Australasian Schizophrenia Conference
23-25 September 2015
Oral and poster submissions now open.
More information and registration details
Carers ACT has launched a new community mental health guide. Carers ACT, in partnership with ACT Medicare Local (ACTML), have launced Canberra’s first online Services Guide specifically aimed at ACT Mental Health Carers. The online tool has been a consultative project with close consultation with carers, the community and mental health sectors. Click here to go to the website.
Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) provides Health Professional Development training around Australia – up to 10 workshops a month.
For more information about the training please follow this link; http://www.asca.org.au/Education-and-Training/Calendar-of-Events.aspx
14-15 September, 2015
How you and your community can succeed to help people be and stay at home. Are you inspired by helping people with disability, mental illness or frailty from age, stay in their homes and thrive in rich communities?
What we do next will help shape the next generation of community care in Australia.
Check it out here. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=127195&
Early Bird shuts 3rd July and is currently $450p.p for 2 days.
Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 09:55
Source: Probono Australia
The Federal Government has announced the members of a new Carer Gateway Advisory Group to lead an initiative to support Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers.
The Government announced $33.7 million in the 2015 Budget to build a national carer gateway and to integrate supports for carers to help them get the support they need.
The 12-member Carer Gateway Advisory Group includes a mix of experts from service providers, peak bodies and individuals with a lived experience as a carer.
The Assistant Minister for Social services, Senator Mitch Fifield said the group would draw on this extensive experience to make sure the carer gateway meets the needs of carers across the country.
“From December 2015, the national carer gateway will be the front door for government support and information for all carers, regardless of who they care for,” Fifield said.
“Hard-working, time-poor carers will have a single phone number and website with a service finder where they can quickly find relevant information about the services available to them.
The Minister said research began this month and includes a survey, focus groups and one-on-one interviews with carers from a range of backgrounds.
The first meeting of the Advisory Group will take place on 6 July in Canberra.
Carer Gateway Advisory Group members are:
Senator Fifield said this represents a funding boost of $20 million across more than 1,200 providers from four separate Commonwealth-funded community care programs as they transition into the single, streamlined CHSP.
He said from 1 July 2015 the CHSP will be the new entry level to aged care services, bringing together Commonwealth Home and Community Care, planned respite from the National Respite for Carers Program, Day Therapy Centres and Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged into one streamlined program.
This is an open letter to The Hon Sussan Ley, Minister for Health, regarding establishing an Expert Reference Group to guide the implementation of the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services.
The six signatories (MIFA, SANE, Mental Health Australia, Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia, Mental Health Carers Arafmi (WA) Inc., & Mental Helath Carers Tasmania) are concerned current consumer-led recovery, whole of family, peer work and related practice and issues are not adequately addressed by the current membership of the Expert Reference Group.
You can read the letter here.
Mind Australia’s Hawthorn office will be relocating to Rosanna in July. The Carer Helpline (1300 550 265) will continue to operate as normal. Carer support groups, counselling, education and respite services will also continue to run throughout this transition. The move will allow for consolidation of staff and services in order to provide even better referral support and pathways, and builds a strong platform for the implementation of Mind’s Family and Carer Strategy. Any queries can be directed to the helpline (1300 550 265).
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