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VMIAC E-Bulletin

VMIAC is an organization for people who have had mental or emotional health problems. VMIAC is run by people who have had mental or emotional health problems. VMIAC believes that people with personal experience of mental health problems have a valuable role to play in the developments of mental health services. VMIAC is committed to active consumer participation at all levels of the mental health system.

In this Edition: 1. Mental Health Act Implementation Bulletin: 2. APSU Peer Health Training Course: 3. The World Hearing Voices Congress: 4. Mental Health Recovery Life Improvement Course: 5. Legal Aid Brief: 6. MHIMA Invitation: 7. Nicci Wall Whats Happening: 8. Graeme Cowan Literature: 9. National Contributing Life Methodology Project: 10. 2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition: 11. Disability Services Commissioner Speaking Up: 12. RMIT University: 13. Find your voice

The email is sent every week and contains items which may interest mental health consumers, carers and service providers and which otherwise they may not be able to access. Thank you for subscribing to this VMIAC email if you wish to unsubscribe please contact info@vmiac.org.au Bill Moon or Dominic Troughton Information Officer Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council Tel (03)9380 3900 http://www.vmiac.org.au/This message is intended for the addressee and may contain confidential information. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete this message and notify the sender. Views expressed are those of the document initiator/writer, and are not necessarily the views of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council.

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1/ Mental Health Act Implementation Bulletin Please on the link below the second edition of the Mental Health Act Implementation Bulletin. This is the latest update in a series designed to inform stakeholders of the progress toward mental health legislative reform in Victoria. The Bulletin is issued bi-monthly and is available on the Reform of the Mental Health Act website: www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth/mhactreform. Then click on the 'latest news' link on the left hand side of the page. Additionally, on 10 July 2013, the Minister for Mental Health, Hon Mary Wooldridge MP, also provided an update on the progress and actions taken to reform Victoria’s mental health legislation. This was the first in a series of communiqués targeted at consumers, carers, and the mental health workforce and service providers. The Ministerial Communiqué is also available on the Reform of the Mental Health Act website. If you wish to be added to the distribution list for either of these publications, or have any questions arising from this update, please email mhactreform@health.vic.gov.au or phone the enquiry line on 1300 656 692. Apologies if you have already received this. Regards,

Mental Health Act Implementation Project Department of Health | 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000 p. 1300 656 692 e. mhactreform@health.vic.gov.au www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth/mhactreform

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2/ APSU New Peer Helper Training course: 26 August – 12 September 2013:

New Peer Helper Training course: 26 August – 12 September 2013 APSU has been successfully running the Peer Helper Training since 2005. The Peer Helper Training is designed for people who have lived experience of problematic substance use with or without mental health issues. It has been described as a snapshot of the Certificate IV in AOD and, as such, it enables people who have had a disrupted education to test the waters, build their self-esteem, skill and knowledge level. Indeed, many people who have been through the Peer Helper Training have then undertaken further education or other socially engaging activities. APSU will run the next Peer Helper Training course from 26 August – 12 September 2013. We invite people with the experience of problematic substance use, with or without mental health issues, to apply for this free training by 1 August 2013. The application will be followed by an individual assessment of each applicant before the final confirmation of enrolment. The flyer with all further information is available at http://www.apsuonline.org.au/wpcontent/uploads/2013/07/Flyer.pdf. Peer Helper Training is free of charge. Light lunch will be provided each day of the training. Venue: SHARC - Community Hall 140 Grange Road Carnegie 3163 To apply for the Peer Helper Training e-mail ekennedy@sharc.org.au by 1 August 2013. For further information call (03)9573 1776. Please, pass this information on to anyone who might benefit from this training. Thank you, Edita Kennedy Project Worker APSU Association of Participating Service Users 140 Grange Road, Carnegie 3163 VIC T (03)9573 1776 F (03)9572 3498 ekennedy@sharc.org.au

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3/ The World Hearing Voices Congress: For information on the world hearing voices congress please follow the following link: http://www.regonline.com.au/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1196422&utm_source=Congress+fo rwarders&utm_campaign=68e3119f55Congress_News_July_18th7_18_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_62332f2758-68e3119f5567778813 Top

4/ Mental Health Recovery and Life Improvement Course: Mental Health Recovery and Life Improvement course, including WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) Seminar 1 (as was presented by Bianca Holgate at VMIAC last year!) Discussion-based course, facilitated by Katrina Breen and Natasha Wiggetts (both are qualified WRAP facilitators). Begins Thursday 8th Aug, 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Location is near Balwyn, with a short walk from a railway station. Please note that WRAP is NOT "just relapse prevention": it suits anyone, with or without a mental illness, who is looking to make any change of any kind, e.g. any change in habits, or adjusting to life changes e.g. moving house or starting new job or studies. The course teaches participants to develop their own programme according to their individual needs, strengths and goals. Examples of uses for a WRAP plan: Getting a job Changing jobs Increasing your work hours Taking on more responsibilities Getting more education or training Leaving Supported Housing Moving Beginning or Leaving a Relationship Working on Relationship Issues Having a Child Chronic or Acute Illness Addictions Stress/Job Burnout Breaking Bad Habits Losing Weight Trying Out New Interests Caring for Ill or Elderly Family Member

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Topics in the course include: Empowerment and Responsibility The Importance of Education Developing a Wellness Recovery Action Plan Taking Preventative Action Early Diet, Light and Exercise Changing Negative Thoughts to Positive Ones Preventing and Avoiding Suicide Taking Responsibility for Wellness Stress Reduction and Relaxation Methods Building Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence Developing and Keeping Support Systems, and Peer Listening This programme also serves as a prerequisite for anyone wanting to later attend facilitator training (seminar 2) for delivering the programme. At this stage we are looking for expressions of interest. We are estimating that we will run the course for 12 sessions, at a cost of $200 per person for the whole course (i.e. $ 16.70 per session, which includes workbook, handouts and light refreshments). This could be open to negotiation however, so please let us know if you would be interested in attending if it were shorter and cheaper! Limited places available. Further information is available on request. Please also feel free to spread the word. WRAP can be attended (and delivered) by people with or without a mental illness. This course will include participants from the "general public".

Katrina Breen 0414 779 604 (Please keep trying if you don't hear back from me, since voicemail messages don't always get through!) happykat_au@yahoo.com.au

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5/ Legal Aid Brief: Please follow the following link to access the legal aid brief: http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=fc9379734b7d80ad2318154fd&id=b7037d07ac&e=e9a18566fc Top

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6/ MHIMA Invitation:

Australia needs a research agenda for mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. If you have experience in multicultural mental health (including as a carer or service user); and wish to declare your interest in this very important project we invite you to come along to this session. See the attached flyer for all the details! Top

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7/ NICCI WALL WHATS NEW:

From ‘Nicci Wall - Mental Health Advocate’ - Facebook Page is https://www.facebook.com/GlimpsesMindsUnleashed?ref=hl

In this What's New: Introducing the Victorian Association of Mental Health Peer Specialists - (AMHPS Vic) Barwon Region Mental Health Week - Wellbeing Awards, Wellbeing Grants and Wellbeing Walk – see attached Contributing Life Conversation – see attached Call Out: Personal stories for the National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research - mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds – see attached Blackdog Institute - REACH Wellbeing Group Facilitator Training – see attached

2013 ASBDD Conference – see attached Seminar - M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Diagnosis, Management and Treatment 5th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium Life Style Wellness Program July/August Schedule – Kardinia Mental Health – see attached Matt Burke - Australian Singer/Songwriter Plays for Psych Patients CORE Research Pilot – VMIAC – see attached ‘What’s Happening’ newsletter by Glenda Pitchford – see attached Introducing the Victorian Association of Mental Health Peer Specialists - (AMHPS Vic) A group of peer workers in the mental health sector have been meeting over the past few years for mutual support and reflection on their work. This forum has provided the context out of which has grown an increasing commitment to the formation of a professional association for people with a lived experience of mental ill health and recovery who declare that as part of their employment. The group is now incorporated as the Victorian Association of Mental Health Peer Specialists – AMHPS Vic. The current aims of the Association are to provide a networking opportunity for Victorian mental health peer specialists, to be the peak body that represents Victorian mental health peer specialists and to provide a forum for reflective practice for Victorian mental health peer specialists. The Association holds network meetings once a month on either a Monday or Friday between 1030am -12.30pm. The network meetings are an opportunity to discuss topics

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of special interest, raise issues, exchange ideas, learn and share from each other and conduct group reflective exercises. We invite peer workers and consumer consultants who are interested in forwarding the agenda of a professional organisation for their mutual benefit to contact us by email at the following address: vmhpeers@gmail.com One of the members of the network will then contact you to provide you with the details of meeting times and dates. The AMHPS Vic Annual General Meeting is being held on Friday 26 July at 10.30am at VMIAC: Building 1, 22 Aintree Street, Brunswick East VIC 3057. Please RSVP to vmhpeers@gmail.com

Contributing Life Conversation – see attached the Commission invites interested members of the community to continue to discuss the concept of a Contributing Life by holding a Contributing Life Conversation in the month of July and August. An Information Brochure is attached. The Commission invites discussion of the following 4 key questions • What’s important to you in having a meaningful life? • What helps you to have a meaningful life? • What gets in the way? • What would make the biggest difference to your life (top 3 things) Responses to these questions will assist the Commission to further develop the Contributing Life concept and the Contributing Life Methodology. Responses will also assist to inform this year’s National Mental Health Report Card. As usual, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to me (Leanne Craze) or the Project's HelpDesk (email: contributinglife@bigpond.com T: 02 4625 7777)

Call Out: Personal stories for the National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention We are running a unique project to capture the stories of everyday people who have been affected by mental illness for the National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. I am emailing you today to inquire you are interested in participating in this project and wish to provide a story – existing or new – which fit the focus topics below. I am seeking new, or existing stories from: • individuals with a lived experience, • support people/carers, and • from sector based organisations and individuals If you have any examples of what you think could fit the themes (below), which I can then discuss with you, please email me by Thursday 18th July. DATE:19/July/2013

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About the Project The National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) will release its second National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at the end of 2013. The Commission is asking for the support of community service organisations to again provide stories from individuals who access services around the country for possible inclusion in the Report Card. The NMHC has appointed the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia to coordinate these stories and I am part of the national project team. I am writing to you to request your participation in this project to provide stories – existing or new – which fit the criteria below. It is not necessary at this stage for you to provide complete stories to me, just examples of what you think could fit the themes which we can then discuss with you. The stories short listed for the report card will be: 1. Reviewed and condensed by a professional writer to fit the criteria of approx 300500 words for publication in the National Report Card. 2. Filmed for use at the launch, on the website and in ongoing promotion. These recordings will take approx 1 day each to produce and will be filmed by a production company appointed by the Commission, in a location which is most suitable to the storyteller. 3. A photograph will also taken for use in the Report Card. Focus Topics The 2013 Report Card areas of focus are; 1. Thriving, not just surviving: One person, diverse needs: living with a mental illness as well as the challenges from difficulties with alcohol and drug use 2. Connections with family, friends, culture and community: Strengthening community understanding 3. Ensuring effective support, care and treatment: Approaches that support recovery, including through peer support 4. Something meaningful to do, something to look forward to: Transitioning from education to independence 5. Feeling safe, stable and secure: The justice system and mental health 6. Preventing suicide: What works in suicide prevention? Consent and Permission All stories will require written permission from the person/people involved to publish, photograph and film them for inclusion in the Report Card. This information may be used in associated materials to support the release and dissemination for public consumption. Permission for these accompanying multimedia products, which will include photography and videography is essential and a NMHC Consent Form will be provided to you. We understand there are a number of additional issues to consider with filming such as the suitability to travel, carer/support requests and hesitation for the person to be filmed.

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Paid Participation Stories which are selected for the Report Card will be subject to the Paid Participation Policy of the Commission and confirmed to you once the shortlist has been finalised. Timelines We are working to very tight deadlines on this project and would therefore appreciate your response by no later than Thursday 18th July. Other Information: The Commission is keen to limit the amount of people who will be aware of the content of the Report Card until its launch, so I would appreciate it if you could discuss this with as few people in your organisation as possible. Kind Regards Jane Henty Jane.Henty@arafemi.org.au Executive Officer Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia

Research - mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds – see attached Mental Health In Multicultural Australia (MHiMA), are looking for people to participate in an important research project into mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds! If you have experience in multicultural mental health (including as a carer or service user); and wish to declare your interest in this very important project, please email your name, preferred email contact and affiliation (if applicable) to Tiffany Too tiffany.too@unimelb.edu.au or Erminia Colucci ecolucci@unimelb.edu.au Dr Erminia Colucci Project Officer (MHiMA) Senior Research Fellow Centre for International Mental Health Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Email: ecolucci@unimelb.edu.au Tel: +61 3 90353082 Ms. Tiffany Too Project Officer (MHiMA) Research Assistant Centre for International Mental Health Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Email: tiffany.too@unimelb.edu.au Tel: +61 3 83443185

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Blackdog Institute - REACH Wellbeing Group Facilitator Training – see attached What is REACH? • Nine week psycho-educational Wellbeing group model for people with depression or bipolar disorder developed by Black Dog Institute • Based on the principles of responsibility, education, acceptance, connection and hope • Aims to help participants with depression or bipolar disorder manage their illness and stay well • Runs over 9 x 2 hour weekly sessions • Topics include fostering strengths, dealing with loss and grief, identifying early warning signs and triggers, wellbeing strategies, nurturing support networks and creating a unique ‘Stay Well Plan’. The Support Group Facilitator’s key responsibilities include securing a venue, recruitment of 8 – 10 group members, group facilitation and program administration. How to apply • The next REACH training course is 17-18 September 2013 delivered at the Black Dog Institute in Randwick, NSW • Please complete the online application form to register your interest http://blackdoginstitute.force.com/forms/REACH_Application • For more information, see attached REACH flyer or visit the REACH webpage http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/healthprofessionals/psychology/becomeareachfacilita tor.cfm • For enquiries about the REACH program, contact Kate Hille on (02) 9382 2998 or kate.hille@blackdog.org.au Cost and what is included The cost of training is $300 (including GST) per person and this covers the two day training session, training day manual, catering, one REACH Facilitator manual and supporting resources. Additional ongoing costs include purchasing REACH participant manuals from the Black Dog Institute.

2013 ASBDD Conference – see attached 3 – 5 October Melbourne Brain Centre, Kenneth Myer Building University of Melbourne Melbourne, Australia Attached is notification of the 2013 Australasian Society for Bipolar & Depressive Disorders’ Conference. Please visit the conference website: www.asbdd2013.bipolardisorders.com.au to find out more details.

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We ask that you consider attending this premier conference for Australasia on bipolar disorders, unipolar depressive disorders and affective disorders generally. It would be greatly appreciated if you would also pass on information regarding this conference to your colleagues and friends who may also be interested in attending. Australasian Society for Bipolar & Depressive Disorders Ltd Level 8, Aikenhead Building 27 Victoria Parade FITZROY VIC 3065 Phone: (03) 9417 5468 Fax: (03) 9416 2624 Email: asbdd2013@bipolardisorders.com.au

Seminar - M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Diagnosis, Management and Treatment Register Today! UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION SEMINAR: FRIDAY 19TH JULY. ME/CFS Australia (VicTasNT) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing support, advocacy, education and information for people living with the disabling impact of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E) commonly known as ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’. This neurological condition is often misdiagnosed leaving people feeling they are not believed and supported. The condition is often stigmatised and people labelled as ‘lazy’ or hypochondriacs. In a series of workshops ME/CFS Australia(VicTasNT) breaks down misconceptions and raises awareness regarding this illness to increase the capacity of health practitioners and teaching staff to more effectively work with this condition. Molly Colussa Administration Officer ME/CFS Australia (Vic, Tas, NT) Suite 5, 106 Foster Street Dandenong VIC 3175 Ph: (03) 9791 3100 Email: molly@mecfs-vic.org.au Web: http://www.mecfs-vic.org.au

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5th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium The Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMH) will be hosting the 5th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium – 14-16 October 2013, in Geelong. “The 5th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium will explore the challenges and effectiveness of alliances between government, NGO’s , and communities through presentations and evaluations of partnership initiatives.” ”It will also examine “diagnosable mild to moderate mental illness” in regional, rural and remote Australia.” For more info go to: http://anzmh.asn.au/rrmh/index.html Scholarship Information The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association are awarding limited scholarships to attend the 5th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium. The following individuals are eligible to apply for a conference scholarship: 1. Carers 2. Consumers 3. Full time students (student ID card must be provided) Applications for scholarships must be submitted by COB 13th September 2013 For more info go to: http://anzmh.asn.au/rrmh/scholarship.html

Matt Burke - Australian Singer/Songwriter Plays for Psych Patients I am looking forward to getting back onto the stage this summer with a number of shows / events in and around Salzburg. The very talented, Klaus Hasholzner is joining me on Saxophone! There are also regular "unplugged" shows planned in various Austrian and Bavarian Psychiatric hospitals for the patents and staff. Later in the year I will be performing live for the Australian mental health patients as well! I have created a resource online called "Full Recovery". It is my account of putting recovery strategies in places and bouncing back from episodes of bipolar disorder. Here are the links: http://www.youtube.com/user/BiPolarFullRecovery https://www.facebook.com/FullRecovery http://mattburke.com/

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8/ Graeme Cowan Newsletter:

In this newsletter: 

How to change when change sucks Part 2 – Tapping into your strengths

Speaker showcase for OHS leaders - Melbourne August 8

I’m presenting in Brisbane Sat Aug 10 – All welcome

Most popular articles Thriving Self Thriving Tribe LinkedIN Group

How to change when change sucks Part 2 – Tapping into your strengths In my last article I highlighted the extraordinary change which is occurring within the Australian economy as organisations frantically strive to do more with less. This change can also lead to disengagement as employees feel alienated and not appreciated. Rather than fall into a victim mindset, I suggested that we should take control by considering 3 strategies:

1. Boost your mood 2. Tap into your strengths 3. Asking “how can I serve?”

Last week I covered 5 proven strategies to boost your mood.

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Why would I want to tap into my strengths as chaos reigns around me?

Tom Rath, an advisor to the Gallup organisation, highlights in his book StrengthsFinder 2.0, that those that use their top 5 strengths on a daily basis are 6 times more likely to be engaged at work, and 3 times more likely to report having an excellent quality in life in general. Rather than dwell on what you can’t control, why not work on something that is proven to enhance our well-being?

Learning what your top 5 strengths are, and making a conscious decision to develop them, will yield lifelong dividends. In my workshops I ask people to share with their neighbour what they think their number one strength is out of 34 possibilities. Silence usually follows, as most people feel uncomfortable discussing their main strength, and those that can find it very hard to articulate.

To identify your top 5 strengths and use them to thrive through change CLICK HERE

Speaker showcase for OHS leaders Melbourne August 8 I’m delighted to announce that I am joining Chairman of beyondblue Jeff Kennett, ABC journalist Matt Peacock who is the author of ‘Killer Company,’ about James Hardie Industries, which was adapted into the ABC mini-series, ‘Devil’s Dust’, Darren Flanagan hero of the Beaconsfield mine disaster, Graeme Alford, an expert on how to “bully proof” you company, and Theo Venter who survived 22,000 volts of electricity, for an ICMI sponsored speakers showcase on Thursday August 8 from 7.15am – 10.30am at Leonda by the Yarra, Melbourne. The morning will end with a facilitated panel discussion including Ms Denise Cosgrove, CEO, WorkSafe Victoria, and other thought leaders. If you are a senior leader who cares deeply about the wellbeing of employees and would like to know more, please email Renee Underwood at renee@graemecowan.com.au or Barry Markoff, CEO of ICMI speakers at barry@icmi.com.au.

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Brisbane Saturday 10 August Time: 2.00pm-5.00pm Beating depression - then we

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can thrive again For further information and registration details.

Most popular Thriving Self Thriving Tribe LinkedIN articles Team of rivals – the political genius of Abraham Lincoln This insightful book abstract summarizes how Lincoln beat 3 rivals for the Republican Presidential nomination, and then brought them into his cabinet with great success to lead change together.

How to achieve likeability “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” Oscar Wilde Great article by Gay Kawasaki Why warmth triumphs over strength in group dynamics This excellent HBR article encourages us to connect with our tribe before trying to lead. I hope you have a wonderful week. Kind Regards Graeme Copyright © 2013 Back From The Brink, All rights reserved Our mailing address is: Back From The Brink PO Box 278 Gordon, NSW 2072 Australia

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9/ National Contributing Life Methodology Project: I am writing to provide you with an update of the National Contributing Life Methodology Project and to draw to your attention the Contributing Life Conversations that were launched yesterday. Progress to date - Since the National Contributing Life Methodology Project

commenced in October 2012 there have been two rounds of consultations as well as an ongoing review of the literature and research. Consultations and research to date have confirmed the Commission’s observation that on a national scale there is no consistent or regularly collected qualitative information about people’s every day and whole of life experiences – those things that in turn make a positive and enduring difference to themselves, their families, community and society as a whole. Consultation Findings – During the most recent round of consultations in May, the

Commission received 140 responses and submissions. The consultation findings support the Commission’s view that there is an important gap to be filled nationally by taking a whole of life focus. The consultations also support a qualitative approach whereby people are simply able to ‘tell it like it is’ – to share their experiences in their own their own words. There is also a consensus that a number of methods should be used with a view to maximising opportunity for participation (A Consultation Report will be released shortly). Work underway - As a result of the consultations, the Commission in partnership with Professor Helen Christensen, Director, Blackdog Institute and Professor of Mental Health, School of Medicine University of NSW, myself and my team from Craze Lateral Solutions and Dr Phil Hughes from ORC International and his research team are collaborating to prepare applications for Human Research Ethics Committee approval of the following pilot studies: ·

Pilot One: A population survey to be conducted by telephone – randomly selecting people in the community to respond (submitted)

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Pilot Two: An online survey, adopting a narrative approach, and targeting people with lived experience of mental health problems and their families, friends and other supporters (submitted)

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Pilot Three: Contributing Life Focus Groups, targeted and facilitated focus group discussions enabling input from people with lived experience of mental health issues who may have difficulty

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accessing or completing an online survey (in particular, groups given priority by the Commission for the 2013 National Mental Health Report Card). In progress.

Further information about these proposed research project pilots will be released as soon as possible. Additionally - the Commission invites interested members of the community to continue to discuss the concept of a Contributing Life by holding a Contributing Life Conversation in the month of July and August. An Information Brochure is attached. The Commission invites discussion of the following 4 key questions · What’s important to you in having a meaningful life? · What helps you to have a meaningful life? · What get’s in the way? · What would make the biggest difference to your life (top 3 things) Responses to these questions will assist the Commission to further develop the Contributing Life concept and the Contributing Life Methodology. Responses will also

assist to inform this year’s National Mental Health Report Card. As usual, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to me or the Project's HelpDesk (email: contributinglife@bigpond.com; T: 02 4625 7777) Kind regards Leanne Dr. Leanne Craze | Director, Craze Lateral Solutions P/l 10 Gunyah Place, Glen Alpine NSW 2560 Australia | T: 02 4625 7777 | M: 040 8869 051 | E: leanne.craze@bigpond.com | W: www.crazelateralsolutions.com |

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10/ 2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition:

2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition righting/writing the direction Collingwood Gallery, 292 Smith Street 9 – 21st August 2013 Open every day except Tuesdays, 12pm-5pm OPENING CELEBRATION: Friday 9th August, 5-7pm – all welcome! The 2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition showcases the works of artists with and without disability, exploring the theme righting/writing the direction. Diverse, challenging and enriching interpretations are portrayed through various styles and mediums, including painting, print-making, photography, wearable art and video. The exhibition has been organised by field – furthering inclusive learning and development, an organisation whose vision is for people with disability to be included in every aspect of Australian society. Contact Name: Steph Contact Phone: 03 9982 0100 Contact Email: steph.tout@field.org.au Website: 2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition

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11/ Disability Services Commissioner Speaking Up:

Disability Services Commissioner - plain English Newsletter – Winter 2013 edition available in Audio, PDF and RTF formats. This newsletter has been prepared to provide you with regular information about the work of the Disability Services Commissioner. In this edition of the newsletter we write about Making A Complaint to the Disability Services Commissioner. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, send an email to - contact@odsc.vic.gov.au - with the subject 'Subscribe to Newsletter' Contact Name: Dina Theodoropoulos Contact Phone: 1300 728 187 Contact Email: dina.theodoropoulos@odsc.vic.gov.au Website: Disability Services Commissioner - Newsletter - Winter 2013

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12/ RMIT University: Become a leader in the community sector

The Vocational Graduate Diploma in Community Sector Management is a new program at RMIT University, starting in July, 2013. The program is designed for students currently in management roles in the community sector to advance your skills in organisational and strategic management. You’ll be qualified to lead teams and institutions in roles such as Chief Executive Officer or managing director. Delivered through intensive workshops, one day a month over a year, it is a flexible qualification suitable for those still working full-time. Fees $3500 for those eligible for government funding $8250 full-fee paying Apply direct online at: www.rmit.edu.au/programs/apply Contact Name: Bronwyn Tanti, Program Coordinator Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9079 Contact Email: bronwyn.tanti@rmit.edu.au Website: Vocational Graduate Diploma in Community Sector Management Attached file 1: Download the program information as a flyer (PDF 48KB)

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13/ Find your voice: Find Your Voice Do you want to sing in a group for fun? 6 community singing workshops for people with and without disabilities. Who would like to ‘Find Their Voice’? No auditions. No experience necessary. Just come and sing your heart out with a friendly group of people. Experienced singing teacher Jane Coker will lead the group over the 6 weeks. 230pm to 330pm Thursday : Oct 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, Nov 7th and 14th Carers Welcome Bookings Essential Phone Phillip Chalker on 0400 603 367 or email CHALKERSPERFORMANCES55@GMAIL.COM COST: $10 for people with concession $15 without concession per workshop. We prefer participants to pay for all the workshops at the start of term. Alternatively participants can pay for two workshops at the first session and continue to pay one workshop in advance throughout the term. WHERE: Morwell Town Common Pavilion Band Room Cnr Chapel and Elgin Streets, Morwell Wheelchair access available. Tea and coffee provided. R.S.V.P By 7th oct 2013 Attached file 1: /news/items/2013/07/824994-upload-00001.pdf

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