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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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Pathways Program Rudi, Kate and Ted appreciating the full benefit of the Wednesday evening Yoga-Relaxation class run by Kalikamurti at MHACA Thank You! We would like to say a big Thank You to Dean Griffiths and other members from Apex who helped one of our consumers move house. Your efforts were sincerely appreciated. Keep up the great work! Christmas Dinner We are having a MHACA Christmas Dinner on Wednesday, 17 December @ The Golden Inn, 6.00-9.30pm Everyone is welcome!! Bookings essential! RSVP to Emily on 8950 4600 by Friday, 12 Dec. 2008 Cost: $20 & Opening Hours The MHACA office will be open over the Christmas break - though our hours from 24-31 December will be 9am - 3pm (we are closed on public holidays + 2 January) Left: Rudi and Felix receiving their free raffle tickets from Trish Van Dyke at the finish line of the 3km Mental Health Week Fun Run on Sunday, 5 October we made it! Activities & Outings While the Pathways team primarily work one-on-one with consumers, at times staff support other group activities organised by MHACA. In mid-August, Jo and Donna joined several consumers and other staff to attend a special triple-bill performance by the Australian Ballet at the Araluen Theatre. The dancers were a delight to watch, and a fantastic night was had by all. In Mental Health Week in early October, staff and a few consumers shared a special moment with Jonathon Welch, Director of The Choir of Hard Knocks, on his visit to the Western Desert Purple House to sing with some of the women. Outings such as this are reminders of the inspiring role of the arts contributing to our sense of joy and wellbeing. Goings & Comings We have sadly said farewell to a very skilled support worker, Felix Meyer. Not only has Felix been able to engage well with consumers and built some strong connections but he has also gained a vision for his future career through his experiences working at MHACA (see his farewell on page 56). We wish Felix all the best on his new pathway and hope to work with him again in the future. In turn, we are delighted to welcome back Christine Boocock to our program. Christine has been working with the Subacute team for the past several months and, following Felixs leave, has now stepped across to the Pathways team. X We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas Season Right: Gwvynyth and Sandi delighted to spend a memorable afternoon with Jonathon Welch at the Western Desert 'Purple House', singing with some of the women (for a full Mental Health Week update see pages 35-37) Welcome back Christine!

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