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Open Mind Fiesta A community education event
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Well Ways Snapshot A new education program
Op shops A growing success story
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From the President
The national survey, ‘Australians talk mental illness’ informs
that John Lesser, President
our continued advocacy campaign. Catherine Bleasdale’s
of the Mental Health Review
letter to the editor in this edition of the newsletter highlights
Board, has agreed to speak at
the frustration that many of you experience when appropriate,
this forum. The Mental Health
affordable housing and support is unavailable.
Review Board is a statutory
I encourage you to actively participate in our campaign to let
review tribunal that conducts
your local federal political representative take this issue up.
hearings to determine whether
responsibility for funding mental health programs. In particular the Commonwealth Government can, through its agreement
supporters about how the season is progressing for the club. Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria is delighted that
patient. I encourage you to attend the AGM and Forum, as it is an opportunity for us to meet and hear from John about this
the group continues to support us at this and other events. Over 200 people gathered at the Lexus Centre to hear from Mick Malthouse, Gavin Brown and Brad Scott and MC Brian Taylor. The group also generously participated in a raffle and
On the national front our advocacy through both MIFA and the
auction which raised $1120 for our work. Our thanks to the
and their families. It is important that we do not get caught up
Mental Health Council of Australia continues. In particular
Collingwood Football Club and in particular the ‘Women in
in the political Commonwealth and State blame shifting game.
we continue to make representations about having in place
Black’ group, whose work in raising funds and awareness for
The Commonwealth can make better provisions for housing,
appropriate employment strategies, to assist people with
mental illness is greatly appreciated.
employment, education, social security and research.
mental illness gain a job. We also continue to advocate for funding for family education and support and I’m pleased to tell you that the department of Health and Ageing has extended it’s
the actions that you can take in your local area. This kit
funding until December this year. Obviously we will continue
will include a description of the issues, some background
to lobby for better funding. We have spoken with Senator Chris
information and the contact details of your representative.
Ellison about the introduction of the new Access Card and the
The current unsatisfactory situation will take time to change,
specific modifications that we believe should be in place for
and it will also take many people expressing their discontent
people with mental illnesses.
and proposing solutions.
where members of the coaching panel gathered to talk to
support and improve services for people with mental illnesses
MIFA will be mailing you an advocacy kit which outlines
If you are involved in a group like the ‘Women in Black’ and would like to raise funds for our work, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Stephanie Puls on 03 8486 4257 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, the Board is about to receive a consultants report on
Congratulations to the winner of our 16th Mental Illness
Thank you also to all of our members and supporters who
Fellowship Victoria raffle, Angie Hollis from Portland. She was
sold tickets. We look forward to this support continuing in the
absolutely thrilled with the car. In her own words on the day we
future. The next raffle is on 6 December 2007, so tickets will
handed her the keys, “I can’t believe this is happening!”
be on sale soon.
I encourage you to take Catherine Bleasdale’s lead by
the operation of the Board over the past 12 months.
becoming vocal about these issues and make them political
The outcome will be advised to members in due course.
by raising them with your representative. Also, we also are
Thank you for your continued support, I look forward to seeing
only too pleased to receive letters from readers who wish
Then off she drove in a brand new Toyota Aurion valued at
you at the AGM.
$37,218. It just goes to show it’s worth buying those tickets!
to express opinions on these and any other issues. We respect the privacy of all correspondents who wish to remain
group ‘Women in Black’ hosted their annual ‘Coaches Night’
with the states, improve funding in a range of programs to
ood coa ch Mic k Malth o
In June, the Collingwood Football Club women’s coterie
it is necessary for a person to be treated as an involuntary
Both Commonwealth and State Governments have
MC Bri an Taylo r and C ollingw
Collingwood Football Club continues to support MI Fellowship
Yours sincerely We’d also like to note that Raffle 16 was the last raffle run
anonymous but would appreciate the inclusion of contact
h rtland wit lis from Po ol H ie n ng A Aurio new Toyota her brand
by Jo Luciani as Fundraising Coordinator at MI Fellowship.
details for our information only.
Jo built the raffle from humble beginnings to a major source
The Annual General Meeting will be held at Fairfield Place
of income. We’re delighted that her last raffle was one of the most successful to date. Thank you Jo for all your hard work
on Friday 19 October at 5.30pm. We had advertised that Commissioner Christine Nixon will be the keynote speaker.
The Hon. Robert Knowles AO,
Unfortunately she has had to attend a business meeting
President, MI Fellowship Victoria
and good luck in your new endeavours!
overseas at this time and is therefore no longer able to join
Dates for your diary in 2007
us that evening. She is still prepared to meet with us, and we will arrange this meeting for a future time. We are delighted
Mental Health Week
Open Mind Fiesta
Sunday 14 October
People and their stories – Zoe Humphreys
Open Mind Fiesta
From the Chief Executive
Letters to the editor
Op shops - a growing success story
AGM, Awards and Annual Lecture
Friday 19 October
Mental illness education
Well Ways Snapshot
Volunteer thank you party
Wednesday 5 December
Trivia and auction in Hume
AGM, Awards and Forum
MI Resource Centre
Spring car raffle draw
Thursday 6 December
Please find out more about all activities by calling 03 8486 4200 or visit www.mifellowship.org/newsevents.asp
Open Mind Fiesta
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A community education event
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MI challenge – In my own words by Jacinta Chapman
MI Fellowship’s annual Open Mind Fiesta is just around the
Jacinta Chapman participated in Mental Illness Fellowship
corner and preparations are in full swing. As the event itself
The Challenge was mentally and physically challenging but
Victoria’s MI Challenge program, a unique fundraising
continues to grow, so too does our determination to increase
I wouldn’t change a moment of my experience for anything
activity that gives people the opportunity to raise money and
its capacity to raise awareness about mental illness. This year,
– I now know that there is nothing in this world that I can’t
complete their own unique challenge. This is Jacinta’s story.
achieve if I just believe in myself. It’s helped me grieve and
our messages to the crowd will be based on four priorities
I decided to take up the MI Challenge after losing ‘my boys’,
identified by members:
my cousin Danny William and my best friend Danny Thomas,
given my family and friends a real reason to talk about the boys.
to suicide. They share a name and a special place in my
There are no words which can explain the feeling of
heart. The Challenge was my way of honouring them
accomplishment and achievement I have and I would
and raising awareness for the great work that the
encourage anyone thinking of taking part to do it – it will
MI Fellowship does.
change your life!
These messages will be communicated through t-shirts and
The Challenge gave me an opportunity to make people open
badges, which will be worn by almost 500 people on the day,
Thanks again to everyone who supported me; I couldn’t have
up and share their experiences with mental illness.
done it without you.
After raising $5,000 to take part, I set off for China in May
To find out more about MI Challenges call Chris Harrison on
this year to walk the Great Wall and climb Mt Huashan.
0423 780 716, or attend our next information session:
Cold showers, hard beds and tired feet are all part and
Where: MI Fellowship, 276 Heidelberg Rd, Fairfield
2. Employment 3. Relationships 4. Stigma
as well as distributed to patrons attending the event. Open Mind Fiesta is only the success it is with your help. We are in need of approximately 300 volunteers to assist us for a shift (2-3 hours) on the day, Sunday 14 October, at Station Street in Fairfield. Tasks range from handing out balloons to cooking barbeques to supervising barricades. Please consider
Letter to the editor
volunteering at this important event on our calendar.
To register your interest, phone Maryanne Ewing
This is in reply to Anon. (member) who felt unable to give
on 03 8486 4220 or email email@example.com
a name to the letter published in MI Voice Winter edition
parcel of taking part in a Challenge – there were some points where I thought to myself, ‘I don’t think I can go any further,’ but I made it.
When: Tuesday 25 September at 6pm the day on longest r u o r ares fo Jinshanling” up prep to “The gro Wall Simatai
extolling the virtues of the magazine and not wanting to
Preston Rotary .
Board member Ela ine Price
Ongoing supporters MI Fellowship was thrilled to be presented with a cheque for $6000 from Preston Rotary in July. The money will be used for the development of Double Trouble material and the eventual
read about some of the sadly true stories about many other mentally ill people. I have always understood that MIF is about improving the lot of all mentally ill people and helping their carers. Whilst MIF is causing positive things to happen for the mentally ill there is singularly little being done to give them safe and affordable housing which does not have too many strings attached, laying down what a person has to do to get into the accommodation, where they can live feeling secure
and get some support when needed for an indefinite time
Station Street Fairﬁeld
cheque and thank the group for their generous ongoing support
Not only will this help the individual concerned but also lift
of our work. “It was great to meet the group and be able to
the stress on carers of those who have suffered from chronic
Sunday 14 October 11am-5pm
thank them for the donation. They’re not just concerned with
mental illness, by the knowledge that their family member is
raising money though, they are keen to learn more about
at least warm, dry and safe and permanent.
mental illness and contribute to educating the public about it
Can we not sometimes be acknowledged in the magazine
too, which is another wonderful way to contribute.”
for the long and unrelenting pressure put on us by asking
Also, MI Fellowship board and Preston Rotary member, Elaine
what can be /is being done by the organisation which at its
Price, was recently honoured with a ‘Paul Harris Fellowship
conception was set up to help the carers of the mentally ill?
Award’. This award is the highest recognition awarded
national roll out of this program. General Manager of Research and Development, Laura Collister went along to collect the
by Rotary. It is awarded to those who make outstanding contributions to their community by exemplifying Rotary’s motto - “service above self”. Congratulations to Elaine on this
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marvellous achievement which specifically recognizes her
Ed’s note: refer to Rob Knowles’ column on page two regarding
contribution to mental health.
this letter and the issues contained within it.
“On the Wall (S imatai to Jinsh room m anling) ate Mel with m Hoskin y gs”
is and ae Morr with Sh with u d e o lk ik e a b Gu ho w nling to r friend Xio w “Jinsha e Wall” farme th se f e o in p h e st my C me every
Catherine Bleasdale. Member
w w w. m i f e l l o w s h i p . o r g
Items rea dy to be auctioned
Mental illness education
Trivia and auction in Hume
“Well Ways has been so helpful - meeting with others in similar circumstances, sharing fears, ideas, solutions, learning how to find new ways to help in our situation, discussing thoughts and concerns in a safe, secure, supportive and friendly environments. Thank you.” Kevin
On 23 May MI Fellowship’s Hume region held their 3rd annual “The facilitators’ knowledge of the program, and in particular their own personal experiences, was both enlightening and courageous.” Drew
trivia and auction night at the Hotel Australia in Shepparton. The event attracted people from far and wide with tables consisting of a mix of people from local services, businesses, MI Fellowship supporters, staff and members of the general
“It really helped me to be a far better carer. My son has improved significantly over the past few weeks and I have been able to cope much better.” Kate
community. The evening was a huge success with a record“I have learned that I am not alone.” Claire
breaking $3335.70 raised. This money will be put back into our local programs for purchases such as bikes, board games, social outings and Christmas lunch. The evening was hosted by local larrikins the MC Hammers, and the auctioneering was undertaken with the great skill and talent of Shepparton real estate agent Ed Flanagan of Flanagan & Reed Real Estate. A great night was had by all. In the midst of a drought, regional Victorians are under pressure at the moment, so we are
Searle C Grant help of M e th h it e bids w accepts th Flanagan
especially grateful to the businesses and “This program is a must! You will be taught to understand the illness and what seems impossible when you start, becomes manageable by the end.” Andrea
The Well Ways Program is designed to increase the capacity of
The Double Trouble Program aims to increase the capacity of
families, carers and friends to care effectively for themselves,
families and friends of people with dual diagnosis (where a
other family members and their relative living with mental
mental illness and substance use coexist) to care effectively
illness. The program provides a broad and sensitive perspective
for themselves, the person with the dual diagnosis and other
to the many issues facing families as they manage the impact
of mental illness on their lives. The Well Ways program consists of eight 3hr group sessions over eight consecutive weeks plus four follow-up sessions two-monthly. To find out more about Well Ways or where and when it’s
The Double Trouble program consists of six three-hour weekly group education sessions
individuals who supported the event.
AGM, Awards and Forum
To find out more about Double Trouble or where and when it’s
Please join us for our annual Awards presentation and
available throughout Victoria, contact Lorraine Johnstone on
Forum, held in conjunction with our AGM. Unfortunately
03 8486 4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Christine Nixon is now unable to attend as
available throughout Victoria, contact Julie Mehegan on
keynote speaker. But we are delighted that John Lesser,
03 8486 4200 or email email@example.com
President of the Mental Health Review Board, has agreed to speak at this forum. The Mental Health Review Board is
John Lesser – brief biography For many years, John combined lecturing at a TAFE College (1979-1989) with part-time general legal practice (1980-1997). From 1985-2000, John was a part-time member of a number of Victorian and Commonwealth tribunals, including the Mental Health Review Board (1993-2000).
a statutory review tribunal that conducts hearings to determine whether it is necessary for a person to be
In June 2006, John was awarded a 2006 Churchill
Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria Members: $70.00
If you require information about financial support options for fees
treated as an involuntary patient.
Fellowship, which provided financial support for a study tour
and transport please contact the case manager at the Community
Note: Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria ordinary membership costs $22.00 per year and $11.00 per annum for extra members
Mental Health Service for Carer Crisis Brokerage Funding.
John will present on the different ways in which Mental Health
Alternatively your local Carer Respite Centre may be able to assist:
Acts in the UK, Europe and Canada are handling mental
in the same household ($16.50 for concession membership and
Carer Links North on 03 9495 2555 or 03 9495 2524
$5.50 for additional concession household memberships). To
Carer Links West on 03 9396 9549
become a member, contact Ben Pocknee on 03 8486 4249
Note: People who are receiving external funding are required to make a personal contribution of $22.00 ($11.00 conc) which will cover administration and membership.
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
illness, with a particular focus on consumer participation in care planning and the role of families and carers.
to observe and evaluate mental health tribunals, courts and systems in the United Kingdom, Europe and Canada between April and July 2007. Where: MI Fellowship, 276 Heidelberg Rd, Fairfield When:
Friday 19 October at 5.30pm
03 8486 4200
People and their stories
Zoe Hum phreys shares h er exper iences
Many of you will have been following the national housing
“I was diagnosed with anxiety about two years ago and had a
Fellowship of Australia we have also been preparing for
depressive episode about five months ago. I’ve been going to
the Federal election and have surveyed people with mental
youth group for about six months.
illnesses their families and friends nationally. We were
debate and the call on the Federal Government to address affordability. As you know, in collaboration with Mental Illness
delighted that 2100 people across the country found time to
My anxiety came on after having a bad reaction to cold and flu
make their views known through the Australians Talk Mental
tablets. Severe anxiety and panic attacks continued after that
Illness survey, including 370 Victorians providing responses.
for many months. I did not go out or socialise. I was put on anti-
Housing was identified as the number one issue of concern
anxiety medication quite quickly which helped me and I saw a psychologist for some time and did improve quite a bit. However I continued to stay in and not go out or socialise much. But I did manage to stay well enough to finish my nursing degree last year… just about! I was accepted into Austin Mental Health as a mental health graduate nurse and things seemed to be going well. I moved house just before Christmas and it seemed that my anxiety was creeping back slowly. I could not believe that I was experiencing this again. It came in small doses, then a few weeks before I was due to start my new job as a nurse my anxiety became a lot worse. I had opened up to my psychologist about the abuse I had experienced as a teenager. For some reason I had decided to bring it up now and face it. I hoped that telling people would bring
me relief but found that it only increased my anxiety. I ended up telling my parents. It was a really hard time for me. And it was hard for them too. There was so much about my past that they didn’t know. They backed off a bit from pushing me into starting my new job when they realised how much I was dealing with. I became very depressed at this stage and my parents wanted to admit me to hospital. I could not start my new job and could not be left alone at all. As a nurse, I could not believe what I was experiencing - I was not used to being on this side. I hated to admit the thoughts that were running through my head. I didn’t want anyone to know or feel sorry for me. After some terrible trials with medications and some major side effects, I was put on a new drug that was working. It took me about two months to believe I was ok and able to move on. During the early stages of taking this new medication my mum told me about a youth group and convinced me to go along one day. I was dreading it and extremely panicky. Up until then I had not been left alone. I had been driven everywhere, people had taken time off work to be with me and I had not seen other people for a long time. I was terrified on that first day I went. I looked terrible
Elizabeth Cr owther Chief Execut ive
From the Chief Executive
The following reflection was written by Zoe Humphreys, a participant of Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria’s youth group in the eastern region.
for Australians responding to the survey. Yvonne a Victorian because I had neglected my appearance for ages and was in no
mother represented many of these responses saying ‘trying to
mood to sit still for two hours and have people judge me.
find appropriate accommodation is as stressful and traumatising
I remember looking around and thinking that everyone was so
as the illness itself. Our house is full of tension and we feel we
bubbly and attractive. Each person talked about their Christmas period and how the holiday was. It was all positive. But I had
are imprisoned in our own house. I am 69 and not well and we feel that we are hitting brick walls’.
People need a range of skills, personal and social supports to maintain their capacity to live in the community. A house is not enough. People who develop psychiatric disabilities, need structured support to developed their independence, self managing and organizational skill to maintain their home.
nothing positive in me. I was barely surviving day by day. I wanted
The Commonwealth Government negotiates agreements
Without these specialized interventions homelessness and
to vomit and run. Then it was my turn to talk. I could not say I
with each state and territory for five year periods, and this
marginal housing and Yvonne’s situation are a reality.
had a good holiday because it was such a terrible time for me. I broke down and opened up with the things I could not keep in any longer. I cried most of the time during that first visit to youth group. But everyone was so understanding. They just listened and didn’t judge me. And even though I was embarrassed I could tell
arrangement is due to be negotiated in June 2008. Yvonne’s situation representing many hundreds of stories must be considered in these discussions. The Department of Families, Communities and Indigenous Affairs are conducting an enquiry ‘Looking to the Future of Public Housing’. Submissions for which are due on the 28th September 2007.
they had been there too!
We will make a submission to this enquiry and encourage
It was a struggle to convince myself to get to each session but it
you to do so. You can locate the papers on the web at
got easier each time. I had found people who understood me and
http://www.facs.gov.au and search for increasing social
could relate to my symptoms and past. I started to feel inspired
and valued. It felt like my medication was working more and I felt
As you will see in the President’s report and elsewhere in this
a lot more confidence within me. I began to go out here and there
newsletter we are finalising our advocacy strategies for the
and looked forward to youth group each week.
federal election. Your assistance will help make a difference.
When I look back now to think about what I’ve gotten out of youth group and in simple words… my life! I made new friends and I learnt that being on medication was ok and felt comfortable talking to these new friends about it. I got confidence in myself through sharing with others who knew
You will be receiving a letter during September with more information on what you can do. Headlines in the Herald Sun newspaper saying ‘Housing
affordable and safe accommodation. This housing crisis and
there who are like me and have come so far. I was inspired by
Australia, diverting attention from housing for people with a
mental illness, which has been in dire need of funding and
I can now look at myself and say I have a mental Illness but it’s ok
improvement for many, many years. In reviewing where people
that there is a process in getting better and I had to take steps to get better. For me it’s many, many baby steps, but it feels amazing to be taking them.”
be for the Commonwealth Government to allocate specific housing funds for people with mental illnesses. I encourage Yvonne and all of our members to join our mental health housing advocacy campaign.
. Elizabeth Crowther Chief Executive
that people with mental illnesses face in finding stable, media attention surrounding it focuses attention on middle
it wasn’t the end of the world. I learned through the youth group
people with mental illnesses and their families. A start would
crisis puts ownership out of reach’ underlines the difficulties
where I was coming from and I learnt that there are people out
and manageable. So I wasn’t able to take up my nursing job but
One size does not fit all. We need different solutions to support
lived over the last five years we have seen a disturbing but consistent trend of people moving out of their own housing back into the family house. We will look at this more closely over the coming year.
MI Fellowship would like to congratulate Rob and Adel Merola and the team at SEW-Eurodrive on 25 years of operations in Australia. This year we also celebrate the 10th year of our partnership with them and look forward to their annual golf day and auction night later in the year. Congratulations and thank you SEW-Eurodrive!
Op shops a growing success story
MI Resource Centre
The following Board members are up for election or re-election at the Annual General Meeting in October. The number of vacancies exceeds the number of candidates, therefore voting is not necessary.
Mr Paul Montgomery Paul has a proven track record in an ability to initiate and
manage change, with particular strengths in setting vision, We would like to thank our fantastic and energetic volunteer teams in our two op shops in Northcote and Kew. We have a
business planning, coaching, team building, human resource
development, taking a national and global perspective and
core team of approximately 60 volunteers who have helped over the past three years to revitalize them. They remain
bottom line responsibility. These skills were demonstrated
as managing partner of a multi-million dollar professional
diligent and keep their sense of humour, even when greeted at the front door with piles and piles of new stock to be sorted! This growth over three years is revealed in our profit figures.
services organisation renowned for the quality of commercial
advice, innovative style and client focus. Paul holds a
Bachelor of Arts and Law.
Australians talk mental illness
An information and advocacy hub, MI Resource Centre aims to provide information, resources, education and action for people with a mental illness, their family and friends, MI Fellowship members, participants and the wider community. We are currently redeveloping the Resource Centre – we will still be offering both loans and sales, however it will no longer be a ‘library’, as such. The items will be limited in number, targeted and recommended by MI Fellowship. The items will be available for sale (including a discount for members) and for loan to members. MI Resource Centre is seeking volunteers to review these materials who will be part of ensuring that they meet criteria such as that they reflect our values, and that they include a
Professor Christos Pantelis
range of perspectives and cultural understandings.
Christos is currently the Head of the Cognitive
We are seeking reviewers who are literate, available via
Neuropsychiatry Research and Academic Unit (CNRAU) in
email, have time to read or view items, have an ability to
the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne.
analyse works according to who the target audience would
He was formerly Clinical Director of the Adult Mental
be. And they will have knowledge of and be able to interpret
A forum based on our federal election advocacy campaign
Health Rehabilitation Unit and Director of the inpatient
the MI Fellowship vision and values and as such be able
rehabilitation program at Royal Park Hospital. Christos
to be sensitive about any possible risks of organisational
Over 2000 people from the Mental Illness Fellowship
brings an international reputation in schizophrenia research,
particularly in the neuropsychology of the disorder. He is
Time commitment depends on how fast you consume
community throughout Australia responded to our survey earlier in the year. The survey told us loudly and clearly the top five issues for people affected by mental illness and some great ideas on how
to bring about change. 1. Housing 2. Employment 3. Family and consumer education 4. Mental health research 5. Social security
Well Ways snapshot Making a difference
to serve, on various school, industry and community bodies
Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria has a strong track record in the provision of family education. Recent evaluation results of our ‘flagship’ program, Well Ways, involving over 300 family
What are the political parties saying about mental illness?
involved in the development of the fundraising area of Mental
and effective frameworks related to mental illness.
strength, and responding to requests for a shorter program,
Come along to our forum to find out more and make your
After completing a Well Ways program, Nathan became Illness Fellowship Victoria. He has served, and continues
members has produced very pleasing results. Building on this
people affected by mental illness?
Mr Nathan Shafir
This concise program introduces families to current, modern
What does this mean for the election?
And how can we lobby the politicians to improve things for
a qualified medical practitioner.
Mental Illness Fellowship Australia is currently funded to do a second pilot of Well Ways Snapshot - a shorter program which is developed for people who wish or are only able to devote a more limited time to learning about this issue.
Nathan holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Grad. Dip. Commercial Data Processing and is an FCPA.
Ms Leslie Miles
Park Bench© Observations of Daily life
developed mental illness. Having lived with her illness since the 1980s, Leslie joined Bromham Place (a MI Fellowship
Where: MI Fellowship, 276 Heidelberg Road, Fairfield
her recovery. Leslie has been and remains an active
questionaire and a short phone interview after the program.
member and volunteer within this program.
Sue Farnan on 03 8486 4213 or email@example.com
03 8486 4227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
which she taught for three years but ceased these when she
centre-based day service) in 1993, to which she attributes
If there are particular issues or questions you would
To become a reviewer, please contact Matilda Langley on
has a Bachelor of Arts specializing in drawing and ceramics,
asked to contribute to the evaluation which will comprise a
For further information to contact:
items as you like.
Leslie trained as an enrolled nurse in the 1980s. She also
Participants in the pilot are invited free of charge, and will be
Please reserve your place by calling 03 8486 4200.
fill in a short review form. You can read as many, or few
in Melbourne in the area of development and fundraising.
When: Tuesday 18 September, 6.30-8.30pm (MELWAYS P30 J12)
resources. We ask that you read or view the item/s and then
like discussed please contact Matilda Langley on email@example.com or 03 8486 4200 $5 donation on entry will be gratefully accepted, all donations are tax deductible.
Created by Peter Barker ‘Park Bench’ is a cartoon series, looking at life and social issues, provided by Peter Barker, who has lived with schizophrenia for over twenty years.
Membership Members make our voice more powerful and credible when we advocate for change for people affected by mental illness. Please renew for the 2007/08 year and consider asking your family and friends to join too!
Chief Executive: Elizabeth Crowther
Mental Illness Fellowship retains the right to edit articles.
Editor: Stephanie Puls
Please note that the opinions expressed in this publication
are not necessarily those of the Editor or the Mental
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Illness Fellowship Victoria. © Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria. All rights reserved.
MI Voice is for members and aims to keep them informed of the
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also our opportunity to keep potential and existing supporters and donors informed of the Mental Illness Fellowship’s activities and the difference their contribution makes. MI Voice is the quarterly
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President - The Hon. Robert Knowles
publication of the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, Fairfield Place
Vice President - Mr Graeme Pocknee
276 Heldelberg Road, Fairfield, Victoria, 3078, Australia.
Secretary - Mrs Diane Brown Treasurer - Ms Jenny King
Telephone 03 8486 4200
Directors - Ms Louise Milne-Roch, Mr Nathan Shafir, Prof Christos Pantelis, Mrs Elaine Price, Dr Alex Wood, Ms Leslie Miles, Mr Paul Montgomery
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