Beware of scammers asking for NDIS fees

People are being warned to beware of contact from anyone claiming to work for the Government who tries to make them pay an administration fee to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

These claims are false.

There is no need for people to pay a fee to join the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The Gillard Government is investing $1 billion to launch the first stage of the NDIS in five sites across the country from July this year.

The NDIS Launch Transition Agency will deliver the first stage of the NDIS and in the lead up to launch will communicate with many people with disability in the launch sites.

However, the Agency will not be seeking fees from anyone to participate in the scheme.

People should be very wary of anyone asking for payments for Government schemes, including the NDIS.

If people are concerned that their privacy has been breached or they have provided personal details as a result of one of these calls, they should report it to the police.

Australia’s doctors to be surveyed on their mental health

Beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO has encouraged Australian doctors and medical students to participate in a world-first survey.
Her comments come as 50,000 doctors and medical students across the country, including all of those in rural and regional Australia, receive questionnaires this week as the unprecedented attempt to assess the mental health of Australia’s medical professionals enters its main phase.

The National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students takes place amid continuing concern for their mental health. Around 3,000 doctors and medical students received the questionnaires as part of the pilot in November with 20 per cent returning them. Ms Carnell said this time she hoped that at least 50 per cent of recipients will complete the survey, which is completely anonymous. “We understand Australian doctors and medical students are incredibly busy,” she said. “The response rate from the pilot program demonstrates that they are time poor and shows why their mental health is of concern to us, meaning that the insights this survey will provide are incredibly important. The more doctors and students who fill out the survey, the better our insights will be.

Neighbourhood cohesion linked to resilience of rural women

Emerging evidence suggests that older women living in Australia’s rural areas have better mental health than their sisters in the cities. The findings come from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) and will be examined in a colloquium on Resilient Rural Women at the 12th National Rural Health Conference to be held in April this year. The longitudinal study provides information from three birth cohorts of women – those born 1973-1978, 1946-1951 and 1921-1926 – and the focus of the colloquium will be urban-rural differences in women’s mental health and wellbeing.

Sue Conrad’s paper on Neighbourhood cohesion among middle-aged women is a good news story for rural women who report better neighbourhood safety and connection, and better neighbourhood attachment and trust than women living in cities. Click here to read the media release and for details of the conference.

Two Workshops for Family Carers – CIT

Mindfulness & Relaxation
This four week course will explore ways to create more time for ourselves despite often having to juggle competing demands and caring for a family member. Taking time to care for ourselves is time well spent for our well-being and health. Each week there will be a discussion on various aspects of mindfulness and meditation and the benefits of relaxation.

Each session will include practical exercises and conclude with a relaxation practice or mindfulness exercise. Click here to access the flyer.

This course is about gaining an understanding of how our emotions affect us and how we can use them to improve the quality of our life. The price we pay when we shut down our emotional expression can be loss of energy and passion for life and feelings of tiredness and fatigue or disease. Also expressing too much emotion or letting our emotions overwhelm us can be damaging to our relationships, wellbeing or success in life.

The technique of Meridian Tapping will be discussed and The Tapping Solution DVD will be played in week 2. This method for emotional freedom is easy to learn and literally taps into your body’s own energy.

eheadspace is now available

eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where young people 12 – 25 or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional. Young people may contact eheadspace if they need advice, are worried about their mental health or are feeling isolated or alone. eheadspace can help with a broad range of issues like bullying, drug and alcohol issues, depression and anxiety, relationships, concerns about friends, fitting in and isolation. eheadspace also have experts who can provide work and study advice to young people and specialist support to parents and carers who are worried about a young person 12 – 25.

13 March Well Ways MI Recovery Canberra 2019


want to learn how to better deal with mental illness
want to meet others who are on a similar journey?
have a diagnosis of mental illness?
want to pursue your goals?
have the courage to make positive changes in your life?

MI Fellowship will be running an 10 week peer education – recovery group starting on Tuesday 2 April. The group is called MI Recovery and we are currently seeking interested people to participate in the program. The program will run every Tuesday for 10 weeks from 1.00pm – 4.00pm at the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria David Street Office at 41B David Street, O’Connor.

If you experience issues with your mental health and want to work on your recovery, this group may be for you.

Please take the time to have a look at the brochure or pass on to someone who may benefit from the program.

Quarterly Community Forum – The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) & MHCC Consumer and Carer participation

The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT, the ACT Mental Health Consumer Network, Carers ACT, and Mental Health, JH&ADS invite you to a forum to discuss: The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) & MHCC Consumer and Carer participation.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Wendy Kipling – ACT NDIS Taskforce

Wendy will give an update on the progress towards preparing for implementation of the enhanced service offer from July 2013 and the NDIS in the ACT from July 2014. Wendy and MHCC also want to hear from consumers and carers in particular about what you know and want to know about the NDIS, what you want and need from the NDIS, and how we can help you prepare for the NDIS.

MHCC ACT consumer and carer participation
MHCC is about to embark on a project to explore how to make genuine and meaningful consumer and carer participation in MHCC governance and activities possible.

New guide on Borderline Personality Disorder

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler today launched a new guide to assist health professionals to recognise and treat Borderline Personality Disorder. The Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder was developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) at the Government’s request. Mr Butler said Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) was the most serious and common of the personality disorders, affecting adolescents and adults. “Borderline Personality Disorder is estimated to affect at least one per cent of the population”, Mr Butler said. “It is associated with a high risk of suicide and causes significant loss and grief for individuals, their families and friends”.

University Canberra Public Hospital project – Carer Representative Vacancies

Mental health carers are invited to consider nominating for a carer representative position, through the Mental Health Carers Voice program, on the following committee and user groups of the Canberra Public Hospital project:

Executive Reference Group Committee
Adult Sub-Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit User Group (three meetings, first Monday 25 March, then one in April & May)
Adult Sub-Acute Mental Health Day Services User Group (three meetings, first Monday 25 March, then one in April & May)
Older Persons’ Sub-Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit User Group (three meetings, first Monday 25 March, then one in April & May)
Older Persons’ Sub-Acute Mental Health Day Services User Group (three meetings, first Monday 25 March, then one in April & May)
ACT Health are very keen to fill these vacancies. If you wish to find out more information about the above committees/user groups, contact Rosie Fisk on 6299 9900 or email A Carer Representative Nomination Form, Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct for the Mental Health Carers Voice Program may be downloaded from the Mental Health Carers Voice website at, or give Rosie a call.

New study will try to save lives by better understanding suicide

A ground-breaking study will examine every Victorian suicide over a two-year period to try to save the lives of people who may be at risk of suicide in the future. beyondblue has joined forces with the Coroners Court of Victoria and The University of Melbourne to fund a study investigating over 1000 confirmed suicides and other suspected suicide deaths that occurred between 2009 and 2010. The $277,390 study will identify the frequency and nature of any contact these people had with health, housing and other services such as police, ambulance and health professionals before they died. beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said the findings would be used to enhance Victoria’s suicide register, managed by the Coroners Court, to create a comprehensive map of the service pathways people used before their death.

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