June 2019 - eBulletin - Issue 24


In this issue...
End of Financial Year Appeal
Conference 2019
   'BPD: Best Practice Deserved'
BPD Awareness Week
Ambassador - Prof Hazelton
BPD Recovery
Step-Down Model of Care
PD Model of Care for PHNs
BPD Assessment
Petition - 40 Better Access Visits

Branch News

Get Involved
Fundraising - Beyond Bank
Study - Self Harm in Adolescents
Study - BPD & Hearing Voices

Update - VIC Royal Commission
Update - Aged Care Royal Comm

Regular Sections
Consumers / Lived Experience
Carers / Supporters

Donate, Submissions, Subscribe


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2019 End of Financial Year Appeal
If you have already donated during 2019 - Thank You!!  If not yet, there is still time before the end of the financial year. The Foundation is a registered Charity and has DGR status, so your contributions over $2 before June 30th can be claimed as a tax deduction.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 this year to continue 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 Cause
My Giving Circle
Good to Give (employer pre-tax deductions)

Conference 2019 - 'BPD: Best Practice Deserved' - Nov 14 & 15
The theme of the 2019 Conference will be to explore the various facets of what is 'Best Practice' for supporting/treating people impacted by BPD, looking at 'what works', and current research. Details at

VIC - Melbourne - Nov 14 Workshop, mental health professionals
VIC - Melbourne - Nov 15 Conference, lived experience, families, friends & clinicians

BPD Awareness Week 2019
Poster This ServiceBPD Awareness Week will be held 1-7 October 2019. The BPD Collaboration Group are currently reviewing the 2019 Branding Guidelines, and we will soon be revealing them to you! Stay tuned for a bigger and brighter campaign this year. We will soon be asking for your positive quotes to appear in our new materials. If you or your organisation wish to be involved please email
Keep sharing the 'Know BPD, No Stigma' 2018 campaign
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BPD Awareness Week 2019 - Ambassador
Prof Mike HazeltonProfessor Michael Hazelton will be our Ambassador for the 2019 BPD Awareness Week sharing the message BPD: Best Practice Deserved. Prof. Hazelton was a member of the NHMRC BPD Guideline Development Committee and brings a wealth of understanding of best practice. Currently he is Professor of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Newcastle, with research interests in the areas of mental health nursing/mental health, mental health in primary care, and crime and health. Following BPD Awareness week he will sharing more best practice as Orator of the 45th International Mental Health Nursing Conference. (see Conference section below)

Research - The lived experience of recovery in borderline personality disorder: a qualitative study
Research paper Australian research published in May 2019 looks at the stages of recovery and the processes. Results indicate the key ingredients are hope, engagement in the recovery journey and with treatment services, plus meaningful activities and relationships. This open access article is by Australian researchers Fiona Ng (now in UK), Michelle Townsend and Catilin Miller of Project Air Wollongong and Mahlie Jewell, Sydney, who has lived experience. 
Read more

Research - Treatment of personality disorder using a whole of service stepped care approach
Stepped Model of CareProject Air research showed that using a whole service stepped care model of treatment for personality disorder significantly reduces demand on hospital services. Brief interventions of a 12 week treatment program can be as effective for some people as long term programs. Studies are also showing that many treatment types are effective - DBT, Schema, Mentalisation (MBT), Tranference-Focused Psychotherap (TFP), Cognitive Analytic Therapy for Youth (CAT), General Psychiatric Management (GPM) and the Conversational Model. The approach in this study was informed by key recommendations of the NHMRC Clinical Practice Guidelines for BPD. View presentation and  Read research

Report - A Model of Care for Personality Disorder in Primary Health Networks (PHNs)
SANE BPD Moc This report by SANE summarises the findings from 3 consultation workshops to inform the planning and commissioning of Primary Mental Health Care services to better meet the needs of people living with personality disorder. It looks at a stepped model of care, and offers suggestions for PHN stepped care commissioning for personality disorder in primary care. The workshops were conducted in NSW, WA and QLD Primary Health Networks where there currently are no specific PD services. Read more

Tool - BPD Assessment Tests & Checklists
headspace BPD toolkitheadspace have developed a simple online assessment tool using the NHMRC BPD clinical practice guidelines. It contains key information on Assessment, Management, Continuing care, plus info for clients and family & friends. Read more

Petition - 40 funded Better Access visits per year for BPD
ValidatedCurrently there are just over 11,500 signatures on Help us to make the next milestone – 15,000! Encourage your family and friends and colleagues (maybe even your Doctor) 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. We plan to deliver the petition to Greg Hunt MP, who remains Australia's Minister for Health after the recent election.
Download & Print or Sign Online

Foundation Branch News

We welcome Lynne (SA Health) as our newly inducted Chair, and thank Tony for his steady leadership, and the shaping of a new and exciting project that the national branch will be rolling out soon. We also welcome new members Rob (SA Ambulance) and Liz (SA Prison Health) who add very valuable perspectives to our advocacy. We are preparing our Work Plan to take us into 2020, and have started event planning for BPD Awareness Week.

Kate (Project Air) has taken on the role of Secretariat. The branch is planning an event for BPD Awareness Week in conjunction with Mental Health Carers NSW. Members have also been researching funding opportunities for a Lived Experience Framework Grant, and securing bursaries to support carers to attend the Project Air Family and Consumer Day.

The Planning Day has resulted in some exciting energy, with the allocation of members to each of the Sub-committees - MHPN BPD Clinical Network, Centre of Excellence (WA), BPD Awareness Week and the Fundraising group. They will  meet regularly and report at the quarterly Branch meetings. The Branch was successful in winning a $300 donation from Grill'd Applecross, WA.

Branch pending - The Australian BPD Foundation have been successful in a grant application to develop a BPD service directory for Queensland and to support the development of a Queensland Branch!
Membership is FREE for individuals. Click HERE to join now!
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
Twitter - OzBPD

Get Involved

Fundraising - Beyond Bank Australia
Beyond BankWe have partnered with Beyond Bank Australia to help our foundation raise much needed funds. The bank is 100% customer owned, which means they use their profits to benefit customers and their communities. Their Community Reward Banking Program gives back over $600,000 each year to organisations like ours. And they offer exclusive benefits for members too.    
How you can help - Open a Community Reward Account, link this to our organisation. The more you save, the more interest you will earn and the more Beyond Bank will donate to us, at no cost to you. So, you can make a difference and help our Foundation just by saving your money!
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Study - Self-harm in Adolescents
Project Air Self harm studyProject Air Strategy are inviting parents who have a child under 18 to participate in a study exploring adolescent self-harm. Resources will be developed for parents in similar situations. Participate

Study - BPD & Hearing Voices
Do you experience voices?People who have been diagnosed with BPD and either (i) do not experience auditory hallucinations, or (ii) experience (or have previously experienced) auditory hallucinations are invited to contribute to this study. Phone or face-to-face. (1 or 2 visits) $50 gift card as a token of appreciation. Read more

Update - VIC MH Royal Commission
Community Consultations took place in April and May. Public hearings will take place in July. Register online to be kept up to date Public Hearings

Update - Aged Care Royal Commission
Submissions will be accepted until September. The website offers guidance on how to do so, and provides an online submission form. The Foundation are preparing their report now. If you have a special interest or wish to contribute please contact Geri at

For Consumers / Lived Experience

Resources - Australia Wide

My Recovery from Personality Disorder
Stephanie Leary Steph shares her daily recovery journey from BPD with Project Air Strategy.
View video

SANE Topic Tuesday
Image Topic TuesdayHow to support yourself while supporting others - Tues June 18th @ 7pm AEST Register
Read transcript of recent 'Topic Tuesday'
Tues 14th May on Stigma

Ask Us Anything Spotlight Service
Mon 27-Fri 31 May featuring Blue Knot Helpline

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

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

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

Recovery College
ACT Recovery College logoThe Recovery College opened in April 2019, providing a FREE, non-judgemental place for all Canberrans over 18 to learn about mental health, recovery and wellbeing. Read more
More courses in Term 2 - July 29th
email or phone (02) 6247 3821

Accessing the NDIS: Workshop & Co-Design Sessions
ACT - Canberra - July 1 & 2 Details and Enrol


Mind Recovery College - VIC/SA
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 personality disorder
VIC - Gippsland - June 27

Peer Support
VIC - Greensborough - June 27

Understanding Addictive Behaviours
VIC - Gippsland - June 26
VIC - Wangaratta - June 26
VIC - Abbotsford - June 3

Disordered Eating
SA - Mile End - June 7

Support Networks
SA - Glynde - June 17

Mental Illness Fellowship - NT
Not BPD specific. Contact the nearest office to find out more about their services and programs - Mi PlaceDrop in Centre, Cool Program, and training and education. Details
Darwin (08) 8948 1051 or
Alice Springs (08) 8953 1467 or 
Tennant Creek (08) 8962 1931

MHACA Mental Health Association of Central Australia
Services offered include: '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 Details

DBT - Life Skills Group
Footprints offer a DBT Life skills group. The modules include Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance and Emotional Regulation, which are run consecutively throughout the year. Details and email or phone 07 3252 3488
QLD - West End - ongoing

Symptom Management & Therapy-based Programs
Safe Space logoAt Safe Space people can access a Mental Health Support Worker, use the Sensory Modulation Room, put together a Safety Plan or engage in therapeutic art. Read more
QLD - Caboolture & Redcliffe - Mon, Tues, Fri 3-8pm

This group therapy program is for women living with BPD in the perinatal period. Adapted from DBT, it supports parenting skills early in the infant’s development.
Enquiries - 1300 898 213
Fax Referral 1300 580 249


Lifeline WA - DBTeen
DBTeen logo DBTeen skills group is available for people aged 14-18 who are experiencing difficulties managing their emotions and behaviours. The 12-week pilot has been re-funded, and will now run across WA School Terms 3 & 4.
Term 3: Gosnells and Cockburn (South) and Wanneroo and Swan/Midland (North). Flyer or Referrals and Details

For Carers / Supporters

Resources - Australia Wide

Koolta: Rapping about Parental Mental Illness
Koolta"So I heard you're gettin' worried about Mum and Dad, listen, listen hear, youv'e done nothin' bad, so when Mum's feeling sad she can seek help, 'coz a lot of people out there know how she felt."
Young Carers may like to listen to this song by rap artist Koolta. COPMI produced this 2017 video to raise awareness about parental mental illness. View Video

BPD COPMI GemsInformation from COPMI about parenting with BPD is still available on their website, and though a little dated, it is a source of scarce information on this topic. They are merging with Emerging Minds, the national workforce centre of child mental health, who are developing resources based on current knowledge and best practice.

SANE Carers Forum - Topic Tuesday
Image Topic Tuesday logoBeing a Male in a Caring Role on Tues 25 June@ 7pm AEST with a special guest from Men Care Too
Read transcript of recent May Topic Tuesday Defining your role as a Carer 

Our Stories Forum - New to BPD Diagnosis

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.

Family Connections
FC KnotFree 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people supporting a person who experiences the symptoms of BPD. See upcoming programs below or
Register for next group in your area

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 traits of BPD. Contact Natalie by email or 0415 111 894. Meetings held on the first Monday of each month Details

Jun 3 - Holt, Canberra (5:30-7:30pm)

Family Connections
Details and Register

June 26 - Sutherland - Sun 4:00pm-6:00pm 
July 15 - Warragul - Mon 9:00am-12:00pm
July 29 - Charlestown - Mon 10am-12pm

Staying Connected when Emotions Run High
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. Details

Nowra - Jul 30 - Register 4422 1547

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

NT Carers
Not BPD specific, but carer activities include counselling, music therapy, and peer support groups weekly in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine. Details

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


Sanctuary BPD Carer Support Group
Contact us by email website facebook or (08) 8276–4552
Meet 2nd Tuesday of each month at Skylight 5 Cooke Tce, Wayville, SA
May 14 - Wayville (4:15-6:15pm) NEW TIME !

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. 
June 12 - Richmond Register
Aug 14 - Frankston Register

Learning More about BPD: A Workshop for Families & Friends
Free 1-day workshop that further develops educational and practical approaches in supporting someone living with BPD while caring for yourself.
Jun 25 - Richmond Register
Aug 9 - Richmond Register

Family Connections
Aug TBC - Malvern East Register
Aug TBC - Geelong Register

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


Family Connections
July 1 - Perth - Mon 5:30-7:30pm Register
July 11 - Perth - TBC Register

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

National BPD Training Strategy
Stage 1 - Webinars
Training Strategy logo
Six webinars available online. View webinars

Stage 2 - eLearning Modules
Stage 2 logo‘Effective Psychological Treatment for BPD’ is a series of 5 free online modules. They provide clinicians with the knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based treatment and support to a person with BPD and their family/carer. Contains text, videos, linked resources and a multiple choice test. Each module takes approx 60 minutes, and a certificate of completion is issued. Modules build your knowledge, and need to be completed in sequential order.
1. What is effective care for BPD?
2. How to effectively engage people with BPD in treatment
3. How to reduce crises & increase safety to promote recovery in people with BPD
4. Working actively with people with BPD. Connecting with carers. partners & family
5. Successful BPD treatment - A support guide for mental health workers.


Conferences & Forums

Save The Date!
9th Annual National BPD Conference - Nov 14 & 15 (Vic)

BPD - Best Practice Deserved
The theme of the 2019 Conference will be
to explore the various facets of what is 'Best Practice' for supporting/treating people impacted by BPD looking at 'what works' and current research.
VIC - Melbourne - Nov 14 Workshop, mental health professionals
VIC - Melbourne - Nov 15 Conference, lived experience, families, friends & clinicians

Spectrum Personality Disorder Conference - Sept 13 (Vic)
BPD: Expression, Impact and Treatment across Life Stages
Spectrum ConferenceHuman personality undergoes continuous development and modification in response to maturation and environmental factors. This conference for mental health clinicians will consider the diagnosis, prevention, early intervention and treatments across life stages. Melbourne Convention Centre  Flyer and email
VIC - Melb - Sept 13

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

TheMHS Annual Conference 2019
Building Healthy Communities: Stories of Resilience and Hope
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
QLD - Brisbane - Aug 27, 28, 30 Details

6th Asia Pacific Rim Confederation of Counsellors Conference
Insight and Learnings from around the Pacific Rim; meeting your community’s mental health needs
Day 2 - Dr Paige Williams
Understanding and Treating Self-Injury in Clients with Co-occurring Disorders
Day 3 - Paper Presentation: Nichola Cooper
The truth about trust; how to build trust in your therapeutic alliance
Day 3 - David Nugent
Removing the eggshells our families walk on: Anger management for men
Day 3 - Danielle Williamson & Mr David Eckel
The Challenging Parts of Complex Trauma: What can Internal Family Systems Therapy offer?
QLD - Brisbane - Sep 27-29 Details

45th International Mental health Nursing Conference
Integrated Care: People, Practice, Policy
Day 1 - Understanding the attitudes of emergency department staff towards people who self-harm presented by Karen Edward
Day 1 - Eurella: Establishing an innovative Step-Up, Step Down Community Based Hospital Alternative Service presented by Bridget Hamilton
Day 3 - An innovative approach to integrating research into practie: Supporting adolescents who experience episodes of distress
NSW - Sydney - Oct 8-10 Details

Auspath 2019
'Myth busting: Sorting Fact from Fiction in Trans Healthcare
The Australian Professional Association for Trans Health Conference sessions will cover mental health, endocrinology, strengthening Community and more.
WA - Fremantle - Oct 24-26 Details


Bouverie Centre
Trans & Gender Questioning - Family Work
VIC - Brunswick - Jun 12 Register

Managing Difference & Conflict
Vic - Brunswick - Jul 23 Register Register

Blue Knot
Foundation for Trauma Informed Care and Practice (Lvl 1)
NSW - Sydney Jun 14 Register
VIC - Ballarat- Jun 28 Register
MIC - Melbourne - Aug 5 Register

Embedding Trauma Informed Care and Practice for Managers
NSW - Sydney - Jun 25 Register
VIC - Melbourne - Jul 26 Register

Trauma Informed Care & Practice in Domestic & Family Violence (Lvl 1)
QLD - Brisbane - Jun 10 Register
VIC - Melbourne - Jul 26 Register

Introduction to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Level 1)
NSW - Parramatta - Jun 3 Register
ACT - Canberra - June 28 Register
NSW - Newcastle - Jul 30 Register

Working Therapeutically With Complex Trauma Clients (Level 2)
QLD - Brisbane - Jun 27 & 28 Register

Managing Vicarious Trauma
QLD - Townsville - Jun 14 Register
NT - Darwin - Jun 24 Register

Trauma Informed Care & Practice for the Legal & Justice Sectors
QLD - Brisbane - Jun 17 Register

Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Lvl 2)
NSW - Sydney - Jun 20 & 21 Register
QLD - Brisbane - Jun 27 & 28 Register
VIC - Melbourne - Jun 27 & 28 Register

Working with Psychosis and Trauma - Masterclass (Matt Ball)
VIC - Melbourne - Sep 18 Register

Trauma Informed Transgender & Gender Diverse Affirmative Care
NSW - Sydney - Aug 12 Register

Facilitator Training
Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes and Thoughts
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 - Aug 12 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-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.

To join a network and receive their next meeting invitation, please visit:
Brisbane North
Hobart - June 19 - Challenges of treating BPD Flyer and Register
Ipswich/West Moreton
Northern Territory
Perth BPD
Sydney BPD - June 5 - BPD & Childhood Trauma Flyer and Register
Victorian BPD

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

MBT Australia
MBT Basic
Professor Anthony Bateman will be delivering accredited  Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) trainings in Australia in 2019.
WA - Perth - July 8, 9 & 10 Register
SA - Adelaide - Sept 27, 28 & 29 (TBC) Details

MBT Practitioner
SA - Adelaide - Sept 30 & Oct 1 (TBC) Details

Mental Health First Aid Australia
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Four hour face-to-face course for anyone over 18 years. Flyer and Register
NDE - Mt Druitt - Jun 19
NSW - Castle Hill - Jun 20
SA - Mt Gambier - Jun 21
QLD - Meadowbrook - Jun 22
WA - Bayswater - Jun 28
SA - Oakden - Jun 28
NSW - Sydney - Jul 7
NSW - Tamworth - Jul 8
VIC - Traralgon - Jul 23
VIC - Langwarrin - Jul 27

Also provides a stand-alone program specifically for responding to someone who feels suicidal. Detalis

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

CAT Relational Consultation Masterclass
Vic - Parkville - Jul 22 Register

Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
VIC - Parkville - Aug 9 Register

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

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Supervision Masterclass
VIC - Parkville - Sep 5 & 6 Register

Orygen - Youth Health
Local Community Professionals training program. Details

Working with families where parents have a mental illness
VIC - Parkville - Jul 24 Register

Gender Diversity and Young People **NEW**
VIC - Parkville - Jun 13 Register

Substance Use and Mental Health
VIC - Parkville - Jul 31 Register

Emotion Management and Problem Solving
VIC - Parkville - Aug Register

Safe In Oz
Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviours Register
QLD - Nerang - Jun 3 & 4
NSW - Bega - Jun 6 & 7
SA - Hove - Jun 13 & 14
NSW - Holmesville - Jun 17 & 18
NSW - Campbelltown - Jun 21 & 21
NSW - Castle Hill - June 24 & 25
NSW - Albury - Jun 27 & 28
Vic - Ballarat - Jul 1 & 2
Vic - Horsham - Jul 4 & 5
NSW - Weston - Jul 8 & 9

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, 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. 
WA - Perth - June 12/13/14 Register
NSW - Sydney - Sept 5/6/7 Register
VIC - Melbourne - July 24/25/26 Register
QLD - Brisbane - Sept 25/26/27 Register
QLD - Cairns - July 3/4/5 Register
NSW - Newcastle - Sept 26/27/28 Register

Borderline Personality Disorder
For GPs, Psychiatrists, Psychologists & Nurses
BPD is a common mental illness that can be highly distressing for the person affected and for their family and friends. Presenters Dr Rajan Nagesh and Dr Gizelle Dias will update attendees on BPD, treatment & management options and referral pathways. Register
SA - Adelaide - Jun 12


Office-based Management of People with BPD for Private Psychiatrists
VIC - Richmond - Jun 22 Register

An introduction to dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
2-day workshop

VIC - Richmond - Jul 18 Register

Understanding BPD - for Psychologists/ allied health
This free workshop is aimed at up-skilling psychologists and allied health staff  and mental health nurses to help them in working with people with BPD and associated risk issues in primary care. (For clinicians living or working in the Dandenong & Frankston/Mornington Peninsula region)
VIC - Dandenong - Aug 6 Register
VIC - Frankston - Aug 15 Register

Core competencies for Working with People with BPD
One day workshop covers key competencies, developmental understanding of diagnosis, therapeutic relationships, management of risk ant treatment planning. Register
VIC - Richmond - Sep 4 Register

How to Help your Patients with BPD - GPs Module 2
This 3-hour workshop is the second in a series of 3  workshops aimed at up-skilling GPs in diagnosis, managing crises, developing treatment and crisis plans and  understanding referal pathways.  For GPs living or working in the Dandenong & Frankston/Mornington Peninsula region.
VIC - Frankston- Jun 1 Register
VIC - Frankston - Jul 20 Register
VIC - Frankston - Sep 7 Register

How to Hep your Patients with BPD - GPs Module 3
VIC - Dandenong - Aug 31 Register

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in practice
1-day workshop for clinicians who have done some basic training and would like to put into practice.
VIC - Richmond - Sep 20 Register

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

Peer Work Champion' Community of Practice Meeting
WA - West Perth - Jun 6

De-escalation Skills
WA - Perth - June 20

Co-design Station 3: Making Safe Spaces for Innovation
WA - Perth - June 26

Creating and Supporting a Peer Workforce
Workshop for Managers and Coordingators
WA - Perth - Jun 28


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
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

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

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