ABC interviews BPD Ambassador
Local Hero BPD in ACT
Border Collies for BPD
Roller Coaster of Emotion
National Training Strategy Stage 3
Spectrum's 20 Years
Family Connections Leader Training
Self-Advocacy for NDIS
BPD in Primary Care
AGM, NSW, SA, VIC
Survey - Our Turn to Speak
Survey - NDIS Psychosocial
Scholarships Cert IV MH Peer Work
Update - Productivity Commission
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National BPD Conference - Register NOW!
The Hon. Martin Foley, Victorian Minister for Mental Health will open this year's National BPD Conference in Melbourne on Friday 15th November. Our keynote speaker Prof Jayashri Kulkarni AO will set the tone for lively discussions with her presentation 'Borderline Personality Disorder: Controversies, Challenges and Collaborations'. Regardless of the name, people with this condition often struggle to receive appropriate care - and misunderstandings about the cause and treatment of this illness are common. Overall, from both clinical and research perspectives, it is obvious that a wholistic, personalised approach for each individual is required to optimise outcomes.
The Pre-Conference workshop 'Working with Complexity' will be held the day before, Thursday 14th November at Spectrum Personality Disorder Service in Richmond, Vic.
Registrations are now open!
Download Save The Date or Info Flyer and Register
More details in Conference section below.
ABC talks to our BPD Awareness Week Ambassador
Mike Hazelton is a professor of Mental Health Nursing from the Uni of Newcastle and is the national ambassador for BPD Awareness Week 2019. ABC Newcastle's Dan Cox and Jenny Marchant spoke to Mike to find out more about BPD, and why he's so passionate in bringing this complex mental health issue to light. Listen
Local Heroes Award BPD Awareness ACT
Natalie Malcomson from Borderline in the ACT won the Westfield Belconnen Local Hero award and received a $10,00 grant! Natalie builds the BPD Community in Canberra, organises events and DBT programs. The grant will assist with venue hire of a DBT Mentor/peer skills group program, delivering a parenting skills program for people living with BPD, and awareness raising events. Congratulations! Read more
Border Collies Beach Walk for BPD
Bundles of beach and bandana fun to raise awareness for BPD. Thanks to the Border Collie Owners of SA for supporting the Australian BPD Foundation! All proceeds go towards the Foundation. You can still order bandanas here Bit.ly/getBPDbandannas
A Roller Coaster of Emotion
ABC Radio National's All in The Mind program featured borderline personality disorder during BPD Awareness Week. Host Lynne Malcolm spoke with Gabby & Eliza, and Dr Maria Naso, a psychiatrist with specialist knowledge and experience in BPD. ** Trigger warning: please note that this interview contains references to self-harm, abuse, and violence** Listen to Podcast.
National Training Strategy - Stage 3 Workshops
Stage 1 is a series of 6 webinars,
Stage 2 contains 5 eLearning modules, and
Stage 3 will be a 2-day intensive workshop and Train the Trainer workshop on BPD Core Competencies. Materials are currently in development, and workshops will commence in 2020. To be informed of upcoming workshops in your state/territory, please register your details.
Spectrum Celebrates 20 Years
Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria established in 1999, and has grown to be the largest specialist treating service for BPD in Australia. People with lived experience, carers, clinicians and researchers share experiences of providing and receiving therapy that saves lives. View video
Family Connections - Leader Training
The Family Connections course provides skills training for people in a relationship with someone who has BPD. Leader Training will be held in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales in February 2020. Special guests presenters Professor Daniel Flynn and Dr Mary Kells will be offering the two day family connections leader training. Register
Self-Advocacy for NDIS (Mental Health)
Independent Mental Health Advocacy have released their resource book for 'Self-Advocacy for the NDIS (Mental Health). It addresses applying for the NDIS, explains plans, session planning, appeals and more. Download.
Ed: How to access the NDIS is one of the afternoon sessions at our conference. Hear a consumer, carer and clinician discuss how they accessed the NDIS and offer helpful tips.
GP's experience of providing care to people with BPD in Primary Care
This SA study explored the challenges faced by GP's providing care to patients with BPD. The Primary Care setting is an important point of contact and support for people living with BPD, yet education, clear pathways and healthcare policy changes could guide practitioners in this important role. Read more
Petition - 40 funded Better Access visits per year for BPD
Download & Print or Sign Online
Currently there are just over 14,000 signatures on change.org. Help us to make the next milestone – 15,000! Encourage your family and friends and colleagues (maybe even your GP) to sign and keep the momentum going. The petition is 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.
Foundation Branch News
Australian BPD Foundation AGM
We will be holding the AGM on 15th November this year - at the National BPD Conference! Come along and hear what your Foundation has achieved this year, and will be advocating for next year.
The NSW committee are seeking to appoint a new Chair. Grant applications have been submitted, not successful so far.
SA committee hosted several very successful BPD Awareness Week events, and have participated in recording a Podcast for Mental Health nurse training at UniSA, soon to be released.
The VIC Branch organised an evening in BPD Awareness Week for people with lived experience of BPD, their carers and those clinicians and others working with them towards recovery.
|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
Survey - Our Turn To Speak
Many Australians live with complex mental health issues. The findings of Our Turn to Speak will inform SANE Australia's future advocacy efforts. You can complete the survey online or by phone. Read more
Survey - Victoria - NDIS Psychosocial Disability
NDIS Provider Psychosocial Workforce Survey for Victorian NDIS workers and providers working with people with a psychosocial disability. Closes 17th November. Details and survey
Scholarships - Cert IV Mental Health Peer work
The Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia) is excited to announce that we are offering 12 scholarships for individuals who have lived experience of mental health conditions as either a consumer or carer who either currently work, volunteer or are interested in working in the mental health sector. Application close 5pm AEST 30th November. Read more
Update - Mental Health Productivity Commission DRAFT REPORT
The Draft Report was released on 31st October 2019. See Mental Health Australia's Quick Scan Summary of the Draft Report highlighting issues such as providing more and better alternatives to ED, more economical per-session rate and much more. Read more
Public Hearings will be held in Nov, Dec and early Jan 2020. Register to be kept up to date.
The Foundation's submission is available for download.
We welcome your donations to assist the Foundation to Support, Promote and Advocate for people impacted by BPD, and to bring you this eBulletin and BPD Advocate Newsletter. You can choose from any of these platforms, or donate directly to us at:
Australian BPD Foundation
My Giving Circle
Good to Give (employer pre-tax deductions)
Beyond Bank (earn high interest, while the bank donates to us)
BPD Bandanas (order via Eventbrite)
The Foundation is a registered Charity and has DGR status, so your contributions over $2 can be claimed as a tax deduction.
For Consumers / Lived Experience
Resources - Australia Wide
What it's like living with BPD
Triple J HACK'
s Shalailah Medhora spoke with Eliza Berlage about her experience of living with BPD and how a correct diagnosis led her to an appropriate therapy. Carissa Wright runs a peer support group in WA, and explains how connecting with others and experiencing self-acceptance can also be a huge step towards recovery. Read more
SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Let's get real! Transitions into parenthood
Tues 12 Nov, 7-9pm AEDT
Read transcript for last 'Topic Tuesday' BPD Awareness
Featuring Spectrum BPD clinicians as facilitators
SANE Lived Experience Forum
Safe, anonymous discussion for people living with mental illness, moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals. Forums are text based - no software needed! The first post of the thread will give you an idea of the topic. (Hit the 'refresh' button regularly to read the new posts.) Check out their Guides
Topic: Looking after Ourselves - BPD
SANE Helpline - 1800 187 263
Talk to or email a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST)
More crisis and helplines
are listed at the end of this eBulletin
Dialectical Behaviour Skills Group
Please let us know if you are interested in the Term 4 Group so we can arrange an intake session and can let you know further information. If you are interested call, text or email Natalie 0415 111 894 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ACT - Canberra
The ACT Recovery College is a FREE, non-judgemental place for all Canberrans over 18 to learn about mental health, recovery and wellbeing. Book early for BPD specific courses. Flyer and Calendar
AGA Intersex Support Group
A safe space for intersex folks to meet and chat with others. A Gender + Agenda conducts trainings, support groups and events.
ACT - Canberra
Mental Illness Fellowship - NT
Mi PlaceDrop in Centre, Cool Program, training and education. Not BPD specific. Details
Darwin (08) 8948 1051 or email@example.com
Alice Springs (08) 8953 1467 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennant Creek (08) 8962 1931 email@example.com
MHACA Mental Health Association of Central Australia
'Pathways to Recovery' providing support with living skills. 'Day to Day Living' is a community based program of structured activities for people living with mental distress. Drop in Centre open Tues-Thurs. 'Partners in Recovery' offers care coordination for people with complex needs. Not BPD specific. Details
Group therapy program for women living with BPD during the child's first years. Adapted from DBT, it supports parenting skills early in the infant’s development.
Enquiries - 1300 898 213
Fax Referral 1300 580 249
For Carers / Supporters
Resources - Australia Wide
Wellbeing Strategies for Family and Friends
Here is a selection of tips that we often know, but forget to apply! headspace reminds us to take time out, look after our physical and mental health, and take steps towards our own goals. This handout has been developed in consultation with carers and people with lived experience. Download
SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
NDIS: A Carer's Journey
Tues 19 Nov, 7-9pm ADST
Navigating our wonderful Peer Ambassador, Sarah's perspective of the NDIS as a carer, sound-boarding and discussing our experience as well as how to make the most of the resources available in a caring role. Read the transcript of recent 'Topic Tuesday' BPD Awareness Featuring Spectrum BPD clinicians
Ed: Come to our conference and listen to a consumer, carer and clinician speak about how to access the NDIS and offer helpful tips. www.bpd2019.com
SANE Forums are a safe, anonymous discussion for people living with mental illness, moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals. Forums are text based - no software needed! The first post of the thread will give you an idea of the topic. (Hit the 'refresh' button regularly to read the new posts.) See their Guides
Topic: Understanding BPD
and Being a male in a caring role
SANE Helpline - 1800 187 263
Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST) or Email Email
More crisis and helplines are listed at the end of this eBulletin.
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 in your area
Register first, and if you would like to attend one of the NSW groups below, please also email
to indicate your interest.
QLD - Fortitude Valley - Feb 11 (2020) - Tue 4:30-6:30pm Register
Mental Health First Aid Courses
Not BPD specific, but can assist with confidence in responding to non-suicidal self-harm, psychosis and suicidal ideation. Designed for specific groups such as youth, older person, aboriginal and for teens assisting their peers. Register
BPD Loved Ones Support 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 traits of BPD. Contact Natalie by email or 0415 111 894. Meetings held at Carers ACT, on the first Monday of each month Details
Holt, Canberra - Nov 4 (5:30-7:30pm)
Staying Connected when Emotions Run High
Sanctuary BPD Carer Support Group
The workshop will provide families, foster carers and friends with additional relationship skills to support someone (between 12yrs to 100yrs) who experiences relationship difficulties, overwhelming feelings and can behave in a way that makes them a danger to themselves or others.
Queanbeyan - Nov 28 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
ARAFMI, 17 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519
Not BPD specific, but carer activities include counselling, music therapy, and peer support groups weekly in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine. Details
Contact us by email website facebook
Learning More about BPD: A Workshop for Families & Friends
Meet 2nd Tuesday of each month
Wayville - Nov 12 - Skylight, 5 Cooke Tce (4:30-6:30pm) NEW TIME !
Lived-Experience Telephone Support Service (LETTS)
After-hours service supports people with mental health issues as well as their carers, family and friends. From 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
This one day workshop is for families, friends and others who support someone with BPD.
VIC - Richmond - Nov 21 Register
VIC - Richmond - Dec 10 Register
Support group for Relationship Trauma
Meet 1st Friday of the month from 7pm - 8:30pm Register
Mental Health Foundation Australia
Suite J, 450 Chapel St, South Yarra, Vic 3141
South Yarra - Nov 1
BPD Family and Carer Support Group
Meet 1st Wednesday of each month from 7pm–9pm. 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
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
BPD: Diagnosis and Management in General Practice
This GP only training is designed to assist GPs in identifying the risk factors and clinical features of BPD. It reviews effective management, appropriate prescribing, involvement of families/carers and crisis management. (60 mins, CPD: 2 points) Details
Available to RACGP members via gplearning.racgp.org.au
National BPD Training Strategy
Stage 1 - Webinars
Six webinars available online. View webinars
Stage 2 - eLearning Modules
‘Effective Psychological Treatment for BPD’ is a series of 5 free online modules.This e-learning program for mental health workers and service providers will assist in gaining the knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based treatment and support to the person with BPD and their family/carers. Completed sequentially, each module takes approx 60 mins. Certificate issued. View Modules
Conferences & Forums
9th Annual National BPD Conference - Nov 14 & 15 (Vic)
BPD - Best Practice Deserved
Registrations are open for the 2019 National BPD Conference. We will
explore the various facets of what is Best Practice for supporting/treating people impacted by BPD and looking at 'what works' and current research.
opportunities are available.
VIC - Melb - Nov 14 PreConference Workshop:
A/Prof Sathya Rao will present a workshop for mental health professionals exploring “Working with Complexity (psych-social problems as well as BPD, or co-existing problems, co-existing diagnoses)". Register
VIC - Melb - Nov 15 Conference:
For people with lived experience, families, friends & clinicians. Register
13th International Treatment of Personality Disorders Conference - Nov 7 & 8 (NSW)
Personalising Effective Treatment
Project Air Strategy
Conference - Fri 8 Nov Flyer
Family and Consumer Day - Thurs 7 Nov Register
Professor Ueli Kramer, Lausanne University Hospital - Institute of Psychotherapy and General Psychiatry Switzerland, will present a keynote on Effective processes in treatment for personality disorder: what science teaches us
and an all-day Saturday workshop on "Case formulation for personality disorder.
NSW - Wollongong - Nov 7 & 8 Details
Australian Assoc of Social Workers Conference
Challenging Inequality: Working together for a Just Society - Nov 7, 8, 9
This conference will challenge inequality in your day-to-day work and will inspire you with new ideas and innovative practice. The 3 day program will include these sessions that may be insightful for your practice with people living with BPD.
Day 2 - Partnering in our work with young people with complex needs (2G)
Day 2 - The first 1000 Days: Ensuring Early Intervention principles are inclusive of Adolescents at Risk (2G)
Day 2 - Skills Workshop 3 Using Creative Arts Exercises
Day 2 - Challenging Inequality through Complex Discharge Planning (3F)
Day 3 - Trauma Informed Practice...Beyond the Words (4G)
SA - Adelaide - Nov 7, 8 & 9 Details
Family Connections Conference
International and National Presenters will be presenting their research and clinical expertise to present on bringing the family into the picture in mental health services. Hear Robert Kruger, PhD, Daniel Flynn, M.Psych, Mary Kells, PhD, Andrew Chanen, PhD, Louise McCutcheon, DPsych and a lived experience panel. The conference will be held at Orygen Youth Health in Parkville, Melbourne.
VIC - Melbourne - Jan 31 (2020) Register
No Bullshit Therapy
Enhance your understanding of BPD by joining a BPD-focused 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.
VIC - Brunswick - Nov 7 Register
Shame, Trauma & Family Relationships
VIC - Brunwick - Nov 14 Register
Compassion Fatigue & Satisfaction
VIC - Brunswick - Nov 20 Register
Foundation for Trauma Informed Care and Practice (Lvl 1)
QLD - Townsville - Nov 18 Register
Intro to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Lvl 1)
NT - Darwin - Nov 25 Register
QLD - Brisbane - Nov 27 Register
VIC - Melbouarne - Dec 2 Register
Managing Vicarious Trauma
ACT - Canberra - Nov 4 Register
Managing Vicarious Trauma for Legal & Justice Sectors
VIC - Melbourne - Nov 27 Register
Trauma Informed Care and Practice (Lvl2)
VIC - Melbourne - Nov 11 Register
NSW - Sydney - Nov 12 Register
Trauma Informed Transgender/Gender Diverse
QLD - Brisbane - Nov 8 Register
Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Lvl 2)
QLD - Brisbane - Nov 18 Register
NSW - Sydney - Nov 21 Register
Working with Inter-generational and Collective Trauma
VIC - Melbourne - Nov 22 Register
ttitudes and T
DRUMBEAT is an evidence-based social and emotional learning program, incorporating hand-drumming and proven to build resilience and show measurable changes in social behaviour. Three day training.
NSW - Sydney - Nov 12 Register
WA - Perth - Nov 19 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
Lighthouse MBT Parenting Program
Mr Gerry Byrne and Ms Clare Mein will be in Perth to deliver Lighthouse Groups, an MBT Parenting model of intervention for high risk parents.
WA - Perth - Jan 7-10, 2020 Flyer
Mental Health Professionals Networks
To join a network and receive their next meeting invitation, please visit:
Perth - Dec 4 - details advised in next eBulletin
Contact Ingrid at firstname.lastname@example.org to start or join a BPD network in your area.
Professor Anthony Bateman will be delivering accredited Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) trainings in Australia in 2019. Check here for future trainings.
MBT for Families (MBT-F)
An adaptation of MBT suitable for applying mentalizing ideas to work with families. Core Skills and practice, including games and activities suitable for children.
NSW - Sydney - Nov 7, 8 & 9 Register for WAIT LIST
Mental Health First Aid Australia
Four hour face-to-face course for anyone over 18 years. Flyer and Register
QLD - Rockhampton - Nov 4
NSW - Tamworth - Nov 5
WA - Bayswater - Nov 15
QLD - Yeronga, Brisbane - Nov 18
TAS - Sorell - Nov 21
SA - Golden Grove - Nov 29
NSW - Tamworth - Nov 29
MHFA also have courses for responding to someone who feels suicidal. Detalis
Orygen – National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
National training program. Details
Orygen - Youth Health
Local Community Professionals training program. Details
(North western and western metropolitan Melbourne)
Opening the Doors
VIC - Parkville - Nov 7 Register
Working with young people with BPD
VIC - Parkville - Nov 13 Register
Safe In Oz
Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviours Register
ACT - Deakin - 4 & 5 Nov
WA - Geraldton - 7 & 8 Nov
WA - Carnarvon - 11 & 12 Nov
TAS - Smithton - 18 & 19 Nov
WA - Kununurra - 21 & 22 Nov
TAS - Huonville - 21 & 22 Nov
QLD - Varsity Lakes - 25 & 26 Nov
VIC - Moe 25 & 26 Nov
QLD - Cunnamulla - 28 & 29
NSW - Armidale 2 & 3 Dec
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 1 - The Model, Methods & Techniques
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.
ACT - Canberra - Nov 21/22/23 Register
TAS - Hobart - Feb 12/13/14 2020 Register
VIC - Melbourne - Feb 26/27/28 2020 Register
NSW - Sydney - Mar 18/19/20 2020 Register
QLD - Brisbane - Mar 18/19/20 2020 Register
WA - Perth - Mar 11/12/13 2020 Register
Schema Therapy 2 - Beyond the Basics
SA - Adelaide - Nov 5/6/7 Register
WA - Perth - Nov 6/7/8 Register
QLD - Brisbane - Nov 28/29/30 Register
Contextual Schema Therapy
A guide to integrating ACT and 3rd wave therapy approaches.
VIC - Melbourne - Nov 8 Register
Mentalization based treatment for BPD
Two day workshop
VIC - Richmond - Dec 5-6 Register
Voices Vic is a dynamic peer-led network of voice hearers, peers, carers and professionals that work together to reduce the distress which can be associated with hearing voices. We facilitate groups, training and one on one peer work. Training Calendar Website
The Hearing Vices Approach
VIC - Prahran - Nov 12 Register
WAAMH Western Australian Association for Mental Health
Power Threat Meaning Framework
WA - Perth - Nov 1 Register
WA - Perth - Nov 2 Register
Trauma Informed Care - Intro
WA - Perth - Nov 11 Register
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 www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
Suicide Line Victoria 1300 651 251 www.suicideline.org.au
Lifeline 13 11 14 or Chat www.lifeline.org.au
Kid's Helpline (5-25yrs) 1800 55 1800 or https://kidshelpline.com.au
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 or Chat https://www.youthbeyondblue.com
MensLine Australia 1300 789978 https://mensline.org.au/
Direct Line 1800 888 236 Immediate counselling & support,
Poison Information Centre 13 11 26
Family Drug Helpline 1300 660 068 sharc
Ice Help Line 1800 423 238
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 email@example.com
Eating Disorders Helpline - 1800 33 4673 (1800 ED HOPE)
Mon-Fri 8am-9pm AEST (except public holidays).
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