NDIS: A Mental Health Perspective


Brunswick East, Victoria



An informative performance about navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme and its implications on mental health matters.



Directed by Dave Barclay and written by consumers for consumers.



Thursday 13th October, 2-4pm




1/22 Aintree Street


Brunswick East, Victoria



Free entry; refreshements provided.


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To mark the 20th anniversary of the beginnings of the consumer workforce, VMIAC, as the peak body for consumers, has announced it will sponsor an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of consumers and consumer workers.


The inaugural VMIAC consumer awards will consist of 6 Awards for Consumers who have made a significant contribution to consumer work, either paid or voluntary, and that raises the voice of consumers and contributes to improvement of consumers experiences in Victoria. All awardees will receive a handmade glass trophy, with the lifetime achievement award also receiving a grant of $2000 and all other awardees receiving a grant of $500.


The VMIAC Consumer Awards will be held at the Northcote Town Hall from 6pm to 9pm on Friday the 16th of October.


For more information or to register for this event please go to the VMIAC website or head to the Eventbrite page here:






Peer Support and Mental Health Webinar
Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)

On the 1st August, I was fortunate enough to take in a webinar to provide information on peer support to disability service organizations as part of the NDIS.  The webinar was hosted by the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC). VMIAC is the peak body for mental health consumers in Victoria and has a diverse range of peer networks in the DSO initiative.
The webinar highlighted the strong tradition of peer support in mental health, the evidence base and some of the many ways in which mental health peer support is done.
There was discussion around how the role of mental health peer workers (who have a lived experience of mental ill health and recovery) is a powerful community support for people, and how valuable they have been in the DSO initiative.
The webinar also covered:
• Stories of recovery within peer groups and the place of peer groups in people's re-connection with the community
• The role NGOs play in establishing and supporting peer groups
• People's experience of supporting peer group members living with mental health challenges
• Issues around diverse gender and sexuality.

Craig Wallace from VMIAC (host)
Bianca Childs, Project Manager, Centre of Excellence in Peer Support (CEPS)
Rick Corney, Coordinator Wimmera Peer Support Group (Horsham)
Debra Parker, Coordinator Victorian Mental Health Peer Collective (Bendigo)
Sam Brand, Coordinator Outminds (Prahran).

The webinar was held on Monday 1 August 2016. To view the webinar, click here.





2016 dialog: peer worker conference

Brook RED, Queensland
November 16th and 17th
Victoria Park, Brisbane

Brook RED is delighted to be hosting the 2nd annual dialog conference. This year the conference will bring peer workers together for two amazing and inspiring days of exploring perspectives on peer work and the themes of hoping together, working clever and leading change.

For more information, and to go on their mailing list, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here.