Get Involved in Mental Health Advocacy!

Carers Voice is a program for mental health carers to inform service delivery and policy development in the ACT. We do this through supporting carers in; 

See below for our upcoming events and opportunities to influence change in the mental health system!

Integrated Carer Service System (ICSS)
Share your thoughts on a draft model for a future carer services and supports system

Carers ACT ICSS Information Session

The Australian Government is implementing an Integrated Plan for Carer Supports to improve access to information and services for all carers. 
It has been designed with four primary objectives; 

  • to encourage and normalise the use of services that are proven to help carers, earlier in their caring journey
  • to help more carers across Australia to use carer support services
  • to deliver a service carers will value
  • to provide a service carers find easy to access and use.

The draft model has been co-designed in consultation with carers and organisations that support them such as Carers ACT. 
 
We are hosting an information session for carers to learn about the new model, understand how the model may change service delivery for carers and ask any questions you may have. This will also be an opportunity for you to give direct feedback on the ICSS. 

Date // Monday 12 December 2016 
Time // 6:00pm
Venue // Carers ACT, 2/80 Beaurepaire Cres., Holt
RSVP // Please email RSVP@carersact.org.au

You can also provide feedback online through completing a carer survey or by written submission. If you prefer a hardcopy survey please ring our reception desk on 02 6296 9900 and we will provide one for you to complete, please note that these will need to be received by Carers Australia by the closing date below. 

Visit https://engage.dss.gov.au/a-new-integrated-carer-support-service-system/ to view the model and to complete the online survey . 

Participation is voluntary and survey responses anonymous. The Carer Survey closes at 5pm on Friday 16 December 2016.

 

An update on the Adult Community Mental Health Service

Model of Care
The much anticipated draft ACMHS MoC is ready for external consultation! The framework was initially consulted on in workshops and forums with carers and and consumers in 2014 and has undergone a very detailed planning process in order to develop a model that will best meet the needs of the ACT now and into the future. The full Model of Care can be accessed in the link below, however we have also summarised some key aspects of the Model below; 

  • The Adult Community Mental Health Service sits between primary mental health, (such as seeking a mental health treatment plan from a GP) and tertiary mental health (such as being an inpatient in a mental health treatment facility). It provides mental health treatment and support in community setting, provided by ACT Health. 
  • Currently, services that are considered part of the Adult Community Mental Health Services are The Mobile Intensive Treatment Team (MITT), Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) and the services provided by the mental health teams at Woden Mental Health, Belconnen Mental health and more. 
  • As part of the many changes to ACT Health Mental Health Service delivery, it was decided that the ACMHS needed to be further developed in order to improve treatment options in the community, including increased capacity and increased accessibility,and a focus on keeping people well in the community.
  • The Model more closely parallels the important developments of The Mental Health Act 2015 including, supported decision making and including carers in treatment discussions
  • In The Model components are based upon 5 key functions that the service needs to incorporate namely; 
    • Access Assessment and Triage
    • Acute Response and Intensive Home Treatment
    • Community Recovery Service
    • Assertive Community Outreach Service
    • Individual Therapies

We will be providing carers with more information, including a forum on The Model early in the new year. If you would like to read the draft ACMHS MoC click here and if you have any comments to feed into the committee please email them to mhcarers@carersact.org.au

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  * Are driven by carers’ interests and concerns

We are closed for the December Christmas Break from the 5:00pm on the 23rd of December till 9:00am on the 3rd of January. We are therefore not having a mental health carer drop in in December, however we wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you in January. 

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!
Contact us mhcarers@carersact.org.au for more information about these roles and responsibilities.

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