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September 2016

WAAMH eNews

In this Issue

MESSAGE FROM ROD ASTBURY
 
MENTAL HEALTH WEEK
Get ready for some live basketball action!
Feel like laughing?
Family Fun Day at Elizabeth Quay
Workplace Wellness Seminars
Raising Resilient Children forum
Tell us about your Mental Health Week activity or event
Murray Street Mall Awareness Stall
Last chance to showcase your services to WA
MHW grants reach out to rural areas
 
SECTOR DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING
Revenue support and consulting for NFPs
Certificate IV in Mental Health – 2017 registrations open soon
Report: What are the health, social and economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people?
 
ADVOCACY & REPRESENTATION
Welfare reform
NDIS expansion
Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability is consulting on the NDIS in WA
 
EVENTS
Mental Health Community Leadership Network - Members Forum 21 Sept.
WA Mental Health Conference 2017
Carers Week 2016
Compass Masterclass Series
Understanding Psychosis workshop
Domestic & Family Violence and the Law: Accredited Training
Mental Health First Aid Course
De-escalation Techniques workshop
Mental Health Communication
Thrive one-day workshop
Co-existing Disorder, Addiction and Mental Health

MESSAGE FROM ROD ASTBURY

WAAMH’s members have the opportunity to contribute to the strategy for the state election campaign through the Community Mental Health Leadership Forum on 21 September (the agenda and other details are below).

WAAMH is also working with mental health carer and consumer representative organisations, and other peak bodies to identify and progresson a common agenda across the community sector.

Mental Health Week in 2016 is shaping up to be the biggest and best of all with an extraordinary number and variety of local community events being hosted throughout the state. The exciting program is outlined below and there are many opportunities to get involved!

The International Initiative in Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) is meeting in Australia early in 2017 and WAAMH is very pleased to be co-hosting a two-day exchange on the topic of indigenous leadership in mental health as part of the program. Watch out for further information in future editions of eNews and for more information about IIMHL click here.

Rod Astbury
Chief Executive Officer
WA Association for Mental Health

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK

Get ready for some live basketball action!

DON'T miss out on all the fun watching the Perth Wildcats take on the Cairns Taipans in their first home game for the season, as we officially tip off Mental Health Week 2016.

Staying active and being part of a club or sports group is great for our mental health. To acknowledge this, Mental Health Week WA is hosting this year's Opening Ceremony at Perth Arena to watch our home team play. There will plenty of mental health information available, plus freebies, activities and games.

Tickets from $20. Secure your seats now at Ticketek. 
More information on the event, here.  

Feel like laughing?

JOIN us again for a side-splitting night of comedy showcasing some of Perth's funniest talent. This year, Stand Up! for Comedy will be part of Mental Health Week's Closing Ceremony on October 15.

Tickets only $36. Free tickets for consumer and carers available. Get your tickets and find out more here. Part proceeds will be re-invested back into community mental health. 

Seize the opportunity to also promote your brand or services in our comedy night program which will be distributed to the many hundreds of attendees expected at the event.

More details on advertising here: http://mhw.waamh.org.au/2016-events/event-details?id=168

Family Fun Day at Elizabeth Quay

FOR the first time in our Mental Health Week calendar of events, we are bringing you a free, all ages Family Fun Day at Perth City’s brand new development, Elizabeth Quay.

This fun and social event will be set outdoors as participants are encouraged to come and try a range of activities to challenge themselves and their family, including hula hooping, yoga, netball, volleyball and giant knitting.

We'd love to see you there as we sing Happy Birthday to WAAMH and celebrate 50 years.

For all the event details, go to: http://mhw.waamh.org.au/2016-events

Workplace Wellness Seminars

WORKPLACE mental health is now a permanant fixture on the Mental Health Week target list.

This year we are running two lunch time seminars on both Monday 10 October and Wednesday 12 October at the Central Park Theatrette, thanks to the support of Rio Tinto and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Special guest speaker is the engaging and knowledgeable, Blooming Minds director Tasha Broomhall.

For more details or to register, visit our events page or download the brochure.

Raising Resilient Children forum

BUILDING on the success of last year's inaugural parents night in Mental Health Week, another complimentary information session will again address how to help young people flourish, raise emotionally resilient children, embrace creativity, spot early warning signs as part of prevention, and instill mentally healthy behaviours and attitudes.

The forum will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday 11 October at Perth College in Mt Lawley.

Speakers include: The Very Reverend Richard Pengelley - Dean of Perth and advisor, host and presenter for the Positive Schools Mental Health and Wellbeing Australia-wide conferences; Cassie Fox-Kirtisingham - founder of IZRA.

Question time, refreshments and networking included. 

Thanks to the support of our event sponsor Anglicare WA.

Register here.

Tell us about your Mental Health Week activity or event

WAAMH would love to know what you have planned for Mental Health Week and share it with the whole community on the Mental Health Week website.

Register your event here: mhw.waamh.org.au/register-an-event

Stuck for ideas? Attend one of our official events during the week or have a look at some of our suggestions. There are activities to suit every budget and environment. We even have free resources and ideas to help you get started. 

See all the MHW 2016 events so far, here.

Murray Street Mall Awareness Stall

ORGANISATIONAL members of WAAMH are invited to submit printed materials and merchandise to display and distribute to the general public during Mental Health Week.

Our annual stall in the heart of the Perth CBD on a busy working week day usually attracts hundreds of shoppers and city workers alike. Your community services and programs are often the first step for someone seeking help or advice.

We will be in the Murray Street Mall on World Mental Health Day,
Monday, 10 October. 

If you are a mental health service with full membership, please deliver your material to WAAMH in person at:
Address: Level1, 1 Nash Street, Perth WA 6000 (Type 6 Aberdeen Street into iMaps for nearest street corner and directions to Nash.)
Or via post to:
Mail: PO Box 8482, Perth WA 6849

Email enquiries regarding this opportunity to communications@waamh.org.au

Last chance to showcase your services to WA

THERE is only one week left to secure your advertising in the special Mental Health Week edition in the Health + Medicine lift-out in The West Australian.

Download prices and brochure. 

Discounted advertising in this supplement is open to mental health support providers, hotlines, hospitals, clinics, care services, health facilities and events supporting Mental Health Week, as well as all major sponsors and partners of mental health associations.

The supplement, supported by Mental Health Week principal supporter, Lotterywest, will aim to to reach around 602,000 Wednesday readers state-wide, to promote positive attitudes and highlight important mental health and suicide prevention services.

For more information on rates and to book, contact Eithne Healy at The West Australian on (08) 9482 3559 or eithne.healy@wanews.com.au or click here for more information or here for rates.

MHW grants reach out to rural areas

HUNDREDS more people around the state - inparticluar those living in regional and remote communities - will benefit from increased access to local mental health resources and awareness, thanks to WAAMH's annual community grants program, supported by Lotterywest and the WA Primary Health Alliance.

Local community events will run alongside a series of events hosted by WAAMH in Perth and around WA during Mental Health Week, from 8 – 15 October 2016.

The successful Mental Health Week 2016 grant recipients were:

• headspace Albany
• City of Gosnells
• Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre Inc
• South West Aboriginal Medical Service
• headspace Bunbury
• GP down south
• Denmark Riverside Club Inc
• Dowerin Community Resource Centre Inc
• DAYS (Drug and Alcohol Youth Services) Mission Australia
• Gnowangerup Community Resource Centre
• Kalgoorlie Boulder Community High School
• OzHelp Foundation
• Kondinin Community Resource Centre
• Shire of Manjimup
• Merredin Community Resource Centre
• Shire of Narembeen
• Avon Youth Community & Family Services Inc
• Pingelly Community Resource Centre
• Silverchain
• Ngaarda Media Aboriginal Corporation
• Youth Involvement Council - YIC
• Shire of Ashburton
• West Arthur Community Resource Centre
• Shire of Wongan-Ballidu

To see what they have planned and when their events will run, sign up for our Mental Health Week updates and check out the events page.

Thanks to the Mental Health Week 2016 partners, supporters and sponsors. 

 

SECTOR DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING

Revenue support and consulting for NFPs

IF you're looking for assistance in delivering your social mission and  being financially sustainable at the same time, then Accelerated Development may be they key.

This consulting firm aims to enhance the capacity of the not-for-profit sector. Accelerated Development offers a range of services to will help NFP organisation better understand its current strengths and weaknesses. 

It can assist in the development and evolution of revenue models for long term benefits. For more information, please visit: www.accelerateddevelopment.net.au 

Certificate IV in Mental Health – 2017 registrations open soon

THIS nationally recognised training course, specialises in Community Mental Health Recovery and psycho-social rehabilitation. The accredited six month course has been very popular again in 2016 and two classes hace recently completed their course.

Enrolments for the next Certificate IV course are scheduled to commence in February 2017 and registration will open soon.

Once again, the six month course will be offered in two formats through a week day option. To register your interest in the next Cert. IV Mental Health course, click here or to find out more about the course click here.

Report: What are the health, social and economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people?

THE Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute has published a report finding that supporting homeless people and those at risk of homelessness into public housing in WA reduces their use of health services as well as the frequency with which they do so. Read the entire report here.

ADVOCACY & REPRESENTATION

Welfare reform

A ‘SURPRISE’ move to cut the Disability Support Pension from people charged with serious offences and in psychiatric confinement has arisen again after a failed attempt to pass it in 2015. Now it’s been inserted into the Commonwealth’s Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016 tabled in Parliament this week.

Following advocacy from WAAMH and others, Labor and enough cross benchers blocked the change in 2015. WAAMH has made a submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee examining the Bill. The committee will report on 13th September.

Read WAAMH's submisison here.

NDIS expansion

THE National Disability Insurance Scheme is attempting to support as many eligible people as possible living in the trial site expansion areas to ensure funding for its plans can commence on 1 January 2017.

If you are a mental health consumer, carer, family member or service provider and know someone who may be eligible, would like to access the NDIS and lives in the local government areas of Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, York and Northam, contact Denise Hughes at Denise.Hughes@ndis.gov.au to discuss getting access to the scheme.

Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability is consulting on the NDIS in WA

The Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability (MACD) is consulting WA stakeholders on what they expect from the NDIS.

To enable MACD to hear directly from people with lived experience and mental health organisations, WAAMH is organising a mental health specific meeting with the MACD on 19 October - keep an eye on WAAMH's web and newsfeeds for more details coming soon.

You can also provide direct input on new discussion papers produced and distributed - including a brief one on psychosocial disability by Friday 16 September 2016.

EVENTS

Mental Health Community Leadership Network - Members Forum 21 Sept.

MEMBERS of WAAMH have a last chance to register for our next members forum focusing on ongoing dialogue and co-creation. 

The agenda for this first meeting of the network includes:

  • The Reform Environment: A systems perspective
  • Exploring key issues and challenges:
  • Primary Health Networks (PHNs)
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • Justice reform – the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act (CLMIA)
  • Resourcing and Implementing Better Choices, Better Lives the MHC 10 Year Plan
  • Service Reform – personalisation, co-production, peer work, outcomes
  • Stakeholder Guidelines for Community Service Procurement (DCSP Policy) – theory and practice
  • Pre Budget Submission: Getting the 10 Year MH Plan back on track
  • Moving forward: The Role of the Mental Health Community Leadership Network

Future meetings will shape WAAMH’s agenda in the lead up to the state election in March 2017 and dive more deeply into particular mental health reforms.

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, 21 September
Time: 9am - 12:30pm
Venue:  City West Lotteries House, 1 Delhi St West Perth
Cost: Organisational members: $40; Waged Individual Members: $10, Unwaged Individual Members: Free

To register visit here.

To renew your membership visit here.

WA Mental Health Conference 2017

SAVE the date and start thinking about any content you want to present at The WA Mental Health Conference on 13 -14 July 2017 at the Perth Concert Hall.

Call for Content opens in October and you can sign up to receive all conference-related updates in the interim here: waamh.org.au/wa-mental-health-conference-2017/contact-us.aspx

The conference will provide a forum for learning, development and networking with a holistic, person-centred perspective, based on recovery principles. It aims to engage the full spectrum of WA's mental health sector and community. 

Learn more at waamh.org.au/conference

Carers Week 2016

PEAK carer body, Carers WA is hosting social support events all around Perth during its annual Carers Week, 16-22 October.

Events will be held in Perth, Carine, Burswood, Canning Vale, Belmont and Joondalup. For all the details, dates and venues, dowload the flyer. 

For more information or to RSVP to any of these events please contact the Carers WA Events Team on 1300 CARERS (1300 227 377) or email events@carerswa.asn.au

Compass Masterclass Series

A SERIES of sunrise sessions and masterclasses built around the theme of 'Navigating the current and future territory of disruption across the community sector' have been developed by CommunityWest.

The six sessions can be attended on an individual basis, however it is recommended to attend all six to gain the full benefit. 
Click here for pricing and more information.

Understanding Psychosis workshop

A PRACTICAL and accessible workshop designed to help mental health workers, and others who may have contact with people experiencing psychosis.
Where: Workzone Building, Level 1, 1 Nash Street, Perth
When: 14 September 2016
Cost: Members $195 / non-members $245
Register here.

Domestic & Family Violence and the Law: Accredited Training

THE Women's Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services (WA) are offering accredited training featuring a host of presenters and information stalls.
Where: City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi Street, West Perth
When: 15 September, 8:30am (register) - 3:30pm
Click here for more infomation.

Mental Health First Aid Course

THIS two-day interactive course is designed to equip you with the skills and resources to recognise and respond appropriately to someone experiencing a mental health crisis, until professional help arrives.
Where: Workzone Building, Level 1, 1 Nash Street, Perth
When: 20 & 21 September 2016
Cost: Members $395 / non-members $445
Register here.

De-escalation Techniques workshop

THIS course can assist service providers and front-line staff to respond appropriately to threatening, violent, aggressive and other unexpected or inappropriate behaviour.
Where: Workzone Building, Level 1, 1 Nash Street, Perth
When: 27 September 2016
Cost: Members $195 / non-members $245
Register here.

Mental Health Communication

WHETHER you are a specialist service provider in the Mental Health Sector or someone dealing with the general public, a strong suite of communication skills for engaging with people experiencing mental health difficulties is essential.
Where: Workzone Building, Level 1, 1 Nash Street, Perth
When: 29 September 2016
Register here.

Thrive one-day workshop

THRIVE is a one-day introduction to understanding mental wellbeing and maintaining our psychological health. Packed with tips to build resilience, manage emotions, reduce stress and achieve balance, think of this workshop as a health kick for your mind!
Where: Workzone Building, Level 1, 1 Nash Street, Perth
When: 13 October 2016
Cost: Members $195 / non-members $245
Register here.

Click here to view a list of all WAAMH's upcoming events.

Co-existing Disorder, Addiction and Mental Health

THIS one-day workshop examines the complex relationship between substance use or addiction and mental health problems and will address questions such as: What is the relationship between substance use and mental health issues and does one cause the other, or why do they so often occur together?
Where: Workzone Building, Level 1, 1 Nash Street, Perth
When: 19 October 2016
Register here.

WA Association for Mental Health

1 Nash Street Perth WA 6000

       

 

Tel 08 6246 3000
waamh.org.au
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