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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 learning@mhvic.org.au

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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.

Please access the link below to read the Carers Victoria Voice:

https://mailchi.mp/170e3492e872/carers-victoria-voice-september-edition-460217?e=a09af54e6b

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.
See flyer for details

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.
Read more details here

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NDIS Newsletter 23 July 2018

In this edition, read about:

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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

Please click on the link below to access more information:
https://mhaustralia.org/civicrm/mailing/view?reset=1&id=941

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:

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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:

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    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 l.alcorn@alfred.org.au 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:

    https://mailchi.mp/37f73c08c30e/friday-extra-13-july-2018?e=b98a7291db

    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…

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