Category Archives: Media

Friday Extra 29 June 2018

A movie screening…On Richards Side
On 4 July, Little Dreamers is screening On Richards Side, a movie 30 years in the making, with a special guest appearance from Andrew Wiseman, the Director & Producer of the feature.  The movie offers a piercing insight into the everyday trials and joys of living with and caring for someone with a severe disability – as well as shining a much-needed light on the conditions faced by Australia’s 2.8 million carers. See the movie trailer here.
When: Wednesday 4 July from 6 pm
Where: Como Cinema, Level 1, Cnr Toorak Rd & Chapel St, South Yarra, Victoria.
(All proceeds go to Little Dreamers Australia).
Tickets: $10 (Click here to purchase)

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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.

Mental Health Week Official Launch Monday 9 October 2017


Celebrate with us the official launch of Mental Health Week 2017!

Bookings are essential – Refreshments Provided


Mental Health Week 2017 – Official Launch

Monday, October 9, 2017 from 5:00 PM7:30 PM
We welcome you to join the Mental Health Foundation Australia 32nd annual Mental Health Week launch, as part of an international conversation. This community event is held in partnership with the Victorian State Government. It is aimed at encouraging us to influence and celebrate how Aussie workplaces can contribute positively to mental health and wellbeing of all community members in their working environments. Given 45.5% of the population will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime, workplaces have a critical role to play. Prior to the formalities commencing at 5.00pm, for a 5.30pm start, there will be a public, community and industry information expo from 3.00pm.                                                                 Program includes Keynote speaker Keith Schleiger – Ch 9’s, “The Block” foreman, with great appreciation to “DATS Environmental Services”. Dr David Gillespie – The Hon. Federal Assistant to Health,  Ms Jackie Crowe – National Mental Health Commissioner George Donekian as MC And more Live performance by Wild At Heart, Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir and Heidi Everett Plus Awards to Artist of the MHW 2017 Community Poster, people’s choice award Awards to winners of the creative writing school student’s competition  Please join us for an afternoon and early evening catered for function by The Streat.  We can’t wait to see you, your family, friends, work colleagues, team leaders, managers, employers, CEO’s, board directors. Everyone is welcome!
Copyright © 2017 Mental Health Foundation Australia, All rights reserved.


Carers Week 11-18 October 2015

For information about the many and varied events over the week go to:

Carers Week 2015 – Alfred Health Carer Services

National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation.  It will be celebrated Australia-wide from 11-17 October.  Come and join us! Carers in Melbourne’s south and southeast are invited to join us for morning tea and a light lunch at either the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club in Frankston or The International, Bay Street, Brighton.  Bookings essential and places are limited.  See full details here.

For Carers Victoria listings see:

For Alfred Health Carer Services listings on Friday Extra see:

EVENTS for MENTAL HEALTH WEEK and CARERS WEEK…Please RSVP to these ASAP if you’re interested…

Fluro Friday!
Come along to this community mental health event and wear FLURO, to make the invisible, visible. It is promising to be a fun day out with a BBQ, and fun activities, like walking, beach yoga, and much more! See the flyer here.
When: Friday 9 October, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Where: Mordialloc Life Saving Club, Beach Road, Mordialloc

Caring for yourself – A workshop for carers on 7 October from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.
Jewish Care has teamed up with Carers Victoria to offer this free workshop for carers in honour of Mental Health Week. In this 2-hour workshop, you will explore why your health and wellbeing are important, and discuss and share strategies to help you look after yourself. A light afternoon tea will be provided. Places are limited, so please remember to RSVP to ensure you don’t miss out.
See flyer for details Caring for Yourself Workshop – Jewish Care Victoria

For Carers living in the Cities of Glen Eira and Port Phillip
FREE Film event on Monday 12 October to celebrate Carers Week
See flyer Carers Week Film Session

Carers Day(s) on the Peninsula
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 10:30 AM until Thursday, October 15, 2015 6:30 PM
Carers Day acknowledges the thousands of carers on the Mornington Peninsula who look after people with disabilities, people who are frail aged, people with mental illness and people who are unwell. It is a small way of saying thank you and giving carers an opportunity to enjoy some quality “me time”. Enjoy a guided tour of the Salon des Refuses exhibition at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery with morning or afternoon tea provided. For more details please call Ph: 5950 1685.

2015 Young Carers Festival
Come along to the Young Carers Festival, with many attractions likes soccer, petting zoo, photo booth, face painting, silent disco, nail art, video games and more!
When: Saturday 17 October 11am-4pm
Where: St Kilda Town Hall
See invitation here.  young carers festival – A3 V2

Inner South Family and Friends Film Afternoon Sunday 18 October 2015
To celebrate Carers Week 2015 we are inviting you to join us to see ‘The Intern’ at the Classic Cinema, 9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick on Sunday 18 October; cost is $5 concession, $10 non concession.  Refreshments will be available in the foyer at 1.15pm, the film will commence at about 2pm.  Please RSVP by 14 October 2015 to ISFAF on 03 9076 4713, email, or Marlene on 03 9690 7789, mobile 0422 536 241.


The Andrews Labor Government has established a new Ice Help Line as part of a $45.5 million Ice Action Plan to support families and ice users, Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley announced today.

The Help Line – 1800 ICE ADVICE (1800 423 238) – will direct users and families to the treatment and support services they need, and provide general information to the community about ice and its effects.

The service will be free to call from landlines, and also provide important clinical advice to health professionals working with ice users.

Turning Point will operate this 24/7 Help Line, drawing upon its extensive experience in providing phone-based support.

The 1800 ICE ADVICE phone service is now taking calls, coinciding with the launch of the new website.

The website provides updates on the Labor Government’s efforts to stop ice on the streets and at the source, and information on treatment services and how the community can get involved in tackling the drug.

Tenders are also now open with the Department of Health and Human Services for the development and delivery of the Government’s new Family Drug Education Program.

The program will provide support for at least 1000 Victorians per year as part of $4.7 million allocated to support families affected by a loved one’s drug use. It will help families to recognise when someone has a drug problem and what to do.

·  The Andrews Labor Government’s Ice Action Plan includes: $4.7 million in extra support for families and communities to address ice use, including a new, dedicated Ice Help Line
·   $18 million to expand innovative drug treatment services, focusing on rehabilitation for users in rural and regional areas
·   $1.8 million to expand Needle and Syringe Programs to make harm reduction more effective

Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley
“The ice advice line will give users the treatment they need and families the support they deserve.”

“People in rural and regional Victoria are suffering disproportionately from the effects of this vicious drug.”

“Through the Help Line, we’re making it easier for families to get advice and easier for their loved ones to get treatment.”