A loved one’s mental health problem or illness often impacts family, friends and supporters. Caring for a person living with a mental illness often leads to emotional, physical, financial and social burdens for caregivers. That’s why the Mental Health Commission of Canada has released National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses. These guidelines seek to recognize and support family caregivers’ needs and provide evidence-based best practices and advice to policy makers and service providers. They also include recommendations that are intended to improve a caregiver’s capacity to provide the best possible care to adults living with mental illness while maintaining their own wellbeing. Click here for more information
Mental Health Carers ARAFMI NSW Inc (‘ARAFMI’) is pleased to announce that from 1 July 2013 the Information and Support Line for carers, long operated from ARAFMI’s Woolloomooloo office, will change to become the new ‘Carer Helpline’.
The Helpline will still be available from the same numbers:
• 1800 655 198; and/or
• (02) 9332 0700
The Helpline will continue to refer callers to relevant local mental health and other services needed by carers of people living with mental illness and the people they care for from State wide databases.
However, in addition to this, the Helpline will now address the issues experienced by mental health carers in their caring role through an enhanced capacity to:
• refer carers to counselling services;
• record feedback on services received; and,
• record issues experienced by carers and their loved ones (including gaps in services) and regularly provide a (de-identified) report to the NSW Mental Health Commission about these.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perinatal Mental Health: A guide for primary care health professionals
beyondblue has launched an information guide to assist health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families during the perinatal period.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perinatal Mental Health: A guide for primary care health professionals aims to assist health professionals to provide culturally-appropriate and competent perinatal emotional and mental health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families.
This resource was funded by the Federal Government and developed in collaboration with St John of God Social Outreach and Advocacy Services, and a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reference group. The group included representatives from maternity and primary health professionals, perinatal psychiatrists and women who had experienced perinatal mental health problems.
It can be downloaded from the beyondblue website. To order printed copies, please call beyondblue's support line on 1300 22 4636 or order via the beyondblue online ordering catalogue.
ELIGIBILITY IN THE LAUNCH SITES FROM 1 JULY 2013
The National Disability Insurance Scheme will be rolled out progressively in all States and Territories with the exception of Western Australia between 1 July 2013 and 1 July 2019:
From 1 July 2013:
In addition: The enhanced service offer is being implemented in the ACT between now and 1 July 2014 when the ACT will become a fully-fledged NDIS launch site.
NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME RULES RELEASED
In a major step forward as 1 July fast approaches the rules determining eligibility for access to the NDIS and the types of services and supports that may be provided to participants as the launch sites commence operation.
The links to the six areas that the rules cover (Timeframes for decision-making, Children, Becoming a participant, plan management, Supports for participants and Nominees) can be accessed by opening the attachments to this message.
The rules concerning eligibility (in the launch sites) cover areas including:
THE ‘MY ACCESS CHECKER’ TOOL
People seeking to determine whether they, or a person with a disability to whom they are providing care or support may be eligible for the NDIS can use the ‘My Access Checker’ which is accessible via the following link: http://www.disabilitycareaustralia.gov.au/my-access-checker
DISABILITY CARE AUSTRALIA CONFERENCE
The Disability Care Australia conference kicks off at 8:30 am this Sunday 23 June. For more information, please visit: http://www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-launc/launch-locations/disabilitycare-australia-conference/
DISABILTY CARE AUSTRALIA BOARD AND INDEPENDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS ANNOUNCED
The Australian Government has appointed a long-standing champion of disability reform in Australia, Bruce Bonyhady AM, as the inaugural Chair of the Board of DisabilityCare Australia.
The Board will set the strategic direction of DisabilityCare Australia and play an important role in safeguarding its financial sustainability, including by commissioning and considering actuarial advice in its decisions.
The Australian Government has appointed Dr Rhonda Galbally AO as the Principal Member of the Independent Advisory Council.
The Independent Advisory Council will help to ensure that the Board has a ready source of advice from the perspective of people with lived experience of disability.
The Council is made up of people with disability, their carers, those experienced in service delivery and disability in rural and remote areas and those with skills, experience or knowledge in the supply of equipment, or the provision of services, to people with disability. Its membership comprises a majority of persons with disability.
For more information, please visit: http://jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/node/2423?utm_source=Jenny+Macklin&utm_campaign=2a3e67e3b7-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bb0519422a-2a3e67e3b7-312727257
DISABILITY CARE AUSTRALIA TWITTER FEED
If you are on Twitter and wish to follow DisabilityCare Australia you can do so by searching for the Twitter handle: @disability_care
Call for HWA National Fellowships Applications are now open for HWA’s 2013 National Fellowship Initiative.
HWA is offering 20 fellowships – worth up to $20,000 each – for high quality research projects that contribute to clinical supervision and/or health workforce innovation and reform in the Australian health sector.
Successful projects will:
Applications close on 31 July 2013 at 5.00pm (Central Standard Time). Late submissions will not be considered.
Successful applicants will be announced at the HWA Conference in Adelaide in November 2013.
Fellowships have to be completed within an eight month period, from November 2013 to July 2014.
For more information or to apply click here.
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