Category Archives: Research

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).

Mental Health Victoria Publications: Saving Lives. Saving Money and Mind the Gap

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.

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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.

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Wellways eNews NDIS failing the most vulnerable 20 May 2018

‘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

Inner South Family and Friends AGM Tuesday 10 October 2017

You are invited to our Annual General Meeting at Betty Day Centre on Tuesday 10

October 2017 to hear our guest Professor Jayashri Kulkarni

speak on ‘Research at MAPrc’


The research at Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) is recognized internationally as ground
-breaking.  Professor Kulkarni, Director of MAPrc
is internationally recognized as a leader in the area of women’s mental health.

For more information see flyer here AGM Professor Jayashi Kulkarni

Carer Statement and Consultations

Tandem Inc.
Level 1, 37 Mollison Street Abbotsford Victoria 3067
P 8803 5555 F 8803 5599

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.

Housing and Homelessness Consultation

From the Friday Extra Friday 31 March 2017

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 here Housing and Homelessness Consultation

de Castella Run 2 Mend Minds

img_0642Penny 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.

Donations to MAPrc can be made via website de Castella Run 2016 for Mental Health




de Castella Run 2 Mend Minds 28 August 2016

The annual de Castella run is a fund raising event for Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre.  Several of our members have entered.  For more information see below.

Event Details

When: Sunday 28 August 2016

What: Three great running (or walking) events around the scenic Kew Boulevard to raise money for mental health research at MAPrc.

  1. Vision Personal Training 5km run/walk,
  2. Mizuno 10km run
  3. Nostra Homes 15km run

And don’t forget our wonderful  Run Ready Activity Program for kids ages 3.5 to 10 years
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Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 9 August 2016

Venue: Betty Day Centre, 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda at 7.30pm

  •  Kirsten Gainsford, Research Assistant, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)
    Will provide a short summary of a randomised clinical trial at MAPrc investigating a gentle form of brain stimulation and whether it can be used to improve thinking skills in people with diagnosed schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.
  •  Dr Brendan O’Hanlon, Mental Health Program Manager of Bouverie CentreTopic: ‘Family Sensitive Practice’
    Dr O’Hanlon’s responsibilities include guiding the work of the centre’s mental health program and building the capacity of the services in these sectors to work constructively with families.Among Dr Hanlon’s many interests are family psycho-educational approaches within mental health services including Behavioural Family Therapy and Multiple Family Groups. His talk will include methods of implementing an evidence-based family intervention within the routine practice of an Adult Mental Health Service and the psychological trauma affecting individuals directly and indirectly suffering from psychosocial disabilities /mental illness.

    The Bouverie Centre, part of La Trobe University is Victoria’s Family Institute, dedicated to promoting contextually compassionate human services, focussing on family and systemic approaches specifically in Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug, Gambling and related fields.

All welcome, light supper provided.

No need to RSVP but please come early if coming for the first time so we can introduce you to some of our committee members. We are generally there by 7.10pm. Supper is set up by 7.15. There is no charge, but a gold coin donation towards supper is always appreciated