Category Archives: Education

CEO Report Mental Health Australia 20 July 2018

“Over the last few months we have been helping to inform members and stakeholders about My Health Record, including the three-month opt-out period starting this week.

The promise of this new system is similar to the promise of the first electronic GP clinical records: better management of chronic conditions and diseases, better management of reminders and recalls, and more accurate and timely communication with other medical professionals.

For those living with mental health issues, the potential for benefits are greater than for the broader population. We know that people living with mental illness often experience health care that is substandard – co-morbidities can remain untreated or undiagnosed and the complications of treatments and medications can be very damaging.

But we also know that for people living with mental illness, access to information can carry great risks. We still live in a world where stigma and discrimination mean that the unauthorised released of information might mean discrimination in employment, or insurance, or other opportunities.

So where does that leave us?

It leaves each of us empowered to make an informed choice. To weigh up the benefits against the risks – which our friends at the Consumers Health Forum of Australia have published as An important overview of the pros, cons and questions about My Health Record

Please click on the link below to access more information:

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 20 July 2018

Mindfulness course at the Discovery College (headspace Bentleigh)
If you’re interested in experiencing a range of mindfulness skills and techniques, and learning about how you can live or support others to live mindfully then this course is for you. See here to enrol
To find out more about other courses on offer and how to enrol, visit their website and download the Discovery College course guide and term timetable.

NDIA released Mental Health Access Snapshots
The snapshots provide specific, detailed information to people with psychosocial disability, their supporters, and service providers. They aim to assist people to understand the requirements of the NDIS access process in relation to psychosocial disability, and demystify the access process. The snapshots are as follows:
1.General information about how the NDIS can support your mental health
2.Impairment and mental health in the NDIS
3.Recovery and the NDIS
4.Functional capacity and mental health issues
5.NDIS and other services supporting your mental health

Click on the link below to read more information from the Friday Extra:

NDIS News 9 July 2018

    Welcome to your fortnightly NDIS update. In this edition, find out about self-managing the budget in your plan. Read about:

    The weekly Q&A
    Each week we answer questions asked by the community about the NDIS. Find out about:

    28 May: The NDIS planning process

    • Once I am accepted as a participant in the NDIS, how long until I am contacted to set up a plan?
    • What do I need for my planning conversation?
    • What do I do if my circumstances change and I need to change my plan?
    • What can I expect for my child’s planning conversation?
    • What are the differences between being plan managed and self-managed?

    You can access the link below for more information:


    Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 13 July 2017

    Updated resources for mental health carers from Alfred Health Carer Services (AHCS)
    AHCS has recently updated and printed some information brochures which highlight available support and links for carers who live in the Southern region and care for someone with mental illness. Please download if a single copy only is required. If service providers require multiple copies for clients and waiting room/display areas, please email Lindy on with required number of brochures and details of mailing address.
    See “Support for carers of people experiencing mental health issues” brochure here
    See “Mental Health Carer and Family Support Groups” brochure here
    See “Mental Health Resources” postcard here

    Please click on the link below to read the newsletter:

    Mental Health Australia CEO Update 7 July 2018

    Stress Down Day

    Stress Down Day is a fun and easy initiative to reduce stress and raise vital funds for Lifeline. This year Stress Down Day will take place on the 24 July 2018. To take part, Lifeline is encouraging organisations and individuals to organise their own Stress Down Day at work, school or with your friends at home! Find activity suggestions, learn more or register your event below…

    Please click on the link below to read the complete report:

    Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 6 July 2018

    Getting ready for the NDIS – FREE information sessions
    Alfred Health Carer Services invites carers of people with a disability (including psycho-social disability) to attend a FREE session in Caulfield, Dandenong or Frankston during July and early August. The sessions are open to carers who live in the southern region of Melbourne.
    See flyer for details including RSVP.
    Please click on the link below to read the Friday Extra:

    City of Stonnington Carers Forum 12 July 2018

    Carers, Family members and friends are invited to this year’s City of Stonnington Carers Forum. Sane Australia will be talking about how to deal with anxiety during difficult times from a carer’s perspective, how to look after yourself and how to practise self compassion.

    A range of community service providers will also provide valuable information and advice.  Light refreshments will be available at the end of the event.

    The forum is from 10am – 12.30pm in the Banquet Hall Stonnington Civic Centre, Corner of High Street and Glenferrie Road, Malvern.  The forum is free however bookings are essential on 8290 3224 or email

    Emerging Minds eNews June 2018

    Invitation to participate: help evaluate the program

    The National Workforce Centre would like to invite you to participate in an evaluation project to help assess the effectiveness and quality of the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health (NWCCMH) and improve the learning experience of users.

    The aim of this evaluation is to learn more about the NWCCMH and how it might be helping practitioners address mental health difficulties in children (or not). Findings from the research will be used to guide and improve activities of the Centre.

    To participate simply register or login to the Emerging Minds online learning centre, and opt-in to the evaluation project when prompted. Participation will involve completing a short survey upon opting-in and then again at regular intervals across the next few months. There is also a short three-question survey at the end of each online course. Participation will be completely anonymous and opting-out is available at any time.

    Further information can be found in the Information Statement and Consent Form.

    This research has been approved by the Parenting Research Centre Human Research Ethics Committee (Melbourne).

    Carers Voice Newsletter 29 June 2018

    Don’t miss your chance to provide input on how the wants and needs of the Victorian caring community can be represented during the State election by completing a survey which closes on 16 July 2018.
    You can access the survey in the ‘get involved’ section of this newsletter.

    Upcoming Workshops

    For more information (or to book your spot) please visit the Carers Victoria website or call the Carers Victoria Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636.