Weekly Mental Health News - Friday EXTRA

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

Week ending 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)

Wild At Heart… live 17 September at Ginger and White cafe 3pm! 
Wild at Heart Community Arts program is performing this weekend.
See flyer for details

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

Invitation to a Carers Week celebration
Carers Week will begin on Sunday 15 October until Saturday 21 October.  Alfred Health Carer Services regards Carers Week as a special week to raise the profile of carers, bring attention to their needs and share information about supports for carers in the community.  Adult carers who live in the Southern Metropolitan Region (please check map at back of flyer) are invited to attend a celebration and networking event at the Novotel St Kilda on Wednesday 18 October hosted by the delightful Brian Nankervis of Rockwiz fame.  RSVP is essential so call soon as places are limited.
See flyer for details 

FREE Events for carers in Mental Health Week and Carers Week
Uniting lifeAssist would like to invite carers of someone with a psychiatric illness, living in Casey, Cardinia or Greater Dandenong to attend one of their Mental Health Week and/or Carers Week events: See list of events here.  See flyers for the events as follows…

N.B. Be quick to RSVP if interested 

City of Casey – Mental Health Week Launch and activities…Join in!
The inaugural Casey Mental Health Week Launch will take place at Lynbrook Community Centre, 2, Harris St, Lynbrook on Friday 13 October. It aims to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing among community members.
See here for details

FREE Information Forum - A brighter future with NDIS
Mentis Assist is holding a client and carer focussed NDIS Information Forum in Frankston on Wednesday 20 September from 11 am – 1 pm with a light lunch provided.
See flyer for more details              See website 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

VMIAC Consumer Register Information Session
VMIAC is proud to announce the establishment of its Consumer Register that will link and support interested people to Project Work, Co-Production and Speaking Engagements opportunities as they arise across the Mental Health sector. VMIAC is committed to developing a Consumer Register that truly reflects the wide diversity of people who use or who have come into contact with the Mental Health system. Join in their information session on Tuesday 19 September from 2.00 to 3.30 pm at the VMIAC office in East Brunswick.
See flyer for details 

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. 

FREE fishing and fun day out for carers and clients on Sunday 15 October
“The “Mates Day on the Bay” event is on again at the Patterson River Boat ramp complex in Carrum and the Futurefish Foundation is looking forward to your participation.
See flyer for details 

Mental Health Week EXPO at Dandenong Hospital
Monash Health is hosting this EXPO on 10 October to highlight the services available to promote and support good Mental Health in the Community and Workplace.
See flyer for details 

FREE Carer Support Group Information Session from Grow
Grow is offering this session to the community on 3 October in Noble Park.
See flyer for details 

Mental Health Week 2017…a Walk and other events listed by the Mental Health Foundation Australia
See this website for a range of events including a 4 Kms Mental Health Wellbeing Walk on Sunday 8 October from 8 – 9.30 a.m. commencing at Federation Square. The walk is part of Mental Health Week 2017 aiming to promote positive attitude towards mental health and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  The funds raised from the walk will allow Mental Health Foundation Australia to establish a helpline to support 1st Year university students.

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 

FREE NDIS session in Springvale for Chinese speaking people on 11 October
The NDIS will commence in Southern Region on 1 September 2018. This free information session presented by Carers Victoria and The City of Greater Dandenong will cover... 

  • What is the NDIS?
  • How will the NDIS differ from the current system?
  • Who is eligible for support?
  • What does it mean for carers?
  • Feedback from the Victorian NDIS pilot site.
  • Where to now…what can you do?
  • Q&A 

Places are limited so please RSVP soon to secure your place at a session.
See English version flyer here
See Chinese version flyer here 

FREE Carer Education and Social sessions from Uniting Care lifeAssist…
@ the Hampton Park Carer Hub:
** NDIS Workshop: Carer Goal Planning Session
Description: An opportunity for you as a carer to concentrate on your needs and goals at these changing times.
When: Tuesday 19 September 2017 from 10am to 12pm
Where: Uniting Church, 1 Coral Drive, Hampton Park
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 events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500

**Informal Catch-Up & Chill Out Session
Description: Join us for an informal catch-up for the first week back from school holidays. Art and craft activities and board games available.
When: Tuesday 10 October  2017 from 10.30am to 2.30pm
Where: Uniting Church, 1 Coral Drive, Hampton Park
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 events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500 

**Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Description: Carers are excellent at showing compassion to others, but often struggle to show themselves the same level of compassion.  This workshop is designed to improve carers’ self-compassion to enhance carer well-being.
When: Tuesday 17 October 2017 from 11am to 1pm
Where: Uniting Church, 1 Coral Drive, Hampton Park
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 events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500

**Carers Victoria Workshop – Aged Care Information Session
Description: This session aims to improve your understanding of the often complex and confusing aged care system, to aid you in caring for your ageing loved ones.
When: Tuesday 24 October 2017 from 11am to 1pm
Where: Uniting Church, 1 Coral Drive, Hampton Park
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 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: Tuesday 31 October 2017 from 11am to 12pm
Where: Uniting Church, 1 Coral Drive, Hampton Park
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 events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500

@ the Pakenham Carer Hub
**Informal Catch-Up & Chill Out Session
Description: Join us for an informal catch-up for the first week back from school holidays. Art and craft activities and board games available.
When: Wednesday 11 October 2017 from 10.30am to 1.30pm
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 events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500 

**Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Description: Carers are excellent at showing compassion to others, but often struggle to show themselves the same level of compassion. This workshop is designed to improve carers’ self-compassion to enhance carer well-being.
When: Wednesday 25 October 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 events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course for Carers
Headspace and Uniting lifeAssist are offering this training for carers as follows:
Description: Equips adults with practical skills to provide assistance to a young person experiencing a mental health crisis. until appropriate treatment is received.The course will be delivered by an accredited Headspace instructor and accreditation will be offered for attending the two-day course. Unfortunately, if you have a care recipient with an active NDIS plan you are unable to attend.
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 15 November
See event flyer here        See course information flyer here
RSVP here or contact via events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500  

Alfred Psychiatry – Mental Health Week Art Exhibition…10 October
To celebrate this year's National Mental Health Week (8 - 14 October), Alfred Psychiatry is planning to celebrate consumer's & carer's talents with an art exhibition on World Mental Health Day (10 October). Please find attached a flyer to distribute to all consumers and carers that may be interested in sharing their art. Whilst registration closed on the 31 August you are very welcome to view the Exhibition on 10 October.  

Monash Health - Mental Health Week (8 – 14 October 2017) Art Competition
The Art Competition is open to any consumer, patient, client and their families/Carers and staff of Monash Health, Mental Health Program and Aged Persons Mental Health Program, Drug & Alcohol Services, and Dual Disability. Artwork must be received by Friday 29 September 2017 at 12 Garside Street, Dandenong. 
See poster for details              See Application form here   

SAVE THE DATE: The Victorian Young Carers Festival… Sunday 15 October
From Madeleine Buchner… “we're getting close to our favourite time of year: CARERS WEEK!! This year we're kicking the week off with a bang, celebrating all things Young Carers and Special Siblings on Sunday 15 October at Treasury Gardens in the Melbourne CBD.”
Read more 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

Invitation to the Mental Health Tribunal's Consumer and Carer Forum on Wednesday 18 October 
You are invited to the Mental Health Tribunal Consumer & Carer Forum where the theme this year is "We're listening: improving Tribunal hearing experiences for consumers, carers and their families" 
When:  Wednesday 18 October  from 1.00 – 4.00 pm 
Where: Melbourne Town Hall - Swanston Hall, inside the Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne 
See attached flyer for more details and please share widely through your networks. 
Tickets are limited. RSVP by Wednesday 27 September.  

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

Special Announcement from Tandem: Participate in a 'mental health awareness' market event
The Department of Health and Human Services has asked Tandem to let you know about the following opportunities in relation to Mental Health Week (8 October – 14 October 2017) which is fast approaching. Mental Health Week aims to activate, educate and engage the community about mental health, through a week of events across the state. The theme for 2017 is Mental Health in the Workplace. To support Mental Health Week and to promote the work of the mental health sector in Victoria, expressions of interest are invited to: 
* participate in a ‘mental health awareness’ market event in the foyer of 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne on Friday, 13 October 2017, from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. 
* promote your events and/or good practice through the Department’s communications platforms both internally and externally
See here for more 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

Conference Update: 7th Annual National BPD Conference 
Read here

Professional Development: Single Session Family Consultation - Positions still available for this following workshop
Dates:    Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 September, 2017
Venue:   Comfort Inn, 5601 Princes Highway,
Traralgon
Register here         See flyer for details 

Professional Development: LAMPS OT Study Day - Positions still available for this day
Date:    Wednesday 13 September, 2017
Venue:   Sandhurst Club, Clubhouse Lane, Sandhurst, Melways Ref 128 D7
Register here       See flyer for details 

Professional Development: LAMPS newsletter and notice of Monash Psychiatry Academic Day next week
Please find attached here the first LAMPS newsletter for September 2017. All LAMPS staff are invited to the Monash Psychiatry Academic Day to be on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 from 8.30am to 4.30pm. This will be held at Lecture Theatres: G29 & G30 in New Horizons, 20 Research Way Monash University, Clayton Campus.  The program and attendance form is attached as the last item in this LAMPS newsletter.  

Professional Development: Caraniche training this September – don’t miss out!
Includes: Resilience and stress strategies for the workplace (15 September) ; Vicarious traumatisation (20 September)
See here for details

Professional Development: VTMH September Seminar - Optimal Health Program (OHP): OH the Possibility … 20 September
Speaker: Dr Gaye Moore, Program Manager, Frameworks for Health, Mental Health, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. This presentation will focus on nearly 20 years of research and program development of the Optimal Health Program directed by Professor David Castle, Psychiatric Chair, Mental Health, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and The University of Melbourne.
The Optimal Health Program (OHP) is a psycho-educational wellbeing program that is based on Collaborative Therapy and has been delivered around Australia predominantly in community mental health. The session will include some time for discussion to explore how OHP can be applied in different health care settings and countries through different modes of delivery.
Register and read more about the Optimal Health Program here

Professional Development: VICSERV Factsline 7 September
Read here

Professional Development: Talking Point, Wednesday 18 October 2017 - Three sides of the coin: using theatre to create change.
REAL PEOPLE.  SPEAK UP.  ACT OUT…“I’d tell anyone I’m an alcoholic before I’d say I’m a gambler”… The hidden and often unspoken link between AOD and gambling addictions.
See details here

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News – 4 September
Includes: Help for people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background - Integrated Team Care (ITC); Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence (MATOD) training and Mental Health Professionals' Network
Read more 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
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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

Week ending 4 August 2017 

Inner South Family and Friends (ISF&F)  – Mental Health Carer Support Group
Join the ISF&F at their next regular monthly meeting on Tuesday 8 August to hear and talk with the Hon. Emma Kealy, MP (Shadow Minister for Mental Health; Shadow Minister for Senior Victorians; Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs). The meeting starts at 7.30 pm in St Kilda and will be a great opportunity for carers to inform an MP about the many difficulties carers face and how things could be improved.
See 8 August meeting flyer here         Read ISF&F newsletter here
See ISF&F annual program here 

BPD Community – August Email Update
Includes: BPD Family & Friends Group in South Melbourne (next meeting 15 August); recruitment for an Activities Coordinator and BPD Awareness Week Celebration on 5 October.
Read more here 

For families… new InFocus Education Program
Family Drug Help (FDH), a program of SHARC, is delighted to launch the new InFocus Education Program…a community-based psycho-educational program for families and friends affected by someone’s drug and alcohol use. InFocus is informed by current best practice and developed through co-design with consumers and stakeholders.
See more details here

FREE Sunday meal program in Cranbourne
The Seventh Day Adventists have a team of volunteers starting a free hot lunch fortnightly in Cranbourne. The meals will start this Sunday 6 August so please spread the word. Hopefully this great initiative will benefit the residents of Cranbourne and the surrounding community. Orange Sky Laundry, Clean as Casper and Anonymous X clothing group will also be attending on the day!
See flyer here for details 

Alfred Health Carer Services: Respite South Newsletter 31 July 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

Mental Health Australia (MHA) – CEO Updates…
Includes: Guest blog from WHO, launch of Equally Well, latest news  and reminders from the sector
Read more here
Includes: Guest blog from AIHW, New Commission Chair, latest news  and reminders from the sector
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 31 July) from The Conversation which may be of interest to you.
Read here 

Carers Australia - 7th International Carers Conference, Adelaide, 4-6 October 2017 Read Latest news
Concurrent session abstracts now online and Introducing Adam Jahnke - keynote speaker

Conference: Australian Youth AOD Conference 2017
This year’s theme is “Identity”. The Conference 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 more here

Forum: Taking good practice in consumer directed care to the next level – 19 September in Melbourne
The Ageing, Disability and Mental Health Collaborative Panel invite you to a special forum highlighting ‘exemplar’ service providers that are applying good practice, consumer led service delivery models. This forum will articulate the characteristics of good practice, in order to assist service providers to review their delivery models, and operate in a market-driven environment.
Read more details here

KidsMatter Newsletters…
For Families: Working together with educators to support children's mental health….Read here
Victoria Workshop: Start your KidsMatter experience with Glenda…Read here

South East Melbourne Aboriginal Suicide Prevention and Healing Network Meeting
Please find attached the Minutes from the previous meeting held on the 19 July and also the Agenda for the upcoming meeting on the 16 August. 

Professional Development: VICSERV Factsline 28 July; Training Bulletin and NDIS Bulletin
Read Factsline here
Read Training Bulletin here
Read NDIS & Mental Health Bulletin here

Professional Development: Training for new staff on 7 August: Mental Health: Act, Tribunal and Complaints Commissioner
See flyer 

Professional Development: LAMPS Training Calendar 2017
See here

Professional Development: Register now for MHPN's webinar: Coordinating mental health care for people experiencing suicide bereavement – 17 August 2017
Read more here

Professional Development: Upcoming NEXUS Dual Diagnosis One-day Training on 5 September - Amphetamine-Type Substances (ATS)
The aim of this workshop is to give participants insight into the prevalence of ATS use, the mechanisms of action of these drugs and the consequent behaviours. It will also provide information on interventions and practice issues for workers.
See details here

Professional Development: Responding to Alcohol and Other Drugs Clients who Gamble
This course is for workers in the AOD sector and provides the skills and knowledge to identify and respond to clients who gamble.  Participants will learn to integrate a gambling assessment with current screening and assessment tools to assess the needs of clients affected by problem gambling.  They will also learn to develop case plans for the delivery of problem gambling counselling services.
See details here

Professional Development: Psychiatry Research Review Issue 41 + Schizophrenia Research Review Issue 12 
Read Psychiatry Review here
Read Schizophrenia Review here

Professional Development: Friends of SEMPIR - June 2017 newsletter
Includes: Partners in Recovery receives the 1000th referral!!; NDIS - Understanding the needs of our service providers
Read here

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News – 31 July
Includes: More youth mental health support and the Equally Well initiative
Read more here

Employment: Stepping Up - Support Facilitator – Cranbourne
Stepping Up is a Consortium of four not-for-profit agencies; TaskForce, Odyssey House Victoria, Interact and Youth Projects. Stepping Up services the needs of community members by providing individualised support that helps people take control, improve the quality of their lives and face the future with confidence. Applications close on 14 August.
See details here

Employment: TaskForce requires Trainers Reconnect Program (Narre Warren) + Group Facilitators / Trainers Life Skills programs in South East Melbourne
Make a difference to the lives of young people. TaskForce is seeking Trainers/Assessors to deliver the Certificate I in General Education qualification for disengaged youth in Narre Warren. Part time (2 to 3 days per week) - Commences late August.
See details here
The new ‘Back on Track’ program will be delivered in Pakenham, Dandenong and Frankston. The clients are in forensic care and are transitioning back into the community.  Back on Track is an innovative program focused on life skills and resilience.
See details here