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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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27 Project Officer, NT Mental Health Coalition, NTCOSS, PO Box 1128, Nightcliff NT 0814 p: (08) 8948 2665 f: (08) 8948 4590 e: phil@ntcoss.org.au w: www.ntcoss.org.au This year the focus of NT-CAG has been to improve communication with community-based organisations. NT-CAG Members have met with groups such as Carers NT, Mental Health Carers NT, NTCOSS and TEAM health. At the September meeting in Alice Springs, a visit was made to MHACA, and Barbara Weis and Peter Bourke from headspace Central Australia gave a presentation about their program to members. NT-CAG Northern Territory Community Advisory Group on Mental Health NT-CAG was formed in 1992. The Group acts as a Ministerial Advisory Committee to provide strategic advice on the planning, delivery and evaluation of mental health services in the NT. In line with the mental health reforms under the National Mental Health Strategy, NT-CAG provides an ongoing mechanism for consumer and carer input into mental health policy decision making process, particularly in relation to the implementation of the National Mental Health Plan (currently 20032008) and in accordance with the Mental Health Statement of Rights and Responsibilities endorsed by Health Ministers in March 1991. NT-CAG is made up of 9 community memberseither consumers of mental health services or primary carers, and there are currently members from Darwin, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. For more information, contact Doreen Dyer, Chairperson 0412 423 483 or email dyerd@iinet.net.au Providing an ongoing mechanism for consumer & carer input into mental health policy decision making process For information call 1800 18 SANE (7263) or email helpline@sane.org www.sane.org A consumer and carer from NT-CAG are members of the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum. This forum holds two face-to-face meetings and two teleconferences per year. As part of ongoing representation and advocacy on consumer and carer issues the group provides advice on specific national mental health initiatives and makes submissions on relevant national issue such as Senate Inquiries. X Building Capacity in Community Mental Health Family Support & Carer Respite Project - Update The Building Capacity in Community Mental Health Family Support and Carer Respite Project is part of national reform process in the area of mental health family support and carer services and is funded by the Australian Government under the Mental Health Respite Program. The project aims to facilitate the establishment of localised community partnerships that will apply for funding from the National Respite Development Fund to deliver innovative and sustainable services after consulting with relevant services, carers and consumers regarding current need in the respite sector. Another and equally important outcome of the project is nurturing a well trained community mental health family support and respite workforce and feeding back information regarding sector needs to government. With the support of MHACA, Alice Springs service providers came together on 12 November to analysis the strength and gaps in local Mental Health family support and carer respite services. It is hoped that at the next meeting, set for early December, service providers will commit to a local community partnership and start to work together to apply for funding for new and innovative respite programs for Alice Springs and remote communities from the National Respite Development Fund. If you have any queries or would like to be involved please contact Project Coordinator, Janine Sims on (08) 8948 2665 or email janine@ntcoss.org.au

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