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2009’s award results p5

leading the way the other side of Christmas p4

our latest award win p9

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from our president MI Fellowship’s Annual General Meeting is a welcome chance to shine the spotlight on the efforts of some remarkable people. We join with many hundreds of people every year to

Honorary Secretary and Chair of the Directions Committee –

improve mental health services, supports, funding

Darrel Drieberg; Chair of the Appointments and Governance

and community understanding, vital work that goes

Committee – Louise Milne-Roch.

largely unheralded. That’s why our Annual General Meeting is so important. Through it, we get a chance to formally honour and recognise some of the outstanding work done on behalf of people with a mental illness, their families and their carers. Our awards this year honoured five extraordinary people and their contribution to the mental health community. Adding extra significance is the fact that the nominations are made by our members recognising people for the

“Our awards this year honoured five extraordinary people and their contribution to the mental health community.” We were delighted to have the Director of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, Isabell Collins, launch the MI Recovery program at our Annual General Meeting. We now have funding from the federal Department

extraordinary service they have given. See page 5 of this edition of mi voice for this year’s recipients. As you are aware an election for the Board of Directors was held this year, the results of which were also announced at the AGM. As a result, the Board for the

of Health and Ageing to roll out this program in Victoria, South Australia, Canberra and Queensland. Consumer-led education plays a vital role in assisting individuals gain the skills to understand the meaning of mental illness in their lives and to use that in shaping their future.

next year is Lyn Allison, Diane Brown, Darrel Drieberg,

While many families prepare for the holiday season at

Julian Freidin, Jenny King, Theo Krambias, Louise

this time, we acknowledge that many do not experience

Milne-Roch, Paul Montgomery, Lei Ning, Elaine Price,

Christmas cheer. We urge those in need to seek support.

Nathan Shafir and myself.

We look forward to working with you during the next year to

The new office bearers and the chairs of the board

both deliver and advocate for better opportunities for people

committees are: President and Chair of the Executive

with mental illnesses and their families. Our continued focus

Committee – Rob Knowles; Deputy President – Diane

will be to support people to find a home, a job and successful

Brown; Honorary Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and

community participation. Please join with us to add your voice

Resource Management Committee – Paul Montgomery;

and your issues to our broad advocacy agenda.

The Hon. Robert Knowles AO

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from our chief executive Practising social inclusion on a personal level is something that benefits everyone.

To bring about a more inclusive society

There are many ways in which social inclusion

for people with a mental illness and their

can be nurtured at this interpersonal level.

families, we need to work at many levels.

In MI Fellowship, people with lived experience

MI Fellowship works extensively at the

are valued colleagues and their personal

“macro” level, advocating for policy and

experiences inform what we do.

system change.

Another example is one of David Morris’

Through our rehabilitation services and peer

initiatives in the UK in which respected

education with individuals and families, we

“opinion leaders” were engaged to

also work at the “micro” level, influencing

demonstrate social inclusion leadership

personal knowledge and behaviour to enable

within their own organisations. In this way,

greater recovery and participation.

these leaders built their own “communities

In this summer edition of mi voice, our theme is the personal or “micro” aspect of social inclusion. For many, the current focus is the summer season holidays with more time to spend with close friends and relatives, engaged in our own relationships. But not everyone has the opportunity or capacity to enjoy relationships during summer and beyond. Barriers to employment and suitable housing, coupled with a poor health status, mean that many people with mental illness are locked in a cycle of social exclusion with little chance

of influence” and their inclusive example was gradually adopted by other organisations. Among the members and supporters of MI Fellowship, are many who have experienced social exclusion firsthand, and who know intimately its forms and impacts. These people value social inclusion and practise it in their daily relationships.

“How each of us relates to those around us can really make a difference.”

of developing personal relationships.

The heart of David Morris’ message is that

During his Woodcock lecture address in May,

social exclusion is something that we can all

Dr David Morris1 reminded us how important interpersonal relationships are in creating a

do something about. How each of us relates to those around us and the quality of these

more socially inclusive society. “We all have

relationships, can really make a difference.

the power to create a more socially inclusive

At this time of the year, it is timely to honour

community at the “micro” levels where each

and reflect upon the family and personal

of us operate by changing stigmatising

relationships that we hold dear. My best wishes

attitudes and embracing diversity.”

to you for Christmas and the New Year.

Dr Morris observed: “Social exclusion happens in the space between someone who does have a mental illness, and someone else who does not…” What he means is that the foundation of social inclusion is embedded in improving the attitudes and behaviours that

Elizabeth Crowther

we choose to bring to our relationships. 1

Dr David Morris is the Director of the Inclusion Institute in the United Kingdom.

cost of exclusion People with severe mental illness have difficulties building and maintaining social ties: • 31 per cent live alone in single-person households •8  4 per cent are single, divorced, separated or widowed • 47 per cent report not sharing meals with others • 40 per cent do not watch television with others. • 40 per cent do not do chores or run errands with others • Just under 40 per cent report having no ‘best friend’ with whom they can share thoughts and feelings • 45 per cent feel they need “good friends” in their lives. Source: Jablensky A, McGrath J, Herrman H, Castle D, Gureje O, Morgan V and Korten A (1999) People Living with Psychotic Illness: An Australian Study 199798, National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing Report 4, Canberra: Mental Health Branch, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, cited in Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (2008) Pathways to Social Inclusion: Social Inclusion – August 2008, Melbourne.


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how festive will your neighbourhood be this year? Christmas is all around us at this time of year. But not everyone will have something to cheer about. As we head into the holiday season, most of us focus on social gatherings, celebrations and holiday time preparations. Christmas decorations are hung and gift lists prepared as we think about and cherish those near and dear to us. But while we are busy preparing our “to do” lists for Christmas, many people in our community who are living with a mental illness don’t have a happy place to hang decorations, or gift lists to write or even Christmas cards to read. For some families, Christmas is a sad time as they reflect on loved ones. For some, poor health, unstable or insecure housing and lack of access to quality employment can present overwhelming barriers preventing them from embracing the joy of Christmas time. It is important we reach out to each other at these times.

MI Fellowship works to find secure and stable housing, engage people in employment and education options and offers support through counselling and family services. Contact us on 03 8486 4200 or log on to www.mifellowship.org Much time is understandably spent at this time of year on considering plans with our families as well as our wider circle of friends. Many homes are buzzing with festive season expectations and there is a shared sense of excitement in neighbourhoods and local streets. MI Fellowship’s Season’s wish is for everyone in our community to be connected at Christmas time.

partners in caring For many years, two unlikely partners have worked

the special hole-in-one prize on offer. (The day’s blustery and cold

to make a difference in the lives of people with a

conditions meant this dream was dashed!)

mental illness.

SEW Eurodrive managing director Rob Merola and his team

On the surface, it seems an unusual partnership

then hosted a magnificent cocktail party and charity auction.

– a global leader of mechanical power transmission

Together with the golf day it raised $67,230 for MI Fellowship.

equipment and a non-profit organisation focusing on a better life for people with a mental illness and their families.

“We could not undertake our work without the help of many people. In particular, SEW Eurodrive has provided significant

But the relationship between SEW Eurodrive and

support during the past 12 years for this work,” MI Fellowship

MI Fellowship doesn’t just work; it’s thriving. This year saw

President Rob Knowles said.

SEW Eurodrive’s annual golf day being held in support of MI Fellowship for the 12th year in a row.

“Even in these exceptionally tight economic conditions they raised nearly $70,000 for us this year from this one

This year’s venue was the picturesque Eynesbury Golf Club,

day. Once again we are deeply grateful to Rob and the

near Melton. Teams teed off from 7.30am, with each of the

SEW Eurodrive team for a great day.”

150 golfers envisioning driving home in a superb Toyota,

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achievements honoured MI Fellowship’s AGM again highlighted the extraordinary efforts of people who are dedicated to helping the Fellowship, people with a mental illness and their families. Here are this year’s award recipients: O’Meara Award – Kevin Abrahamson

Mental Health Community Award – Isabell Collins and

Special counsel with Middleton’s Lawyers, Kevin

John Edgley (joint winners)

has personally invested in assisting Mental Illness

Isabell has spent 16 years as an advocate for people with

Fellowship Victoria achieve a better world for people

a mental illness. She provides unconditional support for

with a mental illness.

mental health consumers and their carers, and education

“I couldn’t have done anything without the generous

for the community and its policy makers.

pro bono program that has been implemented here at

“It’s important to make a stand for people with mental

Middleton’s. We’re delighted to be part of your ongoing

illness and their carers.”

program and I can assure you that Middleton’s will be

John has been a volunteer at the Open Mind Fiesta for the

there way into the future with our pro bono assistance.”

past seven years. He arrives at 5am generously donating his

Volunteer of the Year Award – Ray Mignot

truck to use as a stage and is one of the last to leave at 7pm.

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“I do what I do because I enjoy it immensley and I enjoy

years ago. They felt they could make a difference for other

the company of the people I work.”

families who had children with schizophrenia, and raise

Doris Wisniewski Students of the Year, 2008

funds to help bring mental health issues to the notice of the

– Ben Rinaudo (below left of Fairfield), Karen

community and government.

McQuaigue (Frankston). Cheryl Poole (Hume)

“I don’t think there’s any doubt about the delight that

Student of the Year 2009 was not at the meeting.

my wife and I have had over the many years. She was very active in all work of the Fellowship.” Mental Illness Fellowship Award – Byron Bailey For the past few years, Byron has been convenor of The Group, a social support and recreational group for people with a mental illness. “I like to try and give a bit of variety to people and gear most of the interests towards them. I do try and get as many people motivated to come along each month.”

Ben Rinaudo, right, receives his award from MI Fellowship President Rob Knowles. Karen McQuaigue (right)

Pictured after MI Fellowship’s annual awards presentation are, from left: John Edgley (Mental Health Community Award), Ray Mignot (Volunteer of the Year Award), MI Fellowship Board Vice President Diane Brown, MI Fellowship Chief Executive Elizabeth Crowther, Kevin Abrahamson (O’Meara Award), Ben Rinaudo (Doris Wisniewski 2008 Student of the Year – Fairfield), Isabell Collins (Mental Health Community Award), Byron Bailey (Mental Illness Fellowship Award), MI Fellowship President Rob Knowles. Absent are two other Students of the Year, Karen McQuaigue 2008 (Frankston) and Cheryl Poole 2009 (Hume)

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open to idea of social inclusion An estimated 40,000 people flocked to Fairfield on October 11 for MI Fellowship’s seventh annual Open Mind Fiesta. It has become a highlight of the Mental Health Week

“We might be able to assist in many ways – by interacting

calendar, proof of just how important social inclusion is to so

with those with a mental illness, by providing them with the

many people. And this year some 40,000 people voted with

opportunity to have a chat, help them locate employment

their feet to demonstrate just how

and, more importantly, making them

strongly they believe in our Open

feel part of our Darebin community.

Mind Fiesta and what it represents.

A highlight of this year’s Fiesta was the

As Fairfield traders took their wares

launching of MI Fellowship’s new online

out onto Station Street, festival-goers

learning tool by Northcote MP Fiona

took the chance to try everything from

Richardson.

belly dancing to circus arts. It was all

The tool is designed to be used in the

designed to help reinforce the theme

workplace to increase knowledge about

of this year’s fiesta – “People with

mental illness and mental health, and to

mental illness want to participate ...

promote good employment practice.

make it happen!” “The story of people with a mental illness is often a story of social exclusion. Our community of Darebin, however, strives to be an inclusive community,” Cr Vince Fontana from Darebin City Council told the crowd at the official launch of the Fiesta. “The Open Mind Fiesta is one way of supporting those members and

Some highlights of the festival

welcoming those who have been

“People with a mental illness want to participate...make it happen.”

affected by a mental illness.

promising landscape in ACT MI Fellowship recently helped spread the message of social inclusion in Canberra through the 2009 Mindscapes Music and Arts Festival. The Mindscapes Festival was developed to promote the idea of mental illness being associated with community, joy and acceptance. A whole-of-community event, it centred on conveying serious messages about mental health in a fun and entertaining environment. The festival aimed to bring people with a mental illness into the heart of a community event, improving the general wellbeing of people living with a mental illness, increasing public understanding of issues and reducing the stigma surrounding what is a relatively common issue.

An initiative of Mental Health Recovery ACT, it was supported by a number of services, consumers and carers including MI Fellowship Victoria, Mental Health Foundation, Richmond Fellowship ACT, Mental Health ACT, ACT Consumer Network, Belconnen Community Services, Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW and Volunteers ACT-Connections. This year’s festival included a poetry competition, a short film competition and film festival screened at the Dendy Cinema and a music festival held at Garema Place in Civic.


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project to break down cultural barriers A new project has MI Fellowship working for closer ties with some groups for whom mental illness is not the only barrier. MI Fellowship, with the aid of the

Among the initiatives being developed

illness. These people will in turn provide

Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry

in this new project:

education to others within their networks.

Unit and ADEC (Advocacy, Disability, Ethnicity, Community), is currently undertaking a project to increase our involvement with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. People from CALD backgrounds form some of the most marginalised groups in Australian society. As with the rest of the

• We are including CALD consumers

• Each MI Fellowship region will develop

and carers throughout the project as

a project to engage with their local

a strategy to reduce stigma.

CALD communities and address the

• MI Fellowship staff will be provided

issues that are barriers to participation.

with cultural competence training to

This venture will eventually allow

improve service to people from CALD

MI Fellowship to benefit from the

backgrounds.

experiences of multicultural Australians

• MI Fellowship has participated in

mental health system, their proportional

Multicultural Mental Health Australia’s

representation in MI Fellowship’s client

anti-stigma program, Stepping out of

and contact base is low – a situation we

the Shadows, to educate people from

want to improve.

four CALD communities about mental

links with barwon heads remain strong

through increased members from CALD backgrounds, increased consumers from CALD backgrounds, increased families from CALD backgrounds and increased involvement with CALD organisations.

The historic links course of the Barwon Heads Golf Club was the setting for MI Fellowship’s yearly Barwon region fundraiser in October. Regularly rated among Australia’s top 30 courses, Barwon Heads has opened up its famed fairways on behalf of MI Fellowship annually since 2006 and has now raised over $16,000. This year 88 players teed off from 8.30am and when the day concluded several hours later – after a lunch, raffle and silent auction – $5400 had been raised. One of the initiatives this year saw club pro Mark Ryan donate his services on a par 3 hole, allowing players to “buy” his tee shots for $5 to help them avoid the course’s many formidable natural hazards. The club saw an involvement with MI Fellowship as an opportunity to provide local fundraising. The club contributes to MI Fellowship’s family services in the Barwon region. Funds raised from this year’s golf day will be used to support our family programs in the Barwon region, including carer retreats, family education and support.

Barwon Heads’ club president Andrew Simms checks his scorecard at the end of his round.

Funds raised from the year’s golf day will be used to support our family programs in the Barwon region, including carer retreats, family education and support.


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pathways people and their stories

the most important gift you give can be the one you give yourself An impending visit to O’Meara House always fills Annelise with excitement.

Annelise is a beautiful 50-year old woman who was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, agoraphobia and obsessive compulsive disorder when she was 27. She was very keen to share her personal story and her O’Meara House experience in the hope that both would make a difference to someone’s life. I have grown up with self-hate and self-harm being

Kath’s supportive ears and shoulders when I need someone

an integral part of my life. I know no other way. As a

to talk to at two in the morning.

child I was sexually abused and this abuse continued for several years.

One of my favourite things about coming to O’Meara House is the opportunity to have a break from my everyday

Despite this childhood trauma, I grew up to hold a variety

household routine. I can indulge in a sleep-in and most days

of jobs that I loved. And I got married, raising four well-

I can be back in my room by 4pm, either having a rest or

adjusted children with stable partners. I know I am a

taking the opportunity to have some quiet ‘me’ time.

caring, loving mother and my pride in my children will always light my face with joy when few other things can. I live with my family but can still experience a keen sense of loneliness, which is why my visits to the short-term respite program at O’Meara House brighten my life. Quite simply, it’s the best place I’ve ever been to and the prospect of an impending visit to O’Meara House always fills me with excitement and expectancy. There are the super-friendly staff always willing to help 24 hours a day: Dave’s muffins for a surprise supper when we return from an optional outing to the movies;

Having my own lockable room is another huge bonus, allowing me a safe place where I can retreat if I need to. Then there are the wonderful friends I’ve made through my visits to O’Meara House. When I’m at O’Meara, my risk of self-harm is reduced by lower levels of stress and distress, and the company of others. Visiting O’Meara House has been a life-changing experience for me. It has given me opportunities to do things I would otherwise not have done. O’Meara House is a non-clinical facility located next to the East Ringwood railway station. If you would like more information on O’Meara House please contact Juanita on 9874 5310 or 0458 001 207.


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well done, well ways There was more good news for Well Ways recently when it took out the 2009 Mental Health Services Achievement Award for family/carer-provided services. This award recognises the contribution of the program to the Australasian mental health industry and was presented at this year’s

Receiving the award from Senator Claire Moore, right, are MI Fellowship’s general manager of

Mental Health Services Conference in Perth.

rehabilitation services, Laura Collister, left, and family education consultant Sue Farnan.

foundation funding boosts well ways

our star job performer

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation has donated

MI Fellowship’s specialist employment

$50,000 to Well Ways, MI Fellowship’s support and

service My Recruitment has improved

information program designed to help family, friends and

its rating under the Department of Education,

carers of people with a mental illness.

Employment and Workplace Relations’ Disability

Well Ways programs are led by MI Fellowship-trained

Employment Network (DEN).

facilitators who provide peer education and valuable insight

My Recruitment was recently awarded a 3.5-star rating

into the lived experience of mental illness.

in the employment service sector, an increase from

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation funding will assist ongoing training of these facilitators while the family/

its previous 2.5-star rating in spite of the current economic climate.

carer segment continues to be self-funded. Without such

DEN is a government-funded program to help people

generous support, the longevity of our nationally awarded

with a disability gain and maintain employment in the

programs would be in jeopardy.

open labour market.

The Well Ways programs are structured to give:

“Our new star rating is testament to the quality of

• up-to-date and accurate information about mental

work delivered by the My Recruitment team and

illnesses, treatment and support options • new ideas, problem-solving skills and confidence to cope with the impact of mental illness • an opportunity to share experiences with others who understand • broader ongoing sources of support and information • tools to better navigate and access health and other support resources.

endorses our vision of creating opportunities for all job seekers, regardless of obstacles encountered because of mental illness,” MI Fellowship’s Chief Executive Elizabeth Crowther said. “My Recruitment’s innovative approaches have resulted in more people securing long term employment.” For more information about My Recruitment contact us on 8486 2400.

To find out more about Well Ways please contact us on 8486 4200 or www.wellwaysfamed@mifellowship.org or visit our website www.mifellowship.org

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strong board forges ahead There will be an unchanged board following the results of this year’s elections.

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This year’s MI Fellowship elections resulted in the four

“They both served the Fellowship extremely well and continue

board-endorsed candidates being returned.

to support us strongly,” Mr Knowles said. “We greatly value

The successful candidates were Lyn Allison, Vice President

the contribution they have made through their membership

Diane Brown, President Rob Knowles and consumer

of the Board.”

representative Lei Ning.

Their vacancies were filled by Dr Julian Freidin, the current

A total of 1255 votes were received.

specialist medical advisor to the Royal Australian and New

After announcing the result at this year’s Annual General Meeting, Mr Knowles also paid tribute to two directors who resigned during the year, Lesley Miles and Professor Chris Pantelis.

Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a former president of the college, and Lei Ning, the deputy director of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council.

in memory and celebration Peter Luciani of South Gippsland made a donation in memory of his late wife, Maria Luciani who lived with a mental illness much of her adult life.

Family and friends of Sofia Frenzo gathered for a 90th birthday party with donations in honour of her daughter, Lucia, who has

We gratefully acknowledge a bequest from the estate of William Stuart MacGregor in Mornington, who was one of our long-standing supporters.

In Geelong, Meg Qwan celebrated her 40th birthday with donations made by family and friends.

Alex and Maria Giannopolous are remembered by Felix and Gwen Jones. Andrew Sinclair made a donation in memory of close friend Donald Jones.

a lived experience of mental illness.

In Sunshine, celebrations were in full swing for a diamond (60th) wedding anniversary for Marge and Dennis Forsythe, who requested that donations be made to MI Fellowship in lieu of anniversary gifts. Marie Petrov, her family and friends donated in memory of her brother Paul Notus, a loving brother and uncle. He will be sadly missed.

If you would like to make a gift to MI Fellowship in memory of a friend or to celebrate a special occasion, visit www.mifellowship.org or call 03 8486 4200.

and the winner is … Thanks to everyone who took part in our reader survey in the last issue of mi voice.

The winner was Robert Rigney

Mr Rigney won himself a double

from Altona, who knew that the

Village Gold Class movie pass and

final margin in the Reclink grand

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Board of Directors:

01 The Hon. Robert Knowles AO – President 02 Mr Darrel Drieberg – Secretary 03 Ms Louise Milne-Roch 04 Mrs Diane Brown – Vice President 05 Mr Theo Krambias 06 Mr Paul Montgomery – Treasurer 07 Ms Jenny King 08 Mrs Elaine Price 09 Mr Nathan Shafir 010 Dr Julian Freidin 011 Ms Lyn Allison 012 Mr Lei Ning

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exploring the final frontier The guest speaker at this year’s MI Fellowship Annual General Meeting gave an insight into how the partnership between psychiatry and engineering is forging new hope for people with a mental illness. Professor Jayashri Kulkarni

The traditional image of psychiatry – attentive listeners and

“If you just keep going around and around in the same way that

patients lying on couches – is being replaced in one of the

we’ve been doing things, I don’t think we’re going to get that

world’s leading psychiatric research centres.

much further,” she said.

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, the director of the Monash

“I think it is going to require stepping out of the comfortable box

Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPRC) in Melbourne

and seeing what other fields have to offer.

is spearheading new research on early diagnosis.

“Psychiatrists don’t usually work with engineers and people are

MAPRC made national headlines recently when it unveiled

saying ‘How come there are all these men wearing socks and

a new ear probe that could provide early diagnosis and lead

sandals in our area now?’ They bring another whole dimension

to better treatment options.

and it’s really intriguing. I think answers to the challenges in our

The technique was developed by engineer Brian Lithgow in what Professor Kulkarni said was an “interesting collaboration”. Speaking at this year’s MI Fellowship Annual General Meeting, Professor Kulkarni said such partnerships were essential if psychiatric diagnosis was to progress.

field lie outside our field. “Quite frankly, psychiatry and psychiatric illnesses are still at the bottom of the barrel, we’re still the Cinderella, and I don’t think that’s where it should be. The next big challenge has got to be mental illness. “Understanding the brain to enhance the mind is absolutely the final frontier and that’s the job for the 21st century”, she concluded.


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Our annual Open Mind Fiesta was certainly in the news again this year and why wouldn’t it be? With around 40,000 people again flocking to Station Street, Fairfield throughout the day it was a headline grabber. Our technical assistance service state manager Ruth Barr and chief executive Elizabeth Crowther were featured both before and after the event in the Northcote Leader, stressing the importance of the day as a prominent and positive means with which to demonstrate the benefits of social inclusion. Elizabeth was also interviewed by 774’s Jon Faine the morning after a Four Corners program examined whether police receive adequate training to cope with potentially violent situations involving people with a mental illness.

Four Corners focused on three fatal shootings, including that of a Melbourne teenager killed by police officers in December 2008. Elizabeth again called on Victoria’s Police Chief Commissioner to make urgent changes to police training.

Chief Executive : : Elizabeth Crowther Editorial : : Hootville Communications Design : : Room44, Lisa Minichiello Printing : : Bambra Press

Telephone : : 03 8486 4200 Fax : : 03 8486 4265 Email : : enquiries@mifellowship.org Website : : www.mifellowship.org

board of directors

MI Voice aims to keep our readers informed of the latest information on mental illness and our advocacy work. It is also our opportunity to keep potential and existing supporters and donors informed of the Mental Illness Fellowship’s activities and the difference their contribution makes.

Mental Illness Fellowship retains the right to edit articles. Please note that the opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the editor or the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria.

Secretary : :

Mr Darrel Drieberg

Treasurer : :

Mr Paul Montgomery

MI Voice is the quarterly publication of the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, Fairfield Place 276 Heidelberg Road, Fairfield, Victoria, Australia, 3078.

© Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria. PO Box 359 Clifton Hill, Vic 3068 All rights reserved. ACN 093 357 165 ABN 93 093 357 165 ISSN 0816 7877

President : :

The Hon. Robert Knowles

Vice President : : Mrs Diane Brown

Directors : :  Mr Nathan Shafir, Mrs Elaine Price, Ms Lyn Allison, Mr Theo Krambias, Dr Julian Freidin, Mr Lei Ning, Ms Louise Milne-Roch, Ms Jenny King

thank you to our supporters

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