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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. Experiences of people with disabilities reporting crime project: 2. Coalition won't back sex assault charity: 3. Household relief fund: 4. Centre of Excellence in Peer Support: 5. Time to put our heads together on mental health: 6. Workshops for Team Leaders and Supervisors: 7. Getting Mobile Mental Health Into Indigenous Communities: 8. Cost to wellbeing of mental illness hits $190 billion: 9. Equal Opportunity Act 2010: An Overview: 10. Mental illness on the big screen: 11. Kew Multicultural Mental Health Support Group: 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/ Experiences of people with disabilities reporting crime project:

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is conducting research into the experiences of people with disabilities in Victoria when they report crime. The project aims to:   

identify the nature and extent of crimes against people with disabilities in Victoria understand what barriers people with disabilities face when reporting crime and gaining redress work with Victoria Police and other authorities to break down these barriers and provide better services to people with disabilities.

The project is focusing on crimes against the person. These include assault, family violence, sexual assault, indecent assault, and causing serious injury and covers crimes that occur at home, on the street, on transport, and in services such as disability services and hospitals. The research will not include property crimes such as theft and fraud or the experiences of people with disabilities who have committed crimes. The project is limited to those who have been victims of crime. How you can participate We are keen to hear from people with any type of disability, including mental health disabilities. Carers, family members, social workers, service providers and Police are also encouraged to participate. We recognise every person is different and many will not wish to tell their stories. For those that do, there are a number of ways to take part: 

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complete our confidential on-line surveys for people with disability and for people who provide care and support. An Easy English survey is also available.You can call us on 1300 292 153 to do the survey on the phone. Or you can print out the survey and post it to the address below. Contact the Commission to arrange a confidential interview (contact details below). Please feel free to bring along a support person to that interview if you wish to. Tell your story to a disability, family or other support service and give your permission to pass on the case study to the Commission at the address below. You do not need to provide your name, address or any other identifying information. Email your story to us or post it to the address below If you are from an organisation, you can make a submission (contact details below) take part in a focus group by calling Wendy on the number or email below.

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Contact: Wendy Sanderson Phone: 9032 3492 (voice), 1300 289 621 (TTY) Email: research@veohrc.vic.gov.au Post: Confidential Research Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Level 3, 204 Lygon Street Carlton Vic 3053 A Reference Group including representatives from the Office of the Public Advocate, Disability Services Commissioner, Victoria Police, Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability, Victims Support Agency, Women with Disabilities Victoria, University of Ballarat and the Commission's Disability Reference Group will oversee the project. All information is kept confidential. No individual will be identified in the research. The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission complies with Victorian privacy laws and the confidentiality provisions of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. View our privacy policy. ....................................................................................... Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Level 3, 204 Lygon Street |Carlton 3053 | Victoria, Australia Telephone: 1300 891 848 | Fax: 1300 891 858 Email: communciations@veohrc.vic.gov.au Web: www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au

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2/Coalition won't back sex assault charity: June 9, 2013 Jill Stark Senior writer for The Sunday Age A mental health charity set up to reduce sexual assault and violence against women in psychiatric wards faces closure within months without new funding to stay afloat. The Women and Mental Health Network has campaigned to make Victorian psychiatric units safer for female patients for the past 25 years, but government funding and philanthropic donations have dried up. A report last month revealed 67 per cent of women hospitalised for psychiatric treatment had experienced sexual or other forms of harassment during their stay, and 45 per cent had been sexually assaulted. More than 80 per cent said nursing staff were unhelpful when they reported the incidents. The network was funded by the Victorian government to develop guidelines to improve reporting standards and reduce rates of violence, intimidation and sexual assault, which were launched by Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge last month. It was hoping to be funded for statewide training of hospital staff on the guidelines, but the government has given the contract to another agency. Executive officer Cheryl Sullivan said the network was best-placed to deliver training, which it had developed using women's experiences. She said about 80 per cent of women in a mental health unit will have experienced previous sexual assault ''so they're already in a situation where they're anxious and feeling unsafe''. Aggressive and inappropriate behaviour will retrigger those experiences. She cited the case of a woman confronted by a man making sexual suggestions and gyrating in front of her with a magazine open at a page with a woman in underwear. ''When she took that to the unit manager she was simply told that he wasn't well and to ignore him. That did an enormous amount of retriggering and she was the one who was feeling guilty ‌ It's not just about the physical assaults on the unit but the culture that doesn't recognise when a person is feeling quite traumatised.'' Isabell Collins, head of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, said education and training was vital but much more work was needed to make psychiatric wards safer for women. Research from The Alfred hospital found female patients in mixed-sex units were six times more at risk of assault than women treated in gender-segregated areas, leading to many units adopting women-only corridors. DATE:14/June/2013

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However, Ms Collins said that these areas were often not monitored and better staffing was needed. ''Men still wander into these corridors. We had an email just last week from a woman who had a man come up to her and strip all his clothes off.'' Philanthropic donations, which have paid for Ms Sullivan's role, have ended. The Coalition government will not step in to guarantee the organisation's future. But Mary Wooldridge said it had done more than any other to improve the safety of women in Victoria's mental health facilities, committing more than $4 million to 22 mental health in-patient units across Victoria to improve safety through improvements such as women-only wards and courtyards, swipe key access systems and designated family areas. She said the gender-sensitive training would start ''in the next few weeks''. Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/national/coalition-wont-back-sex-assault-charity20130608-2nwy9.html#ixzz2VsdUZtxx

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3/ Household Relief Fund: Do you need money? Household Relief Fund has recently been granted some money to support women and children escaping family violence and others in difficult financial situation. Go to our website http://householdrelieffund.org/ and consider the criteria for applying then contact us via the email address provided. Jenny Hickinbotham, Directorjennyhickinbotham@gmail.com

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4/Centre of Excellence in Peer Support:

Centre of Excellence in Peer Support (CEPS) e-zine – June 2013 The e-zine of the Centre of Excellence in Peer Support (Mental Health) is sent out monthly, with past issues available on the Centre of Excellence website, www.peersupportvic.org. Welcome to new subscribers. If you are not subscribed to receive the e-zine and would like to be, please email peer.support@arafemi.org.au. We invite contributions for future editions, including articles, news, events, positions vacant, publications and other items relevant to peer support work.

Welcome to the June edition of the CEPS e-zine. This month’s news includes details of several training opportunities coming up soon for peer support workers and managers: supervising peer workers, managing volunteers, and group facilitation skills. Mind’s Introduction to Peer Work course will also be running from 29 July – 2 August; more details will be available soon. CEPS receives numerous queries about available training for peer workers, and it is great to see these much-needed courses being developed and delivered. It is also great to see the Charter of Peer Support being used to aid the development of similar documents overseas. Canada’s Lived Experience and Recovery Network (LERN) will soon be releasing the Canadian Charter of Peer Support, which has been modeled after Victoria’s Charter. Read on for news of many more exciting peer support initiatives and opportunities.

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News and Events Mental Health Peer Workforce Project online survey Health Workforce Australia The mental health peer workforce is a growing part of the mental health and community services workforce in Australia. Health Workforce Australia (HWA), working with the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC), is keen to understand how peer workers are contributing to the provision of mental health services. To assist with this project, information will be gathered from peer workers through an online survey. The focus is on mental health peer workers employed and paid, whose position responsibilities involve the direct sharing of their lived experience as a consumer or carer with others. The survey is now open, and will close on 30 June 2013. Please bring the survey to the attention of peer workers within your service and networks, using the link below. Website: www.hwaconnect.net.au The contribution to mental health reform by people who have experienced mental health challenges: Public lecture Larry Davidson, Professor of Psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine, will present a lecture on the contribution to mental health reform by people who have experienced mental health challenges. Professor Davidson’s training, research, and policy interests focus on the interface of recovery in psychiatric and substance use disorders with membership in society. He has investigated the processes of recovery in psychosis, using peer support and other social engagement strategies in engaging people with co-occurring disorders and/or who are homeless into care, the development of qualitative and participatory research methods, the development and evaluation of innovative, community-based psychosocial interventions, and the promotion of collaborative relationships between people with behavioural health disorders and their healthcare providers. Details: 5.30pm – 6.45pm, Monday 1 July 2013 Melbourne Brain Centre Auditorium Ground floor, Kenneth Myer Building University of Melbourne, Melbourne Neuroscience Institute Corner Royal Parade and Genetics Lane Parkville Vic 3052 For more information contact Anthony Stratford via email: astratford@mindaustralia.org.au

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Mental Health Consumer and Carer Program Review State Government of Victoria The Mental Health Consumer and Carer Program Review has commenced with a meeting of a reference group and the advertising of a tender to undertake the project. VICSERV, together with the Mutual Support and Self Help Network, is assisting the Department to scope activity in this area and to identify relevant data, evaluation and information to provide to the consultants. Click here for information and updates shared via the Department of Health website. TheMHS Consumer Day 2013 Invitation to submit The 23rd annual TheMHS conference will be held in Melbourne on 21-23 August 2013, with the pre-conference Consumer Day forum scheduled for August 20. The Melbourne Consumer Day Forum Organising Committee (CDFOC) has been working hard to provide a day that is inclusive, informative and provides a showcase for the range of work being undertaken by consumers across Australia and New Zealand. We aim to create a PowerPoint presentation for viewing during the day that demonstrates the breadth of consumer work going on across our two countries. We extend an invitation to all consumers engaged in consumer-driven initiatives to submit material for inclusion in the presentation. Specifically, we would like you to submit 3 PowerPoint slides highlighting your service/initiative/work, with the following structure:   

One slide providing details of the name of your project, its geographic location and contact details One slide that includes a photograph or other colourful graphic presentation relevant to the project One slide with some basic information about your project or some aspect of it (using a font size no smaller than 20)

The PowerPoint slides can be emailed to the CDFOC via liz.carr@vmiac.org.au and must be received by Friday, 28th June for inclusion in the presentation. Please note, while we hope for strong consumer representation at the forum, attendance is not required for submissions to be included in the presentation. The CDFOC reserves the right to edit and/or exclude slides if it considers that the material presented is not appropriate to the purpose. In such a circumstance the submitting individual/organisation will be contacted and an effort made to negotiate an outcome acceptable to both parties. For more information please contact Cath Roper on 03 8344 9455 or croper@unimelb.edu.au or Liz Carr on (03) 9380 3900, liz.carr@vmiac.org.au

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Peer Work Project (South Australia) information sessions MIFSA & Baptist Care SA The sessions will include a presentation and provide the opportunity to speak to members of the Peer Work Project Team. At the conclusion of the Sessions, individuals will have opportunity to submit any formal expressions of interest to register with Peer Work Project. Once individuals have returned their registration form (contact MIFSA or Baptist Care SA for further information), they will be contacted by a Peer Mentor for an initial intake meeting, either in person or over the phone. This meeting will provide the opportunity to discuss the options available, register interest in the various training options and begin the journey of becoming a Peer Worker. Dates for 2013 MIFSA: Information sessions will be held from 2pm – 3pm at MIFSA on the following days: May 22, July 24, September 25, and November 20. Baptist Care SA: Information sessions will be held from 10am – 11am at Baptist Care SA on the following days: June 24, August 19, October 21, and December (TBA). To download the flyer, click here. For more information about the Peer Work Project, click here. Peer support & you: A discussion Webinar report Where is peer support heading? What type of peer support roles are there in Australia? Is peer support being reshaped by service providers and diluted? If so, what might be done about this? Click here to download a PDF report detailing the discussions from this webinar, held in May and facilitated by Desley Casey of EDP Communications. Web: edpcommunications.com

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‘Not without Us’ Documentary film Not without Us is a documentary about social injustice, recovery, and community and civil rights, created by Sam Avery and the Mental Health Peer Connection. It was produced to empower people with mental illness to break through stigmas and take control of their lives. The film features Dr. Pat Deegan, a clinical psychologist and disability rights activist; Robert Whitaker, an award-winning journalist; and RTP Project Director Dr. Larry Davidson, who talk about the real and pressing needs of people with mental illness and the importance of counting personal insight and experience as valid forms of knowledge. The following link takes you to “Not without Us” the documentary: http://vimeo.com/62705552#at=0 Beyond the NDIS Invitation to all families caring for people with disabilities     

How will DisabilityCare Australia meet the needs of your family? How will DisabilityCare Australia provide for ageing carers needing housing for their adult offspring? When will the legal standing of parents & carers under the current Guardianship laws be resolved? How can families support each other in testing times? The importance of communities engaging with people who have a disability, their families & carers

Get the facts, ask the questions & join the discussion. Presentations by:      

Caroline Mulcahy, CEO, Carers Victoria Alexandra Gunning, Director, Engagement NDIS, Barwon Launch Transition Agency John Chesterman, Manager, Policy and Education, Office of the Public Advocate Janet Rice Victorian Greens Lead Senate Candidate Rev Steve Terrell, Presbytery Minister – Mission & Education Uniting Church Facilitated by Max Jackson, JacksonRyan Partners

Details: Wednesday 24 July 2013, 9.30am for a 10.00am start Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Chambers Corner of Main St and Queen St, Mornington (Mel. Ref. 104 D10) Light lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information, please phone Marie on 5983 8785 To register, click here or telephone 5950 1685 DATE:14/June/2013

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An invitation for women with disabilities to take the lead Women with Disabilities Victoria Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) is offering a 4 day leadership program to women who wish to lead in their own communities. WDV is about empowering women and is working towards a world where all women are respected and can fully experience life. The leadership program provides the opportunity for women with disabilities to come together, share their mutual experience of disability, find solutions together to the problems of social disadvantage and to rise to their true leadership potential. Topics covered include:  The Social Model of Disability Self-Identity  Human Rights  Communication  Advocacy  Leadership Evolution When: Venue: Eligibility: Cost: Enquiries:

Thursday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th July 2013, 10.30am – 3.30pm Women’s Health Victoria Inc., Level 8, 255 Bourke Street, Melbourne A commitment to being a voice for women with a disability. Gold coin donation Jane Oldfield, Partnerships and Leadership Development Officer t. 9286 7807 e. jane.oldfield@wdv.org.au

For further information and bookings, please visit the website: www.wdv.org.au Consumer Advisory Group (CAG) Summit Workshop details Members of Consumer Advisory Groups (CAGs) are an important aspect of the consumer workforce in mental health. They support the work and thinking of organisations from a consumer perspective. As well as this, they support the work of consumer consultants and other consumer workers and have the potential to drive some exciting initiatives. However, CAG’s are not frequently given opportunities for professional development and support and can often work in isolation from other CAGs and within their own organisations. The WETS cluster has recognised this and is committed to providing CAGs with opportunities to grow and develop. As identified at the consumer workforce training day in February, this CAG summit is being organised to provide an opportunity for CAGs and organisations to identify and further explore issues relevant to this workforce in order to strengthen and value the contributions CAGs can make.

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Date: Venue: Facilitators: Consultant Audience: Registrations close:

29th November 2013, 9am – 4pm Poplar Learning Centre, Parkville, Melbourne Cath Roper, Consumer Academic and Wanda Bennetts, Consumer Anyone involved in working with Consumers. 21 October 2013

Registration forms can be downloaded from our website: www.nwmh.mh.org.au/westerncluster Please fax registrations to Western Cluster Administration on (03) 8387 2720 or email: WesternCluster@mh.org.au General enquires can be made to the Western Cluster email address noted above or by phone: 8387 273 The Western Education & Training Cluster is a DHS-funded initiative. The World Hearing Voices Congress: Journeys to understanding Intervoice, Prahran Mission & Voices Vic 20-22 November 2013, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Traditionally held in Europe, this extraordinary conference brings together the world’s leading experts on hearing voices and recovery. It is an event unlike anything else in mental health, filled with hope, innovative thinking and collaboration. This year the congress will be hosted in Melbourne by Voices Vic, Prahran Mission. The congress is consumer-led, but is developed by a working group which also includes members from all mental health disciplines, real practice and the latest research, carers & families, and multicultural & indigenous perspectives.   

Led by voice hearers, but inclusive of every mental health profession, family, friends, partners and carers Learn from those with lived experience, leading researchers and recovery practitioners, community and clinical professionals Confront stigma, myths and old assumptions about voices

Congress themes: Understanding the meaning in madness; innovative research and practice; opening new doors for families, friends and carers; a new era in collaborative consumer leadership; learning together, inviting curiosity about voices. Join the conversation – registrations now open Website: www.hearingvoices2013.org

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Training Supervising Peer Workers Mental Illness Fellowship of Victoria Peer Worker roles are currently proliferating throughout the community mental health sector. However, most organisations lack clarity about what Peer Workers can offer, how Peer Work practice is different from other approaches and the challenges that Peer Workers face. As a result many organisations and the staff members who supervise peer workers are unclear about how to support and resource these roles. Consequently, in Australia and internationally peer workforces have a high turn-over in numbers – and a sense of doubt and mystery about the purpose and benefits of peer work pervades. This workshop aims to demystify Peer Work roles, and will provide supervisors with knowledge, skills and confidence to offer quality supervision to peer workers. Areas covered in the workshop were identified by an organisation wide investigation about our peer workforce. The workshop includes:         

Introduction to peer work The Historical Context for peer work General overview of Peer Worker roles and expectations Challenges faced by Peer Workers in the workplace Q and A with a peer worker Overview of the Intentional Peer Support model and role play Peer worker role limitations, and ethics Ways organisations can resource and support Peer Workers Approaches and concepts to assist supervising Peer Workers

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June 20th 12.00 pm – 4.30pm Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, 276 Heidelberg Road Fairfield mailto:tnguyen@mifellowship.org $175.00

Click here to download the flyer. Web: www.mifellowship.org

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Group Facilitation for Peer Workers: Transforming Lived Experience into Expertise Voices Vic This highly interactive, practical workshop is ideal for any mental health peer worker (or aspiring peer worker) wanting to boost their skills and confidence in facilitating recovery support groups. This is ideal for consumers who haven't done group facilitation before, or perhaps need to refresh their skills, and is not just specific to 'hearing voices'. Participants will learn a range of concepts and practical skills to facilitate peer support groups while also taking care of themselves. Dates: 30 - 31 July 2013, 9.30am – 4.30pm Venue: Prahran Mission, 211 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC Click here for further information and bookings. Web: www.prahranmission.org.au/hearing_voices Legal issues in managing volunteers This one-day seminar hosted by PilchConnect is designed to help participants systematically analyse the 'life-cycle of a volunteer' to identify the key legal risks at each stage and to learn simple procedures to minimise or avoid the risks. The training is designed for volunteer managers as well as anyone who is involved in coordinating volunteers in a NFP organisation. When: 10am - 4pm (registrations open 09:30am) Tuesday 23 July 2013 Where: Russell Kennedy, Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne Click here for further information and bookings.

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Employment Employment opportunities are shared here and on the CEPS website as they are advertised. If you would like to advertise a position, please send the details to peer.support@arafemi.org.au Carer Peer Support & Education Worker ARAFEMI Victoria The is a part-time (0.8EFT) position based in Rosanna, and is funded for 2 years. Applications close 1 July 2013. Consumer Consultant x 2 Western Region Health Centre This is a part-time (1 day per week) position based in Deer Park/Footscray. Applications close 14 June 2013. Recovery Mentor PHaMs, Prahran Mission This is a part-time position, based in Mt Waverley. Applications close 14 June 2013.

Further information about the above positions can be accessed via the CEPS website. The CEPS employment page includes access to position descriptions and websites of employing organisations: www.peersupportvic.org/employment Groups New accessible arts making projects Wild@heART Community Arts Click on the links below for further information about Wild@heART’s upcoming programs. Songwriting Workshops in Heidelberg Weekly songwriting and music workshops for people living with mental health challenges from Banyule, Heidelberg West, and beyond. Workshops led by well known musicians and mental health advocates, Heidi Everett and Dan Flynn. No experience needed, just a desire to sing and share your story. This is a great way to have a go at making real music! Mi Culture: Your story, your voice A creative, multi-artform project for people living with mental illness to explore their stories through arts making and performance. Workshops are led by experienced and inspiring storytellers and group facilitators. Tell your story and be part of a fantastic project that will enable our voices to be heard and seen.

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Artist Mentoring Program For emerging musicians and performing artists with a disability or mental health background: Work with peers and industry mentors to achieve your artistic and career goals. Where do you want to go with your art? Be part of a great network of performance artists and challenge yourself to be great! World Music Workshops A wild ensemble of dancers, players and singers with and without disabilities exploring the music, dance and song of many cultures from around the world! Every body and every talent welcome! See the website for further information: www.wildatheart.org.au Flourish: A recovery-based self-development program Neami Flourish is a peer run self-development program that emphasises wellness. The twelve week program encourages participants to focus on individual strengths and values in relation to their personal goals. The aim of the program is to motivate and equip participants with the tools necessary to achieve positive changes within their lives. Flourish (Balwyn/Doncaster) will be commencing with an Information Session from 10.30am- 12.30pm, 19 June 2013, followed by six fortnightly sessions: Week 1: 3rd July Week 2: 17th July Week 3: 31st July Week 4: 14th August Week 5: 28th August Week 6: 11thSeptember Time: Wednesdays 10.30am-12.30pm. (There is no charge. Morning tea will be provided). Venue: North Balwyn Baptist Church, 136 Doncaster Rd, North Balwyn, 3104. (Parking at rear) Public Transport: By tram - 24 (North Balwyn, Kew, Abbotsford, City); or 48 (North Balwyn, Kew, Richmond, City) By bus - 207 (Doncaster, North Balwyn, Kew, Abbotsford); or 285 (Doncaster, North Balwyn, Camberwell) For more information please contact the Peer Support Workers: Andy- Kew on 98551421, or Andrea- Doncaster on 98482465 www.neaminational.org.au DATE:14/June/2013

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New resources on the CEPS website To contribute peer support research or resources, please email the details to peer.support@arafemi.org.au or submit online. Bologna, M., & Pulice, R. (2011). Evaluation of a peer-run hospital diversion program: A descriptive study. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 14(4), 272-286. Finn, L., Bishop, B., & Sparrow, N. (2009). Capturing dynamic processes of change in GROW mutual help groups for mental health. Perth, Western Australia: Society for Community Research and Action. Ockwell, C. (2012). Challenges and triumphs: Developing an inpatient peer support project. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 7(2), 94-100. For more information, see www.peersupportvic.org/research-directory/research-directory. Accessing journal articles Research shared via the CEPS website is sometimes not yet available to the general public due to copyright restrictions. Library membership can often provide access to new research as it is published: By becoming a member of the State Library, residents of Victoria receive free access to a wide range of online databases, including Academic Search Premier and MasterFile Premier (EBSCO). This gives you full-text access to over 5000 journals, from home, and membership is free. To sign up, visit www.slv.vic.gov.au/ The Royal Melbourne Health Sciences Library also provides access to a wide range of journals, and membership is available to staff employed in positions funded by the Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division, Department of Health. For more information and to register, visit library.mh.org.au/ Subscriptions To unsubscribe, email peer.support@arafemi.org.au. Centre of Excellence in Peer Support (Mental Health) Ph. 1300 237 199 www.peersupportvic.org ARAFEMI Victoria - Ground Floor 270 Auburn Road, Hawthorn VIC 3122 Tel: (03) 9810 9300 | Fax (03) 9810 9399 www.arafemi.org.au Top

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5/ Time to put our heads together on mental health: Date June 14, 2013 - 1:03AM Chee Ng

We need an international approach to decrease the costs of mental health. The Herald-Lateral Economics Index of Australia's Wellbeing estimates the cost of mental illness to Australia has reached $190 billion a year, or about 12 per cent of economic output. Globally, the social and economic costs of mental illness are enormous, with international health bodies estimating that 13 per cent of the total global disease burden is due to mental disorders. Although they are closely linked to physical disorders and can affect the prognosis of heart disease, diabetes, and cancers, mental disorders rarely receive equal attention. Recent milestones have provided an unfamiliar wave of optimism. The World Health Assembly agreed in Geneva last month on new public health measures, including a comprehensive mental health action plan for the next seven years. A week earlier, Commonwealth health ministers endorsed the secretariat's report 'Mental Health: Towards Economic and Social Inclusion' – the first time Commonwealth countries have supported a plan to improve mental health. Perhaps the biggest advance, however, has been closer to home, with no fanfare and little recognition. China's first national mental health law was approved early last month by the National People's Congress. Whether this new law achieves its goal of minimising abuse and ending unjustified compulsory hospitalisation remains to be seen. Nevertheless China has covered a fifth of the world's population by legislation that aims – for the first time in its history – to protect the human rights of people with mental illness. This remarkable step is part of a scientific and public health sea change in Asia that is underappreciated in Australia and the West. As part of the 'Asian Century', China and other countries in Asia are increasingly creating and developing corridors of innovation and networks of research and development where Australia is not prominent and in some cases is absent. Disappointingly, our health and science leadership still largely has its gaze fixed on the United States and Europe. This is despite the countries of Asia last year surpassing the Americas in research and development investments ($518 billion vs $512 billion). As potential opportunities in research and development rapidly slip away, the questions needing to be answered are: where are there windows still open, where can Australia build on its strengths and be valued as a collaborator and partner in Asia, and what models of working that may guide further development in health? One area where we share common objectives and mutual interest is in mental health promotion, research and treatment. National governments are increasingly recognising that DATE:14/June/2013

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mental ill health carries not just a burden on individuals but also on their nations' economies and security. The need for further investment in mental health to build resilience in the face of increasing prevalence of natural and man-made disasters, including the effects of climate change, has become a pressing global concern. Asia Australia Mental Health – a consortium of St Vincent's Mental Health, The University of Melbourne's Department of Psychiatry, and Asialink – has been building partnerships with mental health leaders and their governments in the Asia Pacific for more than 10 years. AAMH has worked with China as it attempts to provide mental health solutions for its vast population. It is also working with mental health leaders from the Sub-Mekong to establish a Sub-Mekong Region Mental Health Research Training Program. And it has worked with China, Cambodia and the Solomon Islands to protect the mental health of their people following natural disasters, including the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Recognising that the global mental health crisis is too big for one country or sector to deal with alone, we are building cohesion through a multilateral project that includes mental health leaders from 19 Asia Pacific countries. This project acknowledges the enormous treatment gaps and lack of appropriate services available in most of our partner countries but focuses on sharing strengths and best practices. In both high-resourced to deprived settings, the network encourages hybrid solutions and new ways of thinking. For Australia, such a regional network helps us to extend our understanding of mental health. We are learning through our collaboration and engagement with Asian counterparts new and perhaps more effective ways to meaningfully contribute to the mental health of all Australians, including indigenous people and the growing numbers of our population who are of Asian backgrounds. These include not only culturally appropriate treatments but also empowering and strengthening the role of people with mental ill health in developing and implementing laws, policy and services. Being part of a multi-lateral partnership gives Australia a much stronger voice as we advocate for greater recognition of mental health across regional groupings and global health architecture. Early next month we will share a platform with our Chinese colleagues at an APEC health meeting in Medan, Indonesia, as part of a coordinated effort to deal with the growing regional crisis of mental ill health. Our Australia-China partnership will be presented as a model in discussing what could guide an APEC roadmap to reduce the regional burden of mental health challenges. Associate Professor Chee Ng, co-director of AAMH at The University of Melbourne, prepared the Commonwealth Secretariat's mental health report presented last month. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/time-to-put-our-heads-together-on-mentalhealth-20130613-2o67u.html#ixzz2W9VBjRig Top

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6/ Workshops for Team Leaders and Supervisors:

Team Leaders Workshop - June 26 A one-day program for new and current team leaders combining information with practical application to your own team – * clarifying your role; * tools to assess your team’s functioning; * strategies for creating effective teamwork; * leading in an environment of change; * dealing with performance difficulties. Date: 26 June, 2013 Cost:$250 (all inclusive*) Times: 9 - 5 Venue: Hawthorn Campus, University of Melbourne (free on-site parking) Professional Supervision Workshop - July 24 A one-day * The What, Why & How for those supervising health professionals. * Covers: Support, Education and Administrative aspects. * Establishing clear expectations, building engagement, dealing with difficulties. * Format: Information, video demonstration, case scenarios, theoretical frameworks, sample worksheets. Cost: $230 (all inclusive*) Venue for both workshops: Hawthorn Campus, University of Melbourne. *All fees include GST, refreshments and lunch, course manual. Free on-site parking). Easy on-line enrolment: www.teamtraining.com.au/enrolment Contact Name: Tony Norquay Contact Phone: 0418 134 709 Contact Email: info@teamtraining.com.au Website: Teamwork Training Services Website Attached file 1: Team Leaders Course Description Attached file 2: Professional Supervision Course Description Top

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7/Getting Mobile Mental Health Into Indigenous Communities: 13 June, 2013 8:36AM AWST Getting mobile mental health into Indigenous communities By Hilary Smale Mental health clinicians are testing a smart phone app which delivers suicide prevention treatments designed specifically for Indigenous people. Download this mp3 file The suicide rate for Indigenous people is four times Australia's national rate. Many Indigenous people live in remote parts of Australia where therapists able to deliver suicide prevention treatments are rare or non-existent. And most treatments have been developed for European Australians rather than Aboriginal Australians. These are the challenges that a smart phone app is trying to overcome. The I-bobbly app has been designed specifically for Aboriginal people living in remote communities. Alive and Kicking Goals Suicide Prevention Project's Joe Tighe says that this approach might be able reach people that traditional suicide prevention strategies aren't. "In remote communities the access to mental health services...is very thin on the ground." Mr Tighe says. "Some people are very introverted as well and they're not interested in talking about their feelings or thoughts...to a therapist...and they might work better even on their own." The app's graphics have been designed by Kimberley Indigenous artists, and young Indigenous people have provided the voice-overs. The app delivers a treatment based on mindfulness and values-based action and draws on stories and imagery as well as traditional activities such as drawing, painting, storytelling and fishing. Mr Tighe says the effectiveness of this new approach will be tested with a controlled trial involving over one hundred people. Feedback will be used to refine the technology and will determine how broadly the approach will be applied. You can listen to Joe Tighe talk to Hilary Smale on Kimberley Mornings. If you or someone you know needs help call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Link: http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2013/06/13/3780802.htm?site=kimberley

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8/ Cost to wellbeing of mental illness hits $190 billion: Cost to wellbeing of mental illness hits $190 billion Date

June 8, 2013

Matt Wade

The cost of mental illness to Australia's collective wellbeing has reached $190 billion a year equivalent to about 12 per cent of the economy's output. The Herald-Lateral Economics Index of Australia's Wellbeing - which uses a range of indicators to measure changes in national welfare - calculates a dollar figure for how mental illness affects the Australian population beyond its narrow economic impact. It shows that the wellbeing cost of mental illness in the March quarter alone was $48 billion. Official economic figures only pick up the direct economic effects of mental illness, such as work absenteeism. But mentally ill people tend to report lower levels of wellbeing on average and the Herald-Lateral Economics index puts a dollar figure on these non-economic - but very significant - effects. Index author Dr Nicholas Gruen said the results drew attention to how much mental illness is affecting Australia's collective wellbeing. ''These big numbers put in perspective the real cost of mental illnesses to the community,'' he said. But there was some good news. The drag on wellbeing due to mental illness has been offset to some extent by an increase in the rate of treatment for mental illness over the past four years. ''The rate of treatment of mental illness seems to be increasing strongly,'' the index report said. ''The proportion of the mentally ill with GP treatment plans has risen to 19.9 per cent from 16.8 per cent in 2009.'' The wellbeing index calculates that each 1 percentage point increase in the rate of treatment adds $1 billion a year to our collective wellbeing. Even so, the annual wellbeing cost of mental illness is now $28 billion a year more than it was in 2005-06. It's estimated about one in five Australians suffer from a mental illness. The index highlights how obesity is also a major drag on national wellbeing and calculates its cost to be more than $120 billion a year. The index report says obesity has been increasing faster than other components ''so the relative importance of obesity in wellbeing is rising''. Despite the negative effects of mental illness and obesity, Australia's overall wellbeing grew much faster than gross domestic product last year. The index rose by 3 per cent in the March DATE:14/June/2013

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quarter to be up 5.5 per cent for the year. Gross domestic product figures released by the Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday revealed growth of 0.6 per cent in the quarter and 2.5 per cent for the year. The main factor driving national wellbeing higher was a 12.7 per cent increase in the rate of Australia's human capital accumulation - our collective skills - in the year. The increase in adult education has been an important driver of recent improvements in the wellbeing index. When added to population growth this trend means Australia has a better trained and larger workforce. ''This investment in the skills and know-how of the population should ensure that the Australian population is able to generate significant income in the future, even if the prices of our resources decline,'' the report said. Australia's national income - another important component of the index - rose a modest 0.9 per cent.

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9/ EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ACT 2010: AN OVERVIEW:

Equal Opportunity Act 2010: An Overview Updated May 31, 2013 Every employer and service provider has obligations under Victoria’s equal opportunity laws, and all government agencies and public authorities have obligations under Victoria’s human rights charter. Each organisation must meet these obligations, irrespective of size, industry or sector. This is one of the Commission’s compliance workshops which are designed to help you meet these obligations. When? Date

Time

Venue

Tue 18th Jun, 2013

VEOHRC Training Room Level 3, 204 Lygon Street Carlton

Mon 15th Jul, 2013

VEOHRC Training Room Level 3, 204 Lygon Street Carlton

Thu 25th Jul, 2013

VEOHRC Training Room Level 3, 204 Lygon Street Carlton

Cost See registration for details Provider/Organiser Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) Phone RSVP: (3) 9032 3415 Email number education@veohrc.vic.gov.au

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10/ Mental illness on the big screen: Mental illness on the big screen Date June 7, 2013 Annie Rahilly

Film is a powerful messenger and the Cultural and Global Mental Health Film Initiative is designed to create thought, discussion and empathy. Annie Rahilly looks at film as a tool for changing attitudes. Film is telling stories with pictures and stories enrich our lives. Using films to spark debate around mental health issues and promote change is the passion of the School of Population and Global Health's Erminia Colucci. The effect of mental health is significant; with poverty, isolation, discrimination and abuse, and a loss of a sense of self just some of the impacts felt by people with a mental disorder. Dr Colucci, based at the Centre for International Mental Health, is using feature and short films to highlight a range of issues relating to mental health through monthly screenings. "The films we have chosen examine topics such as how families around the world experience and deal with mental illness, and how different cultures understand and view mental illness. Such stories can prompt questions, conversations and changes," she says. "Film can engage people and create advocacy even with reluctant audiences. Film can touch new audiences as well as audiences that come from the mental health field or from the film world. Film can act as a trigger for changing attitudes." Ethnographic documentary in particular can be used as a research tool. Dr Colucci has used ethnographic film and photography to document how groups and individuals understand and deal with mental issues and is currently working on a project on human rights violations of people with mental health issues in Indonesia. "I am working with communities and authorities in Indonesia to look at 'Pasung'. This is the practice of keeping people with mental health problems in physical restraints, such as chaining them to beds or enclosed rooms inside or outside the family home. "Pasung is often motivated by a sense of shame given the deep stigma surrounding mental illness but also lack of understanding and lack of resources to deal with mental health problems. "Through the lens, we can give a voice to victims as well as people who are working to bring about change." For more information about "Breaking the chains" photo/film-documentary project go to Erminia Colucci- Photo and Film-documentary page or visit Breaking The Chains: The Fight For Human Rights For Indonesia’s Mentally Ill on documentaryaustralia.com.au Screenings for the Cultural and Global Mental Health Film Initiative will be on the fourth Monday of each month in Lecture Theatre 1, 207 Bouverie Street. The screenings are free, no RSPV is required and all are welcome. For more information or to suggest a film screening, contact Erminia Colucci at ecolucci@unimelb.edu.au or go to cimh.unimelb.edu.au Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/voice/mental-illness-on-the-big-screen-201306062nsfl.html#ixzz2W9fPQKnK

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11/Kew Multicultural Mental Health Support Group: Kew Multicultural Mental Health Support Group

This group is supported by St Vincent’s Hospital and provides extra support about diet and exercises, health promotion information, creativity and socialization. For:

People who have a diagnosis of mental health from a multicultural background. This group is also for carers and friends.

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Thursday 27th June 1.00 pm – 3.00pm.

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Kew Library, Phyllis Hoare Community Room Corner of Cotham Road and Civic Drive, Kew.

Public Transport: 109 Box Hill Tram, Stop 35 from Collins Street Melbourne CBD. Speaker:

Families Seminar

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Free, Refreshments provided

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