ISFAF MONTHLY MEETING 7.30PM TUESDAY 10 AUGUST 2021
SPEAKER Carolyn Crosse AM, Innovation, Mental Health & Employment WISE Employment
TOPIC ‘Assistance with finding employment for individuals with mental health challenges – WISE Employment’s WISE Ways to Work program, NDIS and other employment support options’
VENUE Level 4, 549 St Kilda Rd Melbourne and/or ZOOM
We plan to share the evening as ‘in the good old days’ catching up with each other, chatting, sharing our experiences while enjoying refreshments provided by our hard working committee from 7.15pm. However, if restrictions prevent face to face contact, the meeting will proceed via Zoom. Kindly check the website on the day.
For more information click on the link below:
Community Program Newsletter
A message from the AMAH Community Program Manager, Susanne Birks.
It was my pleasure last week to attend the Annual General meeting and 30th Birthday celebration for Inner South Family and Friends (ISFAF). The event was held at Prahran Mission and was luckily just prior to us returning to lockdown.
ISFAF is a local, independent volunteer run group providing support, connection and information for those people supporting individuals experiencing mental illness since being formed in 1991. Robyn Humphries, a founding member of ISFAF, and a current Director of Operations at Monash Health gave a key note address reflecting on the journey of carer participation within the mental health sector, and on the specific achievements of ISFAF over their 30 years of operation, and acknowledgement of the tireless members who have given of their time so generously over the years.
The event was attended by a large number of families and carers, representatives from all levels of government, and local service providers, including from AMAH. At the conclusion of the formal part of the AGM, ISFAF President Judi Burstyner invited guests to join ISFAF members and supporters for a delicious celebratory lunch.
Congratulations to Inner South Family and Friends for a wonderful 30 years, and best wishes for the next 30 years of your important work!
Community Program Manager
You can access the complete newsletter via the link below:
Community Program Newsletter July 2021-1
AGM Notice 13 July 2021
From left to right – Judi Burstyner Chair, guest speaker Robyn Humphries original co-founder of Inner South Family and Friends, currently Director Clinical Operations (Mental Health), Monash Health, Judith Rafferty and Judy Carroll original members of ISFAF.
Report from Chairperson
2020-2021 has been a year of great highs for ISFAF and regrettably some truly terrible lows. Sadly, death is part of the normal ebb and flow of life, however it should not be ’normal’ that a young man is facilitated with other residents of a registered drug rehab organization to swim (while medicated) at a spot that is known to be dangerous and where others have drowned. It’s not normal that a young lady managing her life while studying at university should die and leave six siblings and family grieving, with each of their lives scarred forever. And it should not be normal that a loving mother loses her life at the hands of the son for whom she has sought help for decades, but her pleas have been ignored, or even worse, patronized. Our hearts are with these families from ISFAF and with many similar families because unfortunately these stories are not unusual and each of them reflects serious failures within our society and especially within our current mental health system. We mourn the loss of the young lives as well as the loss of our long-time members – Judy Bednar who worked tirelessly for the ISFAF committee for decades and Raya Berman a long-time member who sadly lost her brave fight against cancer in January 2021.
You can read the complete report by clicking on the link below:
Chairpersons Report AGM 13 July 2021
||Manager, Community Programme, AMAH
||Physiotherapist, Manager, Eldon Park
||Director Alfred Child and Youth Mental Health Service and Headspace South East Melbourne
|| Senior Clinician St Kilda Road Clinic, Nurse Manager
||Carer Consultant, Aged Programme AMAH
||Team Leader Housing and Homelessness, Community Building and Inclusion, City of Port Phillip
||Clinical Service Director/Diector of Nursing, AMAH, Clinical Associate Professor, Deakin University
||Family Carer Consultant.
Alfred Child and Youth Mental Health Service and Headspace YEPP
||Mercy Mental Health
||Carer Consultant, Mercy Mental Health, Past Carer Consultant, AMAH.
||Mngr. Early Psychosis Programme, AMAH
||Nina Taylor MP, Govt. Whip, Legislative Council, Member for Southern Metropolitan
||Mngr, Mental Health Team, Bouverie Centre
||Family Services Co-ordinator – Adult Community Program, AMAH
||Strategic Engagement Co-ordinator, MiCare, Past Carer Consultant, AMAH.
||Snr. Res. Fellow, St Vincent’s MH, Snr. Lecturer, Monash U, Chair, Tandem Board.
||Programme Dir. Alfred Mental and Addiction Health.
||MH Complaints Commission
||Assistant Commissioner, Mental Health Complaints Commission.
||AMAH, MH Complaints Commission
||Family Carer Consultant, Adult Programme, AMAH, Member, Mental Health Complaints Commission Advisory Board.
Please join us in launching the very first Disability Forum-Film screening in partnership with Council’s Stonnington Disability and Access Committee.
Compelling and authentic. Two women on the opposite side of diagnosis, True Vision is an exploration of dealing with unexpected obstacles, and the perceptions that go hand in hand with diagnosis and disability. The film is written, directed and produced by documentary filmmaker Diana Fisk and executive produced by award-winning feature film and documentary producer Sue Maslin.
This special event includes a screening of the film (28 minutes) and a panel discussion facilitated by the fabulous Carly Findlay OAM, disability advocate and Australian writer. We will hear filmmaker and mother Diana Fisk, Australian Paralympian Jessica Gallagher, who both feature in the film and members from Councils Stonnington Disability and Access Committee.
When: Saturday 31 July, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Malvern Banquet Hall. In event of COVID-19 restrictions the event will be moved on-line.
The session is free, and registration is essential. Book here.
For further information contact 8290 1333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please register your interest and share with friends, colleagues and networks. We hope to see you there!
A REMINDER THAT THE CONSULTATION PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 1 AUGUST. YOUR OPINION COUNTS.
This is your chance to help improve on the Mental Health Act (2014).
A new consultation is now live on Engage Victoria.