National Mental Health Sector Reference Group Communique Released: Spotlight NDIS Issue 12

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The National Mental Health Sector Reference Group (NMHSRG) has released its Communique from the 6th March 2017 meeting.

The NMHSRG provides expert advice from a cross section of the mental health sector to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) about the integration of psychosocial disability and mental health into the Scheme. The NMHSRG is also an important mechanism for information sharing across the mental health sector and the broader community.
The meeting was well attended with members focusing on the important work underway in transitioning to a national Scheme and planning the integration of mental health and psychosocial disability into the NDIS.


Dr Peggy Brown Announced As Speaker for Metro North Health Forum: Spotlight News Issue 12

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Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) and Brisbane North PHN are hosting the fourth Metro North Health Forum on Wednesday 31 May 2017 at the Royal International Convention Centre.

National Mental Health Commission Chief Executive Officer Dr Peggy Brown will be presenting at the Forum in the Recovery, Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs stream. Involved in mental health leadership and advocacy roles for 30 years, Peggy has a strong understanding of the many challenges involved in meeting the social and health needs of people with mental health and substance use issues.

The Forum will provide up to date information in the areas of:

  • health care for older people
  • mental health, alcohol and other drugs
  • initiatives connecting care for people.

It will be an opportunity for you to learn first-hand how MNHHS and Brisbane North PHN are working together with a focus on integrated care. The forum presents a networking opportunity for people working in health and community services as well as consumer and community groups.

For further information, visit the Brisbane North PHN website.


Stronger Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants: Spotlight Funding News Issue 12

Queensland Mental Health Commission logoQueensland local government, non-government and community organisations are invited to apply for up to $50,000 under our Stronger Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants Program 2017–18.

These grants are available to enable organisations to implement innovative, locally-led, collaborative initiatives that support the implementation of particular priorities under the Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019.

This year’s round of grants will support evidence-based initiatives that promote social inclusion and reduce stigma and discrimination by encouraging community participation for people experiencing mental health problems, mental illness or problematic alcohol and other drug use, or who have been affected by suicide.

The Grants Program will also consider the needs of groups that are at a greater risk, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people living in rural and remote Queensland, people who identify as LGBTIQ and other groups at risk of marginalisation.

The total investment for this year’s Grants Program is $600,000.

Applications must be received by 3pm on Friday, 30 June 2017.

For further information, visit the Queensland Mental Health Commission.


Help Communify to Help the Community this Winter: Spotlight Member Activities Issue 12

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QAMH member organisation is Communify Queensland, is inviting all community members, staff, students and volunteers to declutter their wardrobes and donate any unwanted clean clothes, shoes, books and accessories for its Wrap Up For Winter event.

The event, scheduled for 14th June 2017, offers community members a chance to ensure they are prepared for winter, and can stay healthy, over winter.

Donations can be dropped at the entrance of Jubilee Hall at 180 Jubilee Tce, Bardon (Mon- Fri 9am-5pm).

For further information, see the event flyer.



Reform, Revolution and Disruption in Mental Health Care: Spotlight News Issue 12

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New South Wales National Mental Health Commissioner, Jackie Crowe has written a powerful piece for the Public Health, Research and Practice journal entitled Reform, revolution and disruption in mental health care: A consumer’s perspective.

Jackie posits that we are experiencing a revolution, as consumers of mental health care services and their families are demanding a seamlessly integrated health care system and transparency in their care and support, and are now empowered to express it through social media and other digital tools.

She further warns that organisations and service providers must now include consumers, families and the community in their processes to ‘stay relevant and competitive in a changing market’.

We encourage you to read this insightful article.


Call for Feedback on NDIS Code of Conduct Discussion Paper: Spotlight NDIS Issue 12

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The Department of Social Services is calling for feedback on the recently released discussion paper on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Code of Conduct.

The discussion paper continues the conversation with stakeholders about a Code of Conduct for the NDIS. Part 1 of the paper explores the need for an NDIS Code of Conduct, how the Code of Conduct will protect people with disability, and how it will support providers and workers. It addresses the following questions:

  1. Why do we need an NDIS Code of Conduct?
  2. What is proposed to be included in the NDIS Code of Conduct?
  3. Who will be covered by the NDIS Code of Conduct?
  4. How will the NDIS Code of Conduct be applied?


Part 2 of this paper expands on the draft NDIS Code of Conduct. It explains each obligation in detail and provides scenarios demonstrating how the obligation applies to providers and workers.

For further information, visit the Department of Social Services website or read the discussion paper.

Read Community Mental Health Australia’s submission.


Survey Examining Relationship Between Gratitude and Caregiver Burden: Spotlight Call to Action Issue 12

Murdoch University logoMurdoch University is conducting a study to establish whether feelings of gratitude influence the burden experienced by carers of people with severe mental illnesses.

The researchers are calling for people to help them understand this important issue by completing an online questionnaire. This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee: Approval  number: 2016/215.

Further details can be found in the Survey Information Letter.

Complete the survey.


beyondblue Seeks Gay Men’s Stories of Support to Gay Friends & Partners: Spotlight Call to Action Issue 12

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beyondblue, the National LGBTI Health Alliance and the Movember foundation, are developing a website to help Australian gay men support the mental health of their gay friends and partners.

To ensure the resource is the most helpful that it can be, they want to share your stories on the website about reaching out to gay mates or partners to check in on their mental health.

beyondblue will share excepts of your de-identified stories on its gay men’s website and in promotional material for beyondblue and partners.

They are seeking stories specifically from gay men who have ever reached out to gay mates or partners to check in on their mental health. If you have a friend or contact who you feel would like to take part, please feel free to share this link with them.

For more information, visit beyondblue.


Call for EOI: Launching Pad – Consumer & Carer Participation Training: Spotlight Call to Action Issue 12

Brisbane North PHN LogoBrisbane North Primary Health Network (PHN), supported by Brisbane Partners in Recovery, is offering 10 scholarships to attend “Launching Pad” – Consumer and Carer Participation Training.

This training is ideal for people with a lived experience who are currently and/or wanting to participate through a ‘representative type’ role on committees, project reference groups and/or other ways and utilise their ‘lived experience and recovery’ in their role.

Please find attached the Expression of Interest application form with further details.

Workshop 1:      Consumer and Carer Participation (26 June 2017)

Workshop 2:      Creating recovery dialogues (27 June 2017)

Workshop 3:      Recovery and Advocacy (28 June 2017)

Closing date for EOI’s in 9am Monday 5 June.  No late applications will be accepted.

The selection panel will be meeting during this week.  And successful applicants will be notified on by Friday 9 June.


List of Independent Patient Rights Advisors: Spotlight Information and Resources Issue 12

The Mental Health and Other Drugs Branch of the Department of Health has developed a list of Independent Patient Rights Advisors (IPRA) within the Hospital and Heath Services. This list is current as of May 2017.

Download the list of Independent Patient Rights Advisors within the Hospital and Heath Services.