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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.

Nicci Wall; ‘What’s New’:

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Tempest at the Drop In:

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The World Hearing Voices Congress:

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Mental Health Recovery and Life Improvement Course:

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Disability Care Australia:

6. WIRE Job Coaching Sessions for Women - FREE (July –October

2013): 7.

Consumer Workforce Education and Mutual Support Day:

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Sane Express:

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Free legal clinic for women at WIRE Women's Information (Thursdays 1 Aug to 17 Oct 2013):

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DARU Update:

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Transforming Australia’s Mental Health:

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Mental Health Council of Australia CEO's weekly update:

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Grants To Help Mental Health In Victoria:

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Wild @ heART Strumarama:

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Reforming Mental Health Services Fact Sheet:

The email is sent every week and contains items which may interest mental health consumers, carers and service providers 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/ NICCI WALL ; “What’s New”: From ‘Nicci Wall - Mental Health Advocate’ - Facebook Page is https://www.facebook.com/GlimpsesMindsUnleashed?ref=hl I apologise for the delay in getting this edition out. The thing about mental illness is it doesn’t adhere to my schedule and diminishes my time management skills. If you would like to be added to or deleted from my distribution list, please forward me an email at forwalls@xi.com.au In this What's New: Black Dog Institute August Newsletter – see attached VICSERV 20 Aug Newsletter MIND Australia – Peer Practitioner Vacancy Green PC Centre of Excellence in Peer Support newsletter for August OCD Family Accommodation Support Group Participate In Research - GAD Study The Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria Talks & Workshops Kardinia Mental Health Service August/September Program – see attached Married Men Research Study Perinatal in Practice - PANDA and the Black Dog Institute MHPOD: Mental Health Professional Online Development VICSERV 20 Aug Newsletter http://us1.campaignarchive1.com/?u=bef3d4502de8e4da07df417fc&id=f925d0a8df&e=c1da498620 MIND Australia – Peer Practitioner Vacancy Excellent opportunity for an experienced peer practitioner. http://erecruit1.mercury.com.au/MindAustralia/ViewPosition.aspx?id=10129

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Green PC Winter specials on sale now: If you're a social worker looking for a low-cost computer for clients, Green PC has a great deal for you. Current specials include an Australia-wide $300 offer of a Pentium IV with a 40 gigabyte hard drive, 15 inch LCD monitor, Windows XP and free OpenOffice software or Microsoft Office 2003 (for an extra $25). The only qualification for an individual or family to have access to a Green PC computer is that they be holders of current Health Care Cards or are able to verify their low income status in some other way. Green PC is also ready to accept donations of old Pentium 4 desktops and laptops plus LCD monitors to refurbish and sell at a low cost. Visit the Green PC website at http://www.greenpc.com.au or call 1300 306 645 if you are able to make a contribution. Centre of Excellence in Peer Support newsletter for August Please click the following link: http://www.peersupportvic.org/images/stories/ezine_August_2013.pdf MH Peer Workforce Feedback Health Workforce Australia would like all Peer Practitioners to complete the MH Peer workforce feedback template. All feedback goes directly, only via the template, to HWA and is due by 30 August. Contact Lisa Greig to obtain a copy for completion. Lisa’s email is Lisa.greig@hwa.gov.au OCD Family Accommodation Support Group The Family Accommodation Support program is a new, free program to provide Psychoeducation and support to family members of people who experience OCD. There is a considerable body of evidence which acknowledges the difficulty that family members of those who experience OCD have in managing the disease and the impact on quality of life. The program is run in the evenings over 5 sessions covering the following information;

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Introduction to OCD Development and treatment of OCD What is Family Accommodation? Living with OCD and managing family accommodation Self-care Each 2 hour session provides Psychoeducation and a chance to ask questions about the key topic followed by an opportunity for participants to discuss their experiences of living with OCD. To participate in the program participants must be over 18 years of age and the person with OCD must also be over 18 years of age. There is no requirement for a formal diagnosis of OCD to have been made for the person experiencing OCD symptoms. For further details please contact Samantha Beeken at Swinburne on 0457 116 037 or at sbeeken@swin.edu.au Participate In Research - GAD Study Investigators at the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BPsyC) are seeking both people diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and healthy volunteers without GAD, to participate in a brain imaging study that will investigate the brain activity associated with anxiety. Participants who fulfil the inclusion criteria will be asked to complete a psychological assessment and participate in four short brain imaging recordings in a magnetoencephalography (MEG) machine (totalling 40 minutes) and a 5 to 10 minute structural MRI scan. MEG is a non-invasive method that records the weak magnetic fields produced by the brain using a large set of sensors suspended over the participants head in a specially shielded room. MRI is also a non-invasive method that can be used to image the structure of the brain. Contact: Kaelasha Tyler; ktyler@swin.edu.au 0424 606 884.

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The Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria Presents NOURISHING YOUR MIND AND BODY: Managing Stress and Anxiety through Natural Therapies This full day program will consist of three speakers from a range of backgrounds in regards to natural therapies. Each speaker will present the benefits of how their specific therapy approach can help those suffering from anxiety and depression. . Presenters: Julie Madden – Clinical Hypnotherapist Leigh Blashki – Yoga Therapist Zoe Nicholson – Dietitian and Nutritionist Saturday 31st August 2013 10.30am - 4.00pm Kew Library (Phyllis Hore Room) Corner Cotham Road & Civic Drive, Kew (Melways Ref: 45 / DC) Cost: $70.00 ADAVIC members $100.00 Non-Members Bookings can be made at this direct link: http://www.adavic.org.au/product-view.aspx?Id=171 “UNDERSTANDING PTSD: Diagnosis and Treatments” An information session presented by Jane Nursey, Psychologist. Thursday 29th August 2013 7.30pm – 9.00pm Balwyn Library (Meeting Room) 336 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn. VIC (Melways Ref: 46 / E8) Cost: $22.00 Non-Members $12.00 ADAVIC members Bookings can be made at this direct link: http://www.adavic.org.au/product-view.aspx?Id=170

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“QUESTIONS & ANSWERS” For parents who have children/adolescents with Anxiety or Depression An evening with Joanne Garfi, Psychologist Thursday 5th September 2013 7.30pm - 9.00pm Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre (Large Community Space) 5 Sargood Street, ALTONA, VIC (Melways Ref: 54 / G11) Cost: $12.00 ADAVIC members $22.00 Non-Members Bookings can be made at this direct link: http://www.adavic.org.au/product-view.aspx?Id=172 “BIPOLAR DISORDER, DEPRESSION, & THE COST OF HUMAN SUFFERING” For sufferers & families of those with Bipolar Disorder or Depression An evening with John Karamanos, Consulting Psychologist Wednesday 18th September 2013 7.30pm - 9.00pm Horticultural Centre (Function Room) 82 Jolimont Road, Forest Hill, VIC (Melways Ref: 62 / F4) Cost: $22.00 Non-Members $12.00 ADAVIC members Bookings can be made at this direct link: http://www.adavic.org.au/product-view.aspx?Id=173

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“YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION” An information session for parents, teachers, & carers Presented by Jenny Furey, Psychologist Wednesday 16th October 2013 7.30pm – 9.00pm Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre 5 Sargood Street, ALTONA, VIC (Melway Ref: 54 g11) Cost: $22.00 Non-Members $12.00 ADAVIC members Bookings can be made at this direct link: http://www.adavic.org.au/product-view.aspx?Id=174 Married Men Research Study For this study I am seeking the input of married men, a considerably under researched group. Much has been concluded about marital satisfaction that has not considered the male perspective to the same extent as the female perspective. This study seeks to add to existing research by firstly confirming the role of male friendships in men’s marital satisfaction and then also considers other factors that may contribute to men’s marital satisfaction. Please go online to participate in my research and then forward this email on if you will please. This snowballing effect will enable as many married men as possible to have a say and help me reach the critical numbers of participants needed to establish the credibility and validity required for this study. My name is Mark Hutchens and I am a (mature age/second career) University of Sunshine Coast Psychology Honours student. This project has been approved by the USC Human Research Ethics Committee (Ethics approval number: S/13/503), is entirely voluntary, anonymous and may be withdrawn from at any stage. Following the link below will provide you with further information regarding this study and introduce the questionnaire that will take about 10 minutes to complete. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q2GKDNX If you any further questions about the project, please feel free to email me at m_h111@student.usc.edu.au Mobile: 0435 141 226

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Perinatal in Practice - PANDA and the Black Dog Institute PANDA and the Black Dog Institute are pleased to invite you to a unique interactive educational experience - Perinatal in Practice. This one day workshop aims to introduce health professionals to current understanding of perinatal mood disorders within the context of the transition to parenthood and the newly formed family unit. Clinicians will acquire the skills to detect and manage perinatal mood disorders within a comprehensive bio-psychosocial framework. Please note that places are strictly limited. WHEN / WHERE / COST Date: Saturday 31st August 2013 Venue:

PANDA Office

810 Nicholson St North Fitzroy VIC 3068 Time: 9.00AM - 5.00PM Cost: $295 Includes training, materials and catering. LEARNING OBJECTIVES      

Recognise the psychosocial stressors that commonly affect parents in the perinatal period Opportunistically screen women for perinatal mood disorders using a screening tool and clinical interview Diagnose perinatal mood disorders as distinct from commonly experienced adjustment difficulties Assess the risk of untreated perinatal depression for the mother-baby dyad Select appropriate medications for pregnant and breastfeeding women when pharmacological treatment is indicated Develop a comprehensive management plan for women with perinatal mood disorders

Email: education@blackdog.org.au

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MHPOD: Mental Health Professional Online Development "MHPOD is a new learning resource being developed for people working in mental health. Based on the national practice standards for mental health, it draws on the evidence base for mental health care and contemporary practice wisdom. Aims include supporting the mental health workforce, and improving access to evidence-based educational programs. Clinicians, consumers, carers and educators across the country have contributed to MHPOD, and we hope that you will find it useful." www.mhpod.gov.au

See document attached 'About MHPOD'.

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2/ TEMPEST AT THE DROP IN:

“Tempest at the Drop-In –“ your invitation: “When: Tuesday 8th October 2013 @ 7pm Where: Astor Theatre – Conner of Chapel street and Dandenong road, St Kilda Price: $ 20 for adults $10 for students/ Child “Book tickets on line at http://www.trybooking.com/DLEU “About it: Tempest at the Drop-In is a feature length documentary following a group of people with serious mental health issues who decide to stage a performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest with a group of professional actors. An unlikely partnership creates a roller coaster journey full of humour, heart and poignancy. “Additional Information: • A Documentary By Sue Thomson • Narrated By Eric Bana • All proceeds will be donated to the St Kilda Drop- In Centre.

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3/ The world hearing voices congress: For info on the World Hearing Voices Congress please follow these two links: A/ https://www.regonline.com.au/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1196422&utm_source=Voices+ Vic+Database&utm_campaign=8a4ca43223Congress_News_July_18th7_18_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_181dad9bfe8a4ca43223-76601701

B/ http://us6.campaignarchive1.com/?u=a23f4611f9800f21a038d1a97&id=8a4ca43223&e=b4c61eadb0 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).Thursdays 6:30 - 8:40 PM. Location is near Balwyn, a short walk from a railway station. The course will run for 8 weeks, at a cost of $110 ($13.75 per session). Starting date is not yet confirmed (as it will depend on numbers available) but it may start this coming Thursday (29th August), or else early to mid September. Please let me know if you are interested in the course but if they day, time or location doesn't suit you, because we are interested in finding out what suits the majority of people. 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

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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

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. 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 Top

5/ DisabilityCare Australia: “DisabilityCare Australia is the national disability insurance scheme - a new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.� The DisabilityCare Australia Newsletter can be accessed at: http://us6.campaignarchive2.com/?u=055092cc7e42efbfc41d80045&id=087e796a68&e=fda7f52d45 Top

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6/ WIRE Job Coaching Sessions for Women - FREE (July –October 2013): Are you seeking work and/or wishing to develop a career pathway? Join our job coaching group sessions (4 per session) with one of WIRE’s job search coaches for advice on your career direction, to polish up your job-hunting techniques, resumé and interview skills, or to discuss setting up your own small business. Women with professional qualifications who are facing barriers to employment, such as lack of local experience, or long periods out of the workforce owing to family violence or mothering are also encouraged to attend. Our job coaching sessions can help connect you with relevant professional networks, to support your development of a career pathway, and to assist you in obtaining current work experience. All sessions are free; gold coin donations are greatly appreciated. Available session dates: 15 July | 22 July | 29 July 5 Aug | 12 Aug | 19 Aug |26 Aug 2 Sep | 9 Sep | 16 Sep | 23 Sep | 30 Sep 7 Oct | 14 Oct | 21 Oct | 28 Oct Please book online on the WIRE webpage provided below; or you can call 1300 134 130 or email inforequests@wire.org.au Contact Name: WIRE Women's Information Contact Phone: 9348 9416 (Option2) Contact Email: inforequests@wire.org.au Website: FREE Job Coaching sessions for women (WIRE Women's Information) Attached file 1: Job Coaching Sessions for Women Flyer

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7/ CONSUMER WORKFORCE EDUCATION AND MUTUAL SUPPORT DAY: (Please see attachment for flyer) The next Consumer Workforce Education and Mutual Support Day will be held at VMIAC on Thursday. September 12th, starting at 11am. (VMIAC is at Bldg 1, 22 Aintree Street Brunswick East Vic 3057) The topic is the new Mental Health Act which, as you are aware, is in the process of being drafted for introduction to the Parliament. In the Parliament, of course, it is not unusual for amendments to be made to proposed legislation, which needs to be kept in mind. Our guest speakers will be Pier De Carlo, Emma Montgomery and Bee Mitchell-Dawson from the Mental Health Act Implementation Project Team in the Mental Health and Drugs Division. The Mental Health Act Implementation Project team are involved in drafting the Bill, consulting and implementing the new Act when it commences operation. While questions from participants will to some extent determine the direction of the discussion, it is expected that the following topics will be included: • current progress - where the drafting is up to, when it is expected to be introduced to Parliament • any significant changes to the proposed legislation since Minister Wooldridge released the paper A new Mental Health Act for Victoria: Summary of Proposed Reformsin October 2012 • any implications for the consumer workforce. Top

8/ Sane Express: For the latest ‘Sane Express’ please follow the link: http://ems.mironet.com.au/display.php?M=1154294&C=44052fd263d83ca468582a06504dfb3f& S=1596&L=574&N=1200 Top

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9/ Free legal clinic for women at WIRE Women's Information (Thursdays 1 Aug to 17 Oct 2013):

Need help with a legal matter? Come to WIRE and see one of the women lawyers from North Melbourne Legal Service for free advice and assistance in relation to any of the following matters: -Family law -Family violence -Child protection -Criminal law -Orders related to mental health -Intervention orders If your matter is not one of the above, but you don’t know where to go for help, come and see us, as we may be able to assist you or we may point you in the right direction. Day: Thursdays 1 Aug – 17 Oct Time: 1pm – 3pm Venue: WIRE 372 Spencer St, West Melbourne Bookings are essential as lawyers have limited ability to attend to drop-ins. To book in your free session or for more information, call WIRE (03) 9348 9416 (Option 2). Contact Name: Sally, Moira or Shannon Contact Phone: 9348 9416 (Option2) Contact Email: inforequests@wire.org.au Website: Free legal advice for women at WIRE Women's Information Attached file 1: WIRE legal clinic for women_flyer (Aug-Oct2013)

Top 10/ DARU Update: Please see the accompanying link for the latest DARU update: http://www.daru.org.au/resource/daru-update-19-august-2013 Top

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11/ Transforming Ausralias Mental Health :

Transforming Australia’s Mental Health Services TAMHSS presented a pre-election Q&A on Thursday 22 August 2013 at the 2013 Melbourne TheMHS Conference Thanks to everyone who asked a question for the fQ&A forum. Natasha Mitchell did an excellent job facilitating the Q&A. A more detailed report will be released later. It has become obvious that Mental Health in not on the agenda for either of the Major parties for the 2013 election I created a petition on Nation Builder to raise awareness that only the Greens have released an updated policy during the 2013 election on Mental Health when this petition was created. We need to remind Kevin and Tony that 1 in 5 of us will have a mental illness at some time in our life, we vote and want to remind them that Mental Health is important to us Sign here: http://consumerworker.nationbuilder.com/petition?recruiter_id=2 Please forward onto to your networks and encourage people to sign Created with NationBuilder, the essential toolkit for leaders. Do you have a questions you would like to ask one of the major parties Click on Give Feedback below Give Feedback Top

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12/ Mental Health Council Of Australia (MHCA) CEO's weekly update: MHCA CEO's weekly update Dear MHCA Members and Friends This week‌ This week we finally saw some pre-election movement from the major political parties in discussing mental health. The Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon Senator Jacinta Collins announced the Government’s support for a Productivity Commission Inquiry into the mental health system. The announcement, made at the TheMHS Conference in Melbourne, is welcome and we are keen to hear more detail in relation to their policy position for the sector. We have been discussing the terms of reference for such an inquiry with both the Government and the Opposition for some months now and we will also continue to call for bipartisan support for the Inquiry to ensure that, regardless of the election outcome. For our full response to the announcement, download our media release... We were pleased to see the Greens announcement of their Rural Mental Health Policy, outlining plans for a half billion dollar spend. This first-of-its-kind policy is very welcome, and we hope just one part of a broader mental health policy to come. While new spending, it is clear that we also need to focus directly on reform, and how we get the mental health system that Australian's want and need. Read more here... In addition to this, the Coalition also released its broader health policy this week. While the statement contains some positive programs, it does not outline any policy or spend on mental health. Such an obvious omission leads us to hope that the Coalition has a more specific mental health policy to come. Even today we are seeking clarification of this. We will continue to advocate for a proper and full statement of their proposed approach to our sector. For details on the Coalition's health policy click here... Along with you, we are frustrated by the lack of broad mental health focus this election, after such a large focus just three years ago. There will be important lessons to be learned from this election for the next.... I was pleased to have the opportunity to address the TheMHS Carer Forum at the start of the week. Mental health carers have great potential to influence the course of public policy, and it is great to see them gathering their voice at a national level. I was also pleased to support the forum's adoption for the Dublin Declaration on the role of carers and families, and I commend it to those of you who have not yet seen it. In other news from TheMHS, on Wednesday Josh Fear presented on our ongoing campaign to tackle unfair discrimination against people with mental illness by insurance companies. For the past ten years, the MHCA and beyondblue have been working hard to encourage the insurance industry to change their policies and practices to improve access to insurance for people who have experienced mental illness. Unfortunately, change has been too slow, and we need to do more to get a fair deal for people who experience mental illness. In our view, the key to achieving change right now is for as many people as possible to come forward and tell their stories about ways insurance companies may have discriminated against them because of their experience of mental DATE26/Aug/2013

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illness. We are working in partnership with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, which can provide free legal advice and, where appropriate, legal representation for people who have experienced discrimination. We are hoping that you can help us spread the word about this important initiative and the need for consumers to share their experiences. More information about our campaign and how consumers can tell their stories can be found here... and you can also listen to an interview I gave to ABC Radio on this issue here... On Thursday Liz Ruck, Josh Fear and I met with members and other stakeholders about the barriers being encountered in the early stages of the implementation of DisabilityCare Australia. The discussion reinforced the need to resolve the distinctive issues that the mental health sector faces, and was valuable in guiding what the MHCA might do to help build its capacity to engage with DCA. On a similar note, this week David Meldrum (MIFA) and I (who have both been members of DCA advisory groups) wrote to Minister Macklin to convey the sector’s concerns and to urge the Government to ensure that the rollout of DCA does not unintentionally lead to a loss of services for people who are not eligible for an individualised package of support as a DCA participant. If you would like to be kept informed of the MHCA’s work in this area by joining our new NDIS Mental Health Network, please contact us at dca@mhca.org.au. I hope to see you in Canberra on Tuesday as we continue to discuss these critical issues at an all-day workshop. The Consumer Reference Group (CRG) gave two presentations at TheMHS about the project to establish a new mental health consumer peak. The first was a Q&A at the Consumer Forum and the second a joint presentation with the MHCA (Kylie Wake and Jodie Fisher) on Thursday. It’s an exciting time for the project, with key decisions being made about membership and board structures for the new organisation, and it was a great opportunity to share progress to date and engage with the sector more broadly. Check out the project website for all the latest on the project, including the CRG July meeting Communique and results of the vision and mission statements survey www.mhconsumer.org.au/latest-news, and to register your interest in receiving project updates www.mhconsumer.org.au. Finally, the National Framework for Recovery oriented mental health services was also launched at TheMHS. The framework draws on national and international research on recoveryoriented mental health practice and service delivery; it is informed by the stories, pictures, thoughts and viewpoints of people with a lived experience of mental illness, both in their own personal experience and in the lives of those close to them. The framework carries a message of optimism and hope – the message that people can recover, and people do recover, from mental illness. You can download the framework and associated guides here... (listed under the 'Related Links' heading on the lower RHS of the home page).

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Next week… The MHCA/Pharma Collaboration will be meeting in Canberra on Monday. The DisabilityCare Australia Capacity Building Project workshop will be held on Tuesday. Reminders… World Mental Health Day is rapidly approaching and over the coming weeks you will start to hear more about the events and activities taking place. If you have any events you would like to promote please register the details on the 1010 website... Sane Australia has released a wonderful YouTube video showing four everyday Australians talking about how they have been affected by prejudice against mental illness and how we can all live a life without stigma. Watch the video here... Registrations are open for the Mind & Its Potential Conference, being held in November in Sydney. Early bird discounts are closing on 30 August so don’t miss out. Visit the website for full details... The National Borderline Personality Awareness Conference is being held on 3-4 October in Sydney. Applications for bursaries towards consumer and carer travel and accommodation costs close on 13 September. For full details visit the website... Warm regards Frank Frank Quinlan Chief Executive Officer E frank.quinlan@mhca.org.au W www.mhca.org.au T 02 6285 3100 F 02 6285 2166 M 0409 655 460 PO Box 174 Deakin West ACT 2600 Top

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13/ GRANTS TO HELP MENTAL HEALTH IN VICTORIA: GRANTS TO HELP MENTAL HEALTH IN VICTORIA 21 August 2013 Research grants have been awarded to Monash University in the effort to improve the state’s mental health sector on a systemic level. Monash has received two of five grants offered by the Victorian Government in its $10 million Mental Illness Research Fund. The grants will cover projects to assess the focus of community support services (worth $2.33 million) and a $1.8 million award to continue research into support services for parents with a mental illness. One project is titled ‘PULSAR’ and will seek to adapt and test the usefulness of a set of training materials and organisational change techniques first used in the UK, with particular focus on how they can be suited to the Victorian context. “The PULSAR project is expected to shed light on how clinical mental health, primary care and community support services can collaborate effectively and support people with mental illness to achieve their personal recovery goals,” project leader Professor Graham Meadows from the School of Psychology and Psychiatry said, “we will also be taking the novel step of developing and testing training materials based around these principles for the primary mental health care team.” Associate Professor Darryl Maybery of Monash University’s Department of Rural and Indigenous Health and Dr Andrea Reupert from Education (Krongold Centre) were awarded $1.8 million to continue their research into support services for parents with a mental illness, titled ‘Developing an Australian-first recovery model for parents in Victorian mental health and family services’. “The key question to be addressed by this project is how we can improve longer-term recovery of people with severe mental illness by addressing their parenting role as a core part of their treatment,” Associate Professor Maybery said, “we know that between 21 and 23 per cent of all children at some stage have a parent with a mental health problem... family interventions have important mental illness prevention benefits for children.” Details of all projects to receive grants from the Mental Illness Research Fund are available online. http://www.healthcareer.net.au/news/grants-to-help-mental-health-in-victoria

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14/ Wild @ heArt Strumarama : Strumarama is a brilliant night of live performances to celebrate the original music of artists living with mental health issues. Basement Bar Espy Hotel The Esplanade, St Kilda Wed 18 Sept 7-10pm Gold Coin Entry

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15/ Reforming Mental Health Services Fact Sheet:

Hi all, Please find attached a fact sheet around the PDRSS reforms which has just been released by the Department. It gives a basic summary around the reforms and what changes will look like for current clients. Please feel free to forward it on to anyone who you think may be affected or be interested. Warm Regards, Sue

Sue Muller Project Officer PDRSS Reform and Mental Health Act Implementation

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The email is sent every week and contains items which may interest mental health consumers, carers and service providers 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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