Feb 2019 - eBulletin - Issue 20


In this issue...
In Memorium - John G Gunderson
SA BPD Service update
BPD Carer Perspectives of ED
Petition - 40 Better Access Visits
Know BPD No Stigma

Branch News
State Branch news

Get Involved
BATYR Being Herd Workshops
Regular Sections
Consumers / Lived Experience
Carers / Supporters

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Symptoms of BPD  
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In Memorium - John G. Gunderson MD
John M GundersonWith sadness, we advise that Dr John G Gunderson, a pioneer in the diagnosis, treatment and research of BPD, died at home on January 11, 2019. He is widely considered to be the 'Father of BPD' and was instrumental in having the disorder formally recognised in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. A professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, he firmly believed BPD was treatable. To increase access to treatments he developed an empirically validated BPD treatment called general psychiatric management (GPM). GPM was designed to be an outpatient intervention that could be easily delivered by community mental health professionals and includes education for patients and their families, a persistent focus on the patient’s life outside of therapy, and on goals such as stable partnerships or vocation.

SA BPD Service update
News 1-1 Brin GrenyerThe central 'Hub' fit-out is progressing well with works on track to allow the team to move in during February 2019. To determine the Model of Care, consultations with experts Sathya Rao, Andrew Chanen and Brin Grenyer took place in December, attended by many people with lived experience of BPD, carers and clinicians. View Brin Grenyer's thoughts in this video with Janne McMahon, OAM and Dr Martha Kent (8:38min) View Video

Carer Perspectives of Emergency Care for People with BPD
BPD ED Research imageAustralian Research - 'This scoping review identified that carers are often not consulted or engaged with by health professionals. Carers often perceive that nurses and health professionals have a lack understanding about the consumer’s conceptualisation of distress and the nature of BPD, which becomes a barrier to effective crisis support and management. The literature often reported that a trusting and collaborative relationship between carers, nurses and health professionals demonstrated improved outcomes for the carer and consumer.' Download

Petition - 40 funded Better Access Visits for BPD
ValidatedPlease sign and distribute this petition requesting an increase in the number of funded visits for treating BPD by the MBS Better Access to Mental Health Initiative, from 10 sessions to 40 sessions, for BPD and other complex mental illnesses.
We plan to deliver the petition to Federal Minister Greg Hunt MP early in 2019. Currently there are almost 9,000 signatures on Help us to make the next milestone – 10,000! Encourage your family and friends and colleagues (maybe even your Doctor) to sign and keep the momentum going. THANK YOU for your support in this important action. Download & Print or Sign Online

Share the 'Know BPD, No Stigma' campaign throughout the year
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Branch News

Branch members attended a series of workshops designed to inform and consult on possibilities for the forthcoming SA BPD Centre. We were privileged to hear from A/Prof Sathya Rao, Prof Brin Grenyer and Prof Andrew Chanen. Representation on the Steering and Model of Care Committees for the SA BPD Centre continued, and the Branch wound up 2018 with an end of year dinner meeting for some socialising and reflection on a rewarding year of advocacy.

The NSW Branch is looking at how they can approach TheMHS to encourage funding to support people to attend future conferences. They are also exploring the importance of appropriate language when speaking about or to people living with BPD, and whether workshops or online forums could be good ways of spreading the message to clinicians, carers and others. Looking forward, the Branch will be considering their future directions for 2019.

The interim committee are setting their strategic goals for 2019. They will consider fund raising and donations, Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) meetings and raising awareness. Two members attended a phone link with the SA Branch on 15 January to meet and share information about Branch activities.

The Australian BPD Foundation is group of volunteer consumers, carers and clinicians passionate about encouraging a positive culture around Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and promoting the ready availability and accessibility of appropriate services for everyone impacted by BPD.

Mailing address: PO Box 942, Bayswater, Vic 3153.
P: 0458 469 274

Membership is FREE for individuals. Click here to JOIN NOW!
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Advocacy - Mental Health Enquiries
We Need Your VoiceThere are three major enquiries underway exploring issues surrounding mental health in Australia. These offer you an opportunity to have a say and have your voice heard. Read more on our Foundation website under the Advocacy tab.

* Mental Health Productivity Commission:
* Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety
* Victorian Government Royal Commission into Mental Health

The Foundation has submitted a paper to determine the Terms of Reference for the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health. We specifically requested they investigate the serious problems experienced by people with (or a probable) diagnosis of a PERSONALITY DISORDER within its Terms of Reference. Download

There will be a number of opportunities for you to contribute – and many public and stakeholder consultations and forums in 2019. We will post updates via the eBulletin or you can sign up to receive updates on the Commission’s website.

BATYR - Being Herd Workshops
BATYR logoBATYR run Being Herd workshops for students with lived experience, and their supporters, to learn to share their stories confidently and safely, and smash the stigma surrounding mental health.
Register your interest

🐘 TAMWORTH: Feb 9 - 10
🐘 SYDNEY: Feb 23 - 24
🐘 BRISBANE: Feb 23 - 24
🐘 MELBOURNE: Feb 23 - 24
🐘 BATHURST: March 24 - 25

For Consumers / Lived Experience
Beneficial Proactive Discussions

Online Resources - Australia Wide

We Need to Talk about Mental Illness
MarnieMarnie speaks honestly about her experience of BPD to raise awareness and reduce stigma. She shares her story and talks about what you can do if you are struggling. Very useful tips around the 14 min mark!  (22:23m) View video

Calm Harm App
Calm Harm AppThe urge to self-harm is like a wave. It feels the most powerful when you start wanting to do it. Learn to ride the wave with the free Calm Harm app using these activities: Comfort, Distract, Express Yourself, Release, Random and Breathe.
When you ride the wave, the urge to self-harm will fade.
Dr Jan Orman, Sydney BP educator for Black Dog Institute offers her opinion in this helpful review

Mind Recovery College
Mind logoMind Recovery College™ courses draw from the experiences of others who have been on their own journey of recovery from mental illness. You’ll benefit from their insights and knowledge, and learn that hope and recovery are possible. Colleges are in Vic and SA, courses include Understanding Self Harm, Food and Mood, Emotional Intelligence, and many more... Courses
Understanding Self Harm
VIC - Abbotsford - Feb 5, 12, 18, 26
VIC - Dandenong - Apr 1,8,15,29
SA - Glynde - Mar25, Apr 1,8,15

SANE Topic Tuesday
Image Topic TuesdaySymptoms of Social Media - Looking after our Mental Health
Tues 19 Feb. The benefits of social media lie in the way we engage with each platform.
Read transcript of previous 'Topic Tuesday' 15 Jan
Parenting with Mental Health Challenges

SANE Lived Experience Forum
Safe, anonymous discussion for people living with mental illness, moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals.
'BPD Struggles' Read more

Phone Resources - Australia Wide
SANE Helpline - 1800 187 263
Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST) or email

More crisis and helplines are listed at the end of this eBulletin

If you know of other Consumer/Lived Experience personality disorder support groups in Australia, or if any of the information provided is out of date, please email.

For Carers / Supporters
Beneficial Proactive Discussions

Online Resources - Australia Wide

BPD in Terms of Relationships
John GundersonJohn Gunderson explains how he sees BPD and relationships. He describes it as a condition where people who grew up feeling that if they could form proper relationships their problems would be solved. (2:55m) View video

Family Connections Leader Training - Sydney
National Trainer Carolyn Bright will facilitate this 2-day face-to-face intensive course designed to teach clinicians and carer-peers to co-lead the 12 week Family Connections Program. For mental health professionals, and carer peers who have completed the program prior to the training. Flyer and email your EOI
NSW - Sydney - 2019 Feb 23 & 24

SANE Carers Forum - Topic Tuesday
Image Topic Tuesday logoExploring Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue
Feb 26 - 7:00pm AEDT
Read transcript of previous Topic Tuesday 22 Jan
Supporting a loved one through a panic attack

Carer Supports
SANE Helpline - 1800 187 263
Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST) or Email

More crisis and helplines are listed at the end of this eBulletin.

If you know of other carer personality disorder support services in Australia, or if any of the information provided needs updating, please email us

BPD Carer Group
This is a carer support group for anyone who loves and/or cares for a family member or friend who has been diagnosed with BPD or who has BPD traits. Contact Natalie by email or 0415 111 894. Meetings held on the first Monday of each month Details

Feb 4 - Holt, Canberra (5:30-7:30pm)

Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD.

Register for next group

Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD. Details and Register

My Sanctuary Support Group
For carers of people who live with BPD. Contact ARAFMI by email or ph (02) 4283 3993 or  4283 3499. New time - 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm
New address - ARAFMI, 17 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519

Mental Health First Aid Courses
Not BPD specific, but can assist with confidence in responding to self-harm, psychosis and suicidal ideation. Register

Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD. Register

Jan 30 - Brisbane - Wed 5:30-7:30pm
Feb 19 - Fortitude Valley - Tues 4:30-6:30pm
Mar ?? - Logan - To be confirmed

Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD. Register
Feb 11 - Noarlunga - Mon 12:30-2:30pm

Sanctuary BPD Carer Support Group
Contact us by email website facebook or (08) 8276–4552
Meet 2nd Tuesday of each month 4pm–6pm at Skylight
5 Cooke Tce, Wayville, SA

Lived-Experience Telephone Support Service (LETTS)
This after-hours service supports people with mental health issues as well as their carers, family and friends. It is available between 5:00pm-11:30pm every night. 1800 031 755

Mental Health First Aid Courses
Not BPD specific, but can assist with confidence in responding to self-harm, psychosis and suicidal ideation. Register


Information Session Learning about BPD for Families & Friends
This free one day workshop by Spectrum is for families, friends and others who support someone with BPD (or a likely diagnosis of BPD) provides information about BPD and how to best support the person whilst still caring for yourselves. Register
Apr 10 - Richmond

Fostering Realistic Hope
This 2-day workshop encourages participants to explore realistic ways to support relationships and respond to the effects of BPD on families. Flyer and Register
Mar 28 & 29 - Brunswick

BreakThrough: Ice Education for Families
A FREE community information session for anyone who might be concerned about someone using methamphetamine (ice). It has a unique focus on supporting family members, friends and carers. Flyer. Details and Register
Feb 26 & Mar 5 - Richmond

Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD. Register
Feb TBC - Austin
Mar TBC - South Melbourne

BPD Family and Carer Support Group
Meet 1st Wednesday of each month from 7pm–9pm. (Not held in January). Free. Contact MIND Carer Helpline 1300 554 660 for venue details.

GROW Carer Support
This group is for carers of people with a mental illness and can help with support and connection to other services if needed. Details


Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD. Register

Feb 11 - Mandurah - Mon 6:30-8:30pm
Mar 27 - Bunbury - Wed 6-8pm

Helping Minds
Caring for a family member or friend with a mental illness can be confusing, frightening, exhausting and isolating. No matter how well-meaning, sometimes your friends and family may not know how to support you. However, you do not have to go through it alone. Read more

For Clinicians

Online Resources - Australia Wide
National Training Strategy logoThis professional development webinar series is Stage 1 of Towards a National BPD Training and Professional Development Strategy, funded by the Australian Government. Each of the six webinars has an interdisciplinary panel including people with with lived experience and carers. They are accompanied with a case study, list of resources and are eligible for CDP points. 
1. What is BPD?
2. Treatment Principles for people living with BPD
3. Evidence-based Treatments and Access
4. BPD in Youth and Early Intervention
5. Management of Self-Injury and Suicidality
6. Management of BPD in Mental Health Services in Primary, Public and Private Sectors View here

Resources - International
Diagnostic Criteria
Three Classification regimes are commonly used to diagnose personality disorders.
  1. ICD - The International Classification of Diseases was created by the World Health Organisation, covers all health related conditions, and is commonly used throughout Europe. Read more
  2. DSM - The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Orders) is produced by the American Psychiatric Association, specialises in mental conditions, and is mainly used in the US. Read more
  3. NICE - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines (UK)  for Borderline personality disorder (2009) and Antisocial personality diosrder (2009) will not be updated due to the ICD-11 changes. NICE will perform an exceptional surveillance review of the guidelines in 2021 in order to gauge the reaction of the community. Read more
What's in a name? How personality disorders are being misunderstood and misdiagnosed.
What's in a Name? The debate about how to classify personality disorders has been discussed for many years. this Radio National program from 2014 offers a clear account of the issues. 'New classifications adopted in Europe describe personality disorder by severity: no disorder, mild, moderate or severe. The severity is judged by the ‘extent of difficulties in interpersonal social functioning, awareness of self and understanding of others, the consequences of difficulties in interpersonal functioning and the risk to self and others as a consequence of their personality disturbance’. This allows for a more holistic approach to a person’s issues, rather than boxing them inside a narrow set of traits. The US has resisted the new classifications. In Australia, it is left to individual psychiatrists to decide, and the same psychiatrist might draw their diagnoses from both the US and European classifications.' Read transcript

ICD-11 is here!
ICD-11 cover The draft ICD-11 was released last year to begin preparing the translated versions. It was submitted to the WHO Board in Jan 2019, and will be presented to the World Health Assembly in May for endorsement. Revised classifications will be used for reporting from January 2022. ICD is commonly used throughout Europe. Search ICD-11 here
(Click arrows to reveal drop down menus under Personality Disorders.)

Application of the ICD-11 classification of Personality Disorders
'The ICD-11 classification of Personality Disorders focuses on core personality dysfunction, while allowing the practitioner to classify three levels of severity (Mild Personality Disorder, Moderate Personality Disorder, and Severe Personality Disorder) and the option of specifying one or more prominent trait domain qualifiers (Negative Affectivity, Detachment, Disinhibition, Dissociality, and Anankastia). Additionally, the practitioner is also allowed to specify a Borderline Pattern qualifier. This article [by Bo Back and Michael B First] presents how the ICD-11 Personality Disorder classification may be applied in clinical practice using five brief cases.' Read more

Good Psychiatric Management - A Review
BPD is no longer considered to be an untreatable condition, with multiple evidence-based psychotherapies available. Recent research has shown that less intensive, easier-to-learn therapies could be nearly as effective. This article outlines Good Psychiatric Management (GPM), a weekly, generalist model that emphasises psychoeducation, and focuses on social issues. It is proposed that this approach be the initial intervention for BPD, reserving more intensive evidence-based psychotherapies for those who do not respond to GPM. Read more

Conferences & Forums

Self-harm and Suicide in Young People
Prof K HawtonSpecial Lecture: Professor Keith Hawton, University of Oxford, UK. Professor Hawton has a particular interest in epidemiology and clinical management of self-harm, suicide and self-harm in adolescents, media influences on self-harm and evaluation of suicide prevention initiatives. Fee: $50
QLD - Griffith Uni, Southbank Campus - Feb 7 Register


Bouverie Centre
Introduction to Family Therapy
This four-day workshop provides a basic introduction to core concepts of family therapy theory and practice. It will assist participants to develop new ways of understanding difficulties impacting on families and a range of approaches to intervention.
VIC - Brunswick - Feb 25 26, 27, 28 Register

Blue Knot
Introduction to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Level 1)
NSW - Sydney - Mar 15 Register
QLD - Gold Coast - May 20 Register

Working Therapeutically With Complex Trauma Clients (Level 2)
Vic - Melbourne - Mar 25 & 26 Register
NSW - Sydney - Mar 28 & 29 Register

Managing Vicarious Trauma
NSW - Sydney - Feb 15 Register
VIC - Melbourne - Feb 22 Register
QLD - Townsville -Mar 25 Register

Embedding Trauma Informed Care and Practice for Managers
QLD - Brisbane - Feb 15 - Register

Working with Psychosis and Trauma - Masterclass (Matt Ball)
SA - Adelaide - Apr 30 Register

Trauma Informed Transgender & Gender Diverse Affirmative Care
VIC - Melbourne - Apr 5 Register

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
CRAF Risk Assessment
The Practice Guide 2 assists professionals who work with victims of family violence and play a role in initial risk assessment, but for whom responses to family violence are not their only core business. See more courses
VIC - Malvern - Feb 5 Register

LGBTI Professional Development, Education & Training
The National LGBTI Health Alliance have created a database of training opportunities available across Australia.They also have created a checklist for an Inclusivity Audit Tool to assist organisations to be LGBTI friendly. Download

Mental Health Professionals Networks

Enhance your understanding of BPD by joining a BPD-focusSed network in your area. Networks meet face-to-face and offer you the opportunity to build practitioner relationships, improve referral pathways, benefit from peer support and professional development opportunities.

Select one of the following networks to be invited to future meetings:

Brisbane North - next meeting 7 March 2019
Ipswich/West Moreton
Northern Territory - NEW! - Expressions of Interest

Contact Ingrid at to start or join a BPD network in your area.

Mental Health First Aid Australia
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Four hour face-to-face course for anyone over 18 years. Flyer and Register
VIC - Frankston - Feb 20
NSW - St Mary's - Feb 20
VIC - Langwarring - Feb 23

Also provides a stand-alone program specifically for responding to the suicidal person. Detalis

NEA BPD Australia
Family Connections Leader Training
National Trainer Carolyn Bright will facilitate this 2-day intensive course designed to teach clinicians and carer-peers to co-lead the 12 week Family Connections Program. For mental health professionals, and carer peers who have completed the program prior to the training. Flyer and email your EOI
NSW - Sydney - 2019 Feb 23 & 24

Orygen – National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
National training program. Details

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Training Year 1 - 2019
VIC - Travancore - Feb 14 - Nov 22 Register

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Training Year 2 - 2019
VIC - Travancore - Feb 7 - Nov 15 Register

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Supervision Masterclass 2019
VIC - Travancore - May 9-10 Register

Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder (Melbourne) 2019
VIC - Travancore - Aug 15-16 Register

Orygen - Youth Health
Local Community Professionals training program. Details

Opening the Doors
VIC - Melbourne - Feb 13 Register

Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV)
Recovering Function - BPD Workshop
Learn about the complexities of BPD and how to implement effective strategies for better outcomes. Includes working with self-harm and client risk taking. Register
VIC - Elsternwick - Feb 20

Project Air
Clinical Skills for Working with People with Self-Harm and Complex Mental Health Problems Including Personality Disorder
Two-day skills workshop with a focus
on assessment and treatment of complex clients,
informed by principles of DBT and Project Air’s relational model. Flyer (Last session sold quickly, so book early.) Register
NSW - Wollongong - 2019 - Feb 18 &19

Safe In Oz
Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviours Register
TAS - Deloraine - Feb 28/Mar 1

Schema Therapy Society
Schema Therapy is an evidence-based therapy for BPD. The Schema Therapy Society provides links to Schema Therapy training providers around Australia. Details

Schema Therapy - The Model and Methods
This 3-day workshop will help attendees gain a understanding of the Schema Therapy model and provide an extensive platform for learning new skills and techniques used in Schema Therapy. 
WA - Perth - 20,21 & 22 Feb Register
QLD - Brisbane - 14,15 & 16 Feb Register

Borderline Personality Disorder
For GPs, Psychiatrists, Psychologists & Nurses. Dr Rajan Nagesh and Dr Gizelle Diaz will update attendees on BPD, treatment & management options and referral pathways.
SA - Blair Athol - Mar 27 Register

How to help your Patients with BPD
VIC - Dandenong - Feb 23 (Sat 12:30pm)
Free 3-hr workshop for GPs presented by A/Prof Sathya Rao and Dr Penny Speed. Register

University of Melbourne
Graduate Certificate in Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide

One year online, part time Certificate. The Graduate Certificate in Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide has been developed by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Youth Mental Health in collaboration with Orygen. Start year intake is March 2019. Details

WAAMH Western Australian Association for Mental Health Training, workshops and Forums hosted by WAAMH. Register

DBT Tools
WA - Perth - Mar 18

De-escalation Techniques
WA - Perth - Mar 25

Please use this as a place to inform our community of any job vacancies or offers of mentoring. A fee may apply. Contact us by email

Helplines - 24 hour

Emergency Services 000
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Suicide Line Victoria 1300 651 251
Lifeline 13 11 14 or Chat
Kid's Helpline (5-25yrs) 1800 55 1800 or
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636  or Chat
MensLine Australia 1300 789978
Poison Information Centre 13 11 26

Helplines - Limited Hours

SANE Helpline - 1800 187 263
Mon - Fri 10am-10pm AEST.
Chatline Mon-Fri 10am-10pm AEST Details

Blue Knot Helpline - 1300 657 380
Mon-Sun 9am-5pm AEST/ADST

Eating Disorders Helpline - 1800 33 4673 (1800 ED HOPE)
Mon-Fri 8am-9pm AEST (except public holidays).

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