Carers NSW and Carers Victoria Joint Submission in Response to the NDIS Code of Conduct Discussion Paper; Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Women Carers Forum; National Carer Counselling Conference - Thursday 19 October, William Angliss Institute, Melbourne
Read here 

Carers Australia - National News - June edition
Includes: 7th International Carers Conference, Adelaide, 4-6 October 2017: Early Bird Closing on 4 August and Latest news and opportunities and more Latest news and opportunities; Australian National Young Carer Action Team (ANYCAT) Forum 2017; Parliamentary Friends of Carers – Focus on Work and Care.
Read more here 

Update from the National Disability Insurance Agency - Get #ndisready Australia! From July 1, the NDIS will become available in new regions
Read update here

COPMI update: Access to COPMI's eLearning and resources
As part of the transition to the Emerging Minds National Workforce Centre, the Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) national initiative will no longer receive direct funding from the Australian Government following June 30 this year.
Please find an update here regarding access to their resources, website and training.

BPD Community Update – July
Includes: Mid-Year Newsletter; Celebration Night on 5 October and the next Carers Group meeting on Tuesday 18 July.
Read more here 

Australian BPD Foundation – first edition of The BPD Advocate Winter 2017
It is hoped that this publication will create understanding and raise awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), as well as provide a forum to which anyone with an interest in BPD can contribute
Read more here

Mental Health Australia (MHA) – CEO Updates…
* How to be effective in an age of reform...MHA CEO, Frank Quinlan says… For Australia’s mental health sector the saying ‘change is the only constant’ rings very true, and is likely to do so for some time yet.
Read more here
* Peer work is the future...MHA CEO, Frank Quinlan says… Not peer work alone, not peer work to replace other practitioners, not peer work to save money on wages, but peer workers with a set of skills and expertise to work alongside other mental health workers in a wide variety of settings
Read more here
* Our commitment to seeing a successful NDIS through...MHA CEO, Frank Quinlan says… Today we are submitting our final submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into NDIS Costs.
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 26 June and 3 July) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here 

Victorian Government Announcement on Mental Health - VICSERV analysis and statement
The Victorian Government has announced recently $20 million per year of additional funding for clinical mental health services.
Read the VICSERV response here

Wellways Australia – Updates

  • Exciting opportunities for volunteers at Wellways! Read here
  • 2017 Mental Health Week Peninsula Art Exhibition - Call for Artists Read here
  • Wellways strategic plan, volunteer recruitment, community advocacy forums...Read here

Invitation to Sponsor: Borderline Personality Disorder Conference 2017…From Stigma, To Strength
The 7th National Borderline Personality Disorder Conference in Perth on the 17-18 October 2017 is an initiative of the Australian BPD Foundation in partnership with WAAMH. They invite your organisation to support the conference as a sponsor and/or exhibitor.
Read more here

Clothes4U Rosebud
C4U recently had a donation of beautiful brand new shoes in many sizes.  Our shop is also full of great winter clothing including jackets, coats, scarfs, hats and much more.  Also the ladies of Camberwell Rotary donated some lovely toiletries and essential items for all women. If you (or if you are a service provider who has clients) have children who need children's clothing or nappies, let the C4U volunteers know, as they are now able to supply those items. Their services are ever expanding, so please remember to call Shirley on 0490 058 596 to make an appointment for your clients.
See website here

Funding: Community Capacity Building Projects: Small Grants Available…Improving the mental health and well-being of immigrant and refugee background communities by building capacity
The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC), and Tandem would like to announce that funding from the Department of Health and Human Services is available for organisations and small groups in culturally and linguistically diverse communities for work relating to mental wellbeing and mental ill-health in those communities. VMIAC and Tandem are co-ordinating the program on behalf of the Department. They are working in partnership with Victorian Transcultural Mental Health, and the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria. The 2016-17 State Budget provided funding of $1.013 million over two years for the grants program.
Applications are now welcome, and will close on 28 July 2017.
Read more here and follow the links to apply.

Professional Development/Resource: An overview about the NDIS for mental health clinicians
Information for mental health clinicians to support access to the NDIS for consumers, families and carers of area mental health services
See here

Professional Development: Relational Recovery: Beyond individualism in the recovery approach… VTMH Monthly Seminar Series – 19 July
Speaker: Angela Obradovic, Workforce Development Officer, Children of Parents with a Mental Illness National Initiative.
This presentation will focus on the recent publication Relational Recovery: Beyond individualism in the recovery approach and its challenge to all involved to place relationships at the heart of mental health recovery. The session will include some time for discussion to explore how best we can start a conversation across our diverse peak bodies and service providers to mature and broaden the recovery approach.
See here for more information and registration

Professional Development: VICSERV Factsline; newparadigm Winter 2017, Training bulletin and NDIS & Mental Health Bulletins

Professional Development: A Day of Mindfulness: Saturday 29 July 2017
The next Southern Synergy Day of Mindfulness is to be held on Saturday 29 July at the Abbotsford Convent (Convent Community room).  The day will be facilitated by Lana Sciberras. To register your attendance, please email your name southern.synergy@monash.edu by COB Thursday 27 July. For further queries about the day, please feel free to call 9902 9696. The date for your diary for the final Day of Mindfulness this year is Saturday 28 October.
See flyer 

Professional Development: MHPN Connect: Suicide bereavement webinar, news, resources and more.
Read here 

Professional Development: Schizophrenia Research Review Issue 11
Includes: Personality traits predicting quality of life and functioning; Risk calculator for the transdiagnostic prediction of psychosis; Clozapine augmentation with antiepileptic drugs for treatment-resistant schizophrenia; Accelerated grey and white matter deterioration with age in schizophrenia; Long term effects of smoking cessation in schizophrenia patients
Read here 

Professional Development: Addiction Medicine Research Review Issue 2
Includes: Opioid substitution treatment and mortality; Cannabis use disorder in inpatients; Long-term impact of increased alcohol availability during adolescence; No gender differences in OUD treatment outcomes; Alcohol use disorder and divorce; Who benefits from computer-based brief alcohol intervention?
Read here 

Employment: Two Employment Opportunities with Monash Drug and Alcohol Services
Read here


Week ending 23 June 2017 

Tandem - Carer Support & Referral Service
Tandem is pleased to announce the commencement of a Mental Health Carer Support & Referral Service. In the last few weeks, Robbert Roos has commenced at Tandem and will be providing an Advocacy service.  Through the Carer Advocate, Tandem will be able to offer carers and families the support of a 1:1 skilled advocate, and provide accurate up-to-date information, compassionate support, and timely referral. The service will primarily involve delivery of telephone support to mental health carers around Victoria who are facing complex situations involving the mental health system, and who would benefit from the experience and knowledge that an Advocate can provide.
Robbert has a lived experience as a carer for a person with a mental illness. This has meant that at times he had to advocate on his partner’s behalf and therefore Robbert is aware of some of the issues that carers might face. Robbert can be contacted on Ph:  8803 5501 or Email: robbert.roos@tandemcarers.org.au
Tandem has funded the position for an initial 12 months, and hopes to attract funding to make this service a permanent component of what they can do to improve the wellbeing of the families, friends and supporters (carers) of people living with mental health challenges. A brochure and promotional materials about this new service will be available in the near future. 

Mind Australia – Respite Calendar and Carer Support Groups
See 2017-2018 Respite Calendar
See flyers for Carer Support groups in Cheltenham, Narre Warren (commences next Wednesday 28 June) and Frankston carer support hub.

Young Leaders Program (approx. for 18 – 25 years) via the Satellite Foundation
Want to develop your potential as a young leader and see how you can make a difference in people’s lives? Do you have a parent or sibling who lives with mental health issues?  Join us in our YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM commencing 8 July.
See details here                 See Application form here 

BreakThrough… Family Drug (and Psychosis) Help Seminars by SHARC
BreakThrough supports you to get the facts about Ice, develop strategies and find out where to access help and support. Run as either a single 4 hour session or 2 x 2 hour sessions (usually over 2 weeks), BreakThrough connects you with other families who share similar experiences. You will also receive a booklet with information and resources about ice. ​The sessions are free of charge and deal with managing problematic behaviour, psychosis,  aggression and intoxication as well as the effects of ice on the brain and withdrawal etc
Click here to register for a BreakThough workshop or call Family Drug Helpline T:1300 660 068  
Click here to see a Guide for Family and Friends on Coping with Ice 
Click here for some additional information regarding the role of the family in alcohol and other drug treatment 
Click here to visit the SHARC website to find your local support group and make bookings for ARC near you.  You can also sign up to their mailing list in which you will receive a quarterly newsletter and any important updates from SHARC.

Mental Health Australia (MHA) – CEO Update… Tragic news is everywhere, which is tragic in itself
MHA CEO, Frank Quinlan says… The screens and newsfeeds we spend so much of our time and energy on seem to be replete with tragedy. It’s hard to imagine we could be more exposed to the daily hardships and disasters, large and small that afflict communities across the globe. Communities we are all part of in this globally connected world.
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 19 June) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here 

Article from UNSW Newsroom: Mental health prevalence steady, pensions on the rise
Why do increasing numbers of Australians require disability support pensions for psychiatric conditions, when the prevalence of underlying mental health symptoms has not changed?
Read here
Read Medical Journal of Australia Article here…Is the prevalence of mental illness increasing in Australia? Evidence from national health surveys and administrative data, 2001–2014

Wellways Australia – The South Eastern Melbourne Housing Guide is now live!
The South Eastern Melbourne Housing Guide was developed out of a recognised need by Partners in Recovery (PIR) Frankston for the sharing of housing information.It is a housing resource guide for community workers that are supporting people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
See more information here

Neami National - Clear Thinking newsletter: Engagement with a specialist mental health system
Read here

The VMIAC Conference on 1 and 2 November in Northcote Town Hall will give people an opportunity to yarn and forge the future. VMIAC is inviting submissions for presentations now and are hoping for a diverse and rich body of knowledge and experience to be on offer.
See flyer here for details. 

VMIAC AGM Photography Competition – Call for entries!
VMIAC is holding its Annual General Meeting on November 1, 2017 during the ‘Our People Our Voice Conference 2017’ at the Northcote Town Hall. They are looking for a photograph to print on the cover of their AGM report and would like to offer one of their members a $400 prize for the best photograph entered by you. VMIAC will also offer two $50 Coles cards for the two runners up.
See flyer here for details 

Professional Development: 3 steps for bringing KidsMatter to your place!
KidsMatter is the Australian Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative and has some great resources on offer.
Read more here 

Professional Development: VICSERV Factsline
Read here

Professional Development: LAMPS Newsletter - June 2017
Includes: Local Training Workshops; LAMPS Funding Round and more…
Read here 

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News
Includes: Tenders open for mental health services; Mental health resources from RANZCP
Read here

Employment: Team Leader role with Prahran Mission in Cranbourne
Do you believe that everyone has the right to a decent life? So does Prahran Mission. Join their team and help them make their vision a reality.
See details here

Week ending 16 June 2017

Alfred Health Carer Services…Welcome to Carer South News Winter
When you are caring for someone, it is important to take care of yourself too. Eating well and exercising a little each day are a couple of ways to stay on top of things.  A winter flu shot is good insurance too.  In this issue of Carer South News read about taking some steps to look after yourself. Not only is it allowed; it is highly recommended. 
Read more here 

Tandem Update – 14 June
Includes: New Mental Health Carer Support and Referral Service; Tandem are hiring; Emerging Minds to lead innovative new initiative; Men’s Health Week 2017; Draft Clinical Network Framework; Mental health outlook poorer for rural and remote Australians.
Read more here

Do you need help understanding the NDIS?
is a new free online resource designed to help people gain confidence navigating the NDIS and understand how it can support mental health recovery aspirations. The online tool is designed to be a one-stop-shop that not only provides information about the NDIS, but can be used as a side-by-side conversation and planning tool. Designed to help people living with mental health conditions, families, carers and service providers work better together, reimagine:

  • outlines the steps and processes required to apply for NDIS funding
  • explains the language of the NDIS including psychosocial disability
  • helps you prepare your access request through interactive activities
  • helps you identify goals and aspirations to support you in the planning process
  • provides hints and tips from people who have been there.

Use the reimagine tools and workbook to help access the NDIS and get the funded supports you need to reimagine your life today. People can register their interest on this website which will be launched at the end of June. See more details here.

Wild at Heart Community Arts … Life Is A Song Performances! 21 and 24 June
This is an invitation to join in at the Wild At Heart Singer-Songwriter showcase events this June! Wild at Heart would love to see you there and please tell a friend, this is how community forms, one song, one story, one moment, one day, one night at a time.
Read more here 

Mind Recovery College™ - View their latest course guide
The Mind Recovery College™ Semester 2 2017 course guide is now available. Learn about mental health and life skills that help you build a more positive, connected and meaningful life. Courses are led by people who have been on their own recovery journeys.
Read more here 

Children for Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) national initiative​ - Special edition June eNews
Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, announces funding for the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health
Read more here

Belonging Matters' Conference - Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17 August 2017 at St Kilda Town Hall, Melbourne
Community is an important place. It’s where we learn, develop relationships, reach our potential and discover our moral compass. However, even though it’s automatically assumed for most people, we still exclude and marginalise people with a disability and others. This is Belonging Matters’ seventh conference! Over two full days, delegates will listen to a broad range of international, national and local speakers sharing their insights and stories of a life enriched with community and belonging.
Read more here

Family Drug Help’s Winter newsletter is now available
Family Drug Help (FDH) understands the challenges you are facing because they’ve been there. FDH provides specialist services to support family members and friends who are affected by a loved one’s substance misuse.
Read more here

Carers Australia 7th International Carers Conference - June 2017 - the latest news
Includes: Preliminary Concurrent Session Program available online
Read here

Aboriginal Health Conference 1-2 July 2017, Perth
Saroo Brierley’s incredible search for his birth family in India using Google Maps received worldwide attention in 2012 when he returned to the place of his birth to meet his mother and siblings. His story became a best-selling book and was made into an Oscar-nominated movie ‘Lion’ in 2016. Saroo is one of five keynote speakers at the Rural Health West Aboriginal Health Conference on 1-2 July at the Parmelia Hilton, where he will talk about his journey, the importance of cultural connection, and how his story has shaped his self-identity.
Read more here

Mental Health Australia (MHA) – CEO Update - PC makes recommendations to address NDIS woes
MHA CEO, Frank Quinlan says… I was very pleased to see the Productivity Commission release its position paper on NDIS Costs this week.
Read more here

Wellways Australia – Update
Includes: 2017 tax appeal, Tasmania spotlight, Advocacy on the road
Read here

Funding: Leader Local Grants - Applications Now Open
Do you have an idea to improve your community? The Leader Community News group are giving away $26,000 in $1,000 micro grants to fund local projects.
Read more here

Professional Development: Tackling stigma head on breaking down barriers for clients, staff and the AOD sector on 28 July
The Change Agent Network presents a workshop designed to give you the tips and tools on how to challenge attitudes and beliefs about alcohol and drug use. Stigma is an issue felt by consumers, workers and sector wide in the alcohol and drug field. This has implications for client access to services, ability to refer clients, attractiveness of the AOD sector to practitioners, and staff ability to provide best practice. It also impacts on how the sector promotes itself in the wider community.
Read more here

Professional Development: Falling into leadership. Integrating your passion for clinical work into your role as a new leader or manager – 17 July
As we move into leadership and/or management roles, we often struggle to move on from the passion of our clinical work into managing teams and programs. But do you need to?
Read more here

Professional Development: Training for Health Professionals Responding To ‘Ice’
In response to the ongoing use of crystal methamphetamine (Ice) in the community, Odyssey House Victoria has developed an online course for health professionals addressing the needs of clients reporting Ice use.
Read more here

Professional Development: VICSERV Training Bulletin 14 June 2017
Includes: VICSERV actively supports the peer workforce
Read here

Professional Development: Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences – Monthly Newsletter
Features research opportunities, conferences, research grants and Psychology job postings from Australia and around the world.
Read more here

Professional Development: VAADA 2017 Service Providers Conference – Presentations now available online
PowerPoint presentations from the 2017 Service Providers Conference are now available online for your reference.
See here

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News
Includes: Get involved in Men's Health Week; Tenders open for mental health services
Read here


Week ending 9 June 2017 

beyondblue targets mental health in Greater Dandenong
beyondblue has launched beyondblueConnect, a new mental health peer support pilot program for residents in Greater Dandenong. The SEMPHN-funded program is:

  • available free to adults with early and emerging signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • developed with local community service groups
  • available to people of all cultural backgrounds
  • accessible in person, by phone or online.

beyondblueConnect is led by trained mentors from diverse backgrounds who have personal experience of mental health conditions. Participants can attend up to eight private or group sessions where they will gain skills in protecting and managing their mental health, build new friendships and pick up practical knowledge such as navigating the public health system, finding childcare and more.
Read more here

South East Catalyst Program now open for referrals
The South East Catalyst Program is now accepting referrals for its July 2017 program. Catalyst is an evidence based non residential rehabilitation program for clients struggling with alcohol or other substance use issues, who are willing to commit to abstinence for the six weeks of the program.
Read more here

headspace – Fathers Campaign – Social Media Messaging
A lot of things go unsaid between young people and their parents, especially when it comes to their mental health and wellbeing. Dads can play an important role in identifying the early signs and helping to provide young people with the support they need if they’re going through a tough time. For more information on how to start the right conversations, visit the headspace website here
See messaging flyer here 

You're invited: ALL STARS - Friday 23 June! Showcasing the Talents and Skills of YSAS Young People
The YSAS CREW is proud to present: ‘ALL STARS: Showcasing the Talents and Skills of YSAS Young People’. This unique event is an initiative by youth, for youth, with every dollar raised on the night going towards creating and distributing packs of essential goods for young people who find themselves sleeping rough on the streets of Melbourne. 
Read more here

Inner South Community Health is now Star Health
Inner South Community Health has become Star Health, rebranding to reflect their ongoing commitment to expanding services to all members of the community. Star Health provides a broad ranges of services for individuals and family, spanning across the entire life span, including a comprehensive range of AOD Service types (Intake, Counselling, Non Residential Withdrawal, Care and Recovery, Mobile Health Outreach), Mental Health and Phams, GP and Dental Services, generalist and family counselling and a range of Allied health Services.
Read here

Family Drug Helpline - 1300 660 068 24-hours, 7 days a week
Family Drug Help (FDH) understands the challenges you are facing because we’ve been there. Family Drug Help provides specialist services to support family members and friends who are affected by a loved one’s substance misuse. Family Drug Helpline offers a confidential telephone service which provides support to family members in need. Their helpline is staffed by trained volunteers (9am to 5pm Monday – Friday). They offer support, information, strategies and referrals.
Read more here

NDIA Newsletter
Find out about Scott Price & Back to Back theatre, the new easy read NDIS glossary, ILC community grants and much more
Read more here

Mornington Peninsula Shire (MPS) - MetroAccess eBulletin June 2017
Virginia Richardson (MPS MetroAccess Worker) says… “ The rollout of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) on the Mornington Peninsula isn't happening until 1 April 2018, but there are things you probably need to be doing now, if you think you might be eligible for funding.”
Read more plus other news here

Mental Health Australia (MHA) – CEO Updates
MHA CEO, Frank Quinlan says “One step closer to seeing a much-needed change in the  NDIS”
Read more here
Frank suggests “A must read... The UN Human Rights Council Special Report into highest attainable standard of physical and 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 6 June) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here

National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) 2016 - Key findings
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new key findings on 1 June 2017.
Read here

Media: The Age: Drug and alcohol use becoming less common among young people, more common in middle age
Australian women have overtaken their daughters when it comes to risky drinking, with more women in their 50s exceeding the lifetime risk guidelines for alcohol consumption than those aged 18 to 24 for the first time.
Read more here

Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia) Ltd…eNews Alert for May 2017 plus National surveys of consumer and carer lived experience with the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder
Read Newsletter here
Read BPD survey invitation here 

Health Issues Centre (HIC)… Consumer Training in June
Includes: Co-Production for Health Consumers and Clinical Governance for Health Consumers
Read here

Professional Development: Australian Youth AOD Conference - 17 & 18 August 2017 in Melbourne
This year’s theme is “Identity”. We will explore how young people develop their identity, how these identities can change and grow, and how youth workers can have a positive influence on this process.
Read here

Professional Development: arbias - ABI Training
ABI Foundation Modules Training will be offered on 6 & 7 July in Brunswick
Read more here

Professional Development: Indigenous Psychological Services discounted membership, free magazine and workshops
Read here 

Professional Development: VICSERV Factsline Friday 2 June 2017
Read here

Professional Development: NDIS & Mental Health: VICSERV NDIS Bulletin
Includes: Innovative Workforce Fund – Round Two now open; NDIA CEO Acknowledges Scheme Difficulties and Pledges To Work With All Stakeholders
Read here 

Professional Development: Alcohol and Drug use within LGBTI communities – Education Seminar on 20 June in South Yarra
VAC provides alcohol and drug services for people living with HIV and LGBTI communities. As part of this work we offer individual counselling, care and recovery coordination and therapeutic groups. VAC also develops a range of alcohol and drug harm reduction and health promotion tools.
Read more here

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News and SEMaphore (Commissioning News & Events)
Includes: Tenders to open this weeks for mental health services; beyondblue targets mental health in Greater Dandenong
Read more in Network News here
Read SEMaphore here

Employment: SECADA: Forensic AOD Counsellor (Dandenong)
See details here


Week ending 2 June 2017 

Mind Recovery College course - Coming out of the clutter closet
For many people who experience mental ill-health, a less than organised home is a by-product or a symptom of the challenge facing people. In this 4 weekly sessions course, the aim is for you to look at some of the underlying difficulties that might be making it difficult for you to gain control, get some ideas on how to make changes and discover that you are not alone.
See flyer for details 

Tandem – Newsletter 31 May 2017
Includes: National Reconciliation Week;  May Meeting of the Carer Lived Experience Workforce;  On the line: Services and Partnering Opportunities; Ready, Steady, NDIS
Read more here 

Carers Victoria – Voice newsletter – May 2017
Includes: CEO Caroline Mulcahy is leaving the organisation in June 2017; Victorian Carers Statement Survey Update; Carers Victoria Welcomes State Budget Announcements; Federal Budget 2017 – What It Means for Carers; Young Carer Scholarships
Read more here   

Australian BPD Foundation - June eBulletin
Includes: New BPD Guide; Foundations for Change 2017; Research Surveys; Sleep Study
Read here

Indigenous Traineeship Opportunity - Cert 4, Mental Health
Mind Australia (in Dandenong and Narre Warren) is looking for two Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander people to undertake a Traineeship position with them for 12 months. The Traineeship includes completing a Cert 4 in Mental Health, plus supervision, and practical opportunities.
See flyer for details 

Wellways Update: Following up from the NDIS Forum
The NDIS Forum for Consumers and Carers took place at the Frankston Arts Centre on 3 May, with a capacity crowd of over 300 carers, consumers and mental health professionals. The focus on the forum was psychosocial disability, mental health and the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). This update includes useful NDIS links and resources
See update here

Jewish Care Victoria’s Individual and Family Support Service has formalised an agreement with the Jewish Mediation Centre
Jewish Care now has the capacity to meet the end-to-end needs of Jewish families with children who are separating and/or divorcing where there is significant discord, including family violence issues through the provision of: Telephone and crisis support, safety planning case management, court support, pro-bono legal advice, referral to mediation, financial counselling, housing support and individual, couple or family counselling. Mediation is an important offering for those families who are considering or planning to separate or divorce, and has become an essential part of the divorce process. The Jewish Mediation Centre is a not-for-profit organisation that offers family dispute resolution, for individuals and families. See their website here  for more details.   

Mental Health Australia (MHA) – CEO Update
MHA CEO, Frank Quinlan asks “How urgent are the important things?”… The Eisenhower Principle…at Mental Health Australia it is a principle we look at regularly. One we looked at last week when our Board met for a strategic planning exercise.”
Read more here

YouTube video: What if we talked about physical health the absurd way we talk about mental health?
View here

Expressions of Interest now open… City of Casey - Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee
The call for nominations for representatives on the newly established City of Casey Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee is NOW OPEN from 26 May and closes 13 June.  Expressions of Interest for the Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee are sought from people who live, work, or study in the City of Casey, with an interest in Access and Inclusion within Casey.
See flyer for details 

Health Issues Centre (HIC) Newsletter – Full Circle (May edition)
Hear about the latest HIC work to improve Victorian health care
Read here

Workshop (24 July) and Public Seminar (24 July) by Marc Lewis, author of Memoirs of an Addicted Brain & The Biology of Desire!
View from the Addicted Brain…Ever wondered what happens in the addicted brain? Marc Lewis, world renowned author and speaker, talks about his own experience with addiction, what happens to the brain on drugs and solutions to the problems of addiction. Is addiction really a brain disease? Come to this fascinating talk by a world leader and find out. This seminar is for parents, professionals and people who use drugs who are interested in the brain science of addiction. Hear about the science in an accessible and entertaining evening with Marc Lewis.
See Seminar details here
See Workshop details here

Consultation - stigma and discrimination in relation to viral hepatitis
The Stigma Response Coordinator at Hepatitis Victoria is seeking input from people about their experiences of stigma and discrimination, in relation to both hepatitis B and hepatitis C. 
Read more here 

Professional Development: HEPReady training
If you work helping people living with or at risk of hepatitis, Hepatitis Victoria has essential training that covers all the basics in just a morning or afternoon.
See details here

Professional Development: The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People & Kids in Cyberspace
Generation Next’s professional education efforts in the prevention and control of mental illness among youth is the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar Series. Responding to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing online environment, in 2017 Generation Next is hosting a unique parallel event dedicated to promoting the healthy use of technology and young people’s wellbeing in cyberspace.
See details here 

Professional Development: Narcissism in Health and Pathology…the Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly
Spectrum will be running a conference about Narcissism on 24 November 2017 in Melbourne. An eminent social philosopher and clinicians will be addressing the issue of narcissism in health and pathology.
See flyer here 

Professional Development: VICSERV NDIS & Mental Health: VICSERV NDIS Bulletin
Read here 

Professional Development: Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) Connect: Autism webinar, network news, resources and more.
Read here
Register now for MHPN's webinar on 5 June: Collaborative mental health care to support adults on the autism spectrum.
See details here

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News
Includes: Suicide Prevention Australia survey; Tenders closing soon
Read more here

Week ending 26 May 2017

Schizy Week Jam & Mojo Film Festival 2017…
See some photos here from the events celebrating schizophrenia pride week.

Some Disability news items…
* Have Your Say on Rights in Specialist Disability Accommodation
The Dept of Health & Human Services is holding information sessions for families and carers of people with a disability who currently live in shared supported accommodation, residents and  staff. The South Division sessions will be held in early to mid June. See flyer 
* Join a VALID Peer Action Group…groups are running in Frankston, Cranbourne, Dandenong, Narre Warren, Brighton.  See flyer and also VALID’s website here
* A new All Abilities Football program has started in the City of Casey at Berwick City FC. See more details on the attached flyer and via this weblink. Please assist the club by sharing this with any interested parents or groups to help disseminate the information to local families in the area.

* Don't miss out on a fun day of footy!
Wellways invites you to join them for the launch of the Westernport Warriors Football Team on 7 June from 11am – 3pm in Hastings. Watch the Warriors play the Frankston Dolphins while you enjoy a delicious BBQ & refreshments. There will be a mystery guest, music, prizes and face painting. You can test your football skills in the handball competition or get creative and design a new logo for the team. Read more here
* Wellways HUB is now on Facebook!
Read here 

Mental Health Australia (MHA) – CEO Update
MHA CEO, Frank Quinlan says “Let’s pilot a better system and learn from our mistakes”
Read more here

KidsMatter Families (eNewsletter)…The importance of families in supporting children's mental health
This newsletter explores how families are important in supporting children’s mental health, and focuses on three different areas: the importance of active listening, supporting children of parents with a mental illness and how families can help children prepare for disaster
Read here

South-East Melbourne Aboriginal Suicide Prevention And Healing Network (SEMASPAHN)
See attached details for...next Meeting (14 June) Flyer, Agenda (14 June) and Meeting (10 May) Minutes 

A Petition: Add the Lifeline & Suicide Call Back Service Phone Numbers to 13 Reasons Why
The launch of a new Netflix series that tackles themes of suicide and bullying has prompted growing calls for mental health helplines to feature prominently on screen. If you or anyone you know needs personal mental health or suicide support, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
See the petition here

International Carers Conference - October 2017 in Adelaide
Carers Australia is pleased to announce confirmation of keynote speaker, Dr Jordan Nguyen. Early Bird registration closes on 4 August.
Read more here 

Professional Development: Turning Point Training... Youth Mental Health First Aid – 8 and 15 June in Fitzroy
Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis (e.g., the person is suicidal or has had a traumatic experience).
Read more here

Professional Development: VICSERV Factsline Friday 19 May 2017
Read here

Professional Development: Psychiatry Research Review Issue 40
Included in this edition:
* Childhood adversity increases risk of youth suicide
* Treatment-resistant schizophrenia: new terminology
* ECT remains a treatment option in schizophrenia
* Offspring of patients with bipolar disorder have more stressful life events
* Adding lithium to tap water may benefit mental health
* The majority of women with eating disorders eventually recover
* An app for behavioural health care?
Read here

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News
Includes: National report on mental health and suicide prevention 
Read here

Week ending 19 May 2017...Schizophrenia Awareness Week 17 – 23 May

SANE Express - Spotlight on schizophrenia
Includes: Get the facts about schizophrenia; Educate others about schizophrenia and Support SANE's Helpline expansion
Read more here

Schizy Week Jam & Mojo Film Festival 2017…It’s schizophrenia pride week
As Steve Jobs said… “the  people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
Read more here  

FREE Help for families who are affected by addiction or substance abuse
Do you have patients with family members who are stuck in a cycle of addiction or substance abuse? Substances might include ice, methamphetamine, opiates, GHB, benzodiazepines, alcohol, cannabis and over-the-counter medications. The Strong Families Program based at Genesis Medical Centre in North Brighton is accepting clients across the SEMPHN region. The program, funded by a SEMPHN grant, is offered free for families and focuses on: effective and safe management of crisis; education to understand substance dependency; harm minimisation; understanding the services and treatment available (accommodation, income support, private and public units for detox and rehabilitation); ways to strengthen families through support, improving communication, establishing boundaries and managing conflict.
No referral is needed. Call 9596 6422 or Fax 9596 1077. Sessions are with an experienced clinician who has qualifications in mental health, drug and alcohol counselling, relationship and family therapy.
See website here

Carer Workshop:  Caring for someone with an eating disorder? Collaborative Care Skills Workshops
Mind Recovery College is providing this 3 session course in Traralgon in June (Wednesdays 7, 14 & 21 June). Please contact Mind if interested to attend or to request a similar course in the southern region of Melbourne.
See details here 

Newsletter – Tandem 17 May 2017
Includes: Tandem Tweeting; Tandem keynote address at Navigating Change, Bendigo; Reportable conduct scheme; Exercise and mental health; Walk off Worry fundraiser
Read more here

Mornington Peninsula Shire (MPS) MetroAccess eBulletin May 2017
Virginia Richardson (MPS MetroAccess Worker) has included comments about the Federal Budget as well local, community submissions to MPS.
Read more here

Nominations now open for the 2017 Biennial Brenda Gabe Leadership Award for women with disabilities
Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) is excited to announce that nominations for the 2017 Biennial Brenda Gabe Leadership Award are now open. This award recognises and rewards the contribution women with disabilities have made that is of direct benefit to women with disabilities, or to making a more inclusive community, in Victoria. Please consider nominating a woman with a disability, or a group of women with disabilities, who you know is making a difference.
All award nominees are acknowledged and celebrated at the WDV AGM in October 2017. The winner will receive $2,000 towards professional development, or a capacity building project.
Please find attached a brochure, nomination requirements, and nomination form. Please share this email and/or brochure within your networks. 
For more information about the award or past nominees and award recipients, please visit the WDV website or contact Bridget Jolley at WDV: E: bridget.jolley@wdv.org.au ; Ph: (03) 9286 7813 or Mail: GPO Box 1160, Melbourne, Vic, 3001
Nominations close: 5pm, Monday 7 August 2017. 

Update: NDIS …Recognising the parents behind disability
Includes: Supporting families and carers and NDIS code of conduct 
Read more here

Update: National NDIS Mental Health Conference - Call for content submissions announced!
Do you have knowledge to share? Why not present at the National NDIS Mental Health Conference?
Read more here 

Update: TheMHS Conference in Sydney this August
TheMHS Conference features presentations from across the mental health sector and recognises and promotes quality collaborative research, practice, policy-making and education, making it the ideal great place for networking and debate among all people involved in the mental health sector. See the website here for details about Group Registration, Keynotes and Featured Symposia.

Workshop: Emotional CPR (eCPR) Certification workshop on 17 & 18 July
VMIAC and inside out & associates (Australia) are presenting this 2 day workshop. eCPR is an educational program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis using three simple steps. eCPR aims to help us to better understand and respond to emotional crises and distress experiences and the confusing or complex behaviours that can accompany them.
See flyer for details, including costs

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 15 May) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
See the ISF&F selection here 

National Mental Health Commission – Update (May 2017)
Includes: Australian Defence Force Review Released and 2016 Report on the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Read more here 

Wellways Update: 16 May 2017
Includes: Federal Budget, Doorway success, and recognising volunteers
Read here 

Professional Development: VICSERV Training Bulletin 15 May 2017
Read here

Professional Development: Social Media & Healthy Development – 20 July in Frankston
 ‘Screen time’ impacts all workforces across the health, education, mental health, and human service sectors. Positive, and more challenging or risky contexts of technology interface exist when considering the 0-5, 5-10, 10-14, 14-25 age ranges.
Evolved from ELMHS PD Series audience requests, join leading health, mental health, education and human service professionals across Victoria for this collaborative full day professional development forum. Sessions relevant to developmental ages and stages of life for 0-25 and their families.
See flyer            See Program 

Professional Development: 3rd annual Australian Youth AOD Conference on 17 & 18 August
Registrations open now! Great Early Bird rates until 30th June!
Read details here

Professional Development: Turning Point's newsletter, NewsPoint
Includes: An insight into Counselling Online; Research into the health of male shift workers; Health promotion and animation; Turning Point's Statewide  Neuropsychology Service
Read here

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News
Includes: Incorporating interpreters into mental health care; Grants and tenders open 
Read here

Week ending 12 May 2017

NDIS Snapshots for carers
The 'NDIS Snapshots for Carers' series by Carers Australia (Ph: 1800 242 636) has been designed to make it easy for busy carers to get up to speed on everything they need to know about the NDIS. They are as easy to use on a phone as they are on a computer, which means you can quickly skim them to read the highlights or carefully explore the detail and follow the links to learn more. They detail each step of the NDIS. To have a look go online here 

Federal Budget 2017/18: Some comments and analysis
* MHA 2017 Budget summary - closing critical gaps in mental health...Read here
* MHA CEO Budget Update: Critical gaps starting to be addressed...Read here 
* VICSERV analysis and statement - Federal Budget 2017/18...Read here
* The Conversation: Budget 2017 special: Morrison's fresh start budget comes with fresh pain...Read here

MHA CEO Update: Budget week in Canberra can be quite frenetic
Frank Quinlan (Mental Health Australia CEO) says…“ I would like to reflect a little on where we are and where the budget leaves us."
Read here

Newsletter - Australian Borderline Personality (BPD) Disorder Foundation Limited
Includes: BPD - How can we reduce stigma?; SA launches new BPD website; Spread the Word!; For carers and people who provide support
Read here        

Update: CARE Ideas Exchange – A Network of Champions Identified
The CARE (Consumer; Action; Responsive; Empowerment) Ideas Exchange was held on Thursday 4 May 2017 in Melbourne’s CBD. Over 90 people, from across Victoria and interstate, attended this full day event focusing on the role and future of consumer participation in the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) sector. A lively networking activity resulted in the identification of a network of champions from across Victoria.
Read more here

AOD treatment services in Australia, 2015-16; AIHW key findings infographic
In 2015-16, around 796 alcohol and other drug treatment services provided just over 206,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 133,000 clients. The top 4 drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (32% of treatment episodes), cannabis (23%), amphetamines (23%) and heroin (6%). The proportion of episodes where clients were receiving treatment for amphetamines has continued to increase over the last 10 years, from 12% of treatment episodes in 2006-07 to 23% in 2015-16. The median age of clients in AOD treatment services is increasing, 33 years in 2015-16, up from 31 in 2006-07.
See infographic 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 8 May) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
See the ISF&F selection here 

VicHealth Update
Includes: Top minds collaborate to tackle gender inequalities 
Read more here

Consumer Training at Health Issues Centre (HIC)
HIC asks…How we can help you work more effectively with health services?
Read more here

Professional Development: VICSERV NDIS & Mental Health: Bulletin
Read here

Professional Development: VICSERV Factsline – 5 May
Read here

Professional Development: Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences – Monthly newsletter
Includes: Lectures on 'Understanding Self-Harm and Suicide in Young People' and 'Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Can We Predict Who Develops It, Improve Treatment and Find Ways to Prevent It?'
Read here

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News
Includes: SEMPHN is seeking organisations to deliver an Accessible Psychological Interventions (API) service in one or more Local Government Areas (LGAs) within their catchment.
Read here

Professional Development: Newsletter - Friends of SEMPIR - April 2017
Includes: Frankston Mornington Peninsula (FMP) Intake Network is now up and running and SEMPIR Team contributing to the Peer Supported Recovery Service Co-design
Read here

Professional Development: MHPN Connect: Funding to improve interdisciplinary mental health practice guaranteed to June 2020
The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) is pleased to announce its funding has been extended by the Commonwealth Department of Health until 30 June 2020.
Read more here 

Professional Development: Turning Point Training and Events
Includes: Youth Mental Health First Aid; Frontline - ice education for AOD workers; Mindfulness: The practice, the benefits and the neuroscience
See more here

Professional Development: Cultural Competency for Supervisors of Aboriginal People - Melbourne 23 - 24 August
Dr Tracy Westerman (Indigenous Psychological Services) will present this 2 day workshop which focuses on clearly defining the necessary skills, abilities and aptitudes that predict cultural competence and using this information to design training programs to ensure that skills that are most relevant to working effectively with Aboriginal people are targeted. This program also provides practical development of skills specific to retaining Aboriginal people in the workplace. 
Price: $1,550 (Please check on website)   See details here

Professional Development: Odyssey House Victoria - Therapeutic Community Open Day
Odyssey House Victoria’s adult residential rehabilitation program provides live-in AOD treatment for individuals, couples and parents with their children (aged 0-12). They are inviting professionals and peer support networks along to their Open Day on 15 June.
Read more here

Employment: IMHA Senior Advocate Position advertised!
Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) are advertising for a senior advocate. Please see this link for a position description. For further information, contact Helen Makregiorgos, Manager IMHA on (03) 9093 3728. Applications close at midnight on Thursday 18 May 2017.

Week ending 5 May 2017

Tandem Carers – Update 3 May
Includes: Tandem Media Release - Victorian Budget 2017; 2017 Tandem Conference;  NDIS Tip Sheet of the first plan conversation;  Frankston Mental Health Expo; Live Happy is serious about happiness; 13 Reasons Why;  Grief in adolescents research
Read more here

Clothes4U Services….assistance for women living in the Southern Mornington Peninsula area
From Veronica Whittaker (Founder and President - Clothes4U Inc)… “Clothes4U Inc. is a not for profit organisation staffed by local women volunteers, who aim to provide clothing to women in need in our community to give them confidence and to boost their self esteem. We help to dress women as follows:

  • With everyday clothing
  • Clothes for women going to Court
  • Job interviews / work experience
  • Special occasions

We also provide accessories, shoes, handbags, jewellery and a full set of toiletries.  Our service is totally FREE and clients can visit our boutique 3 times per year. Please call for client appointments on 0490 058 596.” 

Jewish Care Launches 'Postcards for Pesach' Mental Health Awareness Campaign
Jewish Care is proud to once again run its Postcards for Pesach mental health awareness campaign. Each year, their free postcards are distributed at various sites across the community, with the aim of helping to reduce stigma, encourage help-seeking and promote more open conversations about mental health. The 2017 campaign focuses on youth mental health and wellbeing, and was developed in consultation with young people. With adolescents experiencing mental ill health at a significantly higher rate than the general population, this year’s campaign is particularly important. Please help to spread the message. See example here
To order copies of the free postcards for your organisation or group, contact Jewish Care’s Mental Health Promotion Officer on 8517 5908 or cbarrett@jewishcare.org.au 

Carers Australia: 7th International Carers Conference - update
Registrations for the 7th International Carers Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre (4-6 October) are open. Carers Australia encourages you to register before the Early Bird period closes on 4 August.
Read more here

TheMHS 2017 Conference Update: Featured Symposia re Trauma Informed Care and Practice
Featured symposia provide in-depth investigation of topics of interest in the mental health sector. There will be six featured symposia held over the three days of the conference covering topics of Trauma, Warm Human Contact, Legislated Visitor Programs, Workplace Mental Health, Co-morbidity Updates and NDIS. 
Also included are details re Consumer Bursaries for TheMHS Conference - Deadline for applications is 12 June 2017.
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MHA CEO Update: Competition in mental health services - be careful what you wish for
Frank Quinlan (Mental Health Australia CEO says…“if we are placing the future quality and distribution of future services in the hands of competition alone, we need to be aware of some pitfalls…”
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Media: a selection of Articles from The Conversation and The Age
The Inner South Family & Friends (ISF&F) Carer Support Group have compiled a selection of articles (as of 1 May) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
See the ISF&F selection here 

13 Reasons Why: MHFA summary and content WARNINGS!
13 Reasons Why is a high school based drama recently released internationally on Netflix. All 13 hour-long episodes were released together on 31 March  2017. It is the story of Hannah, a young woman who has died by suicide before the show starts. If you haven’t seen 13 Reasons Why but want to discuss it with a young person, or are trying to decide whether it is suitable viewing for a young person in your care, the summary below may help. It covers the basic plot and describes content that viewers may find disturbing. 13 Reasons Why is not consistent with many guidelines for media reporting and depiction of suicide, and watching it may be distressing for young people, especially those who are vulnerable.
MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) has developed 2 factsheets about this Netflix series as follows…
13 Reasons Why: Plot summary and content warnings
13 Reasons Why: Important talking points 

Health Issues Centre (HIC)  – April update
Includes: Transvaginal Mesh Implant Campaign; Practice Partners Program; Helping the Health Complaints Commissioner
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Wellways eNews survey
Wellways recently re-launched their digital newsletter, Wellways eNews and are seeking your views and comments as a subscriber, so that the eNews is informative, relevant and enjoyable to read. Survey is open until 8 May.
See here for details

Victorian State Budget 2017/18 – Analysis and perspectives  
See the VICSERV analysis and statement here
See the VAADA analysis here

Professional Development: VTMH Monthly Seminar Series on 17 May – Feeling better: ways of investigating experience in a psychiatric inpatient unit
In this talk Dr Shanti Sumartojo will discuss ways of thinking about how the design of the specific sites and practices of healthcare settings contribute to forms of wellbeing. Read more here.

Professional Development: Schizophrenia Research Review Issue 10
Included in this edition: Cariprazine vs risperidone for treatment of predominant negative symptoms in schizophrenia; Impaired identification of pleasant odours as a risk factor for transition of an ARMS to psychosis; Relapse risk following breaks in antipsychotic treatment of first episode psychosis; Degree of cannabis use and cognitive impairment in psychosis; CVS improves insight into illness in schizophrenia; Critical treatment window of clozapine in treatment-resistant schizophrenia
Also of interest the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has endorsed all AU Research Reviews for CPD. Find more details here 
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Professional Development: Bloody Serious Facts - Introduction to hepatitis C: transmission, testing & new treatments.
This session on 31 May presented by St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne & Harm Reduction Victoria will include practical case studies, injecting demonstration & morning tea. It is suitable for health workers, community workers & clinicians.
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Professional Development: SEMaphore - tenders open for primary mental health services
SEMPHN is seeking organisations to deliver an Accessible Psychological Interventions (API) service in one or more Local Government Areas (LGAs) within their catchment: Frankston; Kingston; Greater Dandenong; Mornington Peninsula; Casey; Cardinia; Port Philip; Stonnington; Bayside; Glen Eira.
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