Joint Submission to Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Accessibility and Quality of Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Australia

NTMHC and the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) have made a joint submission regarding the sustainability and quality of adequate mental health services in rural and remote communities throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory. Read the submission here

The Senate Inquiry released their findings on the 4 of December. One of the key recommendations stated the National Mental Health Commission should be funded and tasked with the development of a national rural mental health strategy. The strategy should be informed by PHN service mapping in rural and remote areas. To read the findings please click here

Optimising Support for Psychosocial Disability

Mental Health Australia is managing an exciting project which aims to develop alternative ways to provide support for NDIS participants with psychosocial disability than those currently on offer at this stage of NDIS rollout. Over the coming months, Mental Health Australia will be working with consumers, carers and other experts through a Delphi process to refine a set of alternative typical support packages. To learn more click here.

Download the Optimising Psychosocial Supports Project Report

TeamHEALTH’S NDIS WoW Support Coordination Training – Darwin

Get your Support Coordination skills up to scratch with TeamHEALTH’s award winning, tried and tested, NDIS CREW Training, 4th June 2018. The NDIS WoW training will provide you with the tools and technical skills required to provide NDIS Support Coordination (Level 2). To learn more click here. To register click here

The Economic Benefits for Australia of Investment in Mental Health Reform

At Mental Health Australia the vision is for mentally healthy people, and mentally healthy communities. A new report, released 1 May, Investing to Save, presents a major contribution towards that vision. It shows how we can, with the right targeted investments, improve the mental health of our community, and in turn the mental wealth of the nation. Read the report here

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH) launched two important documents for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention, to mark National Close the Gap Day 2018.

The first is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration Implementation Guide. Click here to view.

The second is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Policy Concordance. Click here to view.

Mental Health Coordinating Council Resources.

The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) has developed two easy-to-use resources to support mental health and human services ensure that any event or activity that they facilitate, such as a conference, workshop, seminar, consultation, training or meetings, follow trauma-informed principles. These resources aim to promote a supportive culture that encourages collaboration and trust between the host organisation, presenters and attendees. To view resources click here

National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS) & StandBy – Support After Suicide Service

The National Indigenous Critical Response Service and StandBy – Support After Suicide Service are programs of Thirrili Ltd. Both programs work together to complement each other and provide support to individuals, families and communities impacted by suicide loss.

These services are contactable 24/7 on:

  • NICRS free call 1800 805 801 or mobile 0499 333 132.
  • StandBy mobile 0418 575 680.

For notifications and referrals for either service email suicidesupport.nt@thirrili.com.au

For further information download the flyer or visit the website.

SANE Australia – You are not alone.

A new resource developed by SANE Australia in partnership with the University of Sydney – it’s for people caring for a person who has suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide. If you have any questions or require any further information about this resource, please don’t hesitate to contact SANE Australia at youarenotalone@sane.org

To access the resource click on the link below

Sane Australia – You are Not Alone – A Resource for people caring for a person who has suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide

When someone close to you has suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide, it can be hard to respond to their needs while also looking after yourself. This site is for you. You are not alone was made with the help of people who have been carers and know how tough it is.

My Life My Lead

Opportunities for strengthening approaches to the social determinants and cultural determinants of Indigenous health: Report on the national consultations December 2017. For more information click here
To view the report click here

NT Office of Disability Workshops

The Office of Disability is excited to announce a range of sector development workshops in 2018. These sector development workshops will support your organisation to deliver services that are flexible and tailored to individual strengths and needs. You can register your attendance at here

Darwin Mental Health Network Meeting

The Darwin Mental Health Network is an information sharing and networking opportunity for Workers within the Mental Health Sector. The next meeting is on Monday 12 March 2018. For more information click here

Critical Incident & NDIS Provider Forum

The Office of Disability invites you to attend a forum in Darwin on 17 November 2017, commencing at 9am – 12:30pm to include two sessions:
• Introduction to the Critical Incident Reporting Guidelines
• NDIS Provider Forum facilitated by PwC Indigenous Consulting (Implementation Partners)
For more information click here

Mental health needs community-driven, whole-of-government responses

What do federal government policy initiatives look like when they ‘trickle down’ to individual groups, communities and people? Inevitably they will have different implications in different situations.
A recent roundtable in the remote Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek was convened amidst intersecting policy changes, including those addressing mental health, disability and the delivery of primary care.
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Providing $47 million for suicide prevention work across Australia

The Turnbull Government will provide a $47 million boost to front-line services for suicide prevention and directly address a growing community need.  Services will be available right across Australia and will include training for at risk families and support groups,...

How To Get The NDIS on Track

NDS has released its paper ‘How to get the NDIS on track’ which makes strong recommendations on the necessary way forward for the NDIS.
Click here