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Date:2008-12; Dated: Jul.-Dec. 2008




Mental Health Services -- Australia, Central -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Mental Health -- Periodicals

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Mental Health Association of Central Australia

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Alice Springs


no. 18

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3 Christmas Opening Hours MHACA will be open over the Christmas & New Year break 24 -31 December from 9am3pm (excl. public holidays) & also closed on Friday, 2 January 2009 TheMHS Conference In September, a small delegate from MHACA attended The Mental Health Service Conference (THEMHS) 2008. It was a great learning opportunity and a presentation of the learning outcomes was presented to the community on 12 Novembersee page 39 to find out more. Mental Health Week 5-11 October Mental Health Week aims to raise awareness about mental health issues to increase mental health literacy and help reduce stigma in the community. In addition to our Annual Fun Run, the highlight for this year was Dinner with Jonathon Welch. For a full update see page 33. Housing & Support Model Project This Project has moved into the consultation phase. Consumers, carers, service providers and other key stakeholders are being asked to provide information about their problems, experiences and ideas for improving housing and support for people in Alice Springs who are disadvantaged through psychiatric disability . Information is being gathered through questionnaires, focus groups and interviews. Over 350 questionnaires have been distributed through MHACA and other services. As part of this process, two Peer Support WorkersPip Williams & John Moffathave been employed to assist consumers who require support in completing their questionnaires. Consultant, Joyce Bowden, says that keen interest is being shown in the Project as she meets with various groups and individuals. It is clear that housing and support are hot issues that are troubling many people in Alice Springs at present. People are being very open and speaking passionately about the problems they are facing and the future they would like to see. Stay tuned for further updates in the next newsletter. Thank you to the Department of Local Government and Housing for $360,000 funding under the Community Housing Program to purchase two more 1-bedroom flats. The year ahead ... In the coming year MHACA will continue work on acquiring a records database, refining our training framework, and further developing both the consumer and indigenous employment strategies. MHACA will also advocate more broadly to influence the social determinants that greatly impact on the ability of people with a mental illness to maintain health and wellbeing, including; housing, transport, employment & training options and income. Thank you ... I would like to thank everyone who has made a contribution during the yearall the staff, volunteer committee members, consumers and other stakeholders. The sum of us is much greater than the individuals involved, and sincere thanks to the team for a wonderful year. I would like to wish you all a happy and safe Christmas season and I look forward to the coming year which will bring with it new challenges and rewards. Festive Wishes, Claudia Manu-Preston Claudia with guest speakers Glenise Alexander and Jonathon Welch at the 2008 Mental Health Week Dinner Claudia, Glenise and Gwvynyth talking about the speech they gave at the TheMHS conference at MHACAs Information Sharing session on 12 November We are Officially Launched! It was with much pleasure MHACA celebrated the official opening of our new premises on Wednesday, 10 December by the Minister for Children and Families, Malarndirri McCarthy. Its been a year in the making but we have settled into our new home and are grateful for the more spacious and therapeutic environment available for both consumers and staff. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a festive day. The MHACA contingent receiving a colourful welcome at the 2008 TheMHS conference in Auckland, New Zealand on 2-5 September - Gwvynyth, Danielle, Claudia and Glenise (see pages 39-41 for full report)

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