Consultations

Current Opportunities

Carer Representative on ACT Mental Health Commissioning Advisory Group

The ACT Mental Health Commissioning Group is seeking a lived experience carer representative to join their committee. This committee meets fortnightly (subject to change) and provide guidance and leadership in relation to the Mental Health Commissioning Project. This is your opportunity to influence how NGO mental health services are delivered in the ACT. Remuneration will be provided for the successful candidate.

To express your interest or receive more information please contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au by 9th of December.

ACTHD Mental Health Commissioning Workshops

The Commissioning for Mental Health Services project is eager to hear what consumers, carers and service providers have to say about priorities, needs, and challenges in the mental health service system.

Carers can participate in either one of two workshops which will be run before the end of the year. For more information and to register, please click the links below:

Please get in touch at any stage of the Commissioning process by emailing MentalHealthCommissioning@act.gov.au.

For more information, please feel free to visit the webpage: Mental Health subsector commissioning for future service delivery.

Draft Strategy to address Mental Health-Related Stigma and Discrimination

The Draft National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy is now available for public input and feedback. Consultation ends on Wednesday, 1 February 2023, with options to provide feedback via online survey and/or by uploading a submission. Submissions can be in written form or in other formats – such as an image or video. The Commission will be analysing feedback throughout the public consultation period, so early submissions are encouraged.

A public webinar will be held on the 21st of November from 1:00 PM to provide an introduction and overview of the (Draft) National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy. Please click here to register.

Carers, please note that an online survey specifically for families and carers is available for your valuable opinion. MHCV will be offering further consultations for carers, so please keep your eyes peeled for any announcements.

12B Courtyard Design

MHCV is seeking input from carers interested in 12B Mental Health Unit (12B MHU) de-escalation courtyard designs. These courtyards are purpose built and are additional to the main courtyard currently in 12B MHU.

Please contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au to register your interest before the 2nd of December.

Office of Mental Health and Wellbeing Work Plan Forum

The Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing is hosting a free online forum to consult with the community to assist us in identifying our key priorities to help shape our Work Plan over the next two years.

There will be an opportunity to hear about the Office’s achievements, participate in group activities and a group discussion. If you are interested in joining the conversation on the 30th of November (between 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM) please register here.

Women’s Health Matters Survey

Women’s Health Matters is calling out to local women to share their health experiences in the ACT. The survey is about the health and wellbeing of women in the ACT and surrounding regions. It is open to women, femme-identifying people, and people who align themselves with this group who are 18 years or older. By completing the survey you can also go into the draw to win one of two $100 gift vouchers!

Fill out the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SM5P5SG.

MindMap Evaluation Survey

The Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing (the Office) and Marymead are evaluating MindMap to determine how well this initiative is meeting the needs of the community and how it can continue to be improved.

Carers and young people over the age of 18 are encouraged to fill out the following survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HRXZXPM.

The survey closes on Friday, 25 November 2022.

Study about Adolescent Violence against Carers

MHCV has had a meeting with Dr Justin Barker, CEO of the Youth Coalition of the ACT, who is conducting research on the nature of violence and abuse perpetrated by young people against their carers. Our recent survey results indicate that almost half of mental health carers have felt unsafe in their caring role. We know that the subject matter may be painful to discuss, however we encourage you to participate in this study and share your story. Your valuable contribution will be a step towards helping change the system for all carers.

You can participate in the study if you:

  • live in Canberra or the surrounding areas (e.g. Queanbeyan); and
  • you are a carer who has experienced violence or abuse from a young person.

They would like to speak to older carers who have experienced violence or abuse (physical or non-physical) from a young person (preferably between the ages of 10-19) under their care. Care arrangements can be formal or informal, part-time or full-time. The study has been broadened to include all carer experiences of adolescent violence regardless of the carer’s age. However, priority will be given to foster and kinship carers and/or carers over the age of 55.

If this sounds like you, please participate in an interview with Dr Justin Barker. You will receive $40 for your time. To find out more information about the study, please contact Dr Justin Barker on (02) 6247 3540 or justin@youthcoalition.net


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