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Week ending 24 February 2017  News about family/carer workshops and support programs feature in this week's EXTRA along with an NDIS  "virtual assistant" called "Nadia" and other Mental Health sector updates.
As I flagged last week...please let me know if you are aware of more connections for Mental Health carers, consumers and service providers in the Southern region that could be promoted via the EXTRA.
N.B. Please send any items for inclusion in the EXTRA to me no later than C.O.B. Wednesday each week.
All information listed is stored on our website in the section Weekly Mental Health News - Friday EXTRA.

FREE one-day workshop for families and friends - Learning about Borderline Personality Disorder on 6 March
This workshop is an opportunity to learn about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and explore how to best support the person with BPD whilst still caring for yourself. This workshop is only for family and friends (not workers). Registration is essential.
See here for details.  See Spectrum website here for other workshops

Carer Workshop: Wellways Snapshot
Wellways Australia will present this workshop from 10 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. in Mornington on Saturday 18 March 2017.  Carers & family members can find hope and a fresh approach to support mental health recovery
See details here 

Alcohol and Other Drugs Family Counselling Program
The Alcohol and Other Drugs Family Counselling Program is an 8 session program  created to respond the needs of families impacted by substance use. The service focuses on increasing family skills and understanding of substance use, treatment options and legal factors by providing the opportunity for families to come together. The service will increase the family’s confidence and coping capacity to more effectively manage substance use issues, treatment pathways and options.
For more information regarding this program or making referrals, please contact Silvia Violante (Alcohol and Other Drugs Family Counsellor) on 9525 1300 or
Read more details here

Carer/Family Consultation: Does someone you care about have a gambling problem?
SHARC is planning to develop new programs for families and will hold a focus group on Saturday 4 March to help them better understand the needs of families.
See details here

From NDIA: Introducing 'Nadia' our new virtual assistant re the NDIS
The most recent innovation from the NDIA is the development of a ‘virtual assistant’ – ‘Nadia’. Nadia has been developed to provide people with disability with information about the NDIS when and how they want it. Initially Nadia will be used to answer the most common questions people have about the Scheme, but over time, with your help she will develop the capacity to provide detailed responses to a wide range of queries.
Read more here

FREE Financial Literacy Forum from Jewish Care - Women and Finance: Let’s Have A Conversation
Women should ask themselves questions such as: What do I have? How do I access it? How is the money invested? How much debt do I have? Finance is relevant to every woman through all stages of their life, so financial knowledge is vital for wellbeing and security.
Presenting at this FREE forum is Financial Adviser and AMP Adviser of the Year 2016, Esther Althaus. Esther is passionate about working with women to ensure that their money is protected and preserved, particularly when they are required to make big decisions that can affect their long-term financial wellbeing.
When: Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 7:30 – 9:00pm
Where: Beth Weizmann Community Centre, 306 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield
Contact: 8517 5999 or
RSVP: Friday 10 March 2017        See flyer here 

Homeless Persons Union Victoria - #nohomelessban Melbourne Council submissions open
The Homeless Persons Union Victoria (HPUV) is alerting all interested people that the submission period is now open for the public to tell Melbourne City Council their views about the proposed new and altered by-laws which broaden the definition of camping in the CBD.
Read their update here

Media: The Conversation (19 February 2017) features articles on Housing sector issues
The Conversation offers a selection of pieces by experts in the housing sector on how Australia should tackle pressing issues of affordability, insecurity and homelessness.
Read here

Media: a selection of Articles from The Conversation during February 2017
The Inner South Family & Friends (ISF&F) Carer Support Group have compiled a selection of articles from The Conversation which may be of interest to you including… Australia needs to reboot affordable housing funding, not scrap it; Like spilled drinks, psychiatry’s concepts are sticky and have a tendency to spread
See the ISF&F selection here 

Media: Tips for everyone to prevent tech abuse
A recent article in The Age: “How technology can be the abuser's best friend” concluded with the attached tips. 

COPMI Newsletter - February eNews: Latest news and updates
Included in this edition: Working with GPs to promote opportunities to better meet the needs of families and children where a parent has a mental illness; New evidence-based 'GEMS' research summary; COPMI videos for young people – strengthening children’s understanding of their parents’ mental illness
Read here 

KidsMatter Early Childhood  - Newsletter (February 2017)
KidsMatter is committed to bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and ways to KidsMatter Early Childhood. This newsletter includes: Upcoming Webinar - Yarn, learn and be inspired by the ongoing process of embracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being, knowing and doing to make mental health matter.
Read more here
VicHealth Update
Includes: Victoria’s first mandatory kilojoule labelling scheme introduced;  New funding for sports clubs
Read more here

Professional Development: VICSERV newparadigm: Summer 2017… Building Capacity Through Change - The Future Of The Mental Health Workforce
VICSERV is pleased to announce that from 2017, newparadigm, the Australian Journal on Psychosocial Rehabilitation, will be published in partnership with Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA), the community mental health national peak body.
Read here

Professional Development: NDIS & Mental Health: VICSERV NDIS Bulletin
Includes: VICSERV Consultation: NDIS Joint Standing Committee - Inquiry into Psychosocial Disability
Read more here

Professional Development: VICSERV Factsline Tuesday 21 February 2017
Includes: Additional beds to reduce waiting times at Thomas Embling Hospital…The Victorian Government has announced a further $7 million to build 10 additional beds at Thomas Embling Hospital.
Read more here

Employment: Alfred Health: Carer Consultant (Adult Stream), Waiora Clinic Job no: 977035
This part-time, fixed term - 2 year appointment/position will be located at Waiora Clinic (South Yarra). Great staff benefits including generous salary packaging are available. Applications close on 1 March 2017.
See here for details


FREE 2 session workshops for Mental Health carers…Skills, Thrills and Interviews!
Learn how to write a resume, prepare for an interview and get that job! The two 2 hour (from 9.30 – 11.30 a.m.) sessions will be held on Friday 31 March and 7 April in Dandenong South.
See flyer for RSVP (by 24 February) and other details

FREE Community Awareness events: suicideTALK – sessions commencing 24 February in Dandenong plus other venues
You are invited to participate in an exploration of suicide awareness at one of this term’s suicideTALK parent and community events. These workshops are open to anyone in the community aged 15+ who would like to attend. All sessions are free of charge. SuicideTALK is a 90-minute session that will invite you to become more aware of suicide. Dealing openly with the stigma around suicide, this exploration focuses upon the question, “Should we talk about suicide?”
See flyer for details of all sessions 

FREE public forum: Young People and Mental Health – 8 March in Mornington
This forum is aimed at educating our community of about the issues surrounding young people and mental health. It will provide practical information on how to discuss and deal with mental health in the young people for whom we care; and inform us of where we can find help on the Mornington Peninsula. Speakers include: Professor Patrick McGorry; Dr Diane McGreal; Peter Dawson and Kerri McMillan
See flyer for details 

DDACL's World NO Tobacco Day – 23 March Fun Run/Walk
The Bunurong Tackling Indigenous Smoking Team at Dandenong & District Aborigines Co-operative Ltd (DDACL) have opened registrations for their celebration of World NO Tobacco Day with a 5km Fun Run/Walk starting at Gunns Road Reserve in Hallam and around Frog Hollow Wetlands in Endeavour Hills. To register just click their Kick the Butt website here and go into the “What’s New” section where you will see the link (as you can see in the attached image) Other prizes and giveaways will be announced closer to the date of the run.
For all DDACL’s partnership organisations, there will be marquees so you can promote your services on the day. If you are interested and haven’t yet got a marquee, please hurry as there are only 8 spots left! Call Chris Mob: 0488 115 569 to book a display marquee.
See flyer for details  

FREE 2-day Workshop on Friday 21 & Saturday 22 April 2017 for Carer Families/Partners supporting a Family Member with Borderline Personality Disorder …Fostering Realistic Hope
The workshop will be facilitated by Peter McKenzie (from The Bouverie Centre) in Brunswick. The supportive group process with a therapeutic focus aims to:
  • Invite participants to share and respond to stories of living with BPD and the effects it has on their lives & relationships
  • Explore-evaluate participants’ and professional knowledge and practices that foster realistic ways to support relationships and promote initiatives that work with the effects of BPD on families.
See flyer for more details here  

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 2017 Carers’ Retreat
Alfred Health Carer Services is organising this retreat opportunity in Lancefield from 20 – 22 March for carers of Aboriginal origin who are over 50 years of age or are caring for a person over 50 years of age and live in the Southern region of Melbourne. Please call Cyndie Fox Ph: 9212 3017 by Monday 27 February to discuss your interest.
See flyer for details                 See Referral form 

FREE information session about Mental Health services for consumers and carers on 1 March in Dandenong South
This session aims to assist participants to know more about the mental health system and how better to navigate it to reach better outcomes sooner. Topics include: Mental health professionals and their roles; Mental health treatments and what to expect; Talk with a Family/Carer Consultant; Talk with a Consumer Consultant; How to locate services; Carer Rights; How to get support as a carer; Opportunity to ask questions.
See flyer here
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