WAAMH delivered an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Showcase Day in April in collaboration with the National Disability Coordinating Officer hosted by Edge Employment, Alex Murphy.
Over 40 participants from Disability Employment Services and mental health services attended and had the opportunity to network during the day. Philleen Dickson presented on the evidence-based supported employment model, having been a senior IPS Employment Consultant in New Zealand for three years prior to commencing her role as Sector Development Officer with WAAMH in October 2012.
Guest Speaker Steven Cook, Manager for Kimberley Personnel, spoke about his first-hand experience of developing an IPS partnership with Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Services in Broome, giving those present an insight into making IPS a reality in Western Australia. Participants also heard from a consumer and carer on their perspectives on employment.
Capacity Building Grants Invitation to submit an Expression of Interest
WAAMH has been funded $500k by the WA Mental Health Commission (MHC) to make grants available to MHC funded organisations for the purpose of enhancing sector capacity to engage in the reform processes for the funding and contracting of community services, set out in the Government of Western Australia, Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy (May 2011) (the DCSP Policy).
Earlier this month WAAMH sent out an invitation to organisations to submit an Expression of Interest for a capacity building grant, due Friday 10 May.
For a copy of the Expression of Interest criteria or to discuss WAAMH’s work in this area, please contact Jacqui Bell <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Exciting training opportunity - limited places available!
The Mental Health Commission has up to four places available in the coming Optimal Individual Service Design (OISD) training presented by Dr Michael Kendrick.
This is an in-depth training course developed and presented by Dr Kendrick of the USA. Co-presenting will be Neil Barringham from QLD.
The training will be for 10 days in two blocks of five-days during May and June 2103. This training is highly regarded and has been provided in over 20 locations across the world by Dr Kendrick. The training is intense and requires significant commitment from each participant to complete the course. There is considerable course pre-reading and some early evening discussions required throughout the two weeks of training. As a result only those that are keen to participate and who can attend both weeks of the training should indicate their interest. Although the training requires focused participation it is a strong mixture of both academic information and practical application.
If you have any further queries and/or you would like to take up positions, please respond to Alison Elgar, Program Support Officer, Services Purchasing & Development, Mental Health Commission, email: <Alison.Elgar@mentalhealth.wa.gov.au> Tel: 6272 1255 by 3 May.
WACHS Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference 2013
17-19 September 2013
From country to coast – adaptation and change
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS WORKSHOPS AND SYMPOSIUM
This year’s conference is being hosted by the WA Country Health Service and the Wheatbelt Mental Health Service in Northam. The Conference will explore the changing face of rural mental health service delivery, in response to the evolving challenges presented by social, economic, environmental, cultural and substance use issues.
The conference will be located at the Bridgeley Community Centre in the heart of Northam, Western Australia.
WAAMH welcomes Gaurav Chawla as Manager at Grow WA.Born in India, later working for commonwealth government in the United Kingdom, Gaurav moved to Perth to work in community services, managing an office dealing with drug and alcohol issues. Gaurav also volunteers his time teaching kitesurfing and yoga at City Beach.Grow is a community mental health movement with a 12 Step Program of personal growth organised and led by people who are recovering from or who have recovered from mental illness or disorder such as depression or anxiety, or from various other personal challenges of life. Gaurav is looking forward to using his marketing skills to promote positive mental health messages. Visit www.grow.net.au to find out more about their programs of work.
For workers in non-government organisations who have clients with mental health and alcohol and other drug issues.
The Drug and Alcohol Office and Mental Health Commission would like to invite you to attend this free 2-day course, which is designed to build on existing skills and develop new practices for working with people with co-occurring disorders. This training will focus on developing screening, assessment, harm reduction, relapse prevention and motivational interviewing skills and has been designed particularly for workers in non-government organisations across all sectors.
Courses will be held 8 - 9 May 2013 or, 12 - 13 June 2013
Apply now for a grant to fund a small project to help improve the quality of life for an individual or group. The Friends of Heathcote Trust Fund tries to help as many applicants as possible each year.For more information visit, http://www.waamh.org.au/grants/friends-of-heathcote-grants-2013 to download an application form.
Schizophrenia Awareness Week (SAW) 12-18 May
MIFWA’s Public Forum and Q and A – Physical health and wellbeing, diabetes and smoking
This is a community event which is being held as part of Schizophrenia Awareness Week (SAW).
SAW aims to:
raise community awareness of Schizophrenia and other mental illnesses
raise community awareness about the physical health of people with mental illness
address the stigma in the local community surrounding mental illness
WAAMH would like to congratulate Ernie Hansen from the MIFWA's Lorikeet Centre for the successful publication of their poetry collection in the book Open Your Mind. This collection was compiled through a poetry competition organised for Mental Health week 2012.
Four star review! from amazon! “Congratulations on such a beautiful publication. It is filled with such charm and uplifting spirit. “I’m OK” by Simon Mulder is quite haunting. Yet, there was positivity in there too. Baffling! Love it!” Lisa Barrett, Connect Groups
We look forward to engaging as many members as possible with Mental Health Week 2013.
Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA) has an interim Executive Director
Julian Gimpel has left CoMHWA and taken up a position with another organisation. Rhianwen Beresford will be acting as Acting Executive Director on a part time basis until such time as the CoMHWA board recruits a new Executive Director. Rhianwen has a background in the mental health sector across roles including service management, consumer representation, project and advocacy. She has previously been a CoMHWA board member for three years and has remained a member and supporter of CoMHWA since her departure from the board last year.
CoMHWA’s current office hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.00am-5.00pm.
Implementing trauma informed care in services and systems - Thursday 16 May
There is a strong body of evidence indicating that services and programs can aid the recovery process of people who have experienced trauma, by providing a safe and supportive environment and by minimising retraumatisation.
Relevant for workers, policy makers and service managers in both government and non-government mental health and alcohol and other drug services.
Nancy Poole will focus on implementing a system-wide trauma informed approach at this free seminar. Registration is essential – enquiries to Tracey Cullen, 6272 1245 or email <email@example.com>
Carers WA calling for comment regarding the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS)
Carers WA are currently undertaking research in order to prepare a submission to the Department of Health regarding the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS). This Scheme subsidises travel and accommodation costs for patients and/or their carer when travelling distances of more than 100km from their home to attend a specialist service that is not available in their area. Carers WA have been notified by carers and people working within the health sector with regards to inadequacies of the program. Carers WA would welcome carer stories regarding any adverse issues that people have experienced in relation to accessing PATS. Please forward any responses to Delese.Betti@carerswa.asn.au by COB Friday 24 May 2013.
Investing in families and communities - FRSA National Conference 2013
Call for Papers
Applications close Friday 10 May
In 2013, the FRSA National Conference will focus on the theme ‘Investing in Families and Communities: Prevention +Integration + Innovation’. Presentations and workshops will explore how the three overarching themes - prevention,integration and innovation - can occur within the service areas of mental health, family law, child-protection and wellbeingand universal and targeted support. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD service providers to submit papers under these themes.
This conference will attract up to 550 delegates who come from a range of contexts including service delivery, senior management, policy development and program administration. The discussion of our sector’s big issues as well as the sharing of best practice service delivery methods will ensure that in the future the most effective services are provided to all children, families and communities. Please call Mandy on (02) 6162 1811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.