The consumer and carer guide to advance statements under the new Victorian Mental Health Act is now available on the Department of Health’s website. This information is for people who may be thinking of preparing an Advance Statement and for those who may be helping someone write an Advance Statement. For further details click here.
Date: Wed 6 Aug 2014
A care provider says it is likely some people seeking mental health treatment in central Victoria will be placed on a waiting list because it cannot meet the demand for help.
Mind Australia is one of the agencies that won a Victorian Government contract earlier this year to replace St Luke's Anglicare as the local provider.
It officially took over the role last week after a transition period.
However, Mind Australia's Margaret Grigg says so far her agency has been unable to find enough resources to cater for all the patients needing treatment.
"They may very well have to wait," she said.
"As I say, at this point in time I think we're unclear how many people will have to wait or how long they might need to wait for.
"There will be some support available to them while they wait but that will be much less support than we provide people when they're able to come into the program."
A State Government spokesman says changes to the mental health system will improve and increase services but acknowledges reform can be difficult.
Full article can be found here.
Mind are currently recruiting for volunteers on the mental health carer helpline and the training is coming up soon in July as well.
Training will be held ( over 4 days) from 09.30-1.30 pm at the Hawthorn office. The dates for the training are July 24th & 25th followed by the next week on July 29th & 30th .
Please see the attached the volunteer application form.
If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Neha on 03 9810 9300.
As of today the new 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.
Anyone can contact the commission to talk about their concerns. T
This means that consumers, carers, family members, friends, advocates, staff and any other person who has concerns about a person’s experience with a public mental health service can make a complaint to the commission.
What kind of complaint can you make?
You can talk to them about any concern or complaint about public mental health services in Victoria.You can also talk to them if your complaint is about not receiving a service.Even if it’s not something that they are able to deal with, they will help you find the best person to talk to and help you.
Mental Health Complaints Commission Website: http://www.mhcc.vic.gov.au/index.htm
You can make an enquiry or complaint by
VMIAC and Tandem in collaboration with regional DoH, centralized intake services and local providers where possible, are conducting information sessions for consumers and carers on the transition arrangements of the MHCSS reform. If you are supporting someone who may be affected by this reform, this information session will inform you about the transition details in your regional catchment area. Please forward to your carer networks and/or carers that you know are likely to be affected by the MHCSS change. If you are not able to attend an information session, but would like more information on the reform please ring the carer MHCSS information line on 1800 314 325 (free call).
Apologies for late notice to Gippsland and Bendigo/Castlemaine. As you will be aware things are now moving very fast in this space!
Consumer and Carer Information sessions on MHCSS reform
Where Date / Time / Venue
Warrigal - Wednesday 25 June 11am-12.30 pm Warragul MI Fellowship, Warrigal Neighborhood house, Normanby Street Warragal
Wonthaggi - Wednesday 25 June 2.30pm Wonthaggi , Wonthaggi Information Centre
Castlemaine and Bendigo - Thursday June 26-Castlemaine and Bendigo -venues TBC (for further information ring 1800 314 325)
Ringwood - Tuesday July 1st: MI Fellowship Ringwood-Federation Estate, room 5 , 32 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood 1.30pm
Mildura - Wed July 2nd: Mildura -Venue TBC (for further information ring 1800 314 325)
Ringwood - Thursday 3rd: EACH, 15 Greenwood Avenue Ringwood 1-3pm
Echuca - Friday 4th: Echuca 11.30-1pm Venue TBC (for further information ring 1800 314 325)
Peninsula - Monday 21 July : Peninsula Carers Council: Venue TBC (for further information ring 1800 314 325)
Please note for further information about the information sessions or to request a session in your region please ring Tandem, formerly the Victorian Mental Health Carers Network on 1800 314 325. More information will be sent about other sessions as they become available
The Victorian Mental Health Carers Network (VMHCN) is pleased to announce the launch of a dedicated carer’s hotline to assist families and carers with information about the PDRSS reform and the transition process to the new system of Mental Health Community Support Services.
VMHCN will be operating the hotline during office hours Monday-Friday, and will also provide an e-mail inquiry address for out of office hours. The hotline is designed to assist carers in navigating the complicated transition process from the current PDRSS system to the new MHCSS.
Carers will be provided with up-to-date, factual information designed to increase understanding of the system change, provide clarity around transition arrangements, and to offer impartial advice and assistance for all carers. Services are encouraged to inform carers and consumers about our hotline numbers. Our partners at VIMIAC will also be operating a similar hotline for consumers.
VMHCN and VIMIAC are also available to meet with groups of carers and consumers respectively to discuss any concerns they may have during the transition period and provide advice to you on how best to support clients and carers during the transition period. For further details ring the carer hotline.
CARER HOTLINE NUMBER: 1800-314-325
Hotline email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: May 19, 2014
Source: The Age
Author: Henrietta Cook and Richard Willingham
At least 25 specialist mental health organisations helping the homeless, domestic violence victims and young people face an uncertain future after the Napthine government stripped them of funding.
Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge recently announced the winners of the government's recommissioning of community mental health services but the move has been described as the ''corporatisation of welfare'' by many organisations.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/mental-health-funding-cuts-spark-fears-of-social-mess-20140518-38hz9.html#ixzz32yB1ENqH
These interactive workshops for families and carers of NDIS participants delivered by the Association for Children with a Disability and Carers Victoria.Confident Connected CarersFree interactive workshops for families and carers of NDIS participants delivered by the Association for Children with a Disability and Carers Victoria.On this page...Have you completed the planning phase of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?
Are you feeling unsure about next steps?
Confident Connected Carers is a free interactive workshop for families and carers of NDIS participants.
Through Confident Connected Carers you will learn skills to assist you to:
The workshop will also give you a chance to meet with other families and carers to share ideas and experiences.
Feedback from the first Confident Connected Carers workshop held in Geelong was very positive. When asked ‘What was the best thing about this workshop?’ some of the responses we received were:
Upcoming workshopsFor NDIS participants 18 years and older
Friday 30 May 2014
9.30am to 2.30pm (includes lunch)
Barwon Health Newcomb
Community Health Centre
104-108 Bellarine Highway, Newcomb 3219
Register by Tuesday 27 May
To register call Carers Victoria on 1800 242 636
For NDIS participants 0 - 18 years old
Thursday 29 May 2014
9.30am to 2.30pm (includes lunch)
Barrabool Hills Baptist Church
4-34 Province Bvd, Highton 3216
Register by Thursday 22 May
Thursday 12 June 2014
9.30am to 2.30pm (includes lunch)
Colac Community Library and Learning Centre
173 Queen St, Colac 3250
Register by Thursday 5 June
To register call ACD on 1800 654 013
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