Provide Feedback on the Disability Act


Consultation open: Provide feedback on the Disability Act

The Victorian Government has published the Review of the Disability Act 2006 consultation paper online following public consultations held earlier in the year and work by the Disability Act Review Advisory Group.

Feedback from the community will help ensure the Disability Act appropriately reflects Victoria’s role post-NDIS transition and continues to promote and protect the rights of people with disability, supports their needs and aspirations, and advances their inclusion and participation on an equal basis with others.

The consultation runs for four weeks until 20 October 2021. For more information and to have your say, visit

Discovering the Wisdom of Trauma 30 September-3 October 2021

In this 4-day participatory, interactive online workshop on understanding and healing trauma, Gabor will share decades of research and experience. He will guide us to discover the root cause of our trauma. We will begin building a relationship with it, so we can start to uncover the wisdom and reconnect to our true selves beneath the hurts and adaptations.

>>> You can get all the details and register here

Stonnington Carers Online Forum “Time for a Little Self Care” 14 October 2021

Arts Access Newsletter 17 September 2021

Join us for some incredible events coming up.

Our First Thriving Fridays will be happening Friday 1 October at 12.00 pm. we will be hosting a Q and A  With Heidi Everett and Samsara Dunston.

Echo Collective invite you to take part in In This Place, A new Disability-led collective storytelling project. We will be hosting Workshops run by Echo Collective and a public screening. In this Place starts 22 October.

Art Day Smackdown Opening
Join us in celebration of 30 years of Art Day South. We will be meeting online (via zoom) to celebrate the incredible works of past and current members of the studio. we will also be launching an online exhibition via our website. Join us online Friday 29 October.

The Gathering is our monthly online forum for Deaf and Disabled artists led by our CEO, Caroline Bowditch. Join us via Zoom 28 September, 2.30 pm – 4 pm. RSVP by 27 September.

Inside Story – Troubled Minds 17 September 2021

A refuge: Sydney’s former Callan Park Hospital. J.W.C. Adam/Wikimedia

Troubled minds

Are mistaken beliefs about the history of mental health treatments stopping us from creating a humane system?

Alecia Simmonds 17 September 2021 1569 words

An excerpt from Troubled Minds published in the Inside Story newsletter

“Australians went into the pandemic with a mental health system that was already shattered. As the recent Victorian royal commission found, funding has not kept up with demand in Victoria, nor in any other Australian state. If you are in need of care today you are unlikely to be able to access treatment close to your home, and you’re likely to be prescribed medication rather than therapy. And if you reach out to a hospital for help, you will probably be told you’re not sick enough to be given one of the few psychiatric beds available. The threshold for accessing mental health services is impossibly high, with many people effectively told that they’re “not suicidal enough.”

If your symptoms are severe, you may be among those whose first encounter is not with a psychologist but with the police, and you may be one of the significant proportion of psychiatric admissions driven to hospital in a paddy wagon. In Victoria, you would have to wait more than eight hours to receive a psychiatric care bed, if there’s room at all. You may have been given compulsory treatment or placed in seclusion or restraint (all of which are routinely used), and you would be released not when you’ve recovered but when your symptoms have abated. Once outside, it’s likely that the women in your life will care for you, unpaid and unrecognised. Care in the community, after all, has almost always meant care by women.

Whether we are experiencing garden-variety Covid flatness (pondering whether R U OK? Day should be called R U Meh? Day), low-level anxiety about government incompetence, or depression at the interminable sameness of our days, or we have reached out for help only to receive a script for pharmaceuticals in place of a professional, we are being given first-hand insights into our mental health system. And this is leading to questions about how our system became so dysfunctional and what can be done.”

Click on the link below to read the complete article:
Troubled Minds

Mental Health Australia News 17 September 2021

Pop-up mental health services will give care to those in urgent need during pandemic

cohealth has welcomed the Victorian Government’s latest investment to boost mental health and wellbeing support for Victorians through 20 state-wide ‘pop-up’ COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing services. People will be able to access the services via a free 1300 number and website which will connect them with trained mental health workers in their area, who are based at community health services such as cohealth, and community managed mental health services.

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Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 14 September 2021 – Change of details


INTRODUCING: Brendan Murphy, RecLink
We are very privileged to have Brendon Murphy, Sports Share Coordinator
of Reclink Australia joining us to tell us about Reclink.
Reclink is Brendon’s wonderful brainchild. Reclink provides sport
and recreation opportunities nationally online throughout
weekdays. A wide variety of groups ranging from A to Z- AFL
discussion, fitness, pilates, yoga, zumba and many more help to
alleviate loneliness while improving physical and mental health.
GUEST SPEAKER: Hayden Fricke, M.A.Psych (Monash),
Manager Director, STEOPLE
TOPIC:  ‘Practical uses of CBT for you and your loved ones
and insights into mental health in the workplace’
Join the Zoom meeting from a warm, comfortable spot at home, with some healthy nibbles
A pen and some paper might also be handy to jot down notes.
You can also join via internet or phone line (even land line)
A chat session will commence at 7.15pm, so please join early as the meeting will start at 7.30 pm.
– To join the Zoom meeting: – click on the link below:
Meeting ID: 830 3568 5743 Passcode: ISFAF
Or dial 03 7018 2005 or 07 3185 3730 or 08 6119 3900 or 02 8015 6011
If via phone – Meeting ID: 830 3568 5743 and Passcode: 873287
If you are having trouble, please phone: Eleni on 0412 018 722 or Judi on 0425 723 746

Have your say on the design of new Local Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

Have your say on the design of new Local Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

Victorians are invited to have their say about new local mental health and wellbeing services.

The development of new Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services is a key part of the Victorian Government’s mental health reform, following recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

The services will focus on prevention and early intervention for adults who are experiencing mental illness or psychological distress as well as treatment for alcohol and drug addiction.

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended 50 to 60 new Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services be established across Victoria by the end of 2026.

Victorians are invited to share their thoughts on local services and the design of the treatment, care and support through the Engage Victoria website by 20 September 2021.

Your Wellbeing during COVID-19 Webinar Series September-October 2021


Upcoming Webinar Series
September 14 and 18, October 12, 2021

Hello there,

With many of us living in or affected by lockdowns amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been thinking about how to take care of ourselves and each other, with a focus on wellbeing.

Our solution? A three-part wellbeing webinar series with researchers, health and wellbeing specialists and people with lived experience to share their tips, ideas and suggestions with you, so you or an older person you know can support their physical, mental and emotional health as the pandemic unfolds.

Explore the series below, register for the webinars that interest you and join us online!
If you register but can’t make it on the day, don’t worry, we’ll send you a replay link, or you can watch the webinars back here.

Register Now