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
Nominations close 24th August 2018

Please see attached nomination form and flyer for our Awards event

For tickets to the awards

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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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

Mind View Newsletter Winter 2018

The Winter 2018 edition of Mind View is now available.
Stories in this edition include:
Carers need a fair go
Acting CEO’s message
Karen’s story
About Caring Fairly
Warm Line?
Download your copy now!

Carers are invited to
tell us your own story
to help the Caring Fairly
campaign demonstrate
to Australia why carers
need a fairer deal.
Contact campaign
manager John Foley at
john.foley  (exerpt from this edition of mindview)
Click on the link below to read this edition of mindview

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 15 June 2018

FREE Carer Lunch and Wellbeing afternoon at Dandenong Neighbourhood House on Tuesday 19 June
This event is the first step of a project Uniting lifeAssist has embarked upon with Dandenong Neighbourhood House to build Carer awareness in the Dandenong community. If you have any queries, please be in touch on Ph: 9239 2500.
See flyer for details

MHCSS Intake – Last day for referring for Outreach Support will be 31 August 2018
As per the DHHS Update attached here, referrals for MHCSS (Mental Health Community Support Services) Individual Support (OUTREACH) will close on Friday 31 August 2018  for all metro areas. There are currently a number of people already waiting for support (on the Needs Register), so referrals will be moving over to ‘NDIS transition support’ rather than being allocated to MHCSS.

To read further information from Friday Extra please click on the link below:

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 8 June 2018

FREE Carers’ Day Out… High Tea + The Wizard of Oz
Alfred Health Carer Services invites carers who live in the Southern metro region of Melbourne to register your interest to attend one of the dates on offer (either Saturday 30 June OR Saturday 7 July) to enjoy high tea at The Hotel Windsor plus the theatre performance of the Wizard of Oz. Places are limited so check your availability, preferred date and REGISTER NOW!
See flyer for all details

Invitation to Carers – Counselling Workshop in beautiful bush setting
Carers Victoria Counsellors will host a one day counselling workshop on 18 July reflecting on carer well-being and self-care. A small group of carers will connect with two counsellors who will facilitate a day of gentle reflection, rest and time out.
Expressions of interest close Wednesday 4 July 2018. Limited places available so call early.
See here for details

To view the complete newsletter click on the link below:

CEO Update 8 June 2018 – Mental Health Australia

Design of a pathway for NDIS participants with psychosocial disability

Mental Health Australia has provided a final report to the NDIA with recommendations on the design of a tailored NDIS pathway for people with psychosocial disability. Mental Health Australia held five consultation workshops across Australia with NDIS participants, carers, service providers, peak bodies, government officials and health professionals. The two overarching themes of the recommendations are:

  • The NDIS must have arrangements in place to interact with people with psychosocial disability to inform them about the NDIS and prepare them for accessing the Scheme,
  • A psychosocial disability strategy should be developed to ensure the NDIA and the Scheme’s response to people with psychosocial disability is appropriate to their needs, as well as the needs of carers and families.

The final report will be published on the Mental Health Australia website in the coming weeks.

For more information click on the link below:

Click on the link below for information on the KPMG report for Mental Health Australia “Investing to Save”