Mental Health Association of Central Australia
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Date:2008-12; Dated: Jul.-Dec. 2008
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Mental Health Association of Central Australia
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26 Membership The membership of the Coalition has grown to 28 full members and is still rising. This is an exciting time for us all as we become much more representative of the sector with a greater number of people at the table come meeting times. Should you have an interest in the future of mental health in Australia and be interested in becoming a member of the Coalition please email email@example.com for information. Mental Health Promotion Mental Health Week has again come and gone and what a week it was! For those who attended the dinners in Darwin and Alice Springs you will know exactly what I am talking about!! What a delightful man Jonathon Welch turned out to be ... not only were the dinners themselves a huge hit because of his wonderfully professional attitude and quirky sense of fun, but the other activities that he agreed to do in Darwin and Alice were something to enjoy as well. I attended his talk at the Purple House in Alice Springs (see also page 35) and to see the way he engaged with people who are truly disadvantaged was an experience I will never forget. It took a little while for some of the members to trust him but once he started a little sing along he had all their attention. They even sang him a little song of their own before he left which brought a tear to Jonathons eye (which is his trademark!) but also brought a tear to my eye as it was such a powerful moment. We also had some other wonderful speakers at our dinners and I would like to thank them all for their very valuable contributions to the evenings. The week was a success all round with all the activities well attended and people generally seemed to know a little more about what we are trying to achieve by the end of it. Thank you to everyone who once again contributed so much in getting the week to happen. Mental Health Respite This project goes under the very large heading of Building Capacity in Community Mental Health Family Support and Carer Respite Project and is funded by the Australian Government under the National Respite Development Fundsee update next page. The project was launched in May this year and Project Coordinator, Kristi Stinson, did the initial consultation. Kristi has moved on and we now have a new Project Coordinator, Janine Sims, who has taken the reins. In November, Janine completed a round of forums with interested parties in Alice Springs and Darwin, with the help of National Project Coordinator, Christine Barry Please contact Janine@ntcoss.org.au for any further information. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone for the support you have shown the Coalition this year. I hope you all have a very good Christmas break and a wonderful start to the New Year. See you next year! Phil Dempster updateNT Mental Health Coalition The NT Mental Health Coalition is the peak body for mental health representing non-government organisations that provide services to people with mental health needs. It operates as a sub-committee of NTCOSS and holds a seat on the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA), the national peak body for mental health. The Coalition is a member of Community Mental Health Australia which is a national alliance of state and territory peak bodies. Phil Dempster, Project Officer Left: Jonathon in Alice Springs inspiring women at the Western Desert Purple House during Mental Health Week Left: Jonathon Welch in Darwin with Wendy Norton (NTCOSS), Phil Dempster and Helen Johnson Project Officer, NT Mental Health Coalition, NTCOSS, PO Box 1128, Nightcliff NT 0814 p: (08) 8948 2665 f: (08) 8948 4590 e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.ntcoss.org.au
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