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)
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.
The draft model has been co-designed in consultation with carers and organisations that support them such as Carers ACT.
Visit https://engage.dss.gov.au/a-new-integrated-carer-support-service-system/ to view the model.
An update on the Adult Community Mental Health Service
Model of Care
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Our February Drop-in shall be a consultation on the model of care for the new Wellways Women's Mental Health Service. You'll have a chance to learn about the service and what it will offer, as well as provide your feedback about what would make the service better for mental health carers. More details below
When // Friday 24th February
Time // 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Where // Carers ACT, 2/80 Beaurepaire Crescent, Holt
RSVP // No RSVP necessary, contact email@example.com if you would like more information, or call 6296 9952
In partnership, Mental Health, Justice Health, and Alcohol and Drug Services ACT (MHJHAD), Wellways will provide a Women’s Mental Health Service. The program will provide short to medium term supported accommodation for Women over the age of 18 experiencing a mental health issue. The program will operate under a gender informed model that understands that the experience and impacts of mental illness will be different for women than for men over the course of the illness.
The Women’s Mental Health Service (WMHS) will aim to fill gaps in service delivery between acute and inpatient unit services and less structure programs that can be provided in the personals usual environment. The period of time between relapse and recovery is known to clinicians as a time of heightened risk when individuals frequently describe demoralisation, depression and alienation if they are not able to integrate and contextualise their experiences. Conversely, it is a time when proactive support, education and treatment interventions can have specific and heightened potency as a counterbalance to these negative dynamics.
Additional goals of the program will be to:
And is responsive to the needs of women:
Founded on recovery principles, the WMHS will aim to support women to transition back to their usual place of residence after a period of increased risk or mental ill health. The focus of the program will centre on minimizing the impact and risks of frequent and long-term acute admissions to the inpatient unit. The program will also support, where appropriate, to assist individuals to remain connected to their community and engaged in education and employment. For families and carers the program aims to assist them to build and maintain a positive relationship with their family member with mental illness.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about these roles and responsibilities.
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