Commission Update enewsletter August 2014: Issue 06
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Welcome to the new look Commission Update enewsletter!

After some of your feedback, we will now be sending monthly updates with links directly to our website for more up-to-date and succinct news. We will feature a personal story quarterly, with more regular profiles on our Facebook page.


Our news

Updates from the Commission


Deputy Commissioner receives TheMHS Achievement Award

Bradley Foxlewin has been recognised for his independent research into the significant reduction in the use of seclusion at the Psychiatric Services Unit (PSU), Canberra Hospital.

Deputy Commissioner Bradley Foxlewin

Commissioner at 15th International Mental Health Conference

"For the Commission, the most compelling evidence is lived experience ... People must be put at the heart of policy and law making and service delivery."


Visit to Royal North Shore's Assertive Outreach team

"This is a great service, demonstrating that people with longer term needs can be safely and effectively treated and supported ... in the community."


Commissioner speaks at Official Visitors Program conference

John Feneley spoke in his keynote speech about the reform of mental health services in NSW.


Community visit to Nepean and Blue Mountains

The Commissioner recently visited mental health services in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, to gain insight into local mental health needs.

Colin Lenton, John Feneley, Alison Sneddon, Janine Prendergast

From around the web

Updates from the mental health sector


SANE online forums

Peer to peer forums are moderated and anonymous for all people who understand what it’s like to live with mental illness.


NSW Child Development Study

Help shape the future wellbeing of Australian children.


Out & Online

A mental health program, funded by beyondblue and specifically designed for same-sex attracted youth, is being trialled online.


Upcoming events

Upcoming events in the mental health sector


Body Image Awareness Week

1 - 8 September, nationwide


National Australian Health Promotion Association Conference

4 - 5 September, Alice Springs


NSW Rural Health and Research Congress

9 September, Dubbo


World Suicide Prevention Day

10 September, worldwide


Australian Society for Psychological Medicine Biennial Conference

12 - 14 September, Byron Bay


Mental Health Matters Awards

30 September, Sydney


Living well tip

We recently saw this sticker in a BUPA branch.

Research shows that keeping active can help with sleep, mood, energy and generally increase wellbeing and vitality - get moving!

Feel better: exercise can help relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression