Category Archives: Education

Inner South Family and Friends Monthly Support Group Meeting

ISFAF MONTHLY MEETING  7pm for 7.30pm TUESDAY 9 APRIL 2024

GUEST SPEAKER: TING TING HUI, Graduate Clinical Nurse Educator, AMAH
TOPIC: RESEARCH TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF YOUNG PEOPLE WITH EARLY PSYCHOSIS

The research study focuses on developing a co-designed lifestyle intervention aimed at improving the physical health of young people with early psychosis. The research team is currently seeking participation from carers or parents whose loved one is a current or past client of the Youth Early Psychosis Program at Headspace. The aim is to explore their views on the physical health and wellbeing of young people with early psychosis and what can be done to improve their physical health.

GUEST
SPEAKER: VIANDRO BORJA, Lead Pharmacist, AMAH
TOPIC: PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS

Viandro is a Teaching Associate at Monash University’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Chair, SHPA Mental Health Leadership Committee. As well as his lead role in mental health pharmaceuticals at AMAH, he has been heavily involved in the roll out and implementation of the Take Home Naloxone Program across Alfred Health. His knowledge of medications is inexhaustible. Bring your questions and notepads and fasten your seat belts for a very worthwhile evening.

VENUE: AMAH Level 4, 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Lots of free parking in the centre lanes of St Kilda Road and Mowbray Street, with many trams stopping at the door.

If you are having trouble with transport, seek further information or just need a chat, about ISFAF and/or issues faced by carers please phone Judi on 0425 723 746 or Eleni on 0412 018 722.  Please come early to chat and to enjoy delicious snacks which will be available from 7.10pm.  For security, we are required to pay a concierge at the door of the building. Latecomers may not be able to enter.

Discovery College April – June 2024

We’re bringing it back by popular demand!

The course Making Sense of Senses will bring people together to explore the relationship between our senses and mental health. We will explore how sensory modulation and your environment, and each of the 8 senses can impact your mood and wellbeing. Several practical activities will be used to learn about how these feelings differ from person to person. This course might change the way you see yourself and others!

Is there a RIGHT way to think about mental health?

In this course, we take a step back to look at the big picture – what is mental health and what are the ways we can think about it? We’ll dive into language – its importance, impact and how it shapes people’s views around mental health. We’re going to explore different lived and professional perspectives to think about what challenges and shapes our own ideas on mental health. We’re also going to look at how mental health has changed over time and even think about what it might look like in the future.

Inner South Family and Friends Carer Support Meeting 12 March 2024

GUEST SPEAKER: JOE FISHBURN 

TOPIC: HOW TO HELP LOVED ONES WITH ADDICTION CHALLENGES, AND A SHORT MENTION OF FIRST STEP LEGAL. 

First Step operates with the firm belief that everybody deserves every chance to turn their lives around. As a not-for-profit addiction and mental health service, its uniquely multi-disciplinary team of GPs, psychologists, psychiatrists, lawyers, mental health nurses, care coordinators, counsellors, men’s and women’s groups, mental health and legal services hub in St Kilda provide free services to thousands of vulnerable Victorians every year.

TIME: 7.30pm 

VENUE: 4TH Floor, Downer Building, 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
549 St Kilda Rd is a little to the city side of Wesley College, easily recognizable by white umbrellas in the forecourt.  Lots of free parking in the centre lanes of St Kilda Road and nearby Moubray Street, with many trams stopping near the door. 

If you are having trouble with transport, seek further information, or just need a chat about ISFAF and/or issues faced by carers please phone: Judi M: 0425 723 746 or Eleni M: 0412 018 722 

Please come early to chat and to enjoy delicious snacks provided by committee from 7.05 pm 

Attendance and membership are free, but please come prepared to add a small donation into ISFAF’s donation tin. 

Due to security needs, we pay a concierge at the door of the building- but for a limited time only.  If you come late, you can try to enter by phoning 0425 723 746 but you may not to be able to enter the building. 

Vic Health Update 1 February 2024

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2024, here we come! 

Since our very first day we’ve been advocating for good health for all Victorians. 37 years on and our goal is still the same.

Here’s an overview of (some of) the work we’re doing this year and what you can expect to hear about from us over the next 12 months. 

Future Healthy programs 

Not only do we believe all young people deserve a future that is healthy, but we also think they should help shape what that future actually looks like. This idea lives at the core of all our Future Healthy initiatives and is the reason so many of our programs are self-determined by young people. 

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Future Reset 

This year will have a strong focus on highlighting mental health literacy. 

As we continue to work with our arts partners to enhance mental wellbeing and social connection through building meaningful and inclusive environments.

Future Active

Co-designing safe, inclusive and welcoming space for young people remains our top priority.

Together with Reclink we will continue to utilise underused spaces in the community to encourage more young people to be physically active.

Food Hubs 

This year our food hub partners will continue to empower the next generation to learn about the food system and how they can mobilise their communities to transform their local areas. 

Celebrating diverse food cultures and social connection will also remain a focus in this space.