Inner South Family and Friends Events for September to December 2018

MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS AND END OF YEAR DINNER SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2018

Generally held at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month in Multipurpose Room, Betty Day Centre, 67 Argyle St, St Kilda (easiest access is via Bath St car park, off Inkerman Street).

No need to book, free entry, but a small donation is appreciated.  Light supper from 7.15 pm

7.30 pm Tuesday 11 September
Guest speaker Sam Hibbins Member for Prahran (Greens)

 7.30 pm Tuesday 9 October
Guest speaker David Southwick, MLA Member for Caulfield (Liberal)

7.30 pm Tuesday 13 November
Guest speaker Associate Professor Simon Stafrace,
Programme Director, Alfred Mental and Addiction Health (AMAH), (formerly known as Alfred Psychiatry)

 6.30 pm Tuesday 11 December
End-of Year Dinner – Venue: Plus Thirty-Nine Pizzeria, 571 Malvern Road, Toorak
(subsidised event)

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 7 September 2018

Monash Health – Celebrating 10 years of Art in Mental Health …We need your vote! Pick my Project – Voting is open now!
Pick My Project is a community grants initiative, with $30 million available to fund local projects.
Monash Health have come up with a project idea…Celebrating 10 years of Art in Mental Health. They are asking you to vote for them and two of your other favourites to make your community an even better place to live. Voting closes at 5 p.m. on 15 September.
See project flyer here
See the Pick my Project voting website here

NDIS Information

Upcoming in September and October FREE NDIS information sessions in Narre Warren, Officer, Springvale, Dandenong, Cranbourne, Pakenham
To support the roll out of the NDIS in the south eastern area of Melbourne, the NDIA are offering “Getting Ready for Your Planning Conversation” sessions as well as commencing their “Plan Implementation” information sessions. People can register to attend sessions via this Eventbrite  link  but there is an open door policy to anyone who would like to attend. If attendees require interpreters, have accessibility requirements or questions about the sessions please email VICEAST@NDIS.GOV.AU.
See a full list of sessions here
See an example of “Getting Ready for Your Planning Conversation” session flyer here
See an example of “Plan Implementation” session flyer here

FREE NDIS information sessions from Alfred Health Carer Services…Getting ready for the NDIS
These sessions will help carers better understand the NDIS, how to prepare to transition to the NDIS and build confidence within the new disability system. See details, including RSVP,  for the following sessions:
18 September in Frankston
20 September in Caulfield
25 September in Dandenong
13 November in Frankston
15 November in Dandenong
20 November in Caulfield

2nd Annual NDIS & Mental Health Conference 2018 – Early Bird rates extended until 21 September!!
This National Conference is hosted by Mental Health Victoria and Community Mental Health Australia from 31 October to 1 November 2018, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
See details here

NDIS Readiness Bulletin # 15 ..Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV)
Read here

For Carer Support Groups and Service Providers – Arrange your own carers’ group information session about the NDIS
To support Carers in their preparation for the NDIS, Uniting’s Carer Support Team are offering NDIS Information Sessions for carers living in Casey, Cardinia or Greater Dandenong and who support someone with a mental illness, autism and/or intellectual disability. If you would like to arrange an information session at your specific time and location, please contact their Carer Support Team.
See flyer for details

More NDIS sessions and support in Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong
Uniting is offering NDIS information sessions for carers living in the City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong and the Shire of Cardinia as the NDIS will commence in those areas in September 2018. The sessions will be held at the at Dandenong Neighbourhood House as well as in Springvale at the Uniting Church.
See Dandenong details here
See Springvale details here

You can access more information from the  Friday Extra via the link below:

https://mailchi.mp/fc4a57df2c03/friday-extra-8-june-2018?e=b98a7291db

Mental Health Australia CEO Update 31 August 2018

Mental Health Australia’s submission to the National Disability Agreement review

Mental Health Australia recently provided a submission to the Productivity Commission’s review of the National Disability Agreement (NDA). The submission argues that an NDA is required to ensure all governments in Australia commit to, and are held accountable for addressing the support needs of people with psychosocial disability. The submission points out that there are a large number of people who will need psychosocial services outside of the NDIS and that a revised national agreement should provide clarity around the roles and responsibilities of governments to provide services.

Please click on the link below to read the newsletter:

https://mhaustralia.org/civicrm/mailing/view?reset=1&id=1016

Alfred Health Carer News Friday Extra 31 August 2018

LAST CHANCE for Early Bird rates: 2nd Annual NDIS & Mental Health Conference 2018
This National Conference is hosted by Mental Health Victoria and Community Mental Health Australia from 31 October to 01 November 2018, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
See details here

BipolarLife – August Newsletter
Includes: Bipolar Carers Group; Lithium Treatment; Looking for new ways of living well with bipolar?; What self-management strategies do you use for bipolar II disorder?
Read here

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences – News and Events
Includes: FREE Public Lectures: e.g. Designing Care for People with Mixed Mental-physical Multimorbidity on 3 September
Read here

VTMH Seminar – September 2018… ‘Working Together to Fight the Rise of Racism’
The guest speaker at this Victorian Transcultural Mental Health seminar on 19 September will be Commissioner Kristen Hilton, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) and will discuss #AfricanGangs and racism in Victoria.
See flyer for details

You can access the complete Friday Extra by clicking on the link below:
https://mailchi.mp/2e4cb6ad4572/friday-extra-20-july-2866193?e=b98a7291db

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.

You can access the newsletter via the link below:

https://mhaustralia.org/civicrm/mailing/view?reset=1&id=1003

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 17 August 2018

Tandem Advocacy Campaign for the Victorian Election is now live – please consider signing the petition and sharing our messages
Tandem would like to encourage all carers and carer peer workforce members to consider signing the petition to send a message about the importance of improving the mental health system to the voters of Victoria. The campaign is featured on the Tandem home page or click here to access the campaign messages directly. You can contribute to the petition here.

FREE NDIS information sessions from Alfred Health Carer Services…Getting ready for the NDIS
These sessions will help carers better understand the NDIS, how to prepare to transition to the NDIS and build confidence within the new disability system. See details, including RSVP,  for the following sessions:
18 September in Frankston
20 September in Caulfield
25 September in Dandenong

Click on the link below to read the complete newsletter:

https://mailchi.mp/8d7d41fc924d/friday-extra-20-july-2859029?e=

Sanctuary by schizy inc

Sunday 14th October 2018 1pm – late Warrandyte (Vic)

Replenish your heart and spirit in the beautiful private parklands of Longridge Park, Warrandyte this mental health week. Forget about all the worries and rhetoric. This is your time.

This 24 hour art and nature retreat (overnight camping optional) is for all mental health lived experience advocates, people on the recovery journey, peers, our friends, family and mental health allies.

Come and enjoy artist-led workshops including plein-air art, bush-craft, trail walks, yoga and even bring your inflatable boats to paddle around in the cool waters of the higher reaches of the Yarra river. Our own private beach!

Non-powered camping is permitted for anyone who wants to give it a go. But if sleeping in a tent isn’t quite your thing, definitely stay around for the divine evening campfire experience at night.

Book your ticket now!

Carparking on site.

Bus 906 from city, alight at Warrandyte High School stop. Longridge Park is 1.5 km down Alexander Rd (best to arrange pick up)

No dogs at the event due to the presence of many native animals in the park (accredited Assistance Animals welcome)

Book now! Spaces are limited.

You must book for this event. Booking at the Eventbrite website is free, but a $10 ticket fee (per adult) will be collected on the day.

BOOK HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sanctuary-tickets-48774022414

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.
Read here
Click on the link below to read this very informative newsletter from Alfred Health Carer Services:

https://mailchi.mp/822bf9364fcd/friday-extra-20-july-2855973?e=b98a7291db

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. “

Click on the link below to access VMIAC election platform:

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council: https://www.vmiac.org.au/election-18/

You can read the Victorian Carer Strategy via the following link:

Tandem: http://www.tandemcarers.org.au/carer-strategy.php

Victorian Carer Strategy 2018–22

Fixing the NDIS Forum 3-4 September 2018

NDIS Reform Campaign

Fixing NDIS
National Conference

 
3-4 September 2018 | Melbourne

Trevor Carroll, Sally Richards and Ann Greer invite your
participation in the Fixing NDIS National Conference.

Trevor, Sally and Ann are national spokespersons
for the Campaign to Reform NDIS.

Preliminary Program available here.

CLICK HERE to register for the Conference.

CLICK HERE to participate in the Campaign.