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Launch of the SMART research program

The SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Technology) Research Program is investigating how digital technology can be integrated within mental health services for people with serious mental illness. The SMART project has created online resources for use by mental health services. These include videos stories of recovery by people who have been through their own journey of recovery, as well as professionally developed tools and strategies. 

This event is a launch of the first uses of SMART in routine practice in a number of mental health services.

For more information about the launch event 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.

Mind Community Conversations

In April and May, Mind's Chief Executive, Gerry Naughtin and Deputy Chief Executive, Margaret Grigg will lead a series of community conversations across Victoria and South Australia to seek feedback on Mind's proposed future directions for 2016-2020. 

For more information about these events click here.

Compulsory Mental Health Treatment in the Community: Are CTOs Justified?

Community Treatment Orders [CTOs] enable mental health practitioners to enforce treatment for severe mental health problems outside of hospitals. They have existed in Victoria since 1986, but were only introduced in 2008 in Sweden after much controversy. This seminar will explore the human rights implications and perceived advantages and disadvantages of compulsory treatment in the community.

A presentation by Dr Stefan Sjöström on the implementation of CTOs in Sweden will be followed by a panel discussion on the situation in Victoria.

The event will be held on Thursday 14 May from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at Q230, 234 Queensberry Street, University of Melbourne.

For more information about the event click here.

To book into the event click here.

Upcoming Mind Colloquium

Our nineteenth colloquium will be presented by Dr Neil Thomas from Swinburne University and the self-management and recovery technology (SMART) team. The topic to be covered is: Self-Management and Recovery Technology (SMART) – Integrating digital technology for serious mental illness into mental health services.

The event will be held on Tuesday 19 May from 12:30pm - 2:00pm at VICSERV (Level 2, 22 Horne Street, Elsternwick). 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 

Human Rights in Mental Health event - December 10

To celebrate UN Human Rights Day on December 10, a free event was held to advocate for the human rights of people with mental health issues. Dr Lisa Brophy, Mind Australia’s Director of Research and Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne and Anthony C Stratford, Mind Australia’s Senior Advisor, Recovery and  Honorary Fellow, School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne both presented at the event on behalf of Mind.

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

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. 

Click here for invitation.

 The colloquia continue to enable presentation of ideas and research findings relevant to Mind and the community managed mental health sector in general.

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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