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EVENTS FOR YOU TO DIARISE
ISFAF Monthly Meetings second Tuesday of the month.
Speakers who are experts in their field on topics of local and current importance.
Oct 10: World Mental Health Day. A free lunch at 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. A busy day for us all. Please email email@example.com if you plan to join ISFAF and AMAH staff for a free lunch AND no need to book to join us again in the evening for our monthly meeting with a treat tba
Nov 14: Associate Professor Simon Stafrace, Programme Director, AMAH Current innovations in mental health
Dec 12: Annual End-of-Year Dinner, venue tba
Film and lunch in honour of Carers Week details tba
Please review our website regularly for details and updates. https://ispaf.org/
Working together helps everyone
If you have friends who:
are caring for a loved one with serious mental illness and need support, introduce them to ISFAF / ask them to leave a message on 9076 4722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Judi directly on 0425 723 746 / email@example.com,
are members of ISFAF but do not receive email and might be interested in our current news, please contact them and pass this message on to them.
We wish to thank:
- the Victorian Government via Alfred Health Carer Services for their generosity funding the concierge for our monthly meetings and a drink for participants of our Walk and Chats.
- Alfred Mental and Addiction Health for their continued generous support, including funding functions and providing us with office and facilities and venue for our meetings.
New GP Psychiatry Support Line
The GP Psychiatry Support Line is a free phone-in service available for GPs to help them manage the mental health care of their patients. GPs can call 1800 16 17 18 to speak directly with a qualified psychiatrist.
Their psychiatrists support GPs with information and advice regarding specific cases or general enquiries. Advice includes but is not limited to:
- Treatment pathways and safety planning.
The service is available between 7am and 7pm, (AEST)Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
Here are some examples of the topics discussed:
- Following a traumatic experience, my patient has presented with PTSD.
- I have a teenage patient showing early signs of suicidal ideation.
- My patient has a history of opioid abuse and appears to be “Dr Shopping”.
- I’m seeing a child, whose parents are recently divorced. She is struggling with depression and showing signs of self-harm.
- My patient’s husband has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She is using alcohol to help her cope with her anxiety and depression.
- I have reason to suspect that my patient’s parent is abusing the medication prescribed to her child.
- My patient has severe anorexia, refuses to eat, and has almost halved their weight.
Please note, the support line is NOT a triage, referral, or emergency service.
You can access the complete newsletter via the link below:
Alfred Health Carer Services August 2023 News
ISFAF MONTHLY MEETING 7.30PM TUESDAY 8 AUGUST 2023
ALLIRA McCALL, Family Therapy Practice Lead, Occupational Therapist, St Kilda Rd Clinic, AMAH, will provide a short introduction to new family therapy services available at AMAH
SPEAKER: SHAMUS GOBLE, Manager Family Led Carer Centres, Star Health
The building is a little to the city side of Wesley College and is easily recognisable by white umbrellas in the forecourt. There is free parking in the centre lanes of St Kilda Road, with many trams stopping at the door.
If you are having trouble with transport, seek further information or just need a chat, about ISFAF and/or issues faced by carers please phone: Judi M: 0425 723 746 or Eleni M: 0412 018 722. Please come early to chat and to enjoy delicious food which will be available from 7.10pm Due to security needs, we are required to pay a concierge at the door of the building. If you come late you may not be able to enter.