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If you have an interest 2. YOU WILL BE KEPT INFORMED in improving the wellbeing of people with a mental Your membership entitles you illness, their families to receive information on issues related to mental illness and you and friends, become will be kept up-to-date about a Member today.

advocacy initiatives we undertake.

1. YOUR VOICE WILL CREATE CHANGE As a Member, you join Victoria’s leading membership based

These include our Stop the Stigma campaign, which seeks a better deal for people with a mental illness, their family and friends.

not-for-profit organisation that is

As a Member, you will

passionate about creating positive

be entitled to:

change for people with a mental

• receive our comprehensive

To join, contact Priscilla Blake, our Membership Co-ordinator, on 03 9482 4199 or visit www.mifellowship.org Membership Fees (GST inclusive): $22.00 ($16.50) Ordinary (Concession) $11 Volunteer $11 ($5.50) Mental Illness Fellowship Program Participant (Concession) $11 ($5.50) Additional Member (Concession)

illness, their family and friends.

Membership Welcome Pack

As a Member, your voice joins

and our quarterly publications

thousands of others and allows us

for Members, MI Voice and MI

$110 Organisation

unique access to state and federal

Support

Add your voice and encourage others

politicians, the media and mental

• Access the ‘Members Only’

health service decision-makers.

section of our website

Our Voice is heard because we

www.mifellowship.org and

represent you.

our extensive range of Z to A

As a Member, you can:

Fact Sheets

• Join our new local Community Development forums, which raise awareness of issues facing people with a mental illness and

• Receive news on the latest

– If first member is at same address

to become a member of the Mental Illness Fellowship. Together we can Stop the Stigma

Photographs used in this annual report are of

developments in the field via our

unpaid models who include people

‘Members only’ E-mail Updates

with a mental illness, their family and friends,

• Receive discounts on educational

staff and volunteers of the Mental Illness

their families. Help advocate for

and support materials and courses,

Fellowship. Photographs were taken at

improved mental health services

and gain free entry to other

various program locations in August 2003.

in your local area

Mental Illness Fellowship activities

Artwork on inside covers: Richard Morrisson.

• Communicate the positive and courageous stories of people confronting mental illness through MC² (web based communication) and other media • Participate in our advocacy and media campaigns, including Stop the Stigma • Use your voting rights to inform

and events, such as the Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture.

3. YOU WILL ACCESS PRACTICAL SUPPORT Including: • Our Membership and Supporters Co-ordinator on 03 9482 4199 • Access to our Resource Centre

the future direction of the Mental

in Melbourne. This includes

Illness Fellowship.

an up-to-date library of audiovisual material that specialises in mental illness. There is a growing ‘Members Only’ library of feature films that have a connection with mental illness – these films are available to members only for loan • Links to the Mental Illness Fellowship’s services for people with a mental illness, their families and friends.

We are Victoria’s leading membershipbased not-for-profit organisation working with people with a mental illness, their families and friends to improve their well being.

Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria Helpline 03 9482 4189 or help@mifellowship.org (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday) Fairfield Place, 276 Heidelberg Road, Fairfield Victoria 3078 (PO Box 359 Clifton Hill Victoria 3068)

for people with a mental illness, their families and friends

Telephone 03 9482 4199 Facsimile 03 9482 4871 Email enquiries@mifellowship.org

together,

we can stop the stigma

www.mifellowship.org Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria ACN 093 357 165 Formerly Schizophrenia Fellowship of Victoria A member of Mental Illness Fellowship Australia

ANNUAL

REPORT

2003


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VOLUNTEERS


One in five Australians are affected by mental

Our services for people with a mental illness,

Illness. Five in five can help. A core focus for the

their family and friends include ‘Breakaway’

Mental Illness Fellowship is how together we

Respite, Day Programs, Home Based Outreach

can overcome the stigma that faces people

and Accommodation Support, Residential

affected by a mental illness, as mental illness

Rehabilitation, Community Connections

remains one of the last great taboos of society.

(which includes Learning and Development,

The Mental Illness Fellowship believes that

and Specialist Family Support Programs that

for everybody’s sake we must stop the stigma

were formerly known as Mutual Support and

associated with mental illness. With your

Self Help), advocacy and raising community

support we will be able to do this.

awareness of issues surrounding mental illness.

What does the Mental Illness Fellowship believe?

The Mental Illness Fellowship began as the

Everyone will be affected by mental illness

who wanted to make a difference. In 2001

– either directly or indirectly. We know that

the members voted to change our name from

mental illness directly affects one in five

the Schizophrenia Fellowship of Victoria to

Australians at some stage in their lives.

Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, both to reflect

Mental illness does not discriminate – it is felt across all sections of society.

People with a mental illness should be treated as equal and valuable individuals, who can and do contribute economically, socially, artistically and culturally to our society.

What is the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria? We are Victoria’s leading membership-based, not-for-profit organisation working with people with mental illness, their families and friends to improve their wellbeing.

Schizophrenia Fellowship in 1978, founded by families of people with a mental illness

the broader work of the organisation and to speak more directly on the impact of mental illness in people’s lives. The vision of Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria embodies the philosophy of our members, participants, staff, volunteers and supporters.

Vision Our vision is of a society in which mental illness will be understood and accepted. People with mental illnesses will be afforded the same regard as those with physical illnesses, and resources will be available to offer early interventions and state of the art treatment and support. These interventions will be so effective that long-term

We work closely with communities and embrace

negative consequences of mental illness will have

in our work the contributions of people affected

disappeared for the person and their family.

by mental illness.

People will no longer experience stigma and

The Mental Illness Fellowship makes a real and

society will treat them with the same respect and

positive difference in the lives of people affected

dignity as any other person, welcoming and fully

by mental illness through:

including them as community members.

In living its vision, the Mental Illness Fellowship

providing a range of effective and innovative services in conjunction with

is guided by these values:

health professionals providing treatment.

Honesty

Acceptance

Equity

We work with people with mental illness

Flexibility

Commitment

Participation

and their families to achieve participants’ own defined outcomes •

This vision and these values have resulted in the adoption of our mission:

developing research into the impacts of mental illness

Mission

giving people affected by mental illness a

We work with people with mental illness, their

voice for change, a chance to end the stigma

families and friends to improve their wellbeing.

and to improve their quality of life.

More specifically we work to achieve mental health reform through education, support and advocacy, and through a range of innovative programs in both membership and services.

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president’s report Each year we report on our services to our key

The board is indebted to, and greatly

The focus on community education saw the

in December 2003. A number of pilot programs

funder, the Department of Human Services.

appreciative of the dedicated assistance of all

development of Open Mind Day in Mental

has been commenced, the Prevention and

Last year these reporting requirements were

associated with the Mental Illness Fellowship. I

Health Week, where issues of mental illness

Recovery Care (PARC) program was awarded

changed, which has made it difficult to compare

wish to particularly thank our Chief Executive,

were brought to over 3,000 community

by the Department of Human Services to Mental

the number of people using our services year

Liz Crowther, and her team for their magnificent

members through a family fun day in

Illness Fellowship in partnership with Goulburn

on year. This change process is still underway

effort throughout the past year. The year’s

Fairfield Park. The fifth Woodcock Lecture,

Valley Health in the Goulburn Valley, together

with the number of people reported on here

achievements would not have been possible

held at the BMW Edge at Federation Square

with a small specific day program on the

being for a nine-month period rather than the

without their leadership and work.

was attended by a capacity 450 guests and

Peninsula. Mental Illness Fellowship has funded

addressed mental illness issues and stigma

the establishment of the Social Firm project,

through the presentations of Professor Allan

which is designed to increase employment

Fels and Nathaniel Lachenmeyer. Investment

opportunities, and I am pleased to report that

into promotional materials, including building

this project will now be able to continue due

signage, organisational brochures and

to philanthropic grants being received to

display banners, has raised the Mental Illness

support the development. On a less positive

Fellowship’s profile and new organisational

note, although the educational outcomes for

positioning in the broader community. Television

people with severe psychotic illnesses are 48

and radio Community Service Announcements

percent worse than the average population, we

that were developed both for Victoria and

have been unsuccessful at this stage in attaining

our partners in the Mental Illness Fellowship

funding to support the development of specialist

Australia reinforced this. The website has been

courses through our Registered Training

Mental Illness Fellowship through the Forward

redeveloped and can now take donations

Organisation status.

Plan set itself five objectives to be achieved

securely on-line.

full year. The story these figures reveal though, still remains clear – people with mental illnesses remain hugely disadvantaged in our society.

It is with pleasure that I report on my second year as President of the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria. This year has seen many challenges faced, opportunities taken and outstanding results in all activities. This underlines a very healthy and expanding support and advocacy service for the one in five Australians directly affected by mental illness, as well as their families and friends. We believe that five in five can help and our growing number of partnerships shows this. Partnerships, with our members, supporters, volunteers and program participants, have meant that we can proudly say that we are Victoria’s leading membership-based not-for-profit organisation working with people with a mental illness, their families and friends to improve their wellbeing. However, these partnerships need to continuously be improved, grown and nurtured if we are to maintain and build on the range of high quality, innovative services for which the Mental Illness Fellowship is renowned.

chief executive’s report

Thanks go to my fellow board members for their wisdom and generous contribution to the Mental Illness Fellowship’s governance.

Of the 1,072 people with a mental illness in

With sadness, I record the retirement of two

contact with our services, 82 percent did not

of our board members, Treasurer Stephen

have employment. Of the people with whom

Chenoweth who has been instrumental in

we worked, 40 percent live with their families,

moving us forward on the finance side and

33 percent live alone, while just 18 percent

Kerry O’Meara, who has kept us focused

live with other non-family members. Only 22

on the core values and mission when the

percent lived in homes that they owned or were

organisation was started 25 years ago. They

purchasing. Of the 13 percent who did have

have both made a remarkable contribution to

children only seven percent of those children

the organisation for many years and we express

lived with them. Of the 44 percent of the group

our sincere appreciation for their generous

that received their primary clinical support

service on the board. We welcome to the

through the Mental Health Service, 17 percent

board Alison Daun, Ian Priestley and

were through by GPs and 13 percent through

Louise Milne-Roch.

private psychiatrists. However, the referral sources to our services are somewhat different, as although the referral by the Mental Health Service was consistent at 43 percent, only two percent were referred by GPs and three percent by private psychiatrists.

their ongoing support, commitment and passion

security; consolidate and deliver services; and

for the work of the Mental Illness Fellowship.

human resource management that reflect best

Without each of you, we would not be the

practice, have driven our activities.

strong and confident organisation on which one in five Australians and their families and friends

services that have equally met the needs of

five in five can help. Thank you.

both males and females with 52 percent of the participants being male and 48 percent female. In reviewing the age range of participants, there are some gaps in addressing the needs of the

our services, 56 percent had a diagnosis of

governance roles and responsibilities; achieve a strong and effective voice; establish long-term

can now depend. Together we are proving that

of people using our services. Of people using

in June 2004. These objectives: to review

Finally, a sincere thank you to the members for

I am pleased that we have been able to provide

16-24 year old who represent only six percent

within a two-year timeframe, due to conclude

Rob Knowles President

practice in human resource management has

supported by growth this year of 17.5 percent

focused on the redevelopment of volunteer

in Fundraising and Charitable Support income,

support and activity. This has shaped the

while Fundraising expenses increased by just

employment of a volunteer co-ordinator to

over one percent. The SEW-Eurodrive 20th anniversary golf day and subsequent dinner where 550 people attended was a significant

Achieving a strong, informed and effective voice

contributor, raising $162,046.The raffle program

has driven the review of internal organisational

continues to show healthy increases each time.

arrangements, with the Community Connections

This year has also seen the further development

service being developed. Formerly this function

of relationships with many individual and

was split between Mutual Support and Self Help,

business donors, which has been essential to

Membership and Advocacy, making effective

run our ‘Stop the Stigma’ campaign. MI Shops

communication and follow through difficult.

have been reviewed and redeveloped, and the

This redevelopment is designed to create better

financial returns have improved.

connections between support, education and information resourcing.

support, acknowledge, orientate and recognise volunteering within Mental Illness Fellowship. Volunteer support increased from 350 to more than 500 people who gave their time and commitment to improve the opportunities for people with mental illnesses, their families and friends. Performance management has been a major focus, with the redevelopment of internal supports, review of position documentation, appraisal and key performance indicators, which will be completed by the end of this calendar year. Review of the organisational risk

The objective of consolidating and delivering

management strategy, inclusive of policy and

services that reflect best practice has driven a

procedure redeveloped has been completed and reported upon.

schizophrenia, 11 percent depression and nine

The Forward Plan also refocused attention

change process where services will be arranged

percent bi-polar.

on member services, resulting in increasing

on a regional basis, and requests for service,

memberships, and the stated intention

will allow single assessment that will assist

to establish and increase Branches across

people to access various program options. This

the state. Considerable effort has been put

means people will not have to repeat their

into this development, and after a review

stories multiple times, and people will be better

process the decision was taken to close

assisted to access the full range of appropriate

Branches. The Branches, in collaboration

services. These regional developments are also

with the board, decided that a different

designed to support Member development and

approach would be taken, and this

Community Connections. In meeting these goals

development is now being planned.

considerable staff change has occurred; this process is well underway and will be concluded

2

Our need to consolidate and deliver best

Our goal to establish long term security was

These achievements could not have been possible without the input, hard work and inspiration of the board, many thousands of members, participants, volunteers and staff. Thank you for your support.

Elizabeth Crowther Chief Executive

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mi fellowship in victoria / melbourne Specialist Family Support Program in Barwon has developed the Faith Community Program in conjunction with the Community BENDIGO

• Specialist Family Support

SHEPPARTON

• • • • • • •

Access Program of the Salvation Army. Fifteen

SEYMOUR

of the Christian Church came together to discuss mental illness issues as they relate This culminated in each Church hosting a community education forum that reached

Ministerial Advisory Committee for Women’s Wellbeing & Health

Quality Initiative Reference Group

Primary Mental Health Early Intervention Reference Group

VICSERV Committee of Management 2001/2

Mental Illness Fellowship Australia Committee – Attended meetings in November 2002 in Townsville and April 2003 in Sydney

were making their first ever contact with the mental health system.

MORWELL

• Specialist Family Support

WESTERN

• Specialist Family Support • HBOS

WERRIBEE

• Day Program (Mulberry House)

FOOTSCRAY

• Day Program (TJ's)

BARWON

between 20 to 50 people, many of whom

• Day Program (Club 121)

GIPPSLAND

July 2002 – June 2003 Elizabeth Crowther, Chief Executive

to the church, the community and the self.

WARRAGUL

HUME

The Mental Illness Fellowship presented to, organised and/or participated in a variety of events and activities throughout the year.

representatives from many denominations

Specialist Family Support • Day Program (Blickle Place) Day Program (Next Step) • Specialist Family Support HBOS • HBOS Respite Special Residential Rehab (SRRP) WANGARRATA PARC • Respite Intensive Outreach • Specialist Family Support

LODDON MALLEE

AWARDS, PAPERS AND PARTICIPATIONS

NORTHERN

• Specialist Family Support • HBOS • Respite

FAIRFIELD

• Specialist Family Support • HBOS • Respite

RICHMOND

• Day Program/Employment Service (Bromham Place)

Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health & Mental Illness Fellowship Partnership Quality Initiative Facilitator Brain Sciences Committee of Management, Swinburne University of Technology, board member.

July 2002 – June 2003 Eifion Breese, General Manager – Contract Services •

VICSERV, Committee of Management 2002/2003

Quality Data Reference Group, Member.

July 2002 VICSERV Conference 2002. Member of the organising Committee – Eifion Breese July 2002 VICSERV 2002 Conference in Caulfield, Victoria. •

‘Rehabilitation – whose job is it?’ A joint presentation by David Cahill from the Mental Illness Fellowship and Nicole Vanos from NEAMI. The theme of the paper was an

EASTERN GEELONG

• Specialist Family Support • Residential Rehab (Collins Place)

WONTHAGGI

• Day Program (The Garage)

EASTERN

WESTERN NORTHERN

• Specialist Family Support • HBOS • Respite

introduction to Basis 32 (Behaviour and

RINGWOOD

self rated outcome measurement instrument

Symptom Identification Scale), a consumer

• Respite (O'Meara House)

and Camberwell Assessment of Need into Residential, HBOS and Day Programs.

Blickle Place day program

Community education

produced a video called

through schools, businesses,

Blickle Place – the Unfolding

universities and clubs

Story, featuring staff and

reached over 1,600

participants, detailing the

people this year. It aims

history and development of

at reducing the stigma

the program. This video is

of mental illness by

30 minutes long and also

increased awareness and

comes in a shorter four

understanding of the issues.

SOUTHERN

SOUTHERN ST KILDA

• Residential Rehab (Rossdale)

FRANKSTON • • • •

Specialist Family Support HBOS Respite Community Linkages program

minute edited version. HBOS metropolitan cricket group

Collins Place residential rehabilitation

Learning and Development has

continues to prosper following initial

progressed to full occupancy. Eleven

developed courses in the areas of

staff involvement and is now a

participants have exited the program

Presentation Skills, Facilitation Skills,

self-supporting consumer/participant

over the past year. Some people have

Suicide Prevention and Understanding

team with its own peer network.

utilised the program for relatively short

Mental Illness that will be on offer to

periods of three to four months, while

Mental Illness Fellowship staff after

others intend to maximise their stay for

August 2003.

‘Working with Young People’. Staff member Mary Dimech and three participants presented from Shop14/Mulberry House day program.

August 2002 11th Annual Conference of The Mental Health Service (TheMHS) of Australia and NZ in Sydney. “Partners in Rehabilitation”. Paper presentation by Amanda Challis. October 2002 Victorian Carer Conference ‘Catalyst For Change’ in Melbourne. ‘Dual Diagnosis – a family and carer support and education program for families of people with dual diagnosis, evaluation results.’ Presentation of paper by Sue Farnan and Rebecca Sheils. October 20002 Combined Rotary Clubs of South Gippsland Conference in Mirboo North. ‘What is Mental Illness?’ Paper presented by David Edwards.

October 2002 Australasian Schizophrenia Conference ‘Leaving No Stone Unturned – Research Reaching Practice’ in Sydney attended by Elizabeth Crowther.

May 2003 Family Support Services Training Day for graduate psychiatric nurses. David Edwards presented paper and facilitated workshop at Monash University (Gippsland).

October 02 “Detention, Decision and Dilemmas, Reviewing Involuntary Detention and Treatment into the 21st Century“ Conference to commemorate 15th Anniversary of Mental Health Review Board of Victoria attended by Elizabeth Crowther.

May 2003 Financial Security Information

November 2002 Mental Health Review Board Conference in Melbourne ‘Dual Diagnosis – a family and carer support and education program for families of people with dual diagnosis, evaluation results.’ Paper presented by Sue Farnan and Rebecca Sheils. December 2002 Fundraising Institute of Australia (Chapter 1) Awards for Excellence. Highly commended for two awards: ‘Organisational positioning for increased support’ and ‘SEW-Eurodrive and Mental Illness Fellowship – a partnership in caring’, James Beckford Saunders. December 2002 The Newsletter of the Association of Mental Health Social Workers article on ‘Employment and Mental Illness’ by Caroline Crosse. February-December 2002 Australia-Asia New Leaders Program run by Asialink, University of Melbourne. James Beckford Saunders was awarded a Levi Strauss Scholarship to join 15 others from both Melbourne and Sydney. Project completed on ‘Meeting the needs of people affected by mental illness from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds’.

Seminar This was run by Equity Trustees and Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria and held at Fairfield Place. The seminar was booked out and provided information for families seeking information on providing substantial assets to a family members with a mental illness, either during their lifetime or at death. Held during Schizophrenia Awareness Week. May 2003 5th Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture – ‘The family and mental illness’ by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, USA mental health advocate and author and introduced by Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the ACCC whose eldest daughter, Isabella, has schizophrenia. Rob Knowles chaired the evening. May 2003 Mulberry House Opening The new premises was opened by Karen Roberts, Mayor of Werribee and Neil Cole, former member of Parliament, playwright, consumer consultant and volunteer at TJs day program. May 2003 Community Education presentations to La Trobe, Holmesglen Tafe Moorabbin, Brigidine Secondary School and Rotary on topics such as understanding mental illness, carer perspective, youth issues, the impact of mental illness on education and employment. 26 May 2003 Fairley Leadership Program, Goulburn Valley – Seminar “Ethical Decisionmaking Management”. Presenters included Elizabeth Crowther and Eifion Breese.

February 2003 Eli Lilly Interactive Workshop “The Strength of the Advocacy Voice” in Melbourne. Attended by Key Public Advocates in Mental Health including Elizabeth Crowther.

June 2003 Annual Social Firms Conference Presentation at Wortley Hall Yorkshire UK by Caroline Crosse and David Young.

February 2003 Health Impact Assessment for Community Development Seminar by Elizabeth Crowther.

June 2003 St Albans Secondary College presentation on understanding mental illness and stigma and a consumer case study on schizophrenia.

March 2003 RMIT University delivered a presentation on understanding mental illness and the carer’s perspective to 70 youth and social work students. April 2003 Community Education presentations to La Trobe School of Occupational Therapy, St Vincent’s Psychiatric Hospital, Brotherhood of St Lawrence, St John of God and Holmesglen Tafe Mt Waverley on topics such as understanding mental illness, carer perspective and consumer perspective after discharge. May 2003 Medical Journal of Australia Volume 178, 5 May 2003, Schizophrenia Supplement s76-s78 article ‘A meaningful day: integrating psychosocial rehabilitation into community treatment of schizophrenia’ by Caroline Crosse.

June 2003 New Paradigm article published ‘Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria: staying true to our history of supporting families’ by Gerard Reed, Specialist Family Support Program. June 2003 New Paradigm article published ‘Viewpoint: a not so fairytale’ by Brian Howley, Seymour Co-ordinator. Presentations at various Rotary Clubs including Box Hill, Castlemaine, Cobram, Deniliquin, Glen Waverley, Melbourne, Preston and Wyndham by Amanda Challis, Sue Farnan, Elizabeth Crowther, Robyn Jones, George Schickert, Lorraine Tully, David Young, Caroline Crosse and the Wyndham Carers Support Group. Presentation to Vermont South PROBUS Club by Elizabeth Crowther.

the full two year period.

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Mental Illness Fellowship places great importance on stopping the stigma associated with mental illness. Our programs continue to bring issues

In October 2002 the first ‘Open Mind Day’ was

and radio Community Service Announcements that

held in Fairfield Park (adjacent to the Mental Illness

have had extensive play since being launched in

Fellowship building) and was attended by over three

Membership and advocacy

the six week build up to Schizophrenia Awareness

thousand people. The event was launched by the

Membership reflects both where we have come

Week in May. They used the organisation’s key

then Minister for Health, John Thwaites, to close the

message of ‘One in five Australians are affected

2002 Mental Health Week. People were encouraged

by mental illness, Five in five can help’. Our media

to bring along a teddy bear – symbolically

coverage increased significantly over the year.

chosen because the teddy bear neither judges nor

one of society’s last great taboos.

from and where we are going – it is the heart of the organisation. Our 1,200 strong and growing membership base reflects a strong group of people who want to add their voice to make a positive difference in the lives of people affected

“During Schizophrenia Awareness Week, MI Fellowship had a significant presence

by mental illness.

in all the major metropolitan newspapers

Following feedback from members, our quarterly

in three Leader newspapers… We had major

members publication was revamped and relaunched as MI Voice last year and has been well received. Over the year a range of fee options was introduced to ensure that membership is open to all that want to join. All materials have been redeveloped for members including a new

and radio stations, as well as personal stories articles in The Age, Sunday Age and the Herald Sun twice, as well as interviews on 774 with Jon Faine and Virginia Trioli, 3AW with Neil Mitchell, 3AK with Yvonne Adel and North West FM. We even created news for Mental Illness Fellowship Australia in the Brisbane Courier.”

discriminates. Together the teddies (and their human friends) set a new world record for the number of teddy bears joining hands in a line. Hundreds of families and residents got behind Mental Illness Fellowship and showed their support.

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To find out more call James Beckford Saunders on 03 9482 4199

“As a consumer of mental health services with first hand experience of the detrimental effects caused by the stigma of mental illness, I wish to THANK everyone at Mental Illness Fellowship

membership and program brochure.

From Winter MI Voice

for a HUGE effort at Open Mind Day. Thank

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Mental Illness Fellowship Awards

barriers…it was great to see and experience.”

To find out more about membership, call Priscilla Blake on 03 9482 4199

The Awards provide an opportunity to publicly

you for your work in breaking down the Alison (& Steve)

acknowledge individuals who have made, and

“Open Mind Day was fantastic. It’s not often

continue to make, a real and positive difference

me and my son can do something together in

We have updated the website throughout the

in the lives of people with a mental illness, their

the wider community and be accepted like that.

year to make it more interactive and functional.

families and friends. The Mental Illness Fellowship

Thank you.”

Significant work has been undertaken to ensure

recognises both excellence and commitment, and

Margaret, Op Shop Volunteer

users are up-to date with the latest in information

the 2002 winners were no exception:

www.mifellowship.org

on the Mental Illness Fellowship and issues related to mental illness, through a navigable, clear and

Volunteer of the Year Award – Bill Royston

informative site. People can now donate securely

Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria Service

to the Mental Illness Fellowship online thanks to

Award – Robyn Jones and Simon Morris

the free online donations service provided by the web based community resource, Our Community.

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With pro bono support from the advertising world,

Open Mind Day closes Mental Health Week

the Mental Illness Fellowship developed television

of mental illness into the open – to break down

engaging our voice

Raising awareness

Login now on www.mifellowship.org or

Mental Health Community Service Award – Robyn Sinclair, Metaxia Tsoukatos and the Fels Family

e-mail us on enquiries@mifellowship.org

“Because it’s a rotten illness, people understandably want simple answers and some are likely to try this solution and go without medication,” Chief Executive, Liz Crowther said. “People can then become very, very unwell…” Mental cure lambasted – Herald Sun, Saturday 17/5/2003 mental illness fellowships victoria

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Partnerships are an important foundation stone of the many projects undertaken by the Mental Illness Fellowship. One of our most consistent Trust partnering supporters has been the William Angliss Trust, which, in 2002, committed $55,000 for us to develop and produce course materials and information for people affected by mental illness and the general public. We continue to strengthen our important national linkage with Mental Illness Fellowship Australia.

The Social Firm Project In response to the alarming numbers of people with psychiatric disabilities who are unemployed (over 80 percent), the Mental Illness Fellowship is developing a new initiative called a Social Firm. A Social Firm is a community business that has approximately 30 percent of its employees with a disability and 70 percent without disabilities. Furthermore, at least 60 percent of the business’ turnover comes from the business, with any

SEW-Eurodrive

Our Development Program

A corporate milestone is usually celebrated

The Mental Illness Fellowship’s development

in the boardroom, through the media and by

program provides our members, supporters

shareholders. To celebrate 20 years in Australia,

and the general community with opportunities

SEW-Eurodrive and their friends pulled out all

to positively and directly connect with us. In 2003

the stops in support of the Mental Illness

we raised 17.5 percent more money then ever

Fellowship. They raised an amazing $162,046

before from charitable support and fundraising.

through their 2003 golf day and charity dinner.

This was thanks to people like you.

This extra boost in funds allowed us to support new and effective programs that have made a positive impact for people with a mental illness, their families and friends.

the William Buckland Foundation (administered

general community. Speaking with them allows barriers to be breached and help provided as needed. More than 30,000 people have believed

Eurodrive have shared a bond with the Mental

enough in the cause of mental illness to accept

Illness Fellowship to support people with a mental

the task of selling our tickets – ensuring a

illness and their families in ways ranging from

fundraising and awareness raising success. Many

advocacy in the media to accommodation and

of these people have since become donors, either

work programs.

through our regular donation campaigns or

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To find out how your company could be involved call James Beckford Saunders on 03 9482 4199

Partnerships with our communities

following a special request in May. Our cause is also receiving increasing support from corporates, bequests and in-memorian donations. MI Support was developed as a quarterly

by ANZ Trustees), and from the H & L Hecht

Volunteers

publication for our ever-increasing number

Trust through Perpetual Trustees, thus allowing

To serve, to help, to lend a hand, to get down and

of supporters.

dirty – the Mental Illness Fellowship volunteers do

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the project to undertake the necessary planning and development to ensure its longevity and success. In June 2003 research on the project in the UK was made possible with the support of Eli Lilly Australia.

partnerships with the community

continues to attract strong support from the

A partnership approaching two decades, SEW-

profits going into creating more jobs. The project has received support until 2005 from

The Mental Illness Fellowship Raffles program

all this and more to ensure that their organisation prospers and grows. They visit, they type, they teach, they inform, they answer our Helpline

To support our work contact James Beckford Saunders on 03 9482 4199

MI Shops – our opportunity shops

– our volunteers have always been giving of their

A new name for a new look. MI Shops provide

The project is one of a small number of

time, free of their expertise and willing to lend a

opportunities to engage the community whether

enterprises around Australia selected by

hand throughout Victoria. We now have over 500

they are seeking a treasure, a bargain or a bit

Social Ventures Australia (a non-government

volunteers working for us – nearly a half again on

of a chat. Our MI Shop volunteers help provide

organisation linking the corporate with the

the previous year – of all ages and experiences.

both a constant stream of much-needed funds

non-profit sector) for an intensive program

This year our volunteers have rallied behind

of mentoring. The Social Firm project aims to be open for business in 2004.

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To find out more about the social firm contact Caroline Crosse or David Young on 03 9482 4199

our new special events such as Open Mind Day 2002, the Big Day Out, Kew Festival, special MI Shop sales at Ruffles Hairdressers in Fairfield and running a stall at the Camberwell Market. A volunteer newsletter has been developed to keep volunteers up to date with the organisation’s

for our work and act as a network within local communities. This year has seen new alliances developed with Northern Metropolitan of TAFE, Ivanhoe Grammar, MLC, Santa Maria, Camberwell Girls Grammar, and Ruyton students doing work experience.

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Contact Bernie Trahair on 03 9482 4199

strategic plan and what’s happening around the state. Volunteering has been completely re-organised over the past year to greatly enhance the opportunities and enjoyment of volunteering.

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To find out more about volunteering contact Julie Mehegan on 03 9482 4199

When a close friend experienced the devastating consequences of mental illness, Craig Dainton of AXA Australia decided to raise awareness of the problem, whilst raising $5,000 through a head shave. While Craig lost all his hair, he gained valuable funds and awareness for Mental Illness Fellowship. 8

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The impact of mental illness on the family and

New Community Development Programs are

For more information about our Specialist Family

friends of the person affected can be equally

being introduced, following the closure of the

Support Program call:

devastating and is too often overlooked. Community

Branches, with forums planned for both city

Connections works to connect individuals and

and country locations.

families into communities that provide support, information and advocacy opportunities.

Grief and loss services held in Melbourne and in Geelong offered people the opportunity

Specialist Family Support Program

to remember, through ritual and symbol the

This program assists people with a mental illness,

having mental illness in their lives has brought,

their families and friends to manage the impact of

and also to recognise the resilience and strength

changes, losses and grief that the experience of

mental illness upon their lives. Staff of this program

that it brings. Personal testimonies were offered by

complement the latest thinking from a technical

people with mental illness and family members.

perspective with personal experience, by utilising the skills of trained family to provide support, education and information to others through the services listed below: •

Face to face counselling services for family and friends of people with mental illness providing emotional support, information, problem solving and strategy development

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support for those people who have relatively few options for connecting with the mental health system. A committed group of volunteers ensure that the program is conducted in a respectful and thoughtful way. The formation in Geelong of a support group for people caring/working with children who have attachment disorder is a

Community based support groups

first in Australia and resulted in the development

across Victoria

of appropriate materials to assist this group of

Family education and support programs,

people. Advocacy issues have been pushed to

siblings, partners and parents

point for around 50 people per week. It provides

via the MI Helpline

different members of the family including •

continues to be a great success providing a contact

Keeping Connections, a program for people

the fore in Barwon. Successful intervention on behalf of six families has meant their needs are better met while a strong relationship has been maintained with the support services involved.

Sue Farnan, Gerard Reed or Andrew Adeney-Tasker on 03 9482 4199 for Statewide

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Erica Menheere Thompson on 03 5229 8827 for Barwon

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Carmel Jackson on 03 9783 1008 for Frankston and Mornington Peninsula

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Robyn Jones on 03 5831 3699

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Cath Roffy 03 5831 3699 for Hume

Mental Illness Fellowship Helpline on 03 9482 4189 or help@mifellowship.org 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday Learning and Development Mental Illness Awareness Education – over the past year we have responded to a need in the business community to train employees about the signs and symptoms of mental illness and appropriate interventions. We have delivered training to front line staff at the Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and Immigration Museum,

Across the Peninsula, strong networks continue

and also Privacy Victoria and St Vincent de Paul.

of mental illness

to be established and Mental Illness Fellowship

This will be an area that will be further developed

The up to date MI Resource Centre specialising

is a key member of the Peninsula Carer Council,

next year. Community education via schools,

the first council for carers of people with a mental

clubs and in local neighbourhoods continues.

Here are some examples of how we have been working.

illness in Australia. The profile in the Peninsula was raised when Program Coordinator, Carmel Jackson, and two carers were awarded Australia

Letter from attendee of the Melbourne Grief and Loss Service

David Edwards on 03 5133 0955 for Gippsland

who have experienced loss and grief as a result

in mental illnesses.

“Parts of your reading were deliberately chosen to enable someone like me to commemorate and honour the suffering of myself and my friends who have suffered terribly. The time I spent at the service gave me a chance to lay claim to that grief in a way that’s not otherwise legitimised or even acknowledged in our society. I feel so glad I attended, and glad I cried because I cried in a good way, the right way. Thank you.”

for Loddon Mallee

In Barwon the Community Meals Program

Telephone support and information

including a range of specialist programs for

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“At last I feel able to say my daughter has a mental illness.” Diane

Many people develop a mental illness during their youth, resulting in non-completion of their schooling, which in turn often has a direct impact

community connections

Telephone Support Contacts

11,109

Counselling Fairfield Place service

480

Well Ways – a traveller’s guide to wellbeing for families

wide Centenary Medals acknowledging their

of people with mental illness was developed by the

contributions in the area of mental illness. Articles

Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria. The course was

in the local newspapers on issues of mental health

introduced nationally through a ‘Train the facilitator

have proven effective in reaching out to carers in

training’ for staff of the other Mental Illness

the Peninsula who need assistance, as well as in

Fellowships across Australia. Thirty five fact sheets,

promoting education forums and courses offered.

providing up to date information on issues relating

In Gippsland a ‘class reunion’ was held for

Fellowship can deliver accredited training and

participants of several family education courses

education courses, including among others, the

held in the region. This gathering provided an

Certificates in General Education for Adults (CGEA).

Community Education

opportunity both to socialise and network, as well

This course will enable many people with a mental

Education sessions

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as to share personal experiences of having a family

illness to complete their education. We are working

Total participants

2,042

Double Trouble – a support and education program

member with a mental illness. The carer role of

towards offering accredited training for many

for families of people with dual diagnosis (substance

young people whose parent(s) have a mental

of our peer education activities (support groups,

use and mental illness) had an extremely positive

illness has not been well addressed. PATS (Paying

Helpline, community and family education),

impact evaluation and is now offered throughout

Attention To Self), a specialist education program

and for participants in our programs.

the year. It is a joint development of Mental

for the children of parents with a mental illness

illness Fellowship Victoria, Southern Health

and for professionals working with them is being

and Swinburne University.

developed following work with the Child and

to mental illness, were produced for the education of the general public. They are also for people who use our Helpline, Family education programs, community education and counselling.

14 Principles for coping with schizophrenia and allied mental illnesses – this program continues to be delivered throughout Melbourne targeting families with a member experiencing severe and enduring symptoms.

Adolescent Mental Health service and other youth oriented community support services in Gippsland.

on employment opportunities. We are taking an active approach through our new Learning and

Carer Support Groups

Development program, which lets us offer training

Meetings convened

444

programs. In August 2002 we were successful in

Total participants

6,216

our application to become a Registered Training Organisation, which means that the Mental Illness

Family Education Program sessions

324

Total participants

3,888

Business Education Training sessions

50

Total participants

1,000

Student placements are also being expanded, with the psychiatric nursing program being supplemented by social work, occupational therapy and psychology students.

Following training, special peer support based

Staff orientation has been reviewed and revamped

groups will be established.

following feedback from participants. Over the year, 44 new permanent employees completed the staff orientation and 43 staff completed the first aid and CPR level 1 training.

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The Mental Illness Fellowship’s Day Programs

An emphasis on healthy living, healthy eating

Mulberry House, formerly Shop 14, takes its

provide an important stepping stone towards

and healthy environment provided a focus for

name from the mulberry tree in the back yard of

improving members’ lives. They provide a

both The Garage Clubhouse in Wonthaggi and

the new premises in Werribee. It is an adaptation

centre where new skills can be learned and new

Clubhouse 121 in Warragul. Participation in the

of the clubhouse model of rehabilitation with a

friends made or simply somewhere to ‘drop-in’.

Healthy Living/Healthy Environment program, which

strong sense of ownership promoted through the

Recreational, artistic, practical and employment

includes tree planting and seed collecting, aims

running of the kitchen, garden and clerical units.

driven activities are undertaken at the pace at

to develop the participants’ ability to interact with

Opportunities for members are enhanced by links

which individual members are happy to work.

other community groups to help overcome issues

with other agencies, including WCIG Employment

of social isolation. The clubhouse’s gardening

Services, South West Training Centre for

program – vegetables, fruits and chooks – and

education in administration and aged-care, and

the introduction of yoga and line dancing, as

the Kingsville Tennis Club for tennis instruction,

well as regular swimming, builds the stamina of

fitness and healthy living. Members are also

Blickle Place took the issue of stigma directly

members to enhance their capacity to participate

encouraged to take part in artistic, recreational

into the Seymour community last year, through

in broader community activities. Social contact

and sporting activities. The drama group has been

that truly Australian institution, the BBQ. Six

has also been built through theatre nights,

working on a performance with playwright Neil

community BBQs at local shopping centres

participation in camping trips and representation

Cole that will be shown during Mental Health

were held, with fantastic community response.

on local and community groups.

Week. Their two bands, the Crumbling Biscuits

Our Day Programs provide centres of friendship, support and inclusion. Here are some examples of how our Day Programs are making a difference:

A landscaping project to redevelop the front garden at Blickle Place was also undertaken by

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on 03 5672 3111 or Ron Schleebs

program participants utilising funds provided by

at Club 121 on 03 5623 1313

the Mitchell Shire Council. Greater collaboration

and Travelling Mulberries, practice regularly and perform several times a year. Commitment to community education is additionally highlighted by participating in the 2003 Weerama Festival,

between MI Fellowship and the Area Mental

Next Step in Shepparton has been busy building

and facilitating an art class at the Laverton

Health Service has resulted in the development

and growing. The program members have

Community Centre.

of a joint relaxation program being conducted

built a fire pit to enable camp oven cooking

on Thursday afternoons, while participation in

and established an outdoor area with strawbale

the Primary Care Partnership Tough Times Tough

seating, a mural and pond. Fruit and vegetables

People project has produced many community

are now being grown in three community garden

TJs in Footscray has raised community awareness

awareness benefits.

plots, and members continue to make doll houses

through their participation in the 3CR radio

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to be donated to community welfare groups.

program, Raw, where members and staff raise

Female members have instigated a ten week

issues around mental health. The members’

Strength Building course, in conjunction with

hard work also resulted in decorative paving

Bromham Place in Richmond offers specialist

West Hume Primary Mental Health and Early

and garden beds being installed in the back

skills in assisting participants to achieve

Intervention Team, designed to assist women

garden area at TJs. Some TJ members also opted

permanent employment via a variety of

who suffer anxiety and depression. Two other

for more physical activity, improving fitness

transitional pathways. Over the past financial

initiatives of Next Step are the establishment

and developing teamwork by participating in

year, the program assisted almost 100 people in

of men/women only days at the program on

the Western Storm football team in the Reclink

obtaining paid employment, some of whom were

alternate weeks, and the development of drop-in

competition. Assistance with returning to work,

reentering the workforce following the onset of

areas for structured and unstructured activities.

through Onsite Employment and the WorkSupply

Contact Brian Howley at Blickle Place on 03 5799 2353

day programs

Contact Harry Kiekebosch at The Garage

their illness. Coupled with the success in obtaining extra employment funding through the Australians Working Together program, Bromham Place’s employment initiatives have provided excellent support to its members. A Nutrition Grant from the City of Yarra provided Bromham Place with the opportunity of offering healthy, nutritional lunches and juices to be offered on a regular basis to members.

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Contact Tony Salter or Phil Peladarinos (employment) at Bromham Place on 03 9427 7377

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Contact Karen Dunstone at Next Step on 03 5831 8905

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Contact Tracey Forsythe at Mulberry House on 03 8742 3111

Company, has greatly enhanced the confidence, motivation and outlook of members, as has the computer/reception/admin skills training courses.

It was my story ‘One wall at a time’

Cooperation with Mulberry House in several

which featured in last year’s annual

activities such as the drama group has widened

report. Over this last year I have started

the scope of activities for members.

a maths and English course at Seymour

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TAFE and absolutely love it. I have had my down times but believe that I am

Contact Fid Smithwick at TJs on 03 9687 2222

going to make it and continue to try to have a happy and productive life. Thanks for all the encouragement. Brad, Blickle Place member

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home based outreach and accommodation support

It is said that a person’s home is their castle.

The outreach worker for Miora Shire has formed

Peninsula HBOS staff and consumer

For some people with a mental illness, their

vital links with a new program that assists local

representatives continue to be involved

home is their castle and refuge, for others it can

services such as Mental Illness Fellowship to

in regional committee meetings. It ensures

be a prison with restricting walls and barriers.

develop culturally sensitive and appropriate

gaps in services are identified and addressed

Sometimes, the first step towards psychosocial

responses to the newly settled Arabic speaking

and services are effectively dealing with

rehabilitation begins within a person’s own

community. They have undertaken specific

participants’ needs, such as a transport service

home, that is, their castle. The Mental Illness

training that focuses on torture and trauma

to access services from remote locations.

Fellowship, through its Home Based Outreach

related issues as the first step to facilitate the

Participants in our HBOS program accompany

and Accommodation Support Program (HBOS),

engagement and ongoing support for these

staff members in making presentations to Year

tries to make everyone’s home their castle by

participants.

11 and 12 high school students as part of their

providing valuable support within the home. Skills development, building confidence in everyday activities and maintaining health within the home are the main aims of this program.

Within the Western Metropolitan region, a four unit Transitional Residential Service operates in collaboration with the Office of Housing and Orygen (formerly the Early Psychosis Prevention

The HBOS program works with people where they

and Intervention Centre). This program is for

are at, by providing assistance to help individuals

young people who are experiencing first episode

gain control over their lives and develop a sense

psychosis and receive clinical case management

of self by:

through Orygen.

reconnecting with peer groups and family

HBOS provides rehabilitation and support to

linking back into the community through

73 people in the eastern and inner-northern

activities such as supporting people into education or employment •

assisting in the development of

(City of Yarra) Metropolitan Regions. Of this total, 30 people live in our shared supported accommodation units.

communication and social skills

An anonymous donation of $300 was

providing opportunities to test daily living

a difference for someone at Christmas.

skills and working towards independence in a supportive environment •

maintaining a healthy home environment

achieving personal goals and developing positive coping strategies.

received from a person who wanted to make

decided that the money should be used to purchase Christmas hampers and gifts

illness, who have complex needs, who are also homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Contact:

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Lyn Jesson on 03 9783 1008 for Frankston and Mornington Peninsula

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Tony Salter on 03 9427 7377 for Northern Metropolitan

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Mark Lamont on 03 9482 4199 in Eastern Metropolitan

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Brian Howley on 03 5831 8905 for Lower Hume

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Rachel Haine on 03 5831 3699 for Central and Northern Hume

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Luke O’Sullivan on 0414 342 744 for Miora Shire, Hume

these people who were experiencing first homelessness with little, if any, familial

provide accommodation to people with a mental

stigmatised by having a mental illness.

Christmas was a very difficult time for episode psychosis, homelessness or facing

supported accommodation units. The units

young people and express how it feels to be

for four young people in our program.

their homes into castles:

in Shepparton, Hume Region providing five

days. This provides an opportunity to talk to

Following discussions with the team, it was

Here are some examples of how we are shaping

A new Homelessness Program has commenced

ongoing studies in psychology and on health

support. The hampers and gifts helped made a wonderful Christmas for them and showed that there are many people in the community who really do care. To that donor, our sincere thanks for making a difference to their lives. Tony Salter

Through the intensive home based outreach worker, participants are placed in residential units within the community. Assistance is provided by developing daily living skills as well as providing links with community agencies, GPs and Area Mental Health Services.

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Residential rehabilitation – intensive support for positive outcomes While many people may be happiest living in their own home, the reality for some people with mental illness is that they are not well enough to be able to live at home, or they can work to improve their health much more within

two bedroom unit and I share with another

The program is designed for those who have a

girl who’s 19, I’m 22. How I came to live

recent diagnosis of a serious mental illness and

here, was to break away from family and

may experience risk factors such as in-patient

friends to become more independent and

admissions, suicidal ideas, self-harming or

be closer to the city. Currently I’m looking

substance abuse.

at getting a job through an employment

Program staff have spent time recently reflecting

The Residential Rehabilitation Program enables

on practice both to the individual’s work and

people with a mental illness to learn or relearn

managing group dynamics. This has resulted

living skills in a supportive and safe ‘live in’

in implementing improved systems for intake,

environment. It assists people who require

assessment and exit from the program, as well as

more support than can be provided by visiting

development and review of individual participant

workers and provides a community home

plans. A focus on participants’ rights has resulted

environment within which people with a

in participants having greater opportunity to be

mental illness are valued for their individual

more self-determining.

Community and connectedness are fostered within the residential rehabilitation program, with residents building social and living skills through shared learning with others, while accepting responsibility for themselves within a supportive

&

agency. I’m hoping to get work at a laundromat which will help me in making friends and socialising and occupy my time in a way that allows me to feel valued and that I have something to offer others. It would also assist me in developing new skills and feel that I’m getting on with normal life, rather than focusing on my illness. I am also in a netball team for the Salvation Army – we’re called the Golden Girls. Another

Contact Deb McDonald at Collins Place

great achievement has been that I haven’t

on 03 5223 1541

ended up in hospital when I’ve relapsed

The Specialist Residential Rehabilitation Program (SRRP) in Shepparton is a partnership with the Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health

recently, as I’ve learnt to cope and manage my illness using strategies that work for me. As a result I feel really empowered!

Service to deliver services. It focuses on people

We go on drives down the coast and have

who have higher needs that have not been able

Friday for coffee and cake. That’s always

to be fully met in the absence of a 24-hour

a hoot and a lot of fun. I personally have

longer-term unit. The program helps individuals

found I have better relationships with my

achieve their maximum potential in gaining

family only seeing them once per week or

The Mental Illness Fellowship provides Residential

skills with daily living through meal preparation,

over the weekend. I’m definitely more active.

Rehabilitation Programs at three sites in Victoria.

budgeting, personal care, sharing a house and

Mum can see changes for the better. I’m

Rossdale, in East St. Kilda provides longer-term

domestic care.

seeking out hidden talents and becoming my

rehabilitation (three to five years) to adults, who

Over the past year all participants completed

are generally 25 years old and over, and are

Basis 32 and CAN – two-outcome measurement

From little things, big things grow.

linked to the Southern Metropolitan Region.

tools that assists key stakeholders to clarify and

There are currently 18 residents living at Rossdale

focus the nature of the program. Basis 32 is used

Jo

environment. Supported activities designed to learn or relearn vocational or educational skills are undertaken in conjunction with the residents’ own particular and unique requirements.

(nine men and nine women) with three residents having recently moved out to live independently. We have since welcomed three new residents. Rossdale staff and residents have been working together to enhance their artistic flair by the development of a mural in the main entrance of Rossdale. Our new communal and kitchen area has proven to be a popular place for residents and staff to cook group meals, socialise, and hold various residents, and family meetings. Rossdale recently participated in a program review by an independent consultant to assess

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I live at Collins Place in West Geelong in a

aged 16 – 24 years old from the Barwon Region.

the support structures of a residential facility.

contribution and involvement.

residential rehabilitation

Collins Place, in West Geelong, focuses on people

on entry, six monthly and exit, and CAN is used within six weeks of entry, with an Individual Participant Plan (IPP) developed and having been put in action with a set series of goals. All participants have achieved some or most of their set strategies and goals. IPPs are generally reviewed every three months, with some being reviewed monthly due to unexpected progress. The Relaxation Program was re-introduced with more flexibility to allow for both individual and group sessions dependent on need.

‘what we do’, ‘why’ and ‘how we do it’, in order

Referrals and information are provided to carers

to give a stronger sense of direction. All main

and participants. This includes referring to other

stakeholders were involved including residents,

Mental Illness Fellowship programs such as

staff, management, families and the inner South

Specialist Family Support, Day Program, Respite

Mental Health sector. Another facility, The Elms,

Services, as well as the wider community agencies

provides four bed sitting rooms for people with a

and support services that individuals could be

mental illness and is administered by Rossdale.

linked into.

&

&

Contact Max Nathan at Rossdale on 03 9510 2338

own person – which I am proud to be.

Contact David Cahill at SRRP on 03 5821 2685

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We can all do with a break. When things get

Special interest weeks at O’Meara House have

tough, when we are tired of the demands of day-

continued to be a huge success this year, with

to-day living, when every ounce of energy goes

bookings taken well in advance from eager

into caring for family and friends, or when mental

participants not wanting to miss out. Mental

illness prevents spending quality time with loved

Illness Fellowship links within the Northern region

ones. Breakaway Respite responds to this need

have also been strengthened, with Carerlinks

by offering a variety of options for families to

North and DHS, by the planning and receipt

have a break from their ‘lives’ either together in

of an extra two weeks funding for ‘Family and

a family environment or more traditionally, away

Children’s’ weeks at O’Meara House. Support

from carers and family with support from staff

has similarly remained strong from Carer Respite

and volunteers.

Centre Southern Region, in brokering five extra O’Meara House places, in addition to planning

Respite Options

for an extra eight places in the new financial year for residents within the City of Cardinia.

Breakaway Respite offers a range of options, including flexible in-home respite (with services

Hume Breakaway Respite is available to people

from qualified staff or visits from trained

who live in and around Wodonga, Wangaratta,

volunteers), and a variety of residential options.

Shepparton, Seymour and Benalla. In the Hume

Flexible in-home respite options offer families the opportunity to individually tailor their occasions, carer absences due to illness or travel,

overnight stays or camps

staffed family holidays). Similarly, the program is

The in-home respite service in Hume has a special

able to respond to short notice requests (usually

significance for those people having difficulty

within the same day of receiving a call, based

accessing support services due to the isolation of

on family need). Residential respite is also

rural Victoria. With this service, respite workers

available for participants to spend a week at

visit the participant at home and discuss the areas

O’Meara house in Ringwood, where visitors plan

of need, with the aim of assisting with linkages

their week’s activities together. It provides an

to other services and the wider community, as

opportunity to meet new people and enjoy their

well as working to alleviate social isolation. It also

break in a ‘motel-style’ environment. Volunteer

offers carers an opportunity to have some much

visitors are offered to families and consumers as

needed time for themselves.

a regular ongoing option of friendly visits from a Mental Illness Fellowship Volunteer. This service caters particularly to isolated individuals who are seeking assistance in becoming more a part of their local community.

Highlights of the year included an annual camp at Cobram for 17 participants, that was held in partnership with Get Together House, while seven adults and their seven children went to Beechworth in conjunction with Trinity. Hume

Over the last financial year, Breakaway Respite

Respite has run seven five day adventure holidays

has assisted 405 people in accessing our services.

for 58 participants including holidays to Canberra

Of these, 273 people took advantage of a place

and to Apollo Bay, as well as a young people’s

at O’Meara House, 56 chose the individualised

week at Ballarat. Various day activities throughout

In–home option, while 76 welcomed a friendly,

the year have involved more than 30 participants

trained volunteer into their home. For the first

and included trips to Euroa and Cobram, as well

time this year, a small group, together with a

as a football trip to Melbourne.

staff member, has chosen to meet as a social group on Saturday evenings to ‘hang out’.

“While I’ve been here, apart from resting, I have worked out a lot of my problems at home, I feel I can now handle my life better and in a more positive way. Thank you oh so much.”

planned holidays, 42 people attended day activities and 22 people attended shorter

required service based on their needs (special

breakaway respite

region, 52 people participated in seven-day

&

Northern Metropolitan

The aim of this group is to eventually meet without staff support.

Contact Denise McAtee on 03 9482 4199

&

Contact Georgina Butler on 03 9482 4199 for Eastern Metropolitan

&

Contact Lyn Jesson on 03 9783 1008 for Southern Metropolitan

& “Breakaway has provided me with

Contact Ilonka Whitsed on 03 5722 9264 for Hume

opportunities to see places and do things that i would never have been able to experience without it.” Bill, Hume region

Letter from a past resident of O’Meara House

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2% Boarding house/Private hotel

mental illness fellowship victoria 2002/3 stats and charts

1% Transitional accommodation

18% Live with others

5% Psychiatric/mental health community care facility

9% Other

9% Other

21% Private residence – public rental

33% Lives alone 40% Live with family

22% Private residence – owned/purchased

30% Private residence – private rental

338

350

4% Domestic-scale supported living facility eg. group home

6% Supported accommodation facility

300

256

252

250

Living arrangements

Labour force status

200

135

150

48% Female

52% Male 4% Anxiety

100

54 50

13

14

10

9% Bipolar Disorder

9% Other

9% Employed

11% Depression

65+

55 – 64

45 – 54

35 – 44

25 – 34

20 – 24

16 – 19

under 16

0

56% Schizophrenia

Series 1

Age groups

Gender

10% Other

82% Unemployed

3% Personality Disorder 500

500

447 400

300

471

7% Schizo-affective Disorder

400

Labour force status 277

300

265

200

172

200

186

7% Yes, lives with the service user

138 91

100

6% Yes, does not live with the service user

100

31

25

Public Area Mental Health Service

Private psychiatrist

Other

General practitioner

Self

Private psychiatrist

Area Mental Health Service

General practitioner

Family member/friend

3% Daughter

2% Son 5% Other male relative

9% Father

22% Other

0

Community service agency

7% Other female relative

4% Friend/neighbour

7% Wife/female partner

0

Referral source

Diagnosis

Clinical support

15% Husband/ male partner

48% Mother 65% No

Dependent children

Carer relationship of those who have reported having a carer

Note: These charts are for a nine month period following a change to reporting requirements by the Department of Human Services.

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governance and finance MENTAL ILLNESS FELLOWSHIP VICTORIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS SERVING 2002/3

EXECUTIVE STAFF (AS AT JUNE 30 2003) James Beckford Saunders, General Manager

Contract services to the Victorian Government continue to be the major source of revenue rising by $310,562 from $4,391,610 last year. It is an aim of the organisation to increase

The Hon Rob Knowles (President) 5 (6)

– Development and Membership

Stephen Chenoweth (Treasurer) 6 (6)

Tina Bourekas, Northern Metropolitan

Kerry O’Meara (Secretary) 4 (6)

Regional Manager

Dr Tim Rolfe 3 (6)

Eifion Breese, General Manager

government has risen by seven percent to

– Contract Services

$326,702 and is provided as part of our

Amanda Challis, Hume Regional Manager

employment assistance program.

Doris Wisniewski (Vice President) 4 (6) Dr Alex Wood 4 (6) George Aranda 5 (6) Diane Brown 6 (6) Bob Iversen 3 (6) Alison Daun 3 (4)

Expenses have risen to meet the funds available with salaries being our largest expense

Elizabeth Crowther, Chief Executive

representing 65 percent of our total revenue. New

David Edwards, Gippsland Regional Manager

programs have been commenced reflecting the

Sue Farnan, General Manager

Louise Milne-Roch 1 (2)

Advan Hadzic, Business Manager

Pamela Brand (Resigned 18/10/2002) 2 (2)

Mark Lamont, Eastern Metropolitan

Mary Glue (Resigned 18/10/2002) 2 (2)

Regional Manager

COMMITTEES AS AT JUNE 30 2003 Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee George Aranda, Eifion Breese, Stephen Chenoweth (Chair), Elizabeth Crowther, Advan Hadzic, Bob

total revenue. The revenue from the Federal

Regional Manager

– Community Connections

(in parentheses)

area continues to provide 67 percent of our

Caroline Crosse, Western Metropolitan

Ian Priestley 4 (4)

Denotes meetings attended of possible total

the independence of our revenue but this

Deb McDonald, Barwon Regional Manager

increase in occupancy costs and minor equipment purchases. The settling in at Fairfield Place has resulted in a drop in Property and Equipment costs from $197,179 to $142,939 as those costs associated with the relocation have disappeared.

$

Contract Services - Victorian Government

4,702,172 4,391,610

Prepayments

76,826

59,595

Other Assets

6,887

3,571

Contract Services - Client Fees

236,582

262,270

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

Charitable Contributions

304,188

205,928

NON CURRENT ASSETS

Other Fundraising

588,819

554,089

Fundraising

Other Income Income From Investments Profit on Sale of Fixed Assets Membership Income Other Revenue TOTAL INCOME

Salaries – Administration

TOTAL NON CURRENT ASSETS

20,208

19,749

TOTAL ASSETS

515,051

470,169

3,585,948 3,408,785 960,952

881,002

Metropolitan Manager

and a policy of diversifying our investments

Bank Fees

26,499

22,629

Stav Stathopoulos, Southern Metropolitan

has resulted in a rise in our investment income

Business Undertaking Costs

6,173

22,311

Regional Manager

but also a rise in loss on sale of investments as

Interest

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the adverse investment market took its effect.

Depreciation

315,492

301,179

A two percent unrealised gain on our portfolio

Occupancy Costs

278,812

235,171

has not been adjusted for in the accounts as the

Office Costs

360,945

348,949

Program Costs

83,815

92,244

Light & Power

77,633

60,967

Motor Vehicle Expenses

198,653

212,821

Property and Equipment Maintenance

142,939

197,179

Fundraising Expenses

346,628

342,762

Client Costs

continues to be fundraising revenue with a

The financial information on this page is taken

Appointments and Governance Committee

rise of $132,990 while associated costs only

from the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria’s

Elizabeth Crowther, Alison Daun, Rob Knowles,

rose by $11,996. The improvement in this

Accounts for 2002/3. Shepard Webster & O’Neill

Kerry O’Meara (Chair)

area reflects the increase in skills in managing

Pty Ltd, whose report is unqualified, audited

our direct marketing and raffles, as well as the

the accounts. If you would like a copy of our

record donation from SEW-Eurodrive. The rise

full audited financial reports, please contact

Diane Brown (Chair), Elizabeth Crowther, Alison

in income has been matched with an increasing

Advan Hadzic on 03 9482 4199 or e-mail

Daun, Louise Milne-Roch, Tim Rolfe, Alex Wood

need of the one in five Australians affected

enquiries@mifellowship.org

by mental illness, their families and friends.

7,782,482 7,752,566

415,804

Provisions

324,703

300

300

283,569

252,825

Funding Held for Future Periods

2,109,694 1,845,240

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES

2,809,367 2,423,068

NON CURRENT LIABILITIES Provisions TOTAL NON CURRENT LIABILITIES

122,509

87,690

122,509

87,690

TOTAL LIABILITIES

2,931,876 2,510,758

NET ASSETS

7,263,437 7,023,584

Represented by: MEMBERS FUNDS Life Memberships

7,682

8,484

Future Projects Reserve

216,351

216,351

Research Reserve

180,147

180,147

Capital Reserve

300,000

300,000

Asset Trust Reserve

5,802,875 5,067,775

187,953

8,891

10,917

Retained Surplus

Other Expenses

21,385

16,807

TOTAL MEMBERS FUNDS

Minor Equipment Purchases

75,196

14,757

Loss on Sale of Investments

106,460

Nil

Loss on Sale of Fixed Assets

38,311

26,068

756,382 1,250,827 7,263,437 7,023,584

6,925,187 6,507,146

PROFIT/(LOSS) FROM ORDINARY Capital Funding and Donations

69,705

69,497

320,721

286,083

Nil

(186,321)

Building Depreciation

(149,771)

(105,956)

NET PROFIT AFTER CAPITAL ITEMS

240,655

63,303

240,655

63,303

Profit/(Loss) on Sale of Cameron House

Treasurer

Creditors & Accruals

155,166

ACTIVITIES BEFORE CAPITAL ITEMS

Stephen Chenoweth

930,617

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Volunteer Costs

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

Nil

6,337,164 5,322,362

10,195,313 9,534,342

Resident Bonds

13,200

in running an increasingly complex organisation.

Property, Plant & Equipment

72,645

54,953

year of $69,497. The major area of growth

1,445,318 1,499,587

104,554

6,994,892 6,576,643

2,412,831 1,781,776

Building Works in Progress

18,650

EXPENSES FROM ORDINARY ACTIVITIES Salaries – Service Provision

Investments

162,200

15,996

and I thank their effort and professionalism

40,402

191,513

59,701

virtually unchanged from the profit of last

516,316

304,116

Audit Fees

the work of many people in the organisation

1,812,802 1,678,208

Receivables

120,320

Accounting & Legal

$69,705 (before building depreciation)

$

326,702

liquidity of the organisation has remained strong

The financial result has been the product of

2002

$

Contract Services - Other Agencies

up from $7,023,584 in the previous year. The

The results for the year were a profit of

2003 CURRENT ASSETS

Contract Services - Commonwealth Government

Tony Salter, HBOS Eastern and Western

TREASURER’S REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30 2003

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION AS AT JUNE 30 2003

Cash at Bank, on Deposit and on Hand

Contract Services

56,408

Executive Committee

Directions Committee

2002

$

59,560

investments have been made for the long term.

(Chair), Kerry O’Meara, Doris Wisniewski

2003

Staff Related Costs

The year has been one of stability.

Elizabeth Crowther, Advan Hadzic, Rob Knowles

REVENUES FROM ORDINARY ACTIVITIES

The funds of the Membership are $7,263,437

Iversen, Ian Priestley, Doris Wisniewski

Eifion Breese, Diane Brown, Stephen Chenoweth,

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30 2003

Net Profit For Year ADD Retained Surplus Brought Forward

1,250,827 1,482,761 1,491,482 1,546,064

LESS Transfer to Future Projects Reserve LESS Transfer to Asset Trust Reserve

Nil

(72,394)

(735,100)

(222,843)

756,382 1,250,827

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Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria would like to thank the following companies, organisations, trusts, foundations and individuals for their generous support during 2002-3 The following lists are prepared alphabetically:

Costa’s Mitre 10

JDN Monocrane Pty Ltd

Cottage Cakes

Joe’s Juke Box

SUPPORTING COMPANIES AND ORGANISATIONS

Creative Festival Entertainment

Kennards

Advertising Energy

Crumbling Biscuits (performers)

Lanier (Australia) Pty Ltd

AirRoad Distribution Pty Ltd

Darebin City Council

Loose Kangaroos Poetry Group

Alfio’s Caffé

Danzas AEI & DHL

Macquarie Bank

All Fleet Automotive

Des Munday & Son

Magistrates Court of Victoria

ANZ Banking Group Ltd

Dished & Flanged Ends

Mainline Plumbing

Apple Telemarketing

DJA Homes Pty Ltd

Artwords

Dressing Station

Marathon Food Industries Pty Ltd

Asialink

Drives for Industry Pty Ltd

Marianne Lissant Face Painter

At Home Pty Ltd

Eden Sound Mastering

Mauro Bros Pty Ltd

AudioNet

Eli Lilly Australia Pty Ltd

Mayne Pharma

AXA Australia Ltd

Elvis Ground Zero (performer)

M E Bell Projects Pty Ltd

Bakers Delight (Camberwell, Hoppers Crossing, Richmond & Shepparton) Barry Plant Doherty Real Estate

Endless Spirit Clothing Co

BDO Administration (VIC) Pty Ltd

Evans Florist

Betta Electrical (Hoppers Crossing)

Equity Trustees Event Wizard The Event Hire Company

Billy Hyde Music Stage Systems

Fairfield Boathouse

Bi-polar Bears (performers)

Federation Square

Biviano & Sons Fruiterers

FESTO Pty Ltd

BP Oil Australia

Fineliners (performers)

Bristow Prentice Lambaart Budd

Fitness First

Bunch of Balloons Bunnings (Hoppers Crossing) Cafe on Beverage Carers Victoria The Cartridge Family Band Casa Moderna Castle Corporate Services Pty Ltd

Fairfield Guest House

Footbridge CCU (TEP) Frank J Sheehan Real Estate Pty Ltd Frank’s Auto Service Centre G C Rhodes Pty Ltd Global Property Corporation Golf Select

Mr Stephen Sharkey

Mr Ian Davies

Mr S Siemon

Mr Ron Davies

Ms Judith Smith

Mr Troy Dean

Mrs Kaye Spurling

Mr Len De Araugo

Mr David Stark

Mr Lou Djopa

Mr Richard Stevenson

Mr Michael Dunne

Mr Andrew Sylvester

Starbelly (performers)

Martin & John Edgley

State Street Australia

Professor Allan Fels

Mr & Ms Peter & Deryn Thomas

State Trustees Limited

Ms Lynette Gilbert

Szalmuk Capital Ltd

Mr Peter Goring

Talofa Club Reservoir

Mr Malcolm Gregory

TDK Security Services

Mr Wayne Harbinson

Telstra (TEP)

Mr John Hawke

T G Hynes Pty Ltd

Mr Malcolm L Hughes

Third Jardiniere Pty Ltd

Mrs D Kaufmann

Tip Top Bakers

Mr Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

TMZ Engineering

Mr Graeme Landy

Toshiba (Australia) Pty Ltd

IN MEMORIAM: THE MENTAL ILLNESS FELLOWSHIP HONOURS THE MEMORY OF

Mrs Jacqueline Landy

Esther

Total Vehicle Maintenance

Mr Michael Lester

Mr Jeremy Kessel

TXU Pty Ltd

Minter Ellison

Mr Rod Loader

Mrs Dianne Mercer

United Way Geelong Inc

Mono Pumps (Australia) Pty Ltd

Mr Rod Lockwood

Universal Cafe

Mrs Muriel Mooney

Mr Peter Lombardo

Mrs J Phillips

Mr Andrew Mansour

Mr Darryl Quartermain

Ms Nicole May

Mr Greg Royal

Ms Jenny McCulloch

Mr Antonio (Tony) Ruggieri

Ms Pamela McIntosh

Estate Late Dorothy J M Stanley–Low

Media Assist Melbourne City Toyota The Metric Men Middletons Lawyers Midwest Plaster

Moonee Ponds Dental Group Moore Stephens HF Multiclean Services Nashar & Issa Enterprise P/L Net Nation Oceanic Processors Pty Ltd OneKeone (performer) Our Community Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College The Paper Wall (performer) Patons Macadamia Phillips Fox

Goulburn Valley Credit Union

Photonet

Grandview Hotel, Fairfield

ProCorp Solutions

City of Yarra

Grove Glass

Reed Elsevier

Clapton Benefits Planning Group

Haven Constructions

Ritchie’s Stores Pty Ltd

Catalyst Design

Coles Supermarket (TEP) Com Copy

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En route productions (performers)

Mr Craig Dainton

K & P Dean Distributors

Health Consultants Hootville Communications

Rotary Club of St Kilda Rowland Productions Pty Ltd

Salvation Army (Thornbury) Band Sekarwari Balinese Dance Society of Victoria SEW-Eurodrive Pty Ltd Sheetmetal Solutions SKF Australia Southgate Fleet Management

Van Wyk Flowers The Vertex Group Victoria Police Village Cinemas VP Homes Pty Ltd WEG Australia Pty Ltd Werribee Park Mansion

TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS Percy and Ruby Haddy Foundation (ANZ Trustees) RACV Foundation William Angliss Charitable Fund

Mr Tony McKay Mr Chris McLaren Mr & Mrs Robert & Adel Merola Mr & Mrs Ross & Joy Millard Mr Arthur Monk Mr Dennis Nassau Mr Stephen Nossiter

Ms Mary Vrahnas Ms Bev Weeding Mr Glen Wilson Mr Frank Woodcock

MAKING A LASTING GIFT Mental Illness Fellowship is extremely grateful for the generous legacies received during the past year from our supporters and other members of the community. Legacies are meaningful gifts

Peter & David Philp

that go on to touch the lives

Mr Roger Pitt

of people and provide an

Mrs Poole

enduring memorial to the

Anonymous Family

Mr & Mrs S Price

donor and their family.

Ms Virginia Alcazar

Mr Rod Quantock

To discuss ways in which you

Mr Peter Apeltauer

Ms Andrea Rhodes

can help the Mental Illness

Mr Peter Barker

Mrs April Rywotycki

Fellowship please contact us

Ms Sue Buckle

Mr John Scarloto

on 03 9482 4199. Your

MAJOR DONORS & SUPPORTERS

International Consulting Group

Complete Foods Wholesalers

Inter-Tel Communications

Complete Mailing

Ivanhoe Grammar School

Rumourtism (performers)

Ms J Callaghan

Mr Andrew Schepisi

Complete Post

Janssen-Cilag

St John’s Southbank

Mr Craig Connelly

Mr Les Schmidt

Complete Transport Logistics

J C Smale & Co

Safeway

Mr Eden Cucek

Mr John Scodellaro

Ruffles Hairdressing

Mrs Priscilla Van Reseema

Mrs M E Parker

The William Buckland Foundation (ANZ Trustees)

Community Chest Inc

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Mrs B Trahair

support and interest in our work would be appreciated.


Jenny Cheney

Grace Edwards

Betty Heard

Pat Luxford

Carl Nolet

Heather Roberts

Byron Trevascus

Fatima Aboubaker

Merryn Chenoweth

Bessima Ehrek

Bill Heard

Robert Lyons

Lizzie Norcott

Brian Robertson

Metaxia Tsoukatos

Geraldine Adey

Stephen Chenoweth

Christine Erikson

Rosemary Heide

Vivienne Lyons

Rosemary Northe

Nonie Robertson

Laura Tulloch

Margaret Affleck

Suzanne Chenoweth

Jill Evans

Klaus Helpenstein

Ross MacIntosh

Lauren Nowak

Maree Robinson

Lorraine Tully

Nasrin Aidivandi

Allison Chong

Beth Exton

Judith Henwood

Kaye Mackay

Casey O’Brien

Cameron Rocke

Diana Tung

Sam Alic

Susan Chun

Fiona Eveleigh

Alison Herd

Roberto Magnano

Paula O’Callaghan

Cath Roffey

Neil Turton-Lane

Christine Allbrow

Inge Cichello

Phyllis Fabbro

Gillian Hilton

Lorraine Mainard

Dan O’Loughlin

Tim Rolfe

Cindy Van Doy

Evelyn Allen

Anna Clark

Angelina Falcone

Alison Hirth

Vanessa Malisa

Kerry O’Meara

Luke Rose

Tony Varsamakis

Margaret Allen

Sharon Clark

Beth Falconer

Steve Hirth

Margaret Manno

Lestyn Opie

Bill Royston

Lisa Verhoeven

Victor Alpen

Brendon Clarke

Janelle Falkner

Chun Li H’ng

Vanessa Marchant

Mona Osborne

Clare Ryan

Stephanie Viglione

Joseph Amore

Aline Clifford

Zion Fang

Pamela Holden

John Martin

Angela Osigli

Val Saaksjarvi

Phuoc Vo

Fiona An

Frances Coffey

Salvatore Faraci

Glen Hopwood

June Martin

Diane Page

Nadine Saikali

Yvonne Wales

Melissa Andrews

Neil Cole

Lin Win Feng

Lawrie Horner

Lois Martin

Mark Paget

Marie Salalila

Jadwiga Walford

George Aranda

Kathy Collett

J Fisher

Sang Hua

Trish Martin

Isole Pagliaro

Claudio Salemi

Jan Walker

Beth Bailey

Joe Collins

Michelle Huang

Iris Mascarenhas

Ivanka Palmer

Bill Salt

Sam Walker

Amee Baird

Lachlan Conboy

Adriana FloreaMcMahon

Peter Hui

Robin Massey

Steve Pappas

Brenda Salt

Bruce Wall

Joan Ball

Deirdre Condon

Ann Forbes

Alice Hulbert

Philippa May

Jana Paripovich

Bonnie Salter

Joy Wallis

Beth Banks

Susan Conduit

Frederick Ford

Elif Huner

David McCaig

Sue Parr

Phoebe Sampson

Mick Wallis

Robyn Barham

Judy Conn

Melissa Ford

Alexander Hutchings

Frances McCredie

Barbara Partenio

Olga Sanz

Ruth Walsh

Jane Barnett

Elizabeth Cooch

Kelly Forster

Margaret Hutchison

Judy McDonald

Bronwyn Passlow

John Saunders

Adam Wang

Margaret Bayliss

Vicki Cornelius

Henry Fox

James Ind

Ben McGill

Wendy Paton

Alethea Scantlebury

D I Warren

Ian Beasley

Krisstine Courtney

Bronwen Francis

Bob Iversen

Kieran McGregor

George Patterson

Stephen Schutze

Petra Watson

Clover Beckford Saunders

Mark Cowen

Krystyna Gale

Isabella Jackson

Daniel McGuiness

Val Patterson

Andrew Schwarz

Miriam Weiner

Nanette Cox

Christine Gamble

Vanessa Jackson

Pamela McIntosh

B & M Pattison

Julia Scrafton

Rebecca Wigan

Jean Begg

Jean Crewe

Dorothy Gardiner

Elaine Jalland

Kay McKay

Kali Paxinos

Kathleen Sefton

Dot Willcox

Tara Bennie

Barbara Crichton

Liz Gardiner

Jeff Jennings

Margaret McKenzie

Ingrid Seikel

Christine Williams

Winnie Bepharge

Sophie Crockett

John Garland

Edward Johnson

Robert McKenzie

Suzanne Pechlivanidis

Said Selim

Laurel Willruth

Evan Bichara

Alana Cromwell

Vi Gayleard

Anthony Jones

Sue McKernan

Matthew Peck

Lei Shi

Judith Wills

Louise Crossley

Paul Genis

Brandon McLean

Mary Pederick

Tome Siljanovski

Rose Windmiller

Deborah Crow

George Georgeiou

Mary McLean

Rene Pegoraro

Beryl Simmons

Doris Wisniewski

Graham Crowther

Joan Giertz

Rian McLean

Anne Perrott

Matthew Sitters

Alex Wood

Mark Cullen

Jan Gill

Stacey McMahon

Rod Peterson

Betty Smith

Meredith Woods

Janice Cullinan

Alena Glaister

Jenny McTaggart

Juliet Pettitt

Bevan Smith

Chris Wright

David Cunning

Mary Glue

Linda Meneghetti

Robyn Poletti

Seona Smith

Si Jia Xu

Anne Curie

Sue Goette

Min Hee Kim

Rob Menheere

Judy Polwarth

Betty So

Jiayuan Yang

Joan Cusworth

Matthew Gould

Vicki Kintakas

Susan Mifka

My-Thanh Potter

Daphne Soh

Christina Yeung

Evelyn Powell

Gaye Stewart

Koula Zagami

Laurence Biggs Amanda Bingham Kate Birrell Nicole Black Pamela Brand David Branniff Tom Broadhurst Diane Brown Michael Brown

what we believe

Jeff Jones Lesley Jones Alexander Kauye Mutsumi Kawabuchi Dawn Kay Lauren Kazenwadel

Denise da Silva

Nicholas Gould

Kit-e Kline

Ray Mignot

Rodney Brown

Thelma Dalrymple

Patrick Gould

Sarah Knight

Lesley Miles

Keith Powell

Mitch Strachan

Lin Zang

Margaret Bruce

Betty Danby

Stavros Gouros

Rob Knowles

Deborah Millar

Bernadette Presnell

Fay Strachan

Daniel Zaske

Kate Bruty

Joan Darby

Vera Gravina

Zee Ee Koay

Joy Millard

John Price

Youseff Suleiman

Zhi Zhang

Joyce Buchanan

Margaret Darby

Kirsten Green

Bobby Koh

Link Miller

Judy Price

Jill Sutton

Kan Zhu

Yvonne Bukofsen

Rebecca Dart

Ria Green

Katherine Kondekas

Bob Millist

Simon Price

Bill Sweetapple

Rosa Zilberstein

Lorna Bunton

Tom Dart

Gary Grey

Theo Kourtessis

Dorothy Millist

Jane Price

Dorothy Sweetapple

Tom Zoumbouridis

Aline Burgess

Alison Daun

Kath Gribble

Simone Krigsman

Louise Milne-Roch

Hilary Prideaux

Angela Tam

Ron Burgess

Yvonne Davidson

Owen Griffin

Joseph Krishna

April Mina

Ian Priestley

George Tan

Julia Calandro

Evelyn Dawkins

Nicole Griffiths

Pat Kronberger

Angela Misirlis

Geoff Prince

William Tan

Lisa Cameron

Margery Dean

Elaine Grigg

Kenneth Lai

Sharyn Mitchell

Steven Pukallus

Barbara Taylor

Fabio Candido

Troy Dean

Gladys Grigg

Vicki Laird

Peter Montana

Paul Qiu

Dinah Taylor

Marisa Cappelli

Cheryl Deering

Adam Grikepelis

Siu Ho Lam

Kerry Mooney

Bronwyn Raffaut

Kathryn Taylor

Iris Carling

Pam Delbridge

Roma Guerin

Annie Lao

Anne Moran

Patrick Rafter

Melita Taylor

Cassandra Carrington

Katelyn Dewan

Leah Gullan

Anne Large

Barbara Morley

Norma Rainsford

Peter Taylor

Karen Carroll

Kathy Dezic

John Halloran

Tahlia Laufer

Simon Morris

Hazel Ramsden

Wendy Taylor

Dawn Carson

Margaret Dick

Mark Hamra

Colleen Law

Valerie Mulhauser

Deidre Randell

Peter Taylor

Joan Carter

Jonathan Dickinson

Rina Hannan

Tainaya Law

Jessica Murphy

D Randich

Enid Thompson

Merle Carty

Brian Donnelly

Kate Hardiman

Shirley Le Page

Monica Murphy

Fiona Ransley

Judy Thompson

Stephen Castelli

Jennifer Doueal

Jeanne Harper

John Lee

Bill Naggs

Liz Raven

Lauren Thompson

Susan Cavarra

Joan Drake

Jim Harrington

Roger Leech

Abhijit Naik

Gabby Reardon

Shirley Tickner

Celeste

Diane Drayton

Clare Harrison

Julie Leith

Marina Namour

Belinda Reeves

Kevin Tink

Quian Quian Cen

Norma Duff

Lorraine Harrison

Leon

Rebecca Nangle

Lisa Reid

Mari Torres

Yin Mei Chan

Bob Duncan

Pamela Harrison

Barbara Leonard

Jess Newberry

Robin Richards

Catherine Trahair

Alex Chan

Mavis Duncan

Brenda Harrison

Val Lewis

Danielle Newton

Bev Ridley

Chris Trahair

Annette Charles

Jean Dunn

Leo Hart

Cheng Li

Kok Ng

Tom Rigby

Eugene Trahair

Agnes Chatfield

Anne Dunstone

Tahir Hashmi

Chi Fung Liu

Thuy Nguyen

Bill Riley

Madeline Trahair

Martin Chatfield

Marita Dunstone

Adrian Hawkins

Bill Lord

Sarah Niblock

Marie Riley

Joycelyn Traill

Joy Chellew

Alf Eagle

Beverley Hawkins

Lila Lord

Timothy Nickson

Peter Riley

David Tregear

Charles Chen

Barb Edwards

Joan Hayes

Pam Lucas

Marc Nigro

Shirley Rivo

Collette Trentini

Note: List does not include staff that have contributed significant time on a voluntary basis and some valued volunteers and supporters who have requested not to be named.

mental illness fellowships victoria annual report 2003

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VOLUNTEERS


If you have an interest 2. YOU WILL BE KEPT INFORMED in improving the wellbeing of people with a mental Your membership entitles you illness, their families to receive information on issues related to mental illness and you and friends, become will be kept up-to-date about a Member today.

advocacy initiatives we undertake.

1. YOUR VOICE WILL CREATE CHANGE As a Member, you join Victoria’s leading membership based

These include our Stop the Stigma campaign, which seeks a better deal for people with a mental illness, their family and friends.

not-for-profit organisation that is

As a Member, you will

passionate about creating positive

be entitled to:

change for people with a mental

• receive our comprehensive

To join, contact Priscilla Blake, our Membership Co-ordinator, on 03 9482 4199 or visit www.mifellowship.org Membership Fees (GST inclusive): $22.00 ($16.50) Ordinary (Concession) $11 Volunteer $11 ($5.50) Mental Illness Fellowship Program Participant (Concession) $11 ($5.50) Additional Member (Concession)

illness, their family and friends.

Membership Welcome Pack

As a Member, your voice joins

and our quarterly publications

thousands of others and allows us

for Members, MI Voice and MI

$110 Organisation

unique access to state and federal

Support

Add your voice and encourage others

politicians, the media and mental

• Access the ‘Members Only’

health service decision-makers.

section of our website

Our Voice is heard because we

www.mifellowship.org and

represent you.

our extensive range of Z to A

As a Member, you can:

Fact Sheets

• Join our new local Community Development forums, which raise awareness of issues facing people with a mental illness and

• Receive news on the latest

– If first member is at same address

to become a member of the Mental Illness Fellowship. Together we can Stop the Stigma

Photographs used in this annual report are of

developments in the field via our

unpaid models who include people

‘Members only’ E-mail Updates

with a mental illness, their family and friends,

• Receive discounts on educational

staff and volunteers of the Mental Illness

their families. Help advocate for

and support materials and courses,

Fellowship. Photographs were taken at

improved mental health services

and gain free entry to other

various program locations in August 2003.

in your local area

Mental Illness Fellowship activities

Artwork on inside covers: Richard Morrisson.

• Communicate the positive and courageous stories of people confronting mental illness through MC² (web based communication) and other media • Participate in our advocacy and media campaigns, including Stop the Stigma • Use your voting rights to inform

and events, such as the Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture.

3. YOU WILL ACCESS PRACTICAL SUPPORT Including: • Our Membership and Supporters Co-ordinator on 03 9482 4199 • Access to our Resource Centre

the future direction of the Mental

in Melbourne. This includes

Illness Fellowship.

an up-to-date library of audiovisual material that specialises in mental illness. There is a growing ‘Members Only’ library of feature films that have a connection with mental illness – these films are available to members only for loan • Links to the Mental Illness Fellowship’s services for people with a mental illness, their families and friends.

We are Victoria’s leading membershipbased not-for-profit organisation working with people with a mental illness, their families and friends to improve their well being.

Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria Helpline 03 9482 4189 or help@mifellowship.org (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday) Fairfield Place, 276 Heidelberg Road, Fairfield Victoria 3078 (PO Box 359 Clifton Hill Victoria 3068)

for people with a mental illness, their families and friends

Telephone 03 9482 4199 Facsimile 03 9482 4871 Email enquiries@mifellowship.org

together,

we can stop the stigma

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2003

MI Fellowship Victoria Annual Report 2003  

we can stop the stigma ANNUAL REPORT 2003 what we believe