Emerging Minds eNews June 2018

Invitation to participate: help evaluate the program

The National Workforce Centre would like to invite you to participate in an evaluation project to help assess the effectiveness and quality of the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health (NWCCMH) and improve the learning experience of users.

The aim of this evaluation is to learn more about the NWCCMH and how it might be helping practitioners address mental health difficulties in children (or not). Findings from the research will be used to guide and improve activities of the Centre.

To participate simply register or login to the Emerging Minds online learning centre, and opt-in to the evaluation project when prompted. Participation will involve completing a short survey upon opting-in and then again at regular intervals across the next few months. There is also a short three-question survey at the end of each online course. Participation will be completely anonymous and opting-out is available at any time.

Further information can be found in the Information Statement and Consent Form.

This research has been approved by the Parenting Research Centre Human Research Ethics Committee (Melbourne).


Carers Voice Newsletter 29 June 2018

Don’t miss your chance to provide input on how the wants and needs of the Victorian caring community can be represented during the State election by completing a survey which closes on 16 July 2018.
You can access the survey in the ‘get involved’ section of this newsletter.

Upcoming Workshops

For more information (or to book your spot) please visit the Carers Victoria website or call the Carers Victoria Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636.


de Castella Run 2018

DE CASTELLA RUN Sunday 26th August!
Perfectly placed between 29 July Run Melbourne and 14 Oct Melbourne Marathon the de Castella Run offers 5, 10 and 15km events on a scenic rolling hilly course all for a good cause. Hold something back to get you up our own “Heartbreak Hill” on Walmer St in the last kilometre to the finish line.

Proudly Supporting Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF)
A health promotion charity that uses running to celebrate Indigenous resilience and achievement, and create inspirational Indigenous leaders.

Learn more here …


Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council Awards Night 12 October 2018

VMIAC Consumer Awards, October 12 @ 6:00 pm9:30 pm Free

In 2016 VMIAC, as the peak body for consumers in Victoria sponsored the inaugural Consumer Awards. These awards recognised the significant contribution that consumer workers have made to Victoria over the previous 20 years. More than one hundred and twenty people attended and had significant media coverage.
We are enclosing these 2 attachments for Nominations and also a flyer about the awards as it is a ticketed event, so please don’t miss out.

The VMIAC Awards this year will be held on Friday 12th of October 2018
Please email nomination form and supporting documents to liz.leveridge@vmiac.org.au
Nominations close 24th August 2018

Please see attached nomination form and flyer for our Awards event

For tickets to the awards https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/vmiac-awards-2018-tickets-46433423620

Download the VMIAC Awards Nomination Form Here

Pro Bono Newsletter 28 June 2018

Newstart Choir Could be a Campaign Masterstroke | A breakthrough could be looming in the campaign to increase the Newstart allowance with the release of a rousing jingle sung by a choir of welfare recipients – think Choir of Hard Knocks.

Click on the link below to read the article:


Tandem eNews 27 June 2018

This is a chance for family and friends supporting someone with mental health issues to nominate an individual or a service. This year we will be also looking for nominees who have made an exceptional contribution in the areas of NDIS support, and for outstanding work with children and young people.

Do you know an individual or a service who demonstrates family inclusive and compassionate work practices in the mental health system? Then nominate them for an award!  Nominations must be from a mental health carer and received by 31 August 2018.

Information and nomination forms can be downloaded from the link below:
From Tandem eNews 27 June 2018

Mental Health Victoria Publications: Saving Lives. Saving Money and Mind the Gap

Saving Lives. Saving Money: The case for better investment in Victorian mental health

The Saving Lives. Saving Money report maps out the economic case for investing in Victoria’s mental health, backed by data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and independent investment analysis. It brings together not only mental health service providers, but police, unions, and clinicians who all agree that, without proper funding, Victoria will see increased demand and pressure on ambulance call-outs, police and criminal justice, emergency departments and public hospitals, and crisis services. The document is available here.

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Mind the Gap

Mental Health Victoria and SalvoConnect engaged the University of Sydney to produce a Victorian focussed policy research paper on the mental health landscape post NDIS transition. The report covers the gaps for those both eligible and ineligle for the NDIS, people who are eligible but don’t apply and the gaps in the systems interfaces.The document is available here.

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 22 June 2018

New Horizons – a program for bereaved carers
Carers Victoria is offering a three-day program for bereaved carers, facilitated by a Carers Victoria counsellor. It offers an opportunity to explore issues of loss and grief in a safe and supportive environment.
See details here

Monash Health – Mental Health Week Art Competition 2018 (7 – 13 October 2018)
This Art Competition is open to any consumer, patient, client and their families/Carers and staff of Monash Health, Mental Health Program and Aged Persons Mental Health Program, Drug & Alcohol Services, and Dual Disability. Artwork must be received by Friday 28 September 2018 at 12 Garside Street, Dandenong.
See Art Competition poster here
See Art Competition form/details here

Please click on the link below here to read further notices from the Friday Extra:


Inner South Family and Friends Annual General Meeting 10 July 2018

Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels

2018 Annual General Meeting and Monthly Support Group Meeting

7.00 pm
Tuesday 10 July 2018 in Multipurpose Room, Betty Day Centre,
67 Argyle Street, St Kilda (easiest access is via Bath St)

Speaker: Beth Wilson OAM Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner 1997–2012 Lawyer, Health Consultant, Advocate and Amazing Speaker

­­­­­Please note early start, so that our AGM does not prevent us from enjoying our excellent speaker(s), discussion and question time.

Additional documents are attached:



 ISFAF Proxy form 2018 AGM