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Carers ACT 2016 Mental Health Forum

"Are we there yet?" Untangling the changes to mental health in Australia

Our 2016 forum “Are we there yet?” shall focus on bringing order and clarity to the many changes that are occurring in the mental health sector in the ACT and nationally. We shall endeavour to sketch where Australia is likely heading with current reforms and what still needs to be done. 

We are delighted to welcome Ms Janet Hopkins, senior consultant at ConNetica as facilitator and guest speakers; Mr Frank Quinlan, CEO Mental Health Australia and Ms Katrina Bracher, Executive Director at ACT Health and more to come!

The four topics of the session are:

  • National reform

  • NDIS and psychosocial disability

  • ACT Health and stepped-care

  • What do we want our mental health system to look like anyway?

Following a break for lunch, we shall be  engaging in a large question and answer session with the guest speakers and further expertise from the mental health space. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Date //     Wednesday 6 July
Time //    10:00am - 2:30pm
Venue //  ANU Commons, Corner Rimmer and Kingsley St Canberra
Cost //     $10 Carers / Supporters, $25 Mental Health Sector Workers (lunch and morning tea provided)  
RSVP //  By Wed 27 June. Click here to book on Eventbrite. For information email or call 6296 9936 for more information.

Mental Health Carer Drop In

Mental Health Carers are invited to join us for some lively discussion over a biscuit and a cuppa. Held on the last Friday of each month these sessions:

* Focus on a different topic each month * Talk about the NDIS and raise any questions or concerns * Are driven by carers’ interests and concerns

Discussion Topic: Psychosocial disability and NDIS planning

Date //    Friday, 27 May
Time //    2.30pm - 4.00pm
Venue //  Carers ACT, 80 Beaurepaire Cres, Holt
Cost //     FREE (afternoon tea provided)
No RSVP required // Contact or 6296 9936 for more information. Click here for the flyer

Carers Voice Online SANE June Forum


Each month SANE runs an online forum for people to contribute to discussion about a range of mental health topics, often with guest speakers from key organisations.

Topic Tuesday: June topic TBC

Date //    June date TBC
Time //    7:00pm onwards
Go to //   Carers Voice SANE forum by clicking here. Register for the event  here .

Speak up about future carer support!

An Integrated Plan for Carer  Support  Services is in the pipeline to better assist and support unpaid carers. Part of this plan is the introduction of a Carer Gateway which will offer a national website and phone network to help connect carers with local supports. A draft Service Concept has been written in collaboration with experts and carers and it outlines the types of services that could be offered using a new service delivery model. Have your say about the draft by submitting your comments here by 2 June. 

Suicide Research: Survey Opportunity

Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) and the University of New England invite you to participate in a national research project investigating the exposure to, and impact of, suicide in Australia. The goal is to understand how individuals are affected by suicide and lead discussion about future funding. To complete this survey, click here

Carer Rep Training Opportunities

We are pleased to offer a series of training and information sessions for our current carer representatives and those interested in getting involved in Carers Voice in some way. Come and learn more about the program that gives carers their voice!

DBT Information Session for Carers

Presented by carer advocate Natalie Malcolmson. This evidence-based cognitive therapy has been successful in managing a range of mental health issues including self-harm, suicide ideation and borderline personality disorder (BPD). Places are limited. Book early.

Date //    Thursday 26 May
Time //    10.00am - 12.00pm
Venue //  Carers ACT, 80 Beaurepaire Cres, Holt
Cost //    FREE 
RSVP //  By Monday 24 May to or 6296 9936 for more information. See flyer here

Self Care for Carer Advocates

Presented by Moira Murphy (Counsellor Carers ACT). This session discusses the benefits of talking and sharing caring experiences in advocacy work, safe and unsafe story telling and tools for self care.

Date //    Thursday 2 June
Time //    10.00am - 12.00pm
Venue //  Carers ACT, 80 Beaurepaire Cres, Holt
Cost //    FREE 
RSVP //  By Monday 30 May to or 6296 9936 for more information. See flyer here

Carer Representative Opportunities

Would you like to volunteer your time by working directly with ACT Health to get mental health carers issues heard?

Our Carer Representative program is a group of dedicated volunteers with mental health caring experience that sit on ongoing committees or short term working groups working on various aspects of mental health. We receive invitations from ACT Health for passionate carers who are looking to get to the heart of the systemic issues and work to improve ACT Mental health care for carers. 

A number of opportunities have become available for mental health carers to sit on committees and speak up on carers issues!
  • ACT Health, Reducing Aggression Steering Committee
  • Adult Mental Health Unit, Consumer and Carer Feedback Quality Committee
Contact Sarah at for more information about these roles and responsibilities.


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