ISFAF Mini Newsletter for June and July Functions



SPEAKERS: KYLIE ARMSTRONG, Community Engagement Coordinator, Wellways and FRAN LYONS, Support Officer, Wellways

MultiPurpose Room, Betty Day Centre 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda access via carpark in Bath St (off Inkerman Street) or via southern end of path from Argyle Street

We will meet for lunch at La Porchetta, 91Toorak Road, South Yarra at 12 noon. After lunch you are invited to join us for the film The Leisure Seeker, starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland at the Como Cinema, corner Toorak Road and Chapel Street South Yarra.

Further details will be announced at our June meeting, will be circulated by email
and appear on our website. Bookings essential by email or phone 9076 4713.

John and Ella Spencer have almost reached the end of the road; Ella is frail, while John’s memory is failing. Instead of quietly fading away, however, the Boston seventy-somethings flee the suffocating care of their doctors and children and hop aboard their vintage campervan, The Leisure Seeker, to visit the Florida Keys house of John’s hero, Ernest Hemingway.

Screen veterans Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star as the ultimate grey nomads in The Leisure Seeker, a poignant and triumphant tale of a couple determined to celebrate their life, and love for each other, in one last grand adventure.

We thank Alfred Health Carer Services for their generosity in making this
function possible.

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

MultiPurpose Room, Betty Day Centre, 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda access via carpark in Bath St (off Inkerman Street) or via southern end of path from Argyle Street.

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

FAMILY AND FRIENDS LUNCH – CHRISTMAS IN JULY 12.30PM SUNDAY 22 JULY 2018 at Milanos Tavern, 4 The Esplanade, Brighton
All family and friends welcome to join in yet another delicious modestly priced meal shared with like- minded folk in gorgeous warm surroundings overlooking a sparkling sea. Bookings essential. Phone office on 9076 4713 and leave a message if phone is unattended or email  Please provide your phone number and email address with your booking.  This is not a subsidised event; everyone pays for themselves.

For further details please click on the link below:

TheMHS Conference 28-31 August 2018

Join us in Adelaide for the 28th TheMHS Conference on 28-31 August 2018.

Hear the Whisper, not the roar: reform, reflect and review

We need to be mindful that each person’s mental health is different. People need opportunities to achieve their optimal level of mental health, and we all need to invest in that. Deterioration in a person’s mental health often starts in small ways, think of these changes as whispers. Unfortunately, whispers can be missed or misunderstood. Therefore, when we hear the whispers, we need to become aware that mental health is being impacted, and we need to listen more closely to what that whisper is telling us, rather than waiting for the roar before taking action.

The concepts of mental health and mental illness have changed over the years and it is timely to use events such as TheMHS to showcase the evidence of how we reform, reflect and review the supports and services we all provide. The importance of meaningful input, both the whisper and the roar from people with a lived experience offers a unique opportunity to “reform, reflect and review” mental health at all levels.

Change occurs at such a fast pace – research, innovation, globalisation, connectivity through the web, changes in evidence based practice, and impact of stressors experienced by different groups in different places. Australia and New Zealand need to adapt to these ongoing changes and be flexible in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our community. There is a need to reform the supports and services provided and the way these are delivered, and then to reflect on the effectiveness of these  reforms. We need to give ourselves permission to review the work we undertake as we try to meet the ever-changing mental health needs of our community.

TheMHS Conference 2018 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on the banks of the Torrens River.

Registrations for TheMHS Conference 2018 are now open. Click below to register.

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Carers Australia Newsletter June 2018

2018 Workshops
Carer Support Group Facilitator Training – Thursday 28 June 2018
Caring Til the End: A Carers Perspective Part I & II – Tuesday 17 July & Tuesday 24 July 2018 (2 sessions)
NDIS Information Session – Thursday 26 July
Disability Program: Carers, Families and The System Parts I to IV –
Thursday 9 August – Part I
Thursday 16 August – Part II
Thursday 23 August – Part III
Thursday 30 August Part IV
For more information (or to book your spot) visit our website or call 1800 242 636.

Stop, Sit, Rest, Reflect on health and well-being
Carers Victoria Counsellors will host a one day counselling workshop 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.

The day will be offered in a beautiful nature setting at our Carers Cottage, one hour out of Melbourne in the Shire of Cardinia.

If interested, please contact counsellors Mary or Linda to discuss your suitability for the group program on 1800 242 636.

Date and time
Thursday 21 June 2018
10:00am – 4:30pm

Carers Cottage
Officer VIC 3809
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided

Transport options
Take a train to Officer Station (Pakenham Line)
and a maxi taxi will pick you up at 9:45am and take you to the Carers Cottage.
or arrive by own car at Carers Cottage by 9:45am

Expressions of interest close Thursday 14 June 2018
Limited places available so call early

Articles from Carers Australia Newsletter June 2018

SANE Stigma Watch

The inaccurate, unbalanced and sensationalist reporting of schizophrenia can lead to increased stigma and a decrease in help-seeking behaviour. As a follow-up to Schizophrenia Awareness Week earlier in May, SANE Australia has put together a series of factsheets, articles, personal stories and videos to increase understanding of this very complex mental illness. Access these resources, as well as the inspirational story of SANE Ambassador Sandy Jeffs told in partnership with The Age, click the link below:

Article from Mental Health Australia CEO Update June 2018

Black Dog Institute’s Exercise your Mood Campaign

Next week, from 30 April – 6 May, Black Dog Institute is challenging all Australians to spend 1 hour per week improving their mental fitness and wellbeing through exercise with the annual Exercise Your Mood campaign. Research shows that just 1 hour of exercise a week can have a positive protective effect against depression. For tips, tricks and a list of public events, visit

Article from Mental Health Australia – CEO Update April 2018

Carers Victoria Voice 26 April 2018

26 April 2018

April has been a whirlwind of activity with the continuation of our Mingle events across Victoria. In this edition we share the magic of the Burwood event, with over 100 carers enjoying great company, food and entertainment, it was certainly a day to remember.

Also in this edition you can ready our latest Pre-Budget Submission, explore the current workshops and community events around the state and learn about a Melbourne University study into the impact of signing on dementia. 

We hope you enjoy this issue.

The Carers Victoria Team

From Carers Victoria Voice