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Survey - Improving Mental Health Care in the ED by Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) (closes Thursday August 13th)

The CALHN Mental Health Clinical Program is currently undertaking a service improvement process to improve mental health care in the CALHN Emergency Departments.

A survey has been designed to consult with consumers, carers and members of the community about improving mental health care in the ED. Responses from this survey will inform a Model of Care and contribute to ongoing service improvement.

Access the survey here

Online Discussion - Adelaide Metropolitan Integrated Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Draft Plan by Adelaide Primary Health Network (Thursday August 13th)

Adelaide PHN are about to launch the first draft of the Towards Wellness Plan committing mental health services in metropolitan Adelaide to work together towards a person-centred approach that provides an accessible, easy-to-navigate system of support.

To help them deliver this plan, they are inviting you to take part in one of two online discussions where the new plan will be explained, and your views discussed.

Sessions will be held online on Thursday August 13th, either 2.00-4.00 pm or 6.00-8.00 pm.

Access further information and register for the event here

Survey - National Workplace Initaitive by the National Mental Health Commission (closes Sunday August 16th)

The National Mental Health Commission is seeking feedback to help shape the core framework within the National Workplace Initiative (NWI).

One of the key principles of the NWI project is working closely with the people who will use the NWI to make sure it is designed to be fit for purpose.

By showing you our early thinking, drafts and prototypes we can understand what is likely to work and not work. It means we can shift our approach quickly if needed and continually refine our thinking about the NWI. 

This is the first of many opportunities to provide feedback to help shape the NWI. By providing your feedback on the draft NWI core framework and joining our online feedback community, you can play a key role in shaping the future of mentally healthy workplaces.

Access further information and the survey here
Feedback Opportunity - Disability and Access and Inclusion Plan by the SA Department of Human Services (until Friday September 4th)

They are seeking feedback in relation to the actions they have listed.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has drafted a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) that supports the State Disability Inclusion Plan.

The DAIP sets out the actions they will enforce over the next four years to improve the accessibility and inclusiveness of their services and supports.

There are different ways to provide feedback: Complete the Draft DAIP online survey (5 to 10 mins); Complete the Draft DAIP online survey in Easy Read; Complete the Draft DAIP print version in Easy Read (PDF 1.2 MB); Email them at dhsdisabilityinclusion@sa.gov.au or phone 8415 4383; Write to them at Disability Reform, Department of Human Services, Riverside Centre, GPO Box 292, Adelaide, SA 5001; or Meet with us. 

Access further information and how to provide feedback here
Research Survey - Wellbeing and distress during periods of public discourse about LGBTIQ rights during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond by University of Canberra with support from the National LGBTI Health Alliance (posted early July)

The primary aim of the research is to understand changes in the level of psychological distress caused by negative messaging associated with this public discourse and the additional impact of COVID-19 within the LGBTQI community. 

You are invited to complete this survey if you are aged 15 years or older, living in Australia, and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or other related identities, or as an ally.

Access the survey here

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Research Interviews - Activating Lived Experience Leadership (ALEL) Project by LELAN and UniSA (throughout August/September)

Are you a manager or leader in the mental health sector? Do you have a high interest in the mental health lived experience space? Would you like to discuss leadership, engagement and partnership? If so, we would like to invite you to participate in a one-to-one audio-recorded interview.

We are currently exploring the best ways to define mental health lived experience leadership, and how it can be better recognised and used across the health sector and community in South Australia.

If you would like to know more read the information sheet (available here) or contact our research team: Dr Mark Loughhead via Mark.Loughhead@unisa.edu.au or Ellie Hodges via ehodges@lelan.org.au .

Consultation Opportunity - My Home Hospital by Wellbeing SA (Thursday August 6th)

Wellbeing SA are currently developing a new service called My Home Hospital. This program will enable people to choose to receive safe, high-quality hospital-level care in the comfort and privacy of their own home.
Wellbeing SA would like your advice on the critical things to include in the design of the program, particularly for consumers with lived experience of mental illness and their carers and families.

If you think you can help and are willing to participate in an online workshop on 6th August from 10 am-12 pm please register your interest here: My Home Hospital Workshop. Once you have registered, you will receive a notification from Democracy Co, the engagement partner working with Wellbeing SA.
A $30 gift card for those participating in the workshop as a small gesture of thanks for your time.

If you have any questions contact Sarah Jordans at Wellbeing SA via email sarah.jordans@sa.gov.au .

Consultation Opportunity - UniSA Suicide Prevention Research Project (closes Monday August 10th)

The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group is commencing an innovative research project to explore the effectiveness of safety planning as a suicide prevention intervention for people presenting to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in suicide-related distress.

The purpose of this consultation is to discuss ways of designing the project so that recruitment strategies and the research questions will work well from a lived experience perspective.

They are seeking expertise from up to five consumers and carers with lived experience of suicide-related distress, or providing support to a person in distress.

The 2hr consultation meeting/s will be held via Zoom between Mon 24 – Fri 28 Aug 2020. A $120 gift card will be provided to all participants.

Expressions of interest close 9am Mon 10 Aug 2020. For more information, please email Monika.Ferguson@unisa.edu.au.

An information sheet about the consultation is available here, and the Expression of Interest form can be completed here

Involvement Opportunity - Help Shape the NDIS (posted July 15th)

The NDIS are seeking nominations from participants, families and carers to help improve their policies, services, templates and more. 

It’s all part of their Participant First Engagement Initiative, which sees them listening to participants about the best ways to improve their approach.

They are looking for a mix of participants, families and carers that: can work collaboratively; reflect the range of people in the Australian disability community; have an ability to represent people with varied disabilities; and have different levels of experience with the NDIS.

Read more information about the opportunity here and/or register your interest here

The information form allows you to choose between three levels of commitment. The first involves online and email feedback. The second involves one-on-one or small group discussions. The third will see you working directly with project teams to design a product or policy.

Lived Experience Mentor Position [Part-Time / Casual] - Uniting SA (closes Monday August 10th)

The Lived Experience Mentor will draw on their lived experience of recovery from mental illness to instil confidence and hope in others about the journey of recovery. Mentor’s work collaboratively with people with a mental health illness to provide a range of holistic rehabilitation options, and provide support to improve their wellbeing. This role will also consist of weekend and fill in shifts as needed.

Access further information and submit your application here.

Lived Experience Position [Part-Time] - Links to Wellbeing Walk-in Service (closes August 15th)

The Walk in After Hours Service aims to improve mental health outcomes and mental health care experiences for people presenting with low acuity mental health symptoms and/or associated difficulties and their carers/families that requires more than telephone contact but may not require hospital presentation for assessment.

The Lived Experience Support Worker will utilise their personal experience of mental illness to engage with the clients and their carers and family drawing from a strengths-based recovery orientated service of care and act as a role model towards recovery for people experiencing mental illness. In addition, the Lived Experience Support Worker will work collaboratively with the Mental Health Clinicians and support the Mental Health Clinicians by performing vital administrative roles.

Hours of work for the position are 4pm to 11pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday nights.

Access further information and submit your application here.

Poetry and Creative Writing Competition - Mindshare Awards (closes Monday August 17th)

The mindshare Awards is a poetry and creative writing competition presented by mindshare, the Mental Health Coalition of SA, Writers SA and Access2Arts.

The competition is an opportunity for South Australian writers with lived experience of mental illness to share their stories, showcase their skills, discover new creative communities, and connect with industry professionals.

While entered works do not need to be about your lived experience, poetry and creative writing generated from personal experience or work that tackles mental health themes are encouraged.

You may enter no more than 5 pieces of work in either one category or across multiple categories.

Access further information and submit your work here.

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