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Feel like going for a bike ride?

Feel like going for a ride?
How about joining us for the Mental Health Week BIKE RIDE
Friday 12th October @ 10:00 Am
Meet together at Launceston Royal Park for the start of the ride to Tailrace and return for an afternoon of activities including… FITNESS BBQ LIVE MUSIC ART EXHIBITION RELAXATION STRATEGIES INFORMATION TABLESCYCLING RAFFLE DRAW ZUMBA
CONTACTS: Scott McQueen – 6326 9688 OR Rob Pearce – 6336 2627

“1 in 5” How’s your Mental Health?”

“1 in 5” How’s your Mental Health?”World Mental Health Day
Wed 10 October 2012
The Centre, 100 Beach Rd Kingston

This will be a free event open to the general public, with special Guest Fay Jackson an award-winning motivational speaker and educator in the field of mental health. Fay also has bipolar disorder. (

Afternoon tea will be provided.

Grow and Aspire are inviting other mental health and community organisations, who are interested in having a presence at this forum, to display their information on resource tables at the event.

Inaugural Roads 2 Recovery Walk

Inaugural Roads 2 Recovery Walk
World Mental Health Day
Wednesday Oct 10th 2012

Mental Health Carers Tasmania (ARAFMI) in partnership with Reclink, Hobart City Council and Lifeline invites you to join with them to celebrate health & wellbeing and recovery, walking from the Regatta Ground to Parliament House lawns for free food, activities, entertainment and information.

This year’s theme will be gold and all are invited to wear that colour on the day. Ribbons of Hope wrist bands and balloons will be available for walkers

For more information call Wendy on 62287448

Measuring Outcomes – The Road Ahead Survey

Welcome to the third edition of the NOCC Strategic Directions 2014 – 2024 Project Update. This project aims to review the progress to date with the implementation of the mental health outcomes and casemix measures, as well as produce recomm
endations for development, addition or change to the suite of measures used 2014 – 2024.

Face to face consultations have been conducted in all states and territories in Australia. This has included consumers and carers, clinical staff, management and quality and data managers of public mental health services, as well as key partners in the delivery of mental health care in community managed organisations/non-government services and the primary care sector. 61 forums, 17 site visits and 9 meetings have been conducted to date, with over 800 people participating.
The next phase of the consultation will involve online surveys available for completion by both consumers and carers and public mental health staff. The online surveys are open for completion until 19th October 2012, and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please find the links to the surveys below:
Consumer and Carer Survey Link:
Clinician Survey Link:


The Mental Health Workforce Advisory Committee and Health Workforce Australia seek your input into the review of the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce (the Practice Standards) and development of core competencies.
The original Practice Standards – which outline the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of any member of five core disciplines (nursing, occupational therapy, psychiatry, psychology, and social work) working in mental health contexts – were developed in 2002 and are due for review. The Practice Standards revision is expected to be completed in 2012 with subsequent development of core competencies in 2013.
In order to facilitate this feedback and review process, the Department of Health (Victoria) has contracted Precision Consultancy to facilitate consultation sessions that will:
• Review the Practice Standards to ensure that the knowledge, skills and attitudes they describe meet current and emerging needs across different mental health work contexts
• Consider the current and potential application of the standards and how the content, language and terminology, and structure may need to be revised
• Discuss how the Practice Standards can best be utilised to support quality improvement in mental health services.
Anyone with a particular interest in the mental health workforce, including professionals in different mental health work roles, consumers, carers, educators, managers of mental health services, academics and human resource managers.

Sydney Fri. 5 Oct a.m. Perth Mon. 15 Oct p.m.
Sydney Fri. 5 Oct p.m. Perth Tues. 16 Oct a.m.
Brisbane Mon. 8 Oct a.m. Alice Springs Tues. 16 Oct p.m.
Brisbane Mon. 8 Oct p.m. Adelaide Thurs. 18 Oct a.m.
Melbourne Weds. 10 Oct a.m. Canberra Mon. 22 Oct p.m.
Melbourne Weds. 10 Oct p.m. Hobart Weds. 24 Oct. a.m.
Darwin Mon. 15 Oct a.m. Orange, NSW TBA
All sessions will be held in the appropriate central business districts.
You can register for the above consultation sessions online by clicking here. A discussion paper about the Practice Standards will be made available to people who register in the week before the consultations.
People will also have the opportunity to participate in the project by providing written responses to the discussion paper or completing an online survey. If you have any questions about the project please contact:

Mental Health Week: Q&A Forum

We are seeking questions for the upcoming Q&A forum on Tuesday 9 October 2012.

Questions can be submitted from now until to 30 September 2012 inclusive. Questions submitted after this will not be accepted.

We will let you know if your question is chosen. Web and in-person questions at the forum will be asked.

Due to time constraints the question will need to be kept brief. Preference will be given to concise questions.

We are seeking questions from a variety of areas to do with mental health, such as – stigma, access to housing and jobs, health, social inclusion, recovery, human rights, quality services, connectedness and acceptance.

Submit Your Question!

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If your question is chosen and you are coming to the forum you will need to arrive at the Ballroom of the Hobart Town Hall at 12.30pm and make yourself known at the main desk.

If you are chosen to ask your question in person at the forum – please note that there will probably be media at the forum and it is also planned for the forum to be videotaped and shown on the Flourish website.

You can download a PDF copy of the event flyer here

Board vacancies

Flourish Mental Health Action in Our Hands Inc. provides a strong voice for mental health consumers in Tasmania. We are currently seeking to fill vacancies on our Board of Governance.

Expressions of interest are sought from people who have skills and knowledge that would contribute at a board level to the future of Flourish. Board positions are voluntary.

Expressions of interest and resume should be submitted by Friday 28 September to EO Miranda Ashby on Miranda[at] Please phone 62231952 for further information.
Mental health consumers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Essential pdfs

Community Mental Health Australia survey project

Glenorchy Mental Health Week 2012 Flyer

121012 Glenorchy Training Registration Form

Survivor Workshop Flyer Hobart Nov 2012

Survivors workshop – Hobart October 2012


Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Survey

Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN), reviewing the outcome measures used in Australia’s public mental health services. These measures include the consumer rated measures such as the K-10 (used in NSW, SA, NT and WA), BASIS 32 (used in ACT, VIC and TAS), the MHI 38 (used in QLD) and the SDQ (used in child and adolescent services). There are also clinician rated measures such as the HoNOS suite, the LSP and the CGAS.

AMHOCN are keen to ensure that people have sufficient opportunity to provide feedback to us on the use of the measures and the future directions through the coming decade. We have therefore developed an online survey to gain additional feedback from consumers and carers who were not able to attend the face to face consultations or for those who wish to comment further. This survey can be found at:

You may be aware of other consumers and carers who would like to comment about the current suite of outcome measures. It would therefore be appreciated if you could forward this email to those who may be interested.

Mental Health Council of Tasmania Meet and Greet

The Board of the Mental Health Council of Tasmania would like to extend an invitation to meet with them over an informal lunch to discuss current issues that are impacting on the Community Mental Health Sector in Tasmania and hear about the strategic direction and current activities of the Mental Health Council.

Thursday 20 September 2012
1pm – 2pm

Aspire Offices
190 Charles St Launceston

13 September 2012
6224 9222