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The CORE Project
General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, University of Melbourne
The CORE Study is giving a voice to consumers and the carers of people experiencing mental illness and staff to truly work together to identify the areas in community mental health services that could change and collaboratively develop solutions.
CORE is about working together to find out your needs for mental health services and to understand your experiences of recovery.
To understand your story as someone who experiences mental illness we want to hear how you feel about your quality of life, health, and other areas of your life. We want to build a picture about this over the next three years.
If you are eligible and agree to take part, CORE will ask you to answer some questions every nine months for three years about recovery and quality of life.
Answering questions will take about 40 minutes. They’ll also ask if you want to be involved in working with them and your local mental health community support service to find out what could be improved in mental health services.
For more information contact a member of the CORE Study team on 1800 721 513. For more information, click here.
The Compassionate Friends
Support for Bereaved Parents & Siblings
The Compassionate Friends is a mutual assistance self-help organisation offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents and siblings following the death of a son or daughter, brother or sister, at any age and from any cause.
The primary purpose is to assist them in the rebuilding of their lives after the death of their child or sibling and to support their efforts to achieve physical, emotional and mental health.
The secondary purpose is to provide information and education about bereaved parents and siblings. The objective is to help those in the community, including family, friends, employers, co-workers and professionals, to be supportive. TCF is part of a world wide self help organisation that was established in Victoria in 1978.
There is a support network of self-help groups in urban and regional Victoria. It is run by bereaved parents who themselves have been helped by the organisation and who volunteer their services in turn to help others. No distinction is made or creed or ethnicity.
“It is finding a place where you can try and participate again in life when you are struggling to keep going and where just getting out of bed every day can be a victory.” To read Lindy's Story, click here
TCF Contact Details:
Phone: 03 9888 4944
Free Call: 1800 641 091
(Country Victoria and Tasmania Only)
Mental Health Conference Funding Program
Mental Health Australia
The Australian Government Department of Health funds the Mental Health Conference Funding (MHCF) Program to provide limited financial assistance to support mental health and/or suicide prevention themed conferences and events. This program is managed by Mental Health Australia on behalf of the Department.
The objective of the MHCF Program is to both promote the involvement of consumers and carers at mental health themed conferences and events, and support the delivery of those events with a mental health clinical/professional focus.
The next funding round will open in March 2015, with applications closing COB Thursday 12 March 2015.
Full details of the program and applications guidelines can be downloaded from the Mental Health Australia website (click here).
Mental Health Peer Support Forum Summary
The Prime Ministerial Advisory Council
The Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and the Department of Defence (Defence), held a public forum on mental health peer support at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra on Wednesday, 26 November 2014.
The forum provided an important opportunity for participants to share expertise, experience and information on the role of peer support in supporting mental health recovery, and to contribute to the design and development of the Government’s Peer to Peer Support Network Programme pilot for members of the ex-service community.
Several rounds of group discussions were held for participants to contribute views and insights into the design of a national peer to peer support network.
The complexity of this topic invited broad discussion, but considerable consensus was achieved by participants in a number of areas including:
- Clarity of the peer support model, including well-defined goals, scope, roles outcome measures and evaluation planning
- Collaboration and synergy with existing ESO, mental health/peer services, DVA and the ADF to develop and refine the programme
- Deliver consistent and quality training
DVA will consider these views as it continues work on development of a national peer to peer support network. The Council will continue to take a strong interest in the progress of the implementation of the programme.
For further information, click here.