NDIS Information Sessions in City of Port Phillip and Glen Eira

The City of Port Phillip and Glen Eira are presenting free information sessions on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, in partnership with other organisations, for carers and consumers.  Registration is essential and early booking is advised.  Please see details below.

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Mental Health Week 19th Annual Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture Wednesday 11 October 2017

Wellways Australia is delighted to announce that one of the nation’s most respected and enduring actors, Jack Charles, will deliver the 19th Annual Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture at Arts Centre Melbourne on Wednesday 11 October 2017.

The Woodcock Lecture, taking place for the first time during National Mental Health Week (8–14 October), is one of the most anticipated events on the annual mental health calendar.

This year’s lecture, themed ‘Sharing stories, changing lives’, will focus on the power of sharing personal stories to create hope and possibility for individuals, families and communities. It is about how storytelling can change hearts and minds.

Uncle Jack Charles, as he is widely known, is a member of Australia’s stolen generation. Removed from his mother as a baby, he knew nothing of his Indigenous heritage as a child.

Despite his own struggles in life, Uncle Jack co-founded Australia’s first Indigenous theatre group, Nindethana, in 1971 and forged an illustrious career as both a theatre and film actor. A respected Aboriginal elder, activist and entertainer, Uncle Jack is considered a national treasure. He will bring his remarkable storytelling talents to this year’s Woodcock Lecture, delving into his own life story and experiences to illustrate how positive change can be achieved in our communities.

Following the lecture, Uncle Jack will join a discussion panel of mental health experts including Neil Thomas, Associate Professor of Psychology, Swinburne University of Technology – Centre for Mental Health; Laura Collister, Wellways Director of Mental Health Services, Research and Development, and Ben Matthews, Wellways Peer Services Manager.

The Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture is supported by Frank and Patricia Woodcock in memory of their son. Past guest speakers have included national and international leaders in mental health recovery, housing and community inclusion.

Reserve your place for the 19th Annual Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture.

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 11 April 2017

Mel Hill and Lindy Alcorn will talk about the various types of support Alfred Health offer specifically for carers (living in the southern region of Melbourne) of people who are experiencing mental health issues.

Mel Hill is the Coordinator of the Access and Referral Disability, Mental Health and Young Carer team for AHCS.

Lindy Alcorn is the Carer Resource Worker – Mental Health who provides a range of information about support connections for mental health carers.

Meetings are held in the Multipurpose Room at Betty Day Centre, 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda at 7.30pm.  Meetings are for anyone who is interested in learning more about mental health issues.

Grampians Mental Health Conference

From VicServ Factsline Newsletter
The bi-annual Grampians Mental Health Conference is a combined initiative of Regional Mental Health and AOD Providers in the Grampians region; and has been responsible for facilitating Mental Health Conferences since 2000.

The theme of the upcoming conference in March 2017 is ‘Resilience through the Lifespan’.

Experts in their fields will share their expertise on where Mental Health and AOD are headed in the immediate future.

Date:             Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Location:       Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre
                      613 Main Rd, Ballarat

For further information please go to the conference website http://www.gmhc.org.au/