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

Turning Point and Spectrum Forum 19 October 2016

Turning Point and Spectrum
Consumer and Carer Committee

invite you to a forum about consumer access
Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall, 120 Napier Street, Fitzroy
Wednesday 19th October 2016
10:00am – 2:30pm

 Access is not just about doors, windows and buildings. It’s about the ability to attend to daily needs such as appointments, hygiene, community, money, medication and friendships. What we need to survive day to day.
  • About this forum: The Turning Point and Spectrum Consumer and Carer Committee invite you to join us for a very special event. Consumers and carers’ voices will highlight the difficulties in accessing every day services and how, with a little creative thinking, service providers can address issues their clients may face such as lack of transport, credit for mobile phones and Mykis.
    Access will include “lived experience” stories from consumers and carers and an opportunity for discussion with services providers. The forum will showcase the ways in which services are providing solutions for their clients and help to open doors.
    Access will also include an opportunity to network with people from other community services who are working with clients who are experiencing these issues.This forum will:
  • Provide lived experience from consumers and carers.
  • Describe what it is like to be unable to access everyday needs.
  • Allow for networking, discussion and brainstorming.

KEY NOTE SPEAKERS – Joshua Wilkins and Kieran Palmer

Joshua Wilkins – Founder and CEO of One Voice
Joshua recognised a basic need within the homeless community that impacted on their everyday life and self-esteem. Personal hygiene is something most people take for granted, however there are many people in our community unable to access this basic need. Joshua designed and provided mobile showers for the homeless community, which has since grown into the One Voice organisation.

Kieran Palmer – Clinical Services Manager, Noffs Foundation
Kieran began his work with the Ted Noffs Foundation in 2005 as an alcohol and other drug worker and has held numerous positions within the foundation including manager of the PALM residential treatment services. Kieran’s current role of Clinical Services Manager for all Noffs programs nationwide utilises his areas of expertise including youth mental health, AOD and trauma development/treatment.

Where: Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall, 120 Napier Street, Fitzroy
When: Wednesday 19th October 2016
Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm
Catering: Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided, including a vegetarian selection.
Registration: this forum is free but registrations are essential. Please register here

If you have inquiries regarding registration please contact
student administration on (03) 8413 8700

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 9 August 2016

Venue: Betty Day Centre, 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda at 7.30pm

  •  Kirsten Gainsford, Research Assistant, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)
    Will provide a short summary of a randomised clinical trial at MAPrc investigating a gentle form of brain stimulation and whether it can be used to improve thinking skills in people with diagnosed schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.
  •  Dr Brendan O’Hanlon, Mental Health Program Manager of Bouverie CentreTopic: ‘Family Sensitive Practice’
    Dr O’Hanlon’s responsibilities include guiding the work of the centre’s mental health program and building the capacity of the services in these sectors to work constructively with families.Among Dr Hanlon’s many interests are family psycho-educational approaches within mental health services including Behavioural Family Therapy and Multiple Family Groups. His talk will include methods of implementing an evidence-based family intervention within the routine practice of an Adult Mental Health Service and the psychological trauma affecting individuals directly and indirectly suffering from psychosocial disabilities /mental illness.

    The Bouverie Centre, part of La Trobe University is Victoria’s Family Institute, dedicated to promoting contextually compassionate human services, focussing on family and systemic approaches specifically in Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug, Gambling and related fields.

All welcome, light supper provided.

No need to RSVP but please come early if coming for the first time so we can introduce you to some of our committee members. We are generally there by 7.10pm. Supper is set up by 7.15. There is no charge, but a gold coin donation towards supper is always appreciated


Armadale Family Connections TM

The Family Connections program is designed to provide parents, spouses, adult children and siblings the knowledge and skills that will be helpful to them for their own wellbeing in living with a relative with borderline personality disorder (BPD).  The program also helps those relatives build a support network with other individuals with a relative with BPD.
See details here BPD FLYER ARMADALE.

Mind Recovery College Bang the Drum for Carers – Mind Tour

Mind Recovery College invite you to attend an event in your area for the Bang the Drum for Carers – Mind tour

After two years of intensive research and development, Mind is releasing a range of new materials and resources to support their work with families and carers.  They are also showcasing local initiatives and raising the profile of carers.  It is expected that all staff will attend one of the events across the tour.  Families and carers are also most welcome.


Mind Recovery College Cheltenham event is on 24 February 2016, contact number is Christine Wille (03) 8640 5622.