July 2019 - eBulletin - Issue 25


In this issue...
Conference Sponsorships
BPD Awareness Week
SA BPD Co launched!
SA BPD Model of Care
Peer Support for PD
Petition - 40 Better Access Visits

Branch News

Get Involved
Study - BPD Romantic Relationships
Study - Peer Support for Carers
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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Conference Sponsorships
BPD Conference 2019 logoSponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2019 Annual National BPD Conference.  As a national event, with a stellar lineup of presentations and activities, delegates are likely to include key decision makers, mental health professionals, educators, people with a diagnosis of BPD, their carers and family members who want to be part of this national conversation. Details at

BPD Awareness Week 2019 - Oct 1-7
BPD Awareness Week logo The 2019 branding and logotype has been selected after extensive consultation with people living with BPD, carers and others. A document advising how those with lived experience can become part of the campaign will be released shortly. If you or your organisation wish to organise events please email

New SA BPD Service opens 1 July 2019!
BPD CoThe BPD Collaborative (BPD Co) is South Australia's new state-wide service - open from 1st July 2019! It will deliver supports and services to people of all ages living with severe and complex BPD, with a focus on services for new parents, young people with emerging BPD, Aboriginal people, people from LGBTQIA+ communities and in the criminal justice system. Read more

BPD Co Model of Care
BPD Co Model of CareThe BPD Co Model of Care will be rolled out across SA over time and has been developed to meet differing levels of clinical need for people with BPD. It includes the development of Assessment and Brief Intervention Clinics (ABiCs) - modelled on the Gold Card approach developed by Project Air - and short term follow up, as well as further development of pathways of care for people with severe and complex BPD. There will be an expansion of evidence-based group therapies, and dedicated training and capacity-building for clinicians across the state. In addition a research and evaluation process will ensure quality and innovation within an evidence-based framework. Download

Peer Support for People with Personality Disorder
Peer Support for PDProject Air have released a Facilitator Manual for a peer and clinician co-facilitated group program for people living with personality disorders. This is in response to concerns over the difficulties with accessing treatment and services for people living with personality disorders The manual defines peer support, lists key principles, and guidelines for maintaining boundaries and understanding triggers. The 10-session program is clearly laid out (with checklists), and includes fact-sheets, resources and grounding/relaxation exercises. The guide also covers facilitators wellbeing. Download

Petition - 40 funded Better Access visits per year for BPD
ValidatedCurrently there are just over 11,800 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

The Work Plan for 2019-2020 has been finalised. Plans for BPD Awareness Week activities have begun, with approaches to several Universities to organise events on campus. The Grants Committee are looking at possibilities for publishing an SA version of the Guide to Accessing Services for BPD.

A budget has been prepared for the NSW Branch. An application for a Lived Experience Framework Grant has been sent. A dedicated page on the the Foundation's website is being considered for the NSW Branch.
Support the Foundation - click here to DONATE 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, 274 Bayswater, Vic 3153.

P: 0458-469-274 
Membership is FREE for individuals - click here to JOIN now!
Twitter - OzBPD

Get Involved

Study - BPD & Romantic Relationships
Researchers at Deakin University are conducting a study to learn what factors are important to the success of long-term romantic relationships where one of the couple has BPD. If you are Melbourne-based, over 18 and interested, please complete an initial 10-minute survey to be involved in an interview (participants receive a $25 voucher). Contact Dr Helen Mildred (03) 9843 5867 Flyer and Survey

Study - Peer Support for Mental Health Carers
Carer survey"How could consumer involvement enhance carers’ perceived social support and mental health in adult mental health services?". This study is about peer support for Mental Health Carers. so you may be interested if you have participated in a BPD Carer Support Group and/or the Family Connections Program. Email Yin for more details. Survey

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

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
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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

Lex speaks up about BPD, art and recovery
LexLex finds that creating art really helps express and process emotions in his recovery journey with BPD. He shares insights with Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA) in their #WeSpeakUp mental health stigma busting campaign, supported by NEAMI National. Follow Lex & his Art on Instagram at @lexalotalot and check out the Arts and Mental Health Network on Facebook.
View video (3:15m)

How to handle a bad day
Handle a Bad DayGraham Pather (The Big Feels Club) shares his thoughts on ABC Life on how to handle a bad day. What to do when you wake up feeling awful - should you push yourself? Take it easy? His summary below, but read the full article for more great insights. Read more

1. Do something useful (help a friend with something small)
2. Do something kind (send a nice thing/words to a parent/friend)
3. Do something you have been putting off (tax/cleaning/phone call)

SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Image Topic Tuesday What online Peer Support Looks Like
Tues 16th July, 7pm-9pm AEST Register
Read transcript of recent 'Topic Tuesday' Tues 18th June
How to support yourself while supporting others

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.) For more tips on how to use the Forums check out their Guides
Topic: Can a sensitive emotional person change?

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

Recovery College
ACT Recovery College logoThe ACT Recovery College is a FREE, non-judgemental place for all Canberrans over 18 to learn about mental health, recovery and wellbeing.
Not BPD Specific. Flyer and Read more
Next Term starts July 29th - Details email or ph (02) 6247 3821

AGA Intersex Support Group
AGAA safe space for intersex folks to meet and chat with others, run by their Intersex Project Worker. A Gender + Agenda has many other events, c
heck out their calendar
ACT - Canberra - July 12 - Sept 13

Mental Illness Fellowship - NT
Contact the nearest office to find out more about their services and programs - Mi PlaceDrop in Centre, Cool Program, and training and education. Not BPD specific.  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. Not BPD specific. 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 logoFrom 1st July 2019 this service is closed while a review of this pilot program is taking place, and future funding sources are being explored. At Safe Space people could access a Mental Health Support Worker, use the Sensory Modulation Room, put together a Safety Plan or engage in therapeutic art. Read more

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

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. Not BPD Specific. Colleges are in Vic and SA, and courses include Understanding Self Harm, Food and Mood, Emotional Intelligence, and many more. More courses start next term Courses

Mindful Parenting Group for Mothers
mindfulness-based parenting program for mothers who have difficulties managing their emotions. This will assist mothers to reduce stress and develop more satisfying relationships and ways of parenting. Flyer
Hawthorn - Aug 22 to nov 7

For Carers / Supporters

Resources - Australia Wide

Webinar - The Impact of Suicidality for Friends and Family
FC Webinar
During this ONE HOUR webinar, Dr. Luciana Payne will discuss the impact of suicidality for family members and describe how trauma and stress responses impact the family system. This webinar will also include a faciliated discussion followed by a Q&A session. Thursday, 25 July 2019 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm (AEST) Tickets $19:00 (+$2.13 fee) Register

Guide - Help for Families, Friends and Carers
This Sane guide suggests acknowledging the illness, listening with empathy, and encouraging independence. It also has tips for looking after yourself, ensuring safety in a crisis and finding support. Read more

SANE Special Events - Topic Tuesday
Image Topic Tuesday logo What online Peer Support Looks Like
Tues 16th July, 7pm-9pm AEST Register
Read transcript of recent 'Topic Tuesday' on 25 June
Being a Male in a Caring Role

Carers Forum
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.) For more tips on how to use the Forums check out their Guides
Topic: New to BPD Diagnosis

Carer Supports
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.

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

July 1 - Holt, Canberra (5:30-7:30pm)

Family Connections
Details and Register

July 17 - Tamworth - 6:00-8:00pm Register
July 29 - Charlestown - Mon 10am-12pm Register
July 31 - Bunbury - Wed 6:00pm-8:00pm Register
Aug TBC - Campberdown Register
Oct 1 - Hyde Park - Tue 6:00-8:00pm Register

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.

TBC - QLD - Woolloongabba - date to be confirmed Register
Sept 4 - Robina - Wed 5:30-7:30pm Register

Sanctuary BPD Carer Support Group
Contact us by email website facebook or (08) 8276–4552
Meet 2nd Tuesday of each month
July 9 - Glenside Learning Centre (4:30-6:30pm) NEW VENUE this meeting and NEW TIME !
Please phone to confirm venue

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. 
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.
July 24 - Shepparton Flyer or email or  phone (03) 8833 3050
Aug 9 - Richmond Register

Family Connections
July 15 - Warragul - Mon 9:00am-12:00pm Register
July 16 - Sale - Tue 5:30-7:30pm Register
TBC - Geelong Register

TBC - Sunshine 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 3 - Melville - Wed 6:00-8:00pm Register
July 8 - Hillarys - 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
BPD Conference 2019 logoThe 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
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 details
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
Managing Difference & Conflict
Vic - Brunswick - Jul 23 Register Register

Blue Knot
Foundation for Trauma Informed Care and Practice (Lvl 1)
VIC - Melbourne - Aug 5 Register

Embedding Trauma Informed Care and Practice for Managers
VIC - Melbourne - Jul 26 Register

Trauma Informed Care & Practice in Domestic & Family Violence (Lvl 1)
VIC - Melbourne - Jul 31 Register
NT - Darwin - Aug 1 Register
NSW - Wollongong - Aug 2 Register

Introduction to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Level 1)
NSW - Newcastle - Jul 30 Register

Managing Vicarious Trauma
VIC - Melbourne - Jul 15 Register
NSW - Sydney - Jul 26 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.

NT - Personality Disorders and Trauma Informed Practice Network
‘An integrative model for substance use disorder and the addiction tree’
July 15 - Flyer and Register
Perth - Borderline Personality Disorder MHPN
‘Borderline Personality Disorder and the comorbid complexity of trauma’.
July 16 - Flyer and Register

To join a network and receive their next meeting invitation, please visit:
Brisbane North
Ipswich/West Moreton
Northern Territory - 15th July
Perth - 16th July
Sydney BPD
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
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

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
VIC - Ballarat - Jul 1 & 2
VIC - Horsham - Jul 4 & 5
NSW - Weston - Jul 8 & 9
NSW - Taree - Jul 11 & 12
NSW - Singleton - Jul 15 & 16
NT - Alice Springs - Jul 18 & 19
NSW - Uralla - Jul 22 & 23
NSW - Narrabri - Jul 25 & 26
QLD - St George - Aug 1 & 2

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. 
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

Weathering the Storm - Group Supervision Program
To support psychologists with their practice in the public and/or private sector who encounter challenging and complex clients with diagnoses of personality disorders. Details
VIC - Richmond - every Tuesday, 90 mins, free

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 - Jul 20 Register
VIC - Frankston - Sep 7 Register

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

Recognising and Responding to Potential Personality Disorder
A workshop for school counsellors, teachers and other education providers
VIC - Richmond - Aug 16 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
Creating Recovery Plans
WA - West Perth - July 24

Trauma Informed Care
WA - Perth - July 24

20th International Mental Health Conference 2019
WA - Perth - July 31

Understanding Personality Disorders
WA - Perth - Aug 20

Understanding Self-Harm
WA - Perth - Aug 27
For Psychologists in Victoria


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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