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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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8 upd ate Welcome Back We recently welcomed back Christine Boocock (Kermit) to MHACA to assist us on the P & R Program. Christine had left MHACA (and Alice) a year ago to stretch her wings in Adelaide, but the red dust was still in her veins Following the departure of Felix from the Pathways Program, Christine has now moved into his full-time position. Were very glad to have a local gal back in the ranks. Group Outings/Activities On 4 September, the first Reclink Memo Lawn Bowls Classic was held at the Memorial Club in Alice Springs. A number of agencies were invited to be involved and came along with a team of four. MHACA had two outstanding bowlers in Rudi and Ryan who both won trophies on the day. Rudi won his for the most improved bowler and Ryan for most consistent bowler. A BBQ and refreshments were provided. Also on a bright sunny day in September, a small group of us travelled out to Simpsons Gap for a BBQ. Some of us went for a walk down to the gap and had a kick of football in the river. Others chatted around the picnic table and shelter and helped organise the meal. We had a bit of trouble getting the BBQ to stay alight with the wind, but eventually we ate. On the return trip we stopped at Anzac Hill and enjoyed the view while being serenaded by one of our happy crew! During October, Alice Springs hosted the Masters Games which gave the opportunity for a number of clients to watch and enjoy a number of sports. The two most popular sports were the baseball and hockey. The hot weather is here and swimming has started again on Fridays at the local town pool. Bruce and Danielle look forward to their weekly therapy and everyone else agrees that its a great way to unwind and exercise at the same time. Let us know if youre interested! Respite Accommodation Currently the 2-bedroom flat is being used to assist in a persons recovery after discharge from hospital, while being supported by their family. Its great to have a space where family or carers can also stay short-term to provide a more stable environment. We would like to say thank you to the family for the donation of the rice cooker and dry mop, it will surely be appreciated by those who use the flat in the future! The Salvation Army Red Shield Hostel has completed its new kitchen and has proven to be a great success for both the staff and the consumers. The need of the subacute beds has remained busy over the last few months. They are being accessed more readily for Crisis Respite by the CAMHS On-Call Team when not used for Prevention and Recovery. Note: On-Call is the newly appointed title for the Crisis Assessment Team Thank you to Bruce for his dedication to supporting the hostel staff to ensure Prevention & Recovery residents are receiving adequate supports. Bruce is a familiar face at the Mens Hostel and is happy to chat to anyone about what MHACA can offer to the residents there. Prevention & Recovery Program: A Safe Way Forward Prevention & Recovery Officers: Danielle Noble, Bruce Macgregor Subacute care A way forward with identified supports that reduce the likelihood of admission when it may be best offered at home or in a residential environment A way forward that keeps you in touch with coping, understanding and meeting your needs during discharge from care Support offering ... To assist in keeping yourself and family strong through an uncertain time of change in your mental wellness To keep you in touch with those things that may need extra effort to achieve during this time of possible uncertainty To share clinical and non-clinical support options, which include identified community services What happens? A referral from CAMHS to MHACA will request shared mental health supports for when you are ready to be discharged ... or before a possible admission We will be guided by you and your family to meet your needs For further info call: Rangi Ponga on 8950 4602 Danielle Noble on 8950 4604 or Bruce Macgregor on 8950 4603 8.30am 4.30pm Monday to Friday Bruce and Danielle

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