Ministerial Brief : Priorities and Recommendations for Victoria’s Ten Year Mental Health Plan
This ministerial brief has been prepared by a working group from the Consumer Workforce Partnership Dialogue Forum.
The Consumer Workforce Partnership Dialogue Forum includes many of Victoria’s leaders in the consumer workforce. Forum participants have been invited from every publicly funded mental health service in Victoria, and include many people with decades of experience as advocates, consultants, academics and peer workers. Every one of us has a lived experience of being a consumer of mental health services, and we each hold a personal experience of recovery.
The Consumer Workforce Partnership Dialogue Group has prioritised and detailed three sets of issues and a total of 42 recommendations for Victoria’s Ten Year Mental Health Plan. These priorities incorporate the top issues in Victoria’s mental health sector, including both clinical and community settings, from the perspective of the people who use these systems and the perspective of the consumer workforce (which includes both past and present consumers of mental health services).
The priority issues are:
1. Create genuine choice
2. Implement trauma informed care and practice
3. Build the consumer workforce
Click here to read download the ministerial brief
Webinar: Peer Leadership in Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Services
Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) specialty services are exploding around the U.S. following the recent 5 percent Mental Health Block Grant set-aside for early intervention services. While many EIP programs include (or plan to include) some element of peer support and/or family support, questions remain as to how to ensure meaningful peer involvement that significantly impacts services.
In this webinar, the presenters will discuss both the real-world challenges of robust peer involvement and the potential for such involvement to transform – rather than merely augment – services across the domains of planning, service delivery, policy, and evaluation. The webinar will also cover strategies and insights from the Hearing Voices Movement and similar approaches. It will explore the meaning of young people’s experiences and the impact of such experiences on vocational and social identity.
Nev Jones from Stanford University, who is a lived experience consultant for a number of mental health forums in California, is wanting to discuss some of the critical issues in how peer leadership ends up being transformative rather than token.
It also features the very highly respected Berta Britz who is a big peer leader in the US, involved in both establishing hearing voices groups there and in developing training and certification for peer workers.
This webinar will be held on Thursday May 28 at:
4:00-5:30 AM EST (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory)
3:30-5:00 AM CST (South Australia and the Northern Territory)
2:00-3:30 AM WST (Western Australia)
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Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) Feed the Soul Event
Eating Disorders Victoria provides services to anyone in Victoria affected by an eating disorder, such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder. They provide counselling, education and information for people with eating disorders, their families and carers to promote early identification and intervention of eating disorders so as to reduce their incidence and manage their impact. They also provide services to anyone affected by eating disorders, regardless of their age, gender, or background, because eating disorders affect almost a million Australians and less than 4 in 5 of them receive any treatment.
Certificate IV Mental Health Peer Work Resources
The Mental Health Peer Work Qualification Development Project aims to develop and support a nationally recognised qualification for peer workers (Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work) to help facilitate broader engagement of peer workers throughout the mental health sector.
The development of the qualification has involved a rigorous process with input from technical and advisory groups including peer workers and people with a lived experience.
The first batch of training and assessment materials are now ready for registered training organisations (RTOs) across Australia to use. These allow RTOs to deliver the Peer Worker qualification for the consumer and carer peer workforce. All resources are freely available. The development of the resources was informed by broad consultation and national advisory groups including carer and consumer peer workers and services who support peer workforce. The training materials will be released in stages over the next few months. Once each module is piloted, it will be made available for free online. Interested parties and RTOs are encouraged to access the materials here.