The Long Term Unemployment Conference is currently calling for applications to be a speaker at the event in August 2014. The theme of the conference is ‘Building Capability’, to better understand the social implications of long term unemployment and employment creation programs. This is a great opportunity, particularly for consumers and carers, to have your voice heard. If you are interested in speaking at or attending the conference visit the website for full details.
Voluntary Mental Health Respite: Carer Support (MHR:CS) is seeking carers of someone with a mental illness who live in the Brimbank, Hume and Darebin areas for a new program. The program will provide carers with training and employment options whilst increasing their connectedness with the community.
The 2.6 million informal carers in Australia who provide essential support for friends and family with disabling conditions are at high risk of developing mental health issues, and need more adequate support to avoid creating a further group of people with a disability, according to research presented at the 48th APS Annual Conference in Cairns.
We Care, a collection of stories, photographs and artwork about young people in caring roles, is now available as an ebook. Congratulations to Marija and Vanessa who compiled and designed this book to help raise awareness of young people with caring responsibilities. We’d also like to extend a thank you to all the families who contributed.
REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN
20 & 21 February 2014
Aerial UTS Function Centre, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW
At the 2014 Summer Forum we will work together to understand the experience of trauma, workplace culture and systems of care that traumatise. We will discuss workplace health and safety issues. We will address psychological as well as physical safety for people working in mental health services, focussing on creating healthy organisations, building trust and using a trauma-informed framework to create workplaces which value mutual respect, creativity and good practice. TheMHS 2014 Summer Forum will bring together experts from across the mental health system to seek solutions this complex issue.
FEATURED SPEAKERS INCLUDE
Professor Patrick (Pat) McGorry AO, Australian of the Year 2010, Executive Director, Orygen Youth Health,
Emeritus Professor Kevin Gournay Professor of Psychiatric Nursing, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
Cath Roper, Consumer Academic Centre for Psychiatric Nursing, The University of Melbourne
Nichole Sullivan, Clinical Practice Leader, Mission Australia, NSW Youth Alcohol and Other Drugs Services
Register Online – (Earlybird before 17 Jan 2014)
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Are you an adult member of a farming family?
Have you lost someone close to you through suicide, accidental death, homicide or a death by unknown cause or intent?
Do you live in Victoria’s Western District or NSW’s Hunter New England Region?
Researchers at UNE and National Centre for Farmer Health are exploring the lived experience of farming families impacted by bereavement through external causes (suicide, accident, homicide and unknown cause/intent).
To learn more contact Alison Kennedy on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.farmerhealth.org.au.
The purpose of this research is to obtain a snapshot of the mental health of trans people living in Australia. The study is completely anonymous, and involves taking a questionnaire online. Open until 31 December 2013.
To learn more or take part in the study go to www.transoz.org.
The Austin Hospital’s Respecting Patient Choices Program is currently conducting research on the feasibility of using advance statements for mental health treatment. The researchers are seeking family members and people who care for a person with mental illness to complete an online survey about their experiences of the mental health system and their attitudes about the possible use of advance statements.
Download a flyer with more information
SANE Australia has recently released a report on its investigations into the challenges for people living with mental illness as they grow older. Growing Older, Staying Well: Mental health care for older Australians is based on interviews with people living with mental illness, and makes recommendations on what actions should be taken to improve services for people with mental illness as they grow older.
Read the SANE Australia report here.
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