CEO Update 8 June 2018 – Mental Health Australia

Design of a pathway for NDIS participants with psychosocial disability

Mental Health Australia has provided a final report to the NDIA with recommendations on the design of a tailored NDIS pathway for people with psychosocial disability. Mental Health Australia held five consultation workshops across Australia with NDIS participants, carers, service providers, peak bodies, government officials and health professionals. The two overarching themes of the recommendations are:

  • The NDIS must have arrangements in place to interact with people with psychosocial disability to inform them about the NDIS and prepare them for accessing the Scheme,
  • A psychosocial disability strategy should be developed to ensure the NDIA and the Scheme’s response to people with psychosocial disability is appropriate to their needs, as well as the needs of carers and families.

The final report will be published on the Mental Health Australia website in the coming weeks.

For more information click on the link below:

Click on the link below for information on the KPMG report for Mental Health Australia “Investing to Save”

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 8 June 2018

This is an important issue to read as it details NDIS issues relating to Mental Health.  Also details  of carer social activities in the inner south area.  Please see the link below for more details:

FREE Carers’ Day Out… High Tea + The Wizard of Oz
Alfred Health Carer Services invites carers who live in the Southern metro region of Melbourne to register your interest to attend one of the dates on offer (either Saturday 30 June OR Saturday 7 July) to enjoy high tea at The Hotel Windsor plus the theatre performance of the Wizard of Oz. Places are limited so check your availability, preferred date and REGISTER NOW!
See flyer for all details

Mental Health Foundation of Australia (MHFA) – Peer Support Groups…looking for a Facilitator
MHFA offers a number of Peer Support Groups including OCD Support Group; Mood Disorder Support Group; Domestic Violence Support Group and a Grief Support Group. See their list of Peer Support Groups here. MHFA is seeking the services of a support group facilitator to coordinate a “Bipolar Carers Support Group”, a 90 minute session – one evening a month. Some negotiation as to the day the group will run may be possible and also that there may be some remuneration available for this position. Please contact Jim Goodin (MHFA Chairperson) on Ph: 9826 1422 or Mob: 0409 904 022 if you are interested to discuss this role.

NDIS Information

NDIA have 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

FREE Port Phillip NDIS Expo on 19 July
Come and explore the range of services available to people living with disability in the City of Port Phillip.
See flyer for details

ISFAF Mini Newsletter for June and July Functions



SPEAKERS: KYLIE ARMSTRONG, Community Engagement Coordinator, Wellways and FRAN LYONS, Support Officer, Wellways

MultiPurpose Room, Betty Day Centre 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda access via carpark in Bath St (off Inkerman Street) or via southern end of path from Argyle Street

We will meet for lunch at La Porchetta, 91Toorak Road, South Yarra at 12 noon. After lunch you are invited to join us for the film The Leisure Seeker, starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland at the Como Cinema, corner Toorak Road and Chapel Street South Yarra.

Further details will be announced at our June meeting, will be circulated by email
and appear on our website. Bookings essential by email or phone 9076 4713.

John and Ella Spencer have almost reached the end of the road; Ella is frail, while John’s memory is failing. Instead of quietly fading away, however, the Boston seventy-somethings flee the suffocating care of their doctors and children and hop aboard their vintage campervan, The Leisure Seeker, to visit the Florida Keys house of John’s hero, Ernest Hemingway.

Screen veterans Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star as the ultimate grey nomads in The Leisure Seeker, a poignant and triumphant tale of a couple determined to celebrate their life, and love for each other, in one last grand adventure.

We thank Alfred Health Carer Services for their generosity in making this
function possible.

Speaker: Beth Wilson OAM Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner 1997–2012 Lawyer, Health Consultant, Advocate and amazing speaker.

MultiPurpose Room, Betty Day Centre, 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda access via carpark in Bath St (off Inkerman Street) or via southern end of path from Argyle Street.

Please note early start, so that our AGM does not prevent us from enjoying our excellent speaker(s), discussion and question time.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS LUNCH – CHRISTMAS IN JULY 12.30PM SUNDAY 22 JULY 2018 at Milanos Tavern, 4 The Esplanade, Brighton
All family and friends welcome to join in yet another delicious modestly priced meal shared with like- minded folk in gorgeous warm surroundings overlooking a sparkling sea. Bookings essential. Phone office on 9076 4713 and leave a message if phone is unattended or email  Please provide your phone number and email address with your booking.  This is not a subsidised event; everyone pays for themselves.

For further details please click on the link below:

TheMHS Conference 28-31 August 2018

Join us in Adelaide for the 28th TheMHS Conference on 28-31 August 2018.

Hear the Whisper, not the roar: reform, reflect and review

We need to be mindful that each person’s mental health is different. People need opportunities to achieve their optimal level of mental health, and we all need to invest in that. Deterioration in a person’s mental health often starts in small ways, think of these changes as whispers. Unfortunately, whispers can be missed or misunderstood. Therefore, when we hear the whispers, we need to become aware that mental health is being impacted, and we need to listen more closely to what that whisper is telling us, rather than waiting for the roar before taking action.

The concepts of mental health and mental illness have changed over the years and it is timely to use events such as TheMHS to showcase the evidence of how we reform, reflect and review the supports and services we all provide. The importance of meaningful input, both the whisper and the roar from people with a lived experience offers a unique opportunity to “reform, reflect and review” mental health at all levels.

Change occurs at such a fast pace – research, innovation, globalisation, connectivity through the web, changes in evidence based practice, and impact of stressors experienced by different groups in different places. Australia and New Zealand need to adapt to these ongoing changes and be flexible in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our community. There is a need to reform the supports and services provided and the way these are delivered, and then to reflect on the effectiveness of these  reforms. We need to give ourselves permission to review the work we undertake as we try to meet the ever-changing mental health needs of our community.

TheMHS Conference 2018 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on the banks of the Torrens River.

Registrations for TheMHS Conference 2018 are now open. Click below to register.

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Tandem eNews 30 May 2018

Disability pensioner living in ‘scandalous’ conditions while NDIS funding goes unspent

ABC Online News reported on the case of a Bendigo man who has received an NDIS package but lacks the support of case management and other services currently unavailable in his regional area. Warwick, who is living with mental health issues and is on the autism spectrum, has received NDIS funding of $188,000 but is not receiving adequate support because of the NDIS market and provision of services (especially in regional areas) is still in its infancy.

‘For many people having direct access to their funds via NDIS, allowing them to choose their own providers, is a preferable option but for those with more complex needs and challenging behaviours it has proved problematic.’

National Disability Services (NDS) Victorian State Manager David Moody says, ‘in some parts of Australia merely because you have significant funding for significant supports doesn’t mean that in all instances you will get it.’ Read the full article here.

Article from Tandem eNews 30 May 2018

Carers Australia Newsletter June 2018

2018 Workshops
Carer Support Group Facilitator Training – Thursday 28 June 2018
Caring Til the End: A Carers Perspective Part I & II – Tuesday 17 July & Tuesday 24 July 2018 (2 sessions)
NDIS Information Session – Thursday 26 July
Disability Program: Carers, Families and The System Parts I to IV –
Thursday 9 August – Part I
Thursday 16 August – Part II
Thursday 23 August – Part III
Thursday 30 August Part IV
For more information (or to book your spot) visit our website or call 1800 242 636.

Stop, Sit, Rest, Reflect on health and well-being
Carers Victoria Counsellors will host a one day counselling workshop reflecting on carer well-being and self-care. A small group of carers will connect with two counsellors who will facilitate a day of gentle reflection, rest and time out.

The day will be offered in a beautiful nature setting at our Carers Cottage, one hour out of Melbourne in the Shire of Cardinia.

If interested, please contact counsellors Mary or Linda to discuss your suitability for the group program on 1800 242 636.

Date and time
Thursday 21 June 2018
10:00am – 4:30pm

Carers Cottage
Officer VIC 3809
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided

Transport options
Take a train to Officer Station (Pakenham Line)
and a maxi taxi will pick you up at 9:45am and take you to the Carers Cottage.
or arrive by own car at Carers Cottage by 9:45am

Expressions of interest close Thursday 14 June 2018
Limited places available so call early

Articles from Carers Australia Newsletter June 2018

SANE Stigma Watch

The inaccurate, unbalanced and sensationalist reporting of schizophrenia can lead to increased stigma and a decrease in help-seeking behaviour. As a follow-up to Schizophrenia Awareness Week earlier in May, SANE Australia has put together a series of factsheets, articles, personal stories and videos to increase understanding of this very complex mental illness. Access these resources, as well as the inspirational story of SANE Ambassador Sandy Jeffs told in partnership with The Age, click the link below:

Article from Mental Health Australia CEO Update June 2018

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