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Funding for BPD training
BPD Awareness Week Ambassador
Perinatal Health and BPD
Aboriginal Mental Health


Get Involved
Consultation NMHC
Survey Personality and Visualisation
Survey Tasmanian Carers
Demonstration Project SA Carers
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For Carers / Supporters
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From the 1st of July 2017 individual membership of the Australian BPD Foundation will be FREE!

Membership is open to everyone with an interest in encouraging a positive culture around Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and promoting the ready availability and accessibility of appropriate services for everyone impacted by BPD. Membership also includes subscription to our monthly eBulletin and quarterly newsletter 'The BPD Advocate'. To become a member click here and join the Australian BPD Foundation

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Funding for BPD training from National Mental Health Commission

The National Mental Health Commission has provided funding to the Australian BPD Foundation, recognising the need for earlier diagnosis and better ongoing support for people living with BPD, their families and carers. The Commission also acknowledges the need for increased training and professional development for health practitioners working in this area.
 
It is estimated that 240,000 Australians are living with significant BPD. While highly treatable, BPD has been stigmatised due to poor understanding of the nature of the condition, and a perception by health professionals that it is difficult to treat.  This is distressing for both the person affected and for those supporting their recovery, given the availability of effective, evidence-based psychotherapy.
 
In order to improve the experience of care for people living with BPD, the Foundation will work closely with project partners, Spectrum and the Mental Health Professionals Network, to educate and upskill clinicians and other service providers. Funding will be directed to establishing local interdisciplinary practitioner networks, and for delivery of e-resources and web based professional development sessions.
 

BPD Awareness Week Ambassador

Professor Ian Hickey AM will be the ambassador for BPD Awareness Week from 1-7 October 2017. Former inaugural CEO of Beyond Blue, now heading the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre as a Co-Director for Health and Policy, and one of Australia's first national mental health commissioners. The Commission oversees enhanced accountability for mental health reform in Australia. Professor Hickie is a leading voice on mental health issues, with a special interest in the prevention of and early intervention in emerging mood disorders.

Perinatal Health and BPD

Borderline Personality Disorder is a new inclusion into the Effective Mental Health Care in the Perinatal Period - Australian Clinical Practice Guideline.
The Centre of Perinatal Excellence has been commissioned by the Commonwealth Government to review the existing guideline initially developed by beyondblue (2011). The draft completed a public consultation period on June 4th, and we will advise when it is released. View draft guidelines


Aboriginal Mental Health

Image NAIDOC logoimage National Aboriginal Children's Day

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

NAIDOC Week was held from 2-9 July, and the National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Children's Day is held on August 4 every year.

So it timely to check on the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Mental health online resources
for people working, studying or interested in addressing issues that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. There are a few studies on Aboriginal people and Borderline Personality Disorder which will require a log in. View


Clinical Practice Guidelines
Image Aboriginal Mental Health GuidelinesA culturally appropriate guide for working with Aboriginal mental health consumers document has just been released. It is available on the SA Health website to facilitate access for other mental health and human services workers who can apply the resource as they strive to support better care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Download here


Mental Health First Aid Courses - for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
This course teaches members of the public (18 years and over) how to assist an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander adult who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Available in many rural and remote areas. Details

Carers
A list of organisations who offer specific support for Aboriginal people (or their families and carers) needing assistance. Details

Get Involved

Consultation - National Mental Health Commission

The Commission will be looking at consumer and carer engagement and participation across the mental health and suicide prevention system. “We want to hear examples of what is happening, what is working well, what people want", says the National Mental Health Commission. "This consultation is open to everyone - whether you have lived experience, you support someone with mental health difficulties, you are providing mental health services or working in mental health policy or research.” Open till the end of July. Contribute here

Survey - Personality and Visualisation


Project Air, University of Wollongong, NSW
Does your personality affect the way you visualise the world around you? Help us learn more about visualisation by participating in this university research study. It involves playing a virtual ball-game in which you will be playing with other players around the world. Survey.


Survey - Tasmanian Carers

Mental Health Carers Tasmania
Contribute to a short survey so we can plan & deliver quality and relevant support & advocacy for mental health carers in Tasmania. Survey


Demonstration Project - SA Carers

Working with Mental Health Carers in SA
This confidential study will investigate whether the 'Practical Guide for Working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness' has an impact on the interactions between clinical staff and family carers of people who use the mental health services run by Ramsay Health Care in South Australia - for example Fullarton Private, Adelaide Clinic, Kahlyn Day Centre or Community Services.
 
BetweImage Practical Guide Carers Mental Illnessen August and October 2017 staff of the services will receive training and information about the contents of this guide, and a second survey will be conducted after training to demonstrate any changes.
Please complete first survey here: Pre Staff Training Survey
Download Guide

For Consumers / Lived Experience
Beneficial Proactive Discussions

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

Online Resources Australia Wide

Road to Recovery for Chelsea Jane
Image Chelsea Jane completed DBTChelsea Jane was diagnosed with BPD when she was 22. Now 29, she has so much hope for people diagnosed with BPD due to her own experience and the transformation she went through when she attended DBT. Video  (2mins)

SANE Self-care for self-harming behaviour
Image Sane Self-harm supportSome people hurt themselves to feel better, and others feel they have no choice. The temporary relief from self-harming doesn’t last long, but with support, you can learn new strategies to cope, and move on from self-harm altogether. Here are some positive steps you can take. Read here

SANE Forum
'Seek support. Make connections. Share your experience'
A Lived Experience Forum is a safe, anonymous community for people living with mental illness, moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals. Join here
Topic Tuesday - Lived Experience Forums

July 25 - OCD: Managing Compulsions Join in
These forums do not provide crisis counselling. If you need urgent help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, suicide call back service on 1300 659 467, or in an emergency call 000.

 

S.A.

WeCanOnline
Are you interested in being part of an informal online ‘community of peers’ group for raising awareness of BPD? This free online group is for South Australian people with BPD traits. Join here
 

VIC
 
Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515)
A qualification for existing peer workers, develop your skills and knowledge in this specialist work role. Applications close Friday 28 July
Facilitated by VICSERV - Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria
VIC - Elsternwick - Aug  Register

For Carers / Supporters
Beneficial Proactive Discussions

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

Online Resources Australia Wide

Toolkit for Carers
Image Headspace Clinical Toolkit Carers Helpful tips on handling the impact of BPD on the family unit from a parent. Download Toolkit
Headspace has more tips for family and freinds
here.




SANE Carer Forum
The Carers Forum is a safe, anonymous community for the friends, family and carers of those living with mental illness, moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals. Join here
Topic Tuesday - Carer's Forum
Aug 1 - OCD: Dealing with Compulsions Join in
Aug 22 - Women's Mental Health Join in
These forums do not provide crisis counselling. If you need urgent help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or in an emergency call 000

 

A.C.T

If you know of any personality disorder support services in the Australian Capital Territory, please email us
 

N.S.W.

Staying Connected When Emotions Run High
Free Intervention suitable for anyone supporting someone who experiences BPD or emotion dysregulation.
Aug 9 - Parramatta. Enquiries email or register
Aug 29 – Port Kembla Golf Course. Enquiries email (02) 4229 7254

My Sanctuary Support Group
Contact ARAFMI by email or (02) 4254 1699
Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month
Wollongong, NSW
 

N.T.

If you know of any personality disorder support services in Northern Territory, please email us
 
 
QLD.

If you know of any personality disorder support services in Queensland, please email us
 

S.A.
 
Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people with a loved one who experiences BPD symptoms.
July 26 – Bowden, SA (Evening, UCWB) Register
Aug 10 – Murray Bridge, SA (Evening, Headspace) Register

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

 

TAS

Mental Health First Aid - Free
Scottsdale, TAS - Aug 1 & 2
Kingston, TAS - Aug 10 & 11 Details

Suicide Prevention Training - Free
Kingston, TAS - Aug 18 Details


If you know of any personality disorder support services in Tasmania, please email us
 

VICTORIA

Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people with a loved one who experiences BPD symptoms.
July – Pakenham, Vic Register


Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515)
A qualification for existing peer workers, develop your skills and knowledge in this specialist work role. Applications close Friday 28 July
Facilitated by VICSERV - Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria
VIC - Elsternwick - Aug  Register

Mindfulness
This six-week program invites you to learn a variety of mindfulness  practices and share your experience with other carers. Still open to new participants.
VIC, Nunawading - June 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 26.
Details or email

Learning More About Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Free 1-day Spectrum workshop for families and friends
Fitzroy, VIC - July 26 FULL
Fitzroy, VIC - Sept 12 Register

Bouverie Centre
Contact Bouverie Centre (03) 9385 5100
Brunswick, VIC

MIND BPD Family & Carer Support Group
Contact MIND Community Services –1300 554 660
Meet 1st Wednesday of each month from 7pm–9pm. Free, just turn up.
Level 2, 76–80 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna, VIC

 

W.A.

Family Connections
Free 12-week program providing education, skills training and support for people with a loved one who experiences BPD symptoms.
Aug – Fremantle, WA Details and Register

Conferences
7th National Borderline Personality Disorder Conference
Perth – 18 Oct 2017
From Stigma to Strength

The keynote speakers will be Chelsea Banfield lived experience presenter and Professor Andrew Chanen from Orygen.  Dr Sathya Rao (Executive Clinical Director of Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria) and Rita Brown (Carer Consultant at Spectrum) will also be presenting.

A pre-conference workshop led by Professor Andrew Chanen for people working in the sector will be held on 17th October, and a Networking event will be held after the conference for peers and leaders in the field to support one another in changing stigma to strength.

Continuing Professional Development points are available upon request for both the conference and the pre-conference workshop.

Subsidised places are available for people with lived experience. 


Corporate Sponsorship is also available to support this crucial national event and meet corporate social responsibility objectives. There are a variety of sponsorship options to suit different budgets. Please see the conference sponsorship website for more information and to download a copy of the Sponsorship Prospectus

The 2017 conference is being organised in partnership with the Australian BPD Foundation and the Western Australian Association for Mental Health.

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TheMHS Conference
Sydney - 29 Aug to 1 Sept 2017

Embracing Change Through Innovation and Lived Experience
There will be six featured symposia held over the three days of the conference covering topics of Trauma, Warm Human Contact, Legislated Visitor Programs, Workplace Mental Health, Co-morbidity Updates and NDIS. Conference details

 

Call for abstracts
11th Annual Conference on the Treatment of Personality Disorders
Wollongong
3 Nov 2017

Thu, Nov 2  - Consumer & Carer Day
Fri, Nov 3  - Conference
Sat, Nov 4  - Clinician Workshop - Psychotherapy for narcissistic personality disorder by Professor Elsa Ronningstam (USA)
Call for abstracts closes August 1st. Conference details

Training & Events

Spectrum - The Personality Disorder Service for Victoria

Spectrum supports the treatment of people who have personality disorders and are being treated by Victorian State Government-funded Area Mental Health Services (AMHS, CAMHS and other state-wide mental health services). Details
 
Understanding and managing challenging BPD presentations
A workshop for private and public practice psychiatrists (1 day workshop + 12 months’ supervision for 2 hours once a month)
VIC - Fitzroy - Aug 16 Register

 

Orygen – National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

National training program. Details
Who Shifted the Goalpost? BPD and First Episode Psychosis
Training presented by EPPIC Statewide Services. Free for clinicians employed by the Vic Gov Mental Health Services. Others welcome to attend for a fee.
Brunswick VIC - Aug 8 Details


Orygen Youth Health – Training for Local Community Professionals

Local training program. Details and Register
Emotion Management and Problem Solving
Half-day workshop assists participants to help young people problem-solve and effectively manage distressing emotions.
VIC - Parkville - July 19

Talking with Families about Young People's Mental Health
VIC - Travancore - July 26
 

Australian Psychological Society

Treating traumatic memories: best ways to facilitate change
Presented by Associate Professor Chris Lee from the University of WA who has extensive training in DBT EMDR and Schema Focused Therapy. Currently he is principal investigator in a randomised trial for complex PTSD and BPD. He will discuss different trauma focused models used to address trauma memories. Register
SA - Adelaide - Aug 25
 

Centre for Mental Health Education – Australia DBT Institute 

Introduction to DBT Details
QLD - Brisbane - Aug 4
NSW - Sydney - Aug 7
VIC - Melbourne - Aug 10

Skills Training in DBT Details
QLD - Brisbane - Aug 5
NSW - Sydney - Aug 8
VIC - Melbourne - Aug 11

Comprehensive Training in DBT (12 months) Details
WA - Perth - Aug 19 & 20 (Phase 1)

Working with Youth in DBT Details
NSW - Sydney - Aug 9
VIC - Melbourne - Aug 12

 


Centre for Community Welfare Training

Understanding and Responding to Challenging Behaviour in Adolescents
NSW - Sydney - Aug 07 Details

Personality Disorders: A Psychodynamic and Attachment Theory Perspective
NSW - Sydney - Aug 22 & 23 
Details
 

headspace

Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Adolescents: Skills, Strategies, and Engaging Teens and Caregivers
Image Dr Jill RathusJill Rathus (Ph.D. Stony Brook, B.A. Cornell) is presenting this two-day workshop in conjunction with Northern Health Network & headspace. DBT for adolescents was developed by Drs. Alec Miller, Jill Rathus, and Marsha Linehan to address the complex and unique challenges that arise during treatment with these adolescents and their families. ACDT. Details and Register here
SA - Adelaide - Nov 1 & 2 

 

Local Health District - Illawarra Shoalhaven, NSW

Staying Connected When Emotions Run High
Free Intervention suitable for anyone supporting someone who experiences BPD or emotion dysregulation.
Aug 9 – Paramatta, NSW – Register

 

MHLC - Mental Health Law Centre
See website for further details

I love you, I hate you – but don’t you leave me! - Dealing with clients who have Borderline Personality Disorders
This CPD explores how to communicate more effectively and manage clients who have BPD. Register
WA - Perth - July 27

 
 
Mental Health Professionals Networks

This network is open to all GPs and mental health professionals & agencies working in the BPD area. Practitioners may be able to claim credit towards their continuing professional development.

Register here to join your network's mailing list and receive all future meeting invitations.
Adelaide BPD Network

Victorian BPD Network

Register your interest for a BPD Network in NSW here.
Contact Angela Miller on a.miller@mhpn.org.au for more information on joining or starting a BPD network in your area.


Mentalization Based Treatment Association

Image of Anthony BatemanProfessor Anthony Bateman from the Anna Freud Centre and University College London, is presenting a 3-day workshop on Mentalization Based Treatment for qualified health professionals and a 2-day practitioner’s course for those who have completed the Basic Training Course.


MBT: Practitioner Course
WA - Perth - July 21& 22  Details

 
 
VICSERV – Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria
 
Working effectively with clients considered ‘Complex and Challenging'
VIC - Elsternwick - July 25 Register
Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515)
A qualification for existing peer workers, develop your skills and knowledge in this specialist work role.
Applications close Friday 28 July
VIC - Elsternwick - Aug  Register
 


WAAMH Western Australian Association for Mental Health

De-escalation Techniques
WA - Perth - July 27 Details
Co-existing disorders, Addiction and Mental Health
WA - Perth - Aug 29 Details

For Clinicians

Research Papers

Personality disorder: A mental health priority area
A new call for making personality disorders a mental health priority area was released online in July 2017 by the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. This viewpoint paper identifies pertinent issues surrounding early intervention, treatment needs, consumer and carer experiences, and the need for accurate and representative data collection in personality disorder as starting points in mental health care reform.
Download

Prevention and early intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder: a novel public health priority
Andrew Chanen (Aust), Carla Sharp (USA) and The Global Alliance for Prevention and Early Intervention for BPD have published this report in World Psychiatry, June 2017. The Alliance calls for action through a set of scientifically based clinical, research and social policy strategies and recommendations. Here, they present a clear argument for the human and financial benefits of early intervention. 'The high economic costs of BPD (estimated to be €16,852 (A$24,460) per patient per annum in the Netherlands) are attributable to high direct treatment costs and high indirect costs, chiefly work‐related disability. BPD is a stronger predictor of being on disability support than either depressive or anxiety disorders.' Download


Video

BPD in the ED: Recommendations for Effective Care
A new video from Project Air StraImage BPD in EDtegy on BPD in the Emergency Department. Joe Russ talks about a compassionate and respectful approach to helping people get the care they need. View video

Factsheets

Self Harm Infographic
Image Headspace Self Harm infographic

An A4 colourful summary from Headspace that uses images and simple explanations to assist our understanding of the various aspects of self-harm.    
 

Employment

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

Creative Corner
Beautiful Personal Designs

Art is emotion – please upload your ‘expression of emotion’ onto Instagram tagged with #bpdawarenessaustralia and it will automatically be showcased in the Mind Museum on the BPD Awareness website.

Your expression of emotion can be art in any form.

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