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The ACT Mental Health Consumer Network is a consumer-led peak organisation representing the interests of mental health consumers in the ACT in policy and decision-making forums. The Network is committed to social justice and the inclusion of people with experience of mental illness.
Thursday 12 May 2016
Network Bulletin 19 May 2016
Please find our email bulletin for this week. If you are unable to open any links or attachments, please contact the Network on 6230 5796 or email
Of particular note in this bulletin, the Network would like to draw your attention to the following events:
• The new Mental Health Act & You! Afternoon Tea Celebration!
• Carer Representatives training and information sessions;
• Registration bursary for consumer attendance at TheMHS 2016; and
• Suicide Prevention research projects.
Network Bulletin 19 May 2016 (Word/PDF)
The new Mental Health Act & You! Afternoon Tea Celebration!
Date: Tuesday 24 May 2016
Time: 1pm – 3.30pm
Venue: The Hellenic Club City
You are invited to an afternoon tea at the Hellenic Club (City) for members to celebrate and thank all the consumers who were instrumental in the review of the Mental Health Act. It will also be an opportunity to hear more about the Act and what it means for you.
RSVPs are appreciated and can be given to
, SMS to 0406 457 557, phone 6230 5796 or in person during Drop-In hours. RSVP’s due Thursday 19 May 2016
The new Act, which replaces the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act 1994, creates a fresh approach to service delivery and brings the ACT’s mental health legislation into line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with a Disability and the ACT Human Rights Act. Copies of the Act can be accessed from the ACT Legislation website (www.legislation.act.gov.au).
ACT Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS), have developed resources to assist mental health consumers and carers to highlight new additions or changes from the previous Act, and to provide further information around the general principles for the new Act, including the rights of people living with a mental illness or mental disorder regarding their assessment, treatment, care or support.
These resources are available from the ACT Health website (http://health.act.gov.au/our-services/mental-health/mental-health-act-2015).
Autumn 2016 edition of Network News now available
The Autumn 2016 edition of Network News is now available for viewing and to download. Click on the image to open
Tuesday 9 February 2016
Report: Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in culturally responsive ways
From August through to November 2015, the Network hosted Dianne Perkins, a student placement from the Australian Catholic University.
As part of her studies in Social Work for her degree, Dianne conducted a project for the Network which aimed to identify and examine culturally appropriate practices that the Network can use to actively engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who identify has having lived experience of mental illness.
The final report, titled “Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in culturally responsive ways: Building relationships and supporting social and emotional wellbeing” is now available for viewing and can be found on the Reports page under Publications menu.
Friday 29 January 2016
Self-Advocacy and Consumer Representation Training Calendar
The Network has finalised Self-Advocacy and Consumer Representation Training (SCR) dates for 2016. The calendar can be found on the Quick Links right on this page.
Understanding the NDIS - Peer Workforce Training
The ACT Mental Health Consumer Network will be delivering the following FREE workshop for mental health peer workers:
To provide Mental Health Peer Workers knowledge and ability to assist a person with psychosocial disability in accessing/transitioning to the NDIS.
By the end of this two-day workshop, the participants will have:
* Developed an understanding of the NDIS, eligibility requirements and registration process
* Explored strategies to assist potential NDIS participants with decision making and planning
* Explored how the recovery approach relates to the NDIS
* Identified strategies for supporting someone when accessing the NDIS
The dates have been changed to MONDAYS 2 and 9 May 2016, to register your interest please contact Petra
, 6230 5796 or via SMS 0406 457 557
Research Project: Australian mental health consumers' priorities for recovery-oriented occupational therapy curricula
The study is being conducted by PhD candidate Ms Karen Arblaster and supervised by Associate Professor Lynette Mackenzie from the University of Sydney.
This study seeks to identify the views of Australian mental health consumers on the priority topics related to recovery-oriented practice that should be included in mental health curricula within Australian occupational therapy training programs. It is important that consumers from diverse backgrounds have an opportunity to participate so that occupational therapy programs can prepare students for recovery-oriented practice that is sensitive to individuals’ unique needs. Accordingly we are seeking the support of a wide variety of organisations from all parts of Australia to assist in this way.
The study method is an eDelphi. A Delphi study involves several survey rounds in which participants offer their views (Round 1) and then rank all responses in two to three subsequent rounds until consensus is reached about the set of priorities. An eDelphi study follows the same format but is conducted on line. Participants in a Delphi study have expertise in relation to the study aims. In this instance the researchers are seeking people who have lived experience of mental illness and who identify as ‘experts by experience’.
Invitation to participate
Participant Information Sheet
Wednesday 18 March 2015
My NDIS pre-planning kits
Advocacy for Inclusion has developed a Plain English Kit to help people identify what they want out of their NDIS process, and who they want to help them.
The kits cost $19.95 and are available for purchase from their website:
ACT Charter of Rights for People with Mental Health Issues
The ACT Government released the ACT Charter of Rights for People with Mental Health Issues on 11 October 2011.
Click on the links below to see it in full page view or to download.
ACT Charter of Rights Poster
ACT Charter of Rights Pamphlet