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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 16 November 2017

Network Bulletin 16 November 2017

Please find our email bulletin for this week. 

Of particular note in this bulletin, the Network would like to draw your attention to the following:
•    Notice of Network’s AGM;
•    Upcoming training;
•    Recovery College working groups; and
•    Position vacancies.

Network Bulletin 16 November 2017 (Word/PDF)

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Network Annual General Meeting 2017

On behalf of the Board, the Network is pleased to invite you to ACT Mental Health Consumer Network's 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Linked below is the members pack for the 2017 AGM, scheduled for 12:30-3pm on Tuesday 21 November 2017 in Meeting Room 8, Level 2, Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra City.

The pack has been separated into 2 sections and in each you will find the following:

2017 AGM General Documentation:
•    Notice of Annual General Meeting (page 1)
•    Agenda (page 2)
•    Minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting (page 3-5)

2017 AGM Board Information and Nomination Forms
•    The Role and responsibilities of the Network’s Board (pages 1-7)
•    ACTCOSS Board Basics Information (pages 8-15)    
•    The concise version of ACT Mental Health Consumer Network (pages 16-17)
•    2017-18 Projected meeting dates (page 18)
•    Board nomination and proxy forms (pages 19-22)

We welcome nominations from any member who would like to share and expand upon their skills.  In particular, we encourage new members to nominate as an excellent way to learn more about the Network and engage with consumers.
 
A reminder to Associate Members that under the current Constitution we are able to accept nominations from Associate Members.
 
If you are considering nominating for a role and would like more information about what it means to be a Board member at the Network or you are perhaps having trouble finding a member to second your form, please feel free to drop by Level 2, Room 11 Griffin Centre or get in touch by phone: 02 6230 5796, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or text: 0406 457 557.

Thursday 26 October 2017

ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme

The ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme is a partnership between ACT Health, CIT and ACT Mental Health Consumer Network. It is designed to support mental health consumers to study in the community services area. The aim of the scheme is to increase employment opportunities for mental health consumers in mental health, alcohol and other drugs, community development, youth work and community services.

Anyone who has lived experience of a mental illness/disorder and is 17 years of age or older is eligible to apply for admission to the scholarship scheme. Preference will be given to applicants who have not completed post-secondary studies and/or are unemployed.

The ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme is a two staged approach to support mental health consumers gain qualifications in the area of human services.
- The first stage of the scheme is funding for the completion of the Statement of Attainment in Introductory Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs. This qualification will work towards a Certificate IV within the community services package.
- The second stage is funding that covers course fees only for study in one of the Certificate IV courses in the Community Work Programs.
These are run by the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) at CIT Bruce.

Approximately 25 scholarships are available. The scholarship is valid for two years.

This scholarship scheme is available to Australian residents and citizens. Please note international students are not eligible.

To be eligible for consideration, you must complete the Scholarship Application Form (MS word 184Kb) in full and send to the Canberra Institute of Technology. Applications will be considered and assessed by a selection committee. Interviews may also be conducted. The decision by the selection committee is final and appeals will not be accepted.

This opportunity is being offered in two rounds:

 

Round Applications Due by  Selection Committee Meeting
 1   8 December  Week commencing 11 December
 2  19 Jan  Week commencing 22 January

 All applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application in writing within two weeks of the selection committee meetings.

ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme Application

 

Monday 3 October 2017

Spring 2017 edition of Network News now available

Spring 2017 

The Spring 2017 edition of Network News is now available for viewing and to download. Click on the image to open.

Also included as an insert is an invitation flyer to the Network's 2017 Mental Health Week event 'A Beary Lovely Morning'.

A Bear Lovely Morning flyer (PDF)

 Thursday 1 June 2017

Bulk-billing medical services

A privately composed list of medical services and related health providers that bulk bill in the ACT and Queanbeyan region has been compiled for your information. The information listed is current as at May 2017.
Bulk-billing medical providers (Word)

Thursday 25 May 2017

New Submissions

The Network previously held consultations with consumers to formulate a response to inquiries on Employment and Disability and provision of services for people with psychosocial disability under the NDIS.

Both of these submssions are now available for reading on the Submissions page.

Thursday 29 September 2016

Network training videos now on YouTube

Around the end of 2015, the Network commissioned the creation of some video resources for the Self-Advocacy and Consumer Representation training program. The project involved the participation of many Consumer Representatives and has been used extensively in our training throughout 2016.

Recently, we created a YouTube channel to make available the training promotional videos, and got these videos uploaded.

To view the videos, click on the links below.
Self-Advocacy
Consumer Representative

 

Thursday 4 August 2016

Strategic Plan 2016-19

The Network is pleased to announce that our new Strategic Plan for 2016-19 is now available for viewing.

Strategic Plan 2016-19 (PDF 1.6MB)

 

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.

 

Wednesday 18 March 2015

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

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1) International Human Rights Day forum – Video & Podcast

On 10 December, International Human Rights Day, the ACT Human Rights Commission held a discussion forum on the history of human rights in the capital. The panel included Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, Dr Tom Calma AO, and Professor Hilary Charlesworth AM. A video of the Hon. Michael Kirby's speech and a podcast of the discussion which aired on Radio National on 18 December are now available.

· Video: Hon. Michael Kirby's speech: http://www.hrc.act.gov.au/humanrights/content.php/category.view/id/184

· Radio National podcast: Human Rights – Commitment or continuing hostility: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/human-rights-e28093-commitment-or-continuing-hostility/5108980

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:05