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Changing the Services Landscape - Call for Abstracts

The MHCC ACT Conference Planning Committee invites paper and presentation submissions for their 2014 conference.

Conference Title: Changing the Services Landscape; Choice, Control and Possibilities for Consumers Carers and Service Providers

Conference date: Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 June.

Submission Closing Date: Submissions must be received by COB on Friday 28th of February 2014.

Theme: Changing the Community Mental Health Service Delivery Landscape in the ACT


• Recovery

• Co-design & Collaboration

• National Disab


Meet Your Carer Representatives forum - Tuesday 25 February

The first Networking & Consulting Forum for 2014 will provide mental health carers with an opportunity to meet with their representatives. Carer representatives will be available to chat with you in an informal setting, and to provide you with information on the range of topics covered by their participation on local and national committees. Representatives are keen to hear from you, and to listen to any concerns you may be experiencing in the mental health system.


Extreme Heat Warning

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly and ACT Ambulance Service Acting Chief Officer Mr Howard Wren today warned Canberrans that prolonged extreme heat conditions are again forecast for the ACT this week from Wednesday 29 January lasting until at least Monday 3 February 2014.

"It is important that the ACT community does not become complacent to the risks associated with prolonged periods of hot weather. We all remain susceptible to heat-related stress and illness, which can range from mild to very serious. However, the elderly, young children and babies are most at risk during extreme heat events, Dr Kelly said. "People with illness and chronic medical conditions and pregnant women may also need extra monitoring and care during hot weather.


headspace — Australia’s innovation in youth mental health: who are the clients and why are they presenting?

headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation is the Australian Government’s major investment in the area of youth mental health. The National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NSMHW)revealed that one in four young people experience a clinically relevant mental health problem within any 12-month period, compared with one in five in the general population.

Click here for the full study published by the Medical Journal of Australia.


LIFE News - Issue 29

LIFE News is the online newsletter of the National Suicide Prevention
Strategy in Australia. Published bi-monthly, LIFE News features project
profiles, discussion questions, events, and more.

Click here for LIFE News 29.


ACT seniors alert - Extreme heat forcast for the ACT this week

The ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Paul Kelly, and ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer, Mr David Foot, have alerted Canberrans to the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast for prolonged heat conditions occurring in the Territory from this week.

Every year many Australians suffer from heat-related stress and illness which can range from mild to very serious.

ACT residents are


Carers ACT Opening Hours

OPEN: The 1800 242 636 number is contactable from 9.00am to 5.00pm each working day.

CLOSED: Wednesday 25 December, Thursday 26 December, Friday 27 December, Wednesday 1 January, Tuesday 27 January.

The after hours service will operate during public holidays.

FRASER HOUSE: Closes Monday 23 December at 4.00pm. Reopens Thursday 2 January at 9.00am.

THE COTTAGE: Closes Monday 23 December at 6.00pm. Reopens Thursday 2 January at 8.30am.


Anglicare report confirms that disability support programs must take into account the needs of carers and families

Carers Australia welcomes the report released by Anglicare yesterday on Caring for a Child with an Intellectual Disability and Challenging Behaviours. The report dramatically highlights the strain on families caring for such children. Access to suitable, affordable respite care to allow families to take a break from focussing on the care and management of the child and to spend some time focussing on themselves and each other is paramount among these needs.


How will mental health developments affect you and your family?

A Mental Health Carers Networking & Consulting Forum

Find out the latest mental health news and their impacts on you and your family by joining in a conversation with:

  • Ms Katrina Bracher, Executive Director, Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol & Drugs Service Division
  • Mr Richard Bromhead, Manager, Mental Health Policy Unit, ACT Health
  • Ms Wendy Kipling, ACT NDIS Taskforce.

This forum will provide you with an opportunity to ask our line-up of experts your questions about current and future health infrastructure developments, mental health reforms, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Date:               Tuesday 19 November


A submission by Carers ACT: Review of the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994 (ACT) - Second Exposure Draft Bill

Click here to download A submission by Carers ACT: Review of the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994 (ACT) - Second Exposure Draft Bill May 2013


New Carers ACT Disability e-Bulletin

Carers ACT have released a new e-Bulletin to keep carers informed and up to date with the latest news about DisabilityCare. Click here to download the Disability e-Bulletin.



Mental Health Coordinating Council - Recovery Orientated Language Guide

"The Mental Health Coordinating Council have developed this Recovery Orientated Language Guide because language matters in mental health. We must use words that convery hope and optimism and that support, and promote a culture that supports, recovery". The guide can be downloaded here.


Carers ACT’s submission to the 2013-14 ACT Budget

Carers ACT 2013-14 ACT Budget response focuses on four strategic priorities for carers and the people they support. These include:

  • Supported accommodation for people with disability and people with mental illness
  • Enhanced flexible respite services
  • Transition of young people with disability to adulthood
  • Training for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), aged care and mental health reform.

Click here to download the Carers ACT’s submission to the 2013-14 ACT Budget.


February 2013 - Mental Health Foundation Directory of Services in the ACT

Click here to download the Mental Health Foundation Directory of Services in the ACT. Click here for more information about the Mental Health Foundation ACT.


VACANCIES - Mental Health Carer Representative Positions

Mental health carers are invited to consider nominating for a carer representative position, through the Mental Health Carers Voice program, on the following committees and working groups:

Calvary Hospital Mental Health Management Committee

For more information about this Committee, click here for a copy of the Terms of Reference.  Further questions about the role may also be directed to Chrissy English, Volunteer Services Manager, on 6201 6646 or 0467 790 863.

Health: Division of Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol & Drug Services (MHJHADS)

  • Risk Management
  • Smoke-Free Evaluation Working group


WA Carers Guide

A guide for carers on information sharing with mental health clinicians has been developed in partnership between the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, University of Western Australia; the Mental Health Division; the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and Carers WA. The Guide relates to the WA Mental Health Act, but its content is relevant to all carers, consumers and mental health service providers. You can access the Guide here.