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.
Saving Lives. Saving Money: The case for better investment in Victorian mental health
The Saving Lives. Saving Money report maps out the economic case for investing in Victoria’s mental health, backed by data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and independent investment analysis. It brings together not only mental health service providers, but police, unions, and clinicians who all agree that, without proper funding, Victoria will see increased demand and pressure on ambulance call-outs, police and criminal justice, emergency departments and public hospitals, and crisis services. The document is available here.
Mind the Gap
Mental Health Victoria and SalvoConnect engaged the University of Sydney to produce a Victorian focussed policy research paper on the mental health landscape post NDIS transition. The report covers the gaps for those both eligible and ineligle for the NDIS, people who are eligible but don’t apply and the gaps in the systems interfaces.The document is available here.
‘The Flinders study found the NDIS worked best for participants and families who could “strongly advocate for themselves”, and left people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities as well as older carers with health issues, at a disadvantage.’ from Wellways eNews
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Carer Statement Consultation on 13 April
The Victorian Government is preparing to release a Carer Statement in Carers’ Week this year, and has commissioned Carers Victoria to conduct consultations and an online survey to ensure that there is an opportunity for a broad range of carers to have their say. You can read more about the Carer Statement and consultations here.
To contribute, and to make sure that the specific experience of mental health caring is incorporated in the document, Tandem will host a specialist consultation at the 13 April Monthly Members’ Meeting. After a short ordinary meeting, the consultation will commence at 10.30am. The consultation will be capped at 35 carers, so please RSVP when meeting papers are sent out.
You can also help to ensure that the voices of mental health carers are heard by completing the online survey.
Update: National Mental Health Commission– Be a part of their consultation on Housing, Homelessness and Mental Health
The National Mental Health Commission is calling on consumers, carers, families and support people to share housing and homelessness experiences in relation to mental health through their online consultation until 24 April. The survey will be promoted through established networks and social media. It would be great if you could please participate and/or promote through your connections. Read hereHousing and Homelessness Consultation
Penny and Judith jogging around the oval to the finish line
Penny, Judith, Judi and Molly (her dog) completed the 5km walk to raise funds for Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) on Sunday 28 August. We were spurred on with an enthusiastic pep talk by Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Director of MAPrc who is very fit and competes in the 10km run.
The competitors are a mix of very serious, fit athletes and those who enter for fun in fancy dress, with parents, children and babies in pushers. We hope next year to encourage more ISFAF members to join us. It’s a great atmosphere and you don’t have to be young and fit to do the 5km walk around the scenic Kew Boulevard course.