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Next Mind Colloquium
Attached is an invitation to our next Mind Colloquium. The Mind Colloquium Series is conducted in collaboration with VICSERV and the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne. This colloquium has been rescheduled after we unfortunately need to cancel this event earlier in the year.
The colloquia continue to enable presentation of ideas and research findings relevant to Mind and the community managed mental health sector in general.
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.
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. Read more
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. Read more >
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. Read more >
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.
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 >