Past Events

NDIS Focus Group for Mental Health Carers 30 May 2013

In response to demand, Wendy Kipling from the ACT NDIS Taskforce has offered to run a focus group for mental health carers to consider:

 The focus group will involve some possible scenarios that are relevant for mental health carers.  This get-together is an opportunity for you to raise questions about what the NDIS may mean for you and your family. NDIS is now known as DisabilityCare Australia.
 
When:                  Thursday, 30 May, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Where:                The Hub, Carers ACT, 80 Beaurepaire Crescent, Holt
RSVP:                    mhcarers@carersact.org.au; or phone Rosie on 6296 9900.In response to demand, Wendy Kipling from the ACT NDIS Taskforce has offered to run a focus group for mental health carers to consider:

 The focus group will involve some possible scenarios that are relevant for mental health carers.  This get-together is an opportunity for you to raise questions about what the NDIS may mean for you and your family. NDIS is now known as DisabilityCare Australia.
 
When:                  Thursday, 30 May, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Where:                The Hub, Carers ACT, 80 Beaurepaire Crescent, Holt
RSVP:                    mhcarers@carersact.org.au; or phone Rosie on 6296 9900.

Subsequent to the Medicines forum, Len Kanowski has generously offered to provide Mental Health First Aid training at no cost to mental health carers:

Dates:                   Thursdays 23 and 30 May, 6 and 13 June
Time:                    1.00-4.00pm
Location:             Carers ACT, 80 Beaurepaire Crescent, Holt
Cost:                      Free to current mental health carers living in the ACT.

This is a wonderful training opportunity for mental health carers. Participants will be awarded a certificate of completion. It is therefore vital that you are able to commit to attending on each of the four, three hour sessions. Places are limited to 16 participants, so if you wish to undertake the training please reserve your place as soon as possible by phoning Rosie on 6299 9900 or email mhcarers@carersact.org.au.

Navigating the Mental Health System
Knowledge about how to navigate the mental health system is a huge issue for people who have just entered the ‘system’, but also for those people who may be unaware of the diverse range of services and supports that are available for people living in Canberra. A panel of speakers comprising a mental health consumer and carer, and representatives from key mental health organisations, will share information and provide resources. Click here to read flyer.
Date:                   Thursday 16 May
Time:                   9.30 – 12.30pm
Location:             Conference Room 1, Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon (see below 
                            for parking and Action Bus details)
Cost:                   Free. Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided at the end.
RSVP:                  By 9 May. Phone Rosie on 6296 9900; or email mhcarers@carersact.org.au


Well ways workshop – preparing for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and mental illness  
Well Ways Building a Future workshop, to ensure carers feel empowered to make decisions within the NDIS. Implemented by Mental illness Fellowship Victoria, this free three hour workshop will be delivered by a trained facilitator who has a lived experience of caring for a family member or friend with a mental illness.

Time:                   1.30pm – 4.30pm
Date:                   16 May
Location:            Conference room 1 Rex Hotel, Northbourne Avenue, Braddon

To register phone Kate Higgens (03) 8486 4282 or email khiggins@mifellowship.org by 13 May. Click here for the flyer.

Parking: There are 50 parking spots at the Rex Hotel, first in first served! There is on street parking around the streets, some free, some longer stays than others. Girawheen Street East and West car parks (8 minutes walk) and 48 Mort Street Braddon (9 minute walk). Across from the Rex Corner of Northbourne Avenue and Ipima Street is an ANU student accommodation, it is permit parking, if you park there is at your own risk.

Action Bus links:

Civic to Braddon bus numbers 39, 31, and 58
Belconnen to Braddon bus numbers 31, 7 and 300
Gunghalin to Braddon bus numbers 59, 52, 58 and 56

The Second Exposure Draft Amendment Bill of the Mental Health (Treatment & Care) Act will be available for comment from April 2013. Carers ACT will be hosting a consultation with mental health carers.
Date:                     29 April
Time:                    12.00pm – 2.00pm
Location:             Riley Hall, Pilgrim House Conference Centre, 69 Northbourne Avenue, Civic
Cost:                      Free. Lunch will be provided
RSVP:                    Phone Rosie on 6296 9900 or email mhcarers@carersact.org.au if you would like to attend.

Were you aware that there are 190,000 medicine-related hospital admissions in Australia each year?*  The first Mental Health Carers Voice Forum for 2013 is focusing on medicines and carers.  Click here for the Forum Agenda. The purpose of the forum is to provide mental health carers with information, resources, and strategies that support the safe use of medicines.  A panel of engaging guest speakers will present on issues relating to the safety and use of medicines and carer issues:

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A with participants. 
* See www.nps.org.au for more information about the findings of a survey released by NPS Medicinewise in 2012.

October 2011


Carers Week - 16 to 22 October 



Tuesday 25 October

On Course for Carers: Asthma Foundation

Join us for a presentation by Claire of the Asthma Foundation. This will include information on symptoms, triggers, COPD and asthma first aid. This is vital information if you are caring for someone who suffers from asthma or if you have asthma yourself.

 

September 2011


Tuesday 27 September

Carers Day Trip to the Tulip TopCome and join us for a day at the lovely Tulip Top Gardens.

Entry fee, lunch and transport provided.