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Week ending 7 April 2017 This week features a lot of Professional Development options but there are also some great connections for carers at Carer Support Group meetings as well as other community events. If you live in the Frankston/Peninsula area don't miss the upcoming Mental Health EXPO on 21 April! It will be a terrific opportunity for people experiencing mental health issues, their families/carers, service providers and the whole community to get to know each other better. Also please note that the Young Carers Scholarship program application closing date has been extended to 26 April...look in REMINDERS for this item and be quick if you're eligible.
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.

Inner South Family & Friends (ISF&F) MH Carer Support Group – Newsletter (Autumn)
From Judi (ISF&F Convenor)… “Now that that the year is in full force, I’d like to remind you all that we are happy to accept new members. In the past we have had many referrals from staff, but this has been slow during 2017.  By contrast, I come across families who ask why isn’t there a Family and Friends group. We look at one another in amazement… me because I am shocked that they don’t know about ISF&F and they are shocked for the same reason. The loneliness of having a loved one with a serious psychosocial problem is immense. Socio-economic differences, language, family ethnicity, education - they matter not none tiny whit. Those of us who have benefitted from ISFAF during the past know its value. Staff  – please  refer to us whenever you consider it appropriate… call me directly / pass on our newsletter. We understand confidentiality and will treat referrals with respect.”
Read newsletter here including details of next meeting on 11 April

FREE Mental Health EXPO in Frankston on 21 April 2017
Lets Talk About Mental Health Frankston is a FREE event to provide information about Mental Health and other support services available to the Frankston & Peninsula Communities. The EXPO will be held at  The Function Centre in the Frankston Art Centre on Friday 21 April 2017 from 10am – 2pm.
Listen to and be inspired by people’s real life experiences. Browse through the many stalls and receive information about Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, Advocacy, Employment, Counselling, Respite & Housing Services. Refreshments will be available.
All enquiries to Judy Anderson (Peninsula Health) Ph: 9238 8634
See flyer here 
FREE workshop - Declutter your home…in Dandenong on 27 April
Ever feel like you are drowning in stuff? You are not alone. Declutter you home and simplify your life at this free workshop.
See details here

Towards Elimination of Restrictive Practices 11th National Forum – 4 & 5 May 2017 in Perth
Travel subsidies are now available for this forum for lived experience delegates. To be eligible you must: Have a lived experience of mental ill-health and emotional distress as a consumer, carer or family member; AND  Are self-funded (i.e. paying for registration personally); AND  Have a low income and would be unable to afford the standard travel costs. 
Read more here

Seminar: Self-direction and the NDIS 
Self managing NDIS funding and employing one’s own supports is a very empowering way to have control. However, people may be discouraged thinking that self-management is a difficult process. This seminar offers the opportunity to hear from a parent about their NDIS journey and to find out how and why they self-manage NDIS supports
When: Thursday 27 April 2017, 9.30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Kathleen Syme Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton
See here for more details 

Public Seminar (24 July 2017) … Ever wondered what happens in the addicted brain? and One Day Workshop by Marc Lewis
Ever wondered what happens in the addicted brain? Marc Lewis, world renowned author and speaker, talks about his own experience with addiction, what happens to the brain on drugs and solutions to the problems of addiction. Is addiction really a brain disease? Come to this fascinating talk by a world leader and find out. Marc Lewis is the author of Memoirs of an Addicted Brain & The Biology of Desire.
See details of Seminar and Workshop here

Media: from The Conversation …Here's how citizen power can drive mental health reform
Sebastian Rosenberg, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney voices his view that citizens do not have enough say in how mental health services are planned, funded and run in Australia and why that needs to change.
Read here

Kidsmatter: Familes eNewsletter: Supporting children's positive mental health
Includes: Talking about strengths-based parenting; Constructively responding to bullying; Seeking support for your child…and more
Read here 

Media Release: from MPs Greg Hunt, Chris Crewther:  Local Drug Action Teams rolling out across Australia to battle the scourge of ice
Community groups across Australia are joining forces under an Australian Government plan to deliver targeted local action to help tackle drug use and addiction.
Read more here

Update Neami National: Clear Thinking newsletter (March 2017): How we see the future
This year we have seen the NDIS rolling out faster than expected in some areas and Primary Health Networks (PHN) commissioning a host of new services. Through these changes, we are seeing indicators as to how recovery-oriented mental health services might look in the future. These developments provide some answers to questions about the funding landscape, but leave many remaining.
Read more here

Health Issues Centre (HIC) – Courses in Consumer Leadership and Consumer and Community Engagement - REGISTRATIONS CLOSING SOON!
Both courses have been developed specifically for the health and community services sector in Australia to address consumer engagement accreditation requirements. The courses align with the requirements of state and national safety and quality standards.
Read more here

Report: Responding to Diversity: An Evaluation of VTMH Programs & Services, 2013 - 2015
Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) believes this three year period evaluation reflects the commitment of VTMH and partner organisations to implementing mental health policies, listening to multiple voices, and responding to diverse experiences while being inclusive of emerging and under-represented communities.
Read more here

Professional Development: VTMH Monthly Seminar Series… Using co-production in your own workplace‘ (Wednesday 12 April, 2017)
Speaker, Cath Roper will present how Co-production raises the bar on what it means for clinicians, researchers and policy makers to ‘collaborate’ with mental health consumers and their supporters. Co-production is not ‘consultation’, ‘participation’ or ‘involvement’.  Instead, it seeks consumer leadership, and does so from the very beginning: before problems are defined, solutions proposed and priorities set. 
See here for more information and to register

Professional Development: **Positions Available** Foundational Counselling & Related skills workshop – 24 April 2017
Date & Time: 24 April, 2017 from 9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue:    Dandenong Hospital, 126 – 128 Cleeland St, Dandenong, Monash Mental Health, ART Building Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
Presenter:    John Julian, Clinical Social Worker & LAMPS Manager
See flyer here                                      Register here

Professional Development: VICSERV Factsline 4 April 2017 and new CEO, Angus Clelland
Read Factsline here
Read VICSERV announces appointment of new CEO here
Professional Development: Australian Psychiatry Research Review
Included in this edition are: Early exposure to interpersonal violence: longlasting, devastating effects; Extended early intervention in psychosis is highly beneficial; Vortioxetine improves cognitive performance in adults with MDD; Acceptance and commitment therapy in medication-resistant psychosis; Advancing parental age increases autism risk; SSRIs vs placebo in MDD: systematic review; Cardiometabolic comorbidities common in bipolar disorder, schizophrenia… and more
Read here 

Professional Development: Addiction Medicine Research Review Issue 1
Addiction Medicine Research Review is a unique Australian publication bringing you some of the most important research from around the world. The Review is a summary of what the reviewers think are the most significant new papers, plus local commentary on why they are important and how they can potentially affect practice. 
Included in this edition are: Liquor licensing restrictions reduce assaults; Urgent psychiatric consults for adolescents; Prenatal smoking exposure and smoking among offspring; Opioid agonist treatment vs harm reduction treatment; Video game addiction; Prescription pain reliever misuse; Retention rates for substance abuse patients in treatment centres… and more.
Read here 

Professional Development: Southern Dual Diagnosis Service Workshops (April – June)
Includes these upcoming topics: Psychiatric Medications and Substances; Introduction to Opioid Pharmacotherapy; Mental Health First Aid
See details here

Professional Development: Department of Health and Human Services: updates to website Q&As including changes to AOD intake and assessment
The department has updated information available on the Adult community-based alcohol and other drug service provision review web page about the changes being made to intake and assessment arrangements.
Read here

Professional Development: South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN) News and SEMaphore update
Read Network News here
Read SEMaphore here…includes New mental health model and services coming soon  

Professional Development: Free MHPN Webinar on 18 April: Effective Assessment, Treatment and Management of Substance Abuse Amongst Veterans
The Mental Health Professionals' Network,  on behalf of the Department of Veterans' Affairs is producing a free webinar series to support practitioners to better respond to the mental health needs of veterans. Registrations are now open for this fourth webinar on 18/4/17
Read more here

Professional Development: Working safely with men who use Family Violence
This two-day (29 & 30 may 2017)  short course introduces the key principles and strategies for working safely with men who use family violence. It provides a detailed understanding of the dynamics of men’s family violence and builds practitioner skills in responding to the challenges and opportunities for working with men towards behaviour change.
See details here

Professional Development & Employment: VAADA (Victorian Alcohol & Drug Association) Jobs Board Vacancies and Events Calendar
Read here


Young Carers Scholarships Now Open - N.B. close date EXTENDED UNTIL 26 APRIL
Carers Victoria's Young Carers Scholarship program gives young carers attending secondary school the opportunity to be acknowledged for their contributions to their family and the community and to participate in school or community based activities that enhance their skills, educational achievement and abilities, or that help them to participate more fully in their community. Scholarships of up to $500 are awarded to successful applicant. Applications close 26 April at 5pm.
See details here

Carers yoga and meditation group in Mornington
The Bentons Square Community Centre invites all carers, partners and families to attend the yoga meditation session every Wednesday from 11am to 12.30 during school terms. 
See attached flyer for more information.

Call for photos for Alfred Health’s 2018 Carers Calendar
Do you like taking photos?  Do you take a break for yourself by getting outdoors? Why not send a picture to go in the 2018 Alfred Health Carer Services Calendar?  The calendar is sent out in November each year to some of the carers who have used the service; or carers can request a copy.
Pictures must be taken in Melbourne’s southern region and can feature just about anything so long as they are calm, peaceful, beautiful or fun.  Make sure the shot is horizontal as opposed to portrait, to fit with the format of the calendar.  They should be digital and of reasonable quality to ensure good reproduction.  You don’t need to be a trained photographer and some of the photos published in recent years have been taken by carers using smartphones.
See here for more 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 
FREE NDIS Forum (3 May) for Consumers and Carers - What does NDIS mean for those with psychosocial disability?
Hosted by Wellways Australia, this is a great forum for people whose lives have been impacted by mental health or other psychosocial disabilities and their carers who want more information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and how it will impact them. This forum, to be held in Frankston on Wednesday 3 May from 12.30 – 4.00 p.m. is designed to provide valuable information and help answer your questions about NDIS.
See here for more details including RSVP          See flyer here

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