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Mental Health Australia CEO Update 17 August 2018

$200 million for medical research to overcome health challenges

Minister for Health, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, says the Government will invest $200 million in new medical research projects to improve the health of Australian through new treatments and support, tackling areas of obesity, mental health and cardiovascular disease. A total of 320 projects will receive funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) following a competitive process. The NHMRC projects total almost $192 million and will aim to find solutions mental health among a wide range of health challenges.

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 10 August 2018

Alfred Health Carer Services Event: Managing Carer Fatigue
Join us for a series of three workshops designed to help you learn techniques to relax, take care of yourself and practice self-compassion.
Click here for session information commencing Thursday 23 August and subsequently on Thursday 30 August and Thursday 6 September 2018

Alfred Health Carer Services Event: Self-care through Tai Chi and mindfulness
Join us for a series of three workshops to explore how the gentle movements of Tai Chi and the practice of mindfulness can sustain you in your caring role.
Click here for session information commencing on Tuesday 11 September and subsequently on Tuesday 18 September and Tuesday 25 September 2018

Resource: Coming Home with Bipolar: Information for Families & Carers
This resource offers information to families about bipolar disorder and available treatments, as well as advice on how to support a loved one living with bipolar while also practicing self-care. It particularly emphasises the importance of open communication in families affected by the condition.
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VMIAC Election Platform and Tandem Comments on Victorian Carer Strategy


We’re the peak Victorian non-government organisation for people with lived experience of mental health or emotional issues.

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting 14 August 2018

Our group has been very fortunate in having speakers from two very important organisations present a summary of their election platform and the Victorian Carer Strategy.  Maggie Toko CEO and Indigo Daya Human Rights Advisor from Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) spoke of specific issues of concern for consumers and Marie Piu CEO Tandem spoke on the Victorian Carer Strategy and issues of concern for carers and consumers.  “Tandem particularly welcomed commitments that will affect families and friends of people with mental health issues. “

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Victorian Carer Strategy 2018–22

Tandem eNews 8 August 2018

Mental Health Victoria

Training Calendar
July – December 2018
Registrations are now open online for all courses to the end of the year. A number of new short courses are offered, including: ‘Basic counselling skills for creating solution focussed conversations’ and ‘Mental Health Awareness’; ‘Communicating your lived experience’. Courses can also be delivered at your service, with or without any additional customisation. You can view the training calendar here. For more information please call 9519 7000 or email

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Carers Voice September 2018

Launch of Victorian Government Carer Strategy 2018-22

At Parliament House today, Martin Foley, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing; Mental Health; Equality; Creative Industries and Gabrielle Williams, Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers launched a whole of Victorian Government Carer Strategy 2018-22 recognising and supporting Victoria’s carers.

Carers Victoria has played a pivotal consultancy role in the development of the strategy which aims to improve supports and recognise carers for their important role in the community.

Carers Victoria CEO Scott Walker highlighted the significance of the milestone.  “A whole-of-Government-Carer-Strategy is essential in ensuring carers are respected, valued and supported, while having the same rights, choices and opportunities as other members of the community”, he said.

“Today’s Victorian Carer Strategy wonderfully reflects the diversity of Victoria’s 736,000 carers – recognising what we have in common without eliminating the important differences. The Victorian Carer Strategy highlights that carers come from all walks of life. Carers are represented in all genders, sexual orientations, cultural backgrounds, localities, employment and age.

Carers Victoria is really pleased to see these widespread carers concerns have been picked up in each of the five priorities announced today – recognition, acknowledgement and respect; health and wellbeing; participation in the workforce, schooling and study; access to support and services and financial security.

Carers Victoria welcomes the Andrews Government’s commitment to continue to consult with carers, service providers and peak agencies about the progress of the Strategy’s implementation,” said Mr Walker.

For further information about the Strategy refer to the Carers Victoria website.

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 27 July 2018

FREE Workshop series – Managing Carer Fatigue
Alfred Health Carer Services invites carers who live in the Southern region of Melbourne to join a series of three workshops designed to help you learn techniques to relax, take care of yourself and practice self-compassion. The series start on 23 August and RSVP is essential.
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Caring Fairly – a national advocacy and awareness-raising campaign re the rights of mental health carers.
Mind Australia is leading Caring Fairly which will focus on improving and realising the economic, social and cultural rights of mental health carers. The campaign is supported by a nationwide coalition of organisations that support mental health carers, including Mental Health Carers Australia, peak bodies, and other major national non-government organisations. This three-year campaign will be launched in Winter 2018 and Mind Australia is keen to hear from carers who would like to contribute their experiences and views.
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NDIS Newsletter 23 July 2018

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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

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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

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