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Wednesday 03 February 2016
Welcome to factsline, VICSERV's fortnightly e-newsletter with updates, news and information related to MHCSS and the community managed mental health sector. Please forward this to anyone you think may be interested in highlights from this edition, or in subscribing to the newsletter. For an archive of factsline click here. To subscribe click here.
In this edition:

VICSERV events

VICSERV Leadership and Innovation Forum: 24 February
VICSERV’s first forum for 2016 will provide a great start to the year, with room to discuss and explore the opportunities and future developments in mental health in Victoria.

Venue:    Victoria University Conference Centre
               Flinders St, Melbourne
Time:      Wednesday 24 February 2016
               9.30 am for 10 am start
               Conclusion - 1pm
Cost:      VICSERV Members - no cost (limited numbers)
               Non-members - $50
               Lunch provided

Click here to register online today!

The forum will feature:
Luke Giuliani  - Innovation in and by the community sector
Luke is an entrepreneur who has started numerous projects and businesses across several industries. Passionate about using technology to make the world better, Luke particularly enjoys working with social enterprises and startups. He has extensive experience in web and mobile technology, but has also done strategic consulting and sits on several boards. Luke helps projects by making complicated matters simple and finding ways for people to solve problems with technology.

Dale Renner - Leadership in a time of change
Dale is an experienced management consulting professional focused on developing innovative solutions to social problems. He has 15 years’ experience working across a wide range of industries in Australia and internationally. He now works with social sector organisations and their government and corporate partners to develop client-centric solutions to problems of disadvantage or low income.

Richard Dent OAM - Disruption, uncertainty and leadership
Richard Dent OAM, CEO of Leadership Victoria, knows the importance of developing adaptive leaders to drive and manage change for positive outcomes. Richard was formerly CEO of a large disability support provider, Chair of NDS Victoria and member of the Victorian government’s NDIS Taskforce. As the Mental Health sector enters another phase of change, how we can be better leaders and enable improved outcomes for our staff, teams, organisations and clients, regardless of the move to a competitive operating environment?
Leadership Victoria will deliver the Community Managed Mental Health (CMMH) Leadership and Management Program in 2016.

Updates from the VICSERV team
  • Activities and developments in the NDIS transition period
  • Leadership Training Program
  • Towards Recovery Conference
An event not to be missed! Click here to register now.

VICSERV Conference 2016 - Registrations and the call for abstracts
Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May 2016, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Victoria.
The VICSERV Conference: Towards Recovery is shaping up to be one of Australia’s most significant mental health events in 2016. At a time of change in mental health at both State and Federal levels, the Towards Recovery conference will provide an opportunity to discuss and explore the challenges and opportunities inherent in these reforms.

This year we are focussing on hope, innovation and co-design, and how we, as a mental health community, are stronger in influencing how services are transformed when we are working together. 

If you have knowledge to share with the sector we encourage you to access the call for abstracts here. Early bird registrations are also open, for more information click here.

If you would like to receive further updates about VICSERV Conference 2016: Towards Recovery, click here and subscribe to the conference information list.

National Disability Insurance Scheme

NDIS operational plan released
The operational plan sets out the implementation arrangements for the Bilateral Agreement and other key deliverables, which were agreed between the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), State Government of Victoria and Commonwealth Government, to support the roll out of the full NDIS. The Operational Plan serves as the roadmap for transitioning to the NDIS in Victoria. Click here to access the plan.

Draft ILC Framework released for consultation
The ‘Information, Linkages and Capacity Building’  (ILC) Framework sets out to support all people with a disability (whether or not they are eligible for the NDIS) as well as their carers and family, support mainstream services and strengthen the community to become more disability-friendly. It is an integral part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The draft ILC Commissioning Framework has been released, and a consultation process will be held in early in 2016. The draft can be accessed here.

There is still a lot of work to be done in the mental health area, particularly given the reforms which were recently announced in response to the National Mental Health Commission review.

Mental Health Australia will be preparing a submission in response to the draft Commissioning Framework and invites your input to Daniel Casey on (02) 6285 0845 or before the end of February.

Principles to determine the responsibilities of the NDIS and other systems
In late 2015, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) released a new set of principles to determine the responsibilities of the NDIS and other systems along with arrangements to operationalise them. The full set of principles can be downloaded here.

End of year update: NDIS Independent Advisory Council (IAC)
The IAC has released an end of year update describing its focus and activities. The purpose of the IAC is to provide independent advice to the NDIA Board on how the Agency performs its functions. In its first two years, the IAC has focussed on the fundamental design questions in the NDIS, such as what is an ordinary life and how can reasonable and necessary support assist people to move toward an ordinary life, a mainstream life, in the Australian community. Access the full End of Year Update here.

Report: Addressing the housing needs of participants is critical to NDIS success
Reforms to support funding for people with disability will allow individuals to exercise greater control over the use of funds. This is expected to impact demand for housing. This report, by Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), discusses methods to meet anticipated demand and achieve NDIS goals and government obligations.

The report explores the preferences and experiences of NDIS participants regarding housing, including their reasons for moving, barriers to moving and housing design needs. It found that most NDIS participants prefer ‘mainstream’ housing that is affordable, meets adaptability or accessibility design standards, and is located with good access to services, shops and public transport as well as to their families and informal support networks. Access the full report here.

Policy news

D2DL forum Melbourne
2 to 3 March 2016, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, Victoria.
This year’s Annual National D2DL Forum is particularly important as the Department will be communicating transition arrangements for the next three years. Senior staff from Department of Health and the NDIA will be attending both days of the forum, providing an opportunity to have your concerns addressed. Read more about the forum and register here. For more information about the D2DL capacity building project click here.

Feedback sought: Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA) Project
Anyone with an interest in multicultural mental health and wellbeing is encouraged to provide feedback about future directions for the Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA) Project, which MHA are managing until the end of June 2016. People from CALD backgrounds who are either living with or caring for someone with mental illness, or who have expertise in working with CALD populations are particularly encouraged to respond.

Your feedback will assist in development of recommendations for possible future directions for the Project. A consultation paper has been released for public feedback and is available here. Submit your feedback with the subject line MHiMA Project consultation to before 12pm AEDT 12 February 2016.

New safety measures to reduce and prevent violence
Further information about how the latest round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Health Service Violence Prevention Fund will be spent have been discussed in a media release, available here. The $20 million Health Service Violence Prevention Fund has $10 million in grants for general hospitals and a further $10 million for mental-health facilities.

Other news

Mental health and co-existing physical health conditions
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the results of a national health survey into mental health and co-existing physical health conditions.
In 2014-15 there were 4.0 million Australians (17.5%) who reported having a mental or behavioural condition. Results also showed that 15.8% of all Australians (3.6 million people) reported co-existing long-term mental and behavioural and physical health conditions. For more information click here.

Thoughts and experiences of suicide and suicide prevention
The Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) Lived Experience Network Leadership Group and and members of the SPA Speakers Bureau have released an audio and video series sharing thoughts on suicide prevention in Australia and personal stories of suicide. Access them on YouTube or audioBoom.

Video: Hearing Voices - Spirituality, mysticism and mental health
This public talk from mental health week 2015 is now available to view on YouTube. Join John Watkins and Nathan Grixti, in partnership with Cheltenham-Mentone Uniting Church, Unitingcare Prahan Mission and Voices Vic, as they explore a range of perspectives and responses around voice hearing. Access the video here.

Victorian Disability Awards: Nominations open
The awards recognise people and organisations who make outstanding contributions to empowering people with a disability and creating an inclusive community. This year there are seven categories, with a strong focus on empowerment and inclusion. For more information and to nominate click here.

HCV Non-Profit Fellowship
The Harvard Club of Victoria (HVC) invites CEOs from the Victorian community service sector to apply for the Club’s Non-Profit Fellowship. The Fellowship enables attendance at Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM) program in Boston, in July 2016. Applications close 13 March 2016. For more information click here.

Over one-third of specialist homelessness clients seek domestic and family violence support
This report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that around 520,000 Australians accessed homelessness services over the three years to 2013–14, with 187,000 (36%) being adults and children seeking assistance due to domestic and family violence. For more information click here.

Free resources from the VICSERV Library
VICSERV has over 1000 books, CDs, DVDs, Journals and other resources to be given away. Resources are packed away and ready to be picked up as a bulk lot of approximately 25 boxes. The resources mostly relate to mental health or training and a catalogue can be made available to you on request. For more information contact Deborah Liebhaber ( or 03 9519 7000).

Coming soon in VICSERV training

The following training session has a limited number of places available. Book now and avoid disappointment.

Community Managed Mental Health (CMMH) Leadership and management program
This program aims to strengthen and develop effective, adaptive, resilient leaders. Participants will be equipped to respond to, prepare for, and lead through the challenges and opportunities of current and future reforms. The program aims to improve capacity to:
  • develop a clear vision and strategic direction;
  • undertake change management;
  • lead recovery-oriented practice and co-production;
  • provide quality, results-driven services; and
  • adopt a collaborative approach.
These skills will enable improved outcomes within teams, across and between organisations, regardless of the move to a competitive operating environment. For further information and to register click here.

To view all scheduled VICSERV training click here. For more information about any training course call the VICSERV training team on 9519 7000.


Senior Trainer (Mental Health Peer)
Full time, part time or job share, Elsternwick, Victoria.
  • Use your lived experience to shape and develop the next generation of peer workers
  • Expand your passion for training from a lived experience perspective
Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV) seeks an experienced and qualified person to deliver training, coordinate the Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work, as well as design and develop training programs. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience as a mental health peer worker, together with solid education and training experience and relevant qualifications. For more information click here.

Mental Health Practitioner - Mental Health and Homelessness Team
Full time, Frankston, Victoria.
Mentis Assist seek a highly skilled and motivated person with well developed practice skills in recovery focused case management, AoD and care coordination. Qualifications (min. Diploma level) in social work or related health field and extensive experience in mental health and AoD is preferred. Excellent administration and IT skills are essential. For more information click here.
For your calendar
24 Feb
VICSERV Leadership and Innovation forum
26 Feb
Call for abstracts close
VICSERV Conference
16 Feb
Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work Begins for 2016
VICSERV Training
13 Apr
Applications close for TheMHS Awards 2016
5 Mar
An evening with 'Sisters Day Out'
Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service (Vic)
2 Mar
D2DL forum Melbourne
4 Mar
Submissions close for inquiry into Accommodation for people with disabilities and the NDIS
Joint Committee on the NDIS
24 Mar
Nominations close for Victorian Disability Awards
NDS and Victorian DHHS
13 Mar Applications close for 2016 HCV Non-Profit Fellowship
Harvard Club of Victoria

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