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Mind presents at 2015 The Mental Health Services Conference (TheMHS Conference)

Mind's Community Advisor Recovery and Wellbeing, Anthony Stratford and Mark Heeney, Service Manager – CRP and PARC – North East will be presenting at this year's TheMHS Conference. Anthony is presenting International Charter of Peer Support Values, Practice and Standards, a joint effort by a group of senior peers from 15 countries led by Professor Larry Davidson and Anthony. 

Mark Heeney is presenting 500 days in 10 minutes... A new way forward: The Community Care Unit model revolutionised to place collaboration as the focus!   This presentation will cover the benefits of collaboration between clinical and recovery practice in community care units.

For more information about this year's TheMHS conference click here.


Mind features in the world’s first pop-up philanthropy shopImpact giving

From now until Friday 23 October, Mind joins with four other non-profit organisations under the banner of Impact Giving in the world’s first storefront dedicated to linking people with social causes. Open Monday – Sunday, the store is located at 334b High Street, Northcote.

Visit the Impact Giving website to find out more: http://www.impactgiving.com.au/about/

Impact Giving has Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.  If you are active on any of these, please like/follow/share. Read more >


NEWS RELEASE: headspace for the north eastern suburbs; young people’s input sought


A new headspace centre to be located in Greensborough invites interested young people and their families and carers to help design the space in advance of its opening in early 2016. We are also keen to talk to young people (aged between 12 and 25 years) who may want to be a part of an ongoing youth reference group. Families and carers can also be involved.

RSVP by 28 August - mary.swift@mindaustralia.org.au or phone Mary Swift 9455 7900.Details: 6:30 pm, 3 September, WaterMarc fitness centre, 1 Flintoff Street, Greensborough

For more information click here


NEWS RELEASE: North East suburbs’ headspace goes ahead: doors open early 2016

Heads up! It’s been confirmed that Mind will be the lead agency to manage a new headspace centre in Melbourne’s north eastern suburbs, due to open its doors in early 2016.

With over 30 supporting partner organisations, the brand new Greensborough based centre will help young people, their families and carers gain access to a wide range of mental health, drug and alcohol, primary health care and social welfare services through the centre.

Services will also provide pathways to education and jobs. Read more >

Upcoming Mind Colloquium

Dr Victoria Palmer, trained applied ethicist and qualitative researcher in the mental health research program at the Department of General Practice, Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne is presenting The engagement nexus and psychosocial recovery at the upcoming Mind Colloquium.

The event will be held on Wednesday 22 July from 12:30pm - 2:00pm at Mind - 86-92 Mount Street Heidelberg. A light lunch will be served at 12:30pm with a 1:00pm start.

For more details about the event click here

For details about the Colloquium series click here

Mental health advance statement guides now available for download

The Mental health advance statement pratice guide and training facilitator's manual are now available for download from the Victorian Department of Health website. The guides have been developed to assist with the introduction, development and use of mental health advance statements (advance statements) within a supported decision-making framework under the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic). 

To download the Mental health advance statement practice guide click here.

To download the Mental health advance statement training facilitators manual click here.

For general information about advance statements click here.

Our Voices carer DVD launched

Our Voices: Stories of carers from migrant and refugee backgrounds is a collaborative film project. The films poignantly explore the lives of five carers from Afghani, Egyptian, Somali, Turkish and Vietnamese communities.

Available on DVD, the films are translated in the five languages featured. 

To view the films click here

Evolve and Mind merge

Mind is delighted to announce that as of 17 November 2014, Evolve (Typo Station) merged with Mind Australia. It is an exciting development that will provide for sustainable growth of the Evolve services and program. 

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Arts House - The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland

The first of a trilogy of work to be developed over the next five years focusing on mental health, The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland immerses the audience in an ambitious and innovative split staging arrangement where the action and dialogue from two different sequences of scenes are simultaneously performed to two different groups of audience in the same space.

An investigation of auditory hallucination through the lens of one family’s experience of psychoses, The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland presents the first psychotic episodes of a mother and son; with fantastical results involving Finnish Folk, roast vegetables, Adolf Hitler and a knitted toilet roll cover.

For more information click here.

Evaluation of Mind Australia's Peer Recovery Community Services

You are invited to participate in an evaluation of Mind Australia's new Peer Recovery Community (PRC) services.
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Mind supports call for a 'new generation of mental health reform in NSW'

Mind Australia congratulates NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley for highlighting the opportunities for re-balancing mental health spending in NSW, and the potential benefits of investing in prevention, early intervention and recovery.
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New guide to working with mental health carers

A consortium of mental health organisations is developing a practical guide for working with carers of people with a mental illness. The underlying principle will be that carers are equal partners in care.
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Celebrating outstanding mental healthcare in Victoria

The outstanding work of Victoria’s mental health and drug and alcohol services, as well as the employers and educators who create opportunities for people with a mental illness to work and study, were celebrated at the 2014 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards. Mind congratulates everyone nominated. The award winners were:

  • Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare) consumer consultant Julie Dempsey took out the award for outstanding achievement by an individual or team in mental healthcare.
  • Monash Health’s Dr Melissa Casey and Professor David Clarke won the Minister for Mental Health’s award for delivering innovative alcohol and drug or mental healthcare.
  • SAFEMinds, a program which addresses mental health issues affecting students and school communities won the inaugural Mental Health Educator Excellence award.
  • Electricity suppliers CitiPower and Powercor won the inaugural mental health employer excellence award.

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Crowd funding campaign for "Raw Emotion: Contemporary and Historical Works from the Cunningham Dax Collection"

Dr Eric Cunningham Dax was a pioneering psychiatrist who helped reform the mental health system in Australia. Dr Dax believed in the value of art and creativity, and initiated art programs for patients in institutions as far back as the 1940s. A selection of this artwork plus recent acquisitions will form part of an upcoming exhibition "Raw Emotion". A crowd funding campaign has been estblished to raise the funds necessary to curate and install the exhibition.  For more information and show your support click here >

Funding finalised for national project to develop 'best practice' Practical Guide for Working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness in Australia

Funding has now been finalised for a national project to develop a ‘best practice’ nationally consistent Practical Guide for Working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness in Australia which will support mental health service providers in the public and private sectors and community managed organisations to work with carers in a more meaningful, engaging and inclusive manner. Read more >

Join the conversation - Carer and consumer online forums launched

Australians with lived experience of mental illness, or caring for someone who does, can now connect and share experiences in a safe online community developed by SANE Australia and supported by Mind. Read more >

Professor Larry Davidson wins prestigious award for schizophrenia research

Yale University's Professor Larry Davidson has won the 2014 Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Prize for exceptional contributions to the study of schizophrenia, other serious mental illnesses and mentoring leaders in the field of mental health. His work on recovery oriented practice informs Mind's services framework. Read more >

Mental Health Services Conference (TheMHS) 2013 Book of Proceedings now available

The Mental Health Services Conference (TheMHS) 2013 Book of Proceedings is now available online for free until 2015. The papers include presentations by Mind staff and cover a range of mental health issues from a wide group of people involved in mental health services. Read more >

Impact of care coordination on Australia’s mental health service delivery system

Care coordination models have developed in response to the recognition that Australia’s health and welfare service system can be difficult to access. This paper explores how the Partners in Recovery (PIR) initiative provides an opportunity for the development of more effective and efficient models of coordinated care. Read more > 

PRESS RELEASE: Community mental health services provision in Bendigo

On 1 August 2014 Mind Australia commenced the delivery of community mental health services in Loddon Mallee region as a lead provider under the reformed Victorian mental health system. Read more >

As of 1 July 2014 Mental Health Complaints Commission comes into operation

The MHCC was established through Victoria’s new Mental Health Act 2014 to receive and resolve complaints about Victorian public mental health services. It is completely independent and separate from mental health services. Read more >

People with psychosocial disability want better health, jobs and friends: new research

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is in its pilot phase and according to new research at one trial site, people are clear about what they want from this ground-breaking change in service provision. Read more > 

Radical reform needed for mental health system says peak body

Australia’s mental health sector needs radical and sustained reform to remedy a “fundamentally broken system”, says the Mental Health Council of Australia in its latest submission to the Federal Government’s review. Read more >

PRESS RELEASE: Recommission Outcomes for Victoria

Reforming Community Support Services for People with a Mental Illness: Outcomes for Mind Australia Read more > 

Trauma and Homelessness Initiative (THI)

The Trauma and Homelessness Initiative (THI) was launched in early May. The initiative involved a series of four studies designed to investigate the nature of the relationship between trauma and homelessness, with each study building on the findings of the last. Read more >

Community Recovery Program launch

The Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge officially opened Austin Health’s new Community Recovery Program (CRP), co-located with the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital on 17 April 2014. A joint initiative between Austin Health and Mind it provides an additional 22 beds for people with mental illness. Read more >

Mind Carer Development Fund 

On 26 March 2014, guests and Mind staff celebrated the launch the Mind Carer Development Fund. As part of a shared commitment to developing services and supports for families and carers of people with mental ill-health, Mind Australia and ARAEFMI Victoria, both contributed $750,000 towards the fund. Read more >

Carers, Please Tell Your Stories

ARAFMI Australia is currently seeking personal stories from mental health carers for their website ‘My National Voice’. The ‘My National Voice’ website raises awareness of carer issues through publishing personal stories online, and collating these stories for national advocacy initiatives. Read more > 


2013 news and media archive

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