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Consumer & Carer Workshop – CALHN Community Mental Health Service Planning (Friday August 2nd)

This is the third workshop focused on redesigning Community Mental Health (CMH) Services across Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN), Eastern and Western Community teams.

This workshop will focus on the current stage of service delivery planning looking at:

  • the types of treatments and therapies CALHN CMH can provide
  • how CMH supports shared and transfer of care for people using services
  • entry and exit processes for CMH

A light lunch will be provided. Register online here or phone 7087 1807 with enquiries.

Town Hall Meeting – Making Connections with National Mental Health Commission (Monday August 26th)

The Connections project is a nation-wide conversation about the future of mental health and suicide prevention in Australia.

The National Mental Health Commission will be visiting the community in Adelaide to connect with you to hear about your individual experiences of the mental health system.

Every Australian is welcome to be actively involved in helping us change the system for the better.

Your input will be at the centre of the Commission’s 2030 Vision on the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians.

Refreshments will be provided.

For any information on accessibity or other requirements at the Town Hall meeting please contact the Connections team on community@nmhcconnections.com.au or call us on 1800 220 246.

More information about the Connections project can be accessed here.

Community Workshop – Adelaide PHN Mental Health Services Charter (Wednesday September 4th)

Adelaide PHN, the Mental Health Coalition of SA and the SA Mental Health Commission is working in partnership to develop a Mental Health Services Charter.

The Charter will outline principles that mental health service providers can commit to, and importantly, actions that will ensure the principles are embedded in the way mental health service providers work.

Initial consultation of the draft Charter is via an online survey, followed by a workshop to endorse the principles and begin working on a plan to ensure the principles are put into practice.

If you would like any further information, contact Anna DiSalvatore on 8219 5900 or via email adsalvatore@adelaidephn.com.au  

Contribute Your Stories – Onkaparinga headspace and Partners

Are you caring for a young person with mental health challenges? Or, are you a young person caring for a family member? If yes, we want to help share your story in our upcoming Carers Zine! 

You might not think of yourself as a “carer”, you might just consider yourself a parent, brother, sister, or friend. However you still play an important role in your loved ones recovery, and we want to give you a chance to share your experience. We believe your story might help other people in similar situations. 

We are looking for any story expressions, whether that’s written pieces, artwork, poems, anything! 

To learn more and share your experience, email Tanya at tblazewicz@sonder.net.au .

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Representative Opportunity - Lived Experience Reference Group with the SA Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (Closes Wednesday July 31st)

The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist acknowledges the expertise of both consumers and carers to co-design the implementation and improvement of mental health policies and services.

Members of the Lived Experience Reference Group (LERG) contribute by: influencing improvement in the quality of services, the experience of people using services and those who care for them, and ultimately the quality of life for people living with or recovering from mental illness; promoting the participation of people with lived experience across mental health services and within the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist; and representing the view of a range and diversity of consumer and carer experience and knowledge.       

If you are interested in becoming a member of the LERG complete this Expression of Interest Form before 31st July 2018, with “Expression of Interest – LERG” in the subject line and email to Health.StatewideLivedExperienceRegister@sa.gov.au

Representative Opportunity - Orygen Youth Advisory Council (Closes Sunday July 21st)

The Youth Advisory Council is a group of up to nine young people from around Australia charged with providing strategic advice, direction and overall development with regard to the work of Orygen and in particular the organisation-wide Youth Engagement and Participation program.

Youth Advisory Council members will constitute a mix of young people with a lived experience of mental ill-health and those with a particular passion or interest in the field of youth mental health and capacity for advocacy at a national level.

If you have any questions or need assistance to complete your application contact Kristi van-der-EL (Youth Engagement Program Manager at Orygen) on youthparticipation@orygen.org.au or 0421 762 524.

Representative Opportunity - Orygen Youth Research Council (Closes Sunday July 21st)

The Youth Research Council is a group of up to nine young people who will be charged with the responsibility of providing strategic advice and guidance to Orygen on matters related to our research work, in particular this will see the council work closely the Research and Translation area of Orygen. The council will meet monthly to actively contribute to discussions around areas of research, development of the research question(s), recruitment strategies, design and development of research measures and creative ways to disseminate research findings.

Youth Research Council members will constitute a mix of young people with a lived experience of mental-ill health and those with experience or interest in the field of youth mental health research and may include emerging young researchers.

If you have any questions or need assistance to complete your application contact Kristi van-der-EL (Youth Engagement Program Manager at Orygen) on youthparticipation@orygen.org.au or 0421 762 524.

Join the Lived Experience Leadership & Advocacy Network

Be informed, get involved and help to strengthen the voice and influence of lived experience in South Australia. Also benefit from reduced member rates for workshops, access to our closed Facebook group, a quarterly members-only newsletter and more.