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2016 Tasmanian LIFE Awards

The Tasmanian LIFE Awards are in recognition of life-affirming work in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

Do you know a person, service, organisation or business that has made a difference to the lives of people and communities impacted by suicide in Tasmania? Nominations are invited in the following categories:

Outstanding Contribution LIFE Award, Communities in Action for Suicide Prevention LIFE Award and Best Practice in Suicide Prevention in a Workplace LIFE Award.

For more information including nomination forms and guidelines, visit the LIFE Awards website here.

Nominations close on April 27th, 2016.

2 Day Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers a way of interacting with a person that is collaborative, empathic, respectful and compassionate. It can help to resolve ambivalence about change, evoke a person’s internal resources and strengthen commitment to change.

As a key guiding principle, MI supports a person’s autonomy and honours them as the expert in their own lives.

This two-day workshop will provide an overview of the values and process of MI and introduce the opportunities to practice some of the approaches and skills.

This workshop is suitable for people with no previous experience, however participants with prior exposure to MI will have a chance to deepen their skills through coaching and feedback within a supportive environment. The workshop is designed to be accessible, interactive and practical.

The 2 day workshops will be held in Launceston, Brighton and Ulverstone. For further information, download a copy of the event flyers here, or contact the workshop facilitator Matthew Spicer by email at matthew.spicer[at]  (matthew.spicer[at]   or call 0428 597 284.

NDIS – Hobart – Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Consultation Sessions

Have your say on Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC).

Would you like to learn more about ILC? ILC is an important part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). ILC will connect people with disability, their families and carers to the wider community. NDIS have developed an action plan for ILC (ILC Commissioning Framework) and are asking for your feedback. They would like to talk more to people with disability, their families and carers, as well as people who work in the sector about our ideas and the ILC Commissioning Framework.

Hobart ILC consultation session for organisations and providers

Venue: Derwent Entertainment Centre, The Astley Room, 618 Brooker Highway, Glenorchy, Hobart

Date: Thursday the 31st of March, 10am until 2pm

RSVP: If you would like to attend a face-to-face session please register on the NDIS website on the TAS events page

If you require assistance to register please contact the ILC mailbox ilc[at]  (ilc[at]  

Please note that this consultation is free. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Launceston Youth Makers Market

Cornerstone Youth Services, Headspace Launceston, West Tamar Council, Migrant Resource Centre and YMCA are holding Launceston Youth Makers Market on Saturday, April 13th from 4PM – 6PM at Kings Bridge Function Centre.

The Market will feature local crafters and community groups, food, drink, and live music.

Schools and community services are encouraged to book a table for their students/members to use as a fundraiser. Stalls will be free for all stall holders and they are welcome to keep any money made on the day. Stalls can be shared between multiple people upon request. Buskers are also invited to join in.

Registrations are open for 12-25 year olds and will close on April 4th. To register or for more information, visit the event Facebook page or email afilgate[at]  (afilgate[at]  .

Partners in Recovery Conference – Person Centred Practice in a Changing Environment

Partners In Recovery (PiR) Tasmania’s Person Centred Practice in a Changing Environment Conference is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together to consider how person centered practice can remain the focus as the mental health sector undergoes major reform. It is an opportunity to hear from internationally renowned local, state and national speakers involved in the reform at individual and systems levels, who have experiences across a range of needs and responses.

This free Conference also aims to respond to the needs of, and build capacity with, people with mental illness, their families, services and communities.

People living with mental illness, families and friends, community members who care, community groups, policy makers, service providers (from across a range of service responses including disability, housing, alcohol and drug) and anyone with an interest in mental health and wellbeing are invited to attend.

The Partners in Recovery Tasmanian Conference will be held at the Door of Hope, Launceston on the 27th and 28th of April 2016. For more information, click here.

Primary Health Tasmania: Feedback Required

Tasmania’s primary health network is seeking feedback from the mental health sector to help reshape community-based mental health services.

Primary Health Tasmania have prepared a consultation draft about their planned approach to commissioning community-based mental health services.

Visit to view the draft and provide feedback until March 31st, 2016.

Forum: Recovery from Mental Ill-Health

Flourish and Partners in Recovery invite you to a forum entitled “Recovery from Mental Ill-Health: The Importance of Self Care and Physical Health”.

Join us to hear speakers from Flourish, MI Fellowship and Active Tasmania as they talk about recovery from mental ill-health. You will hear a personal story of recovery, learn about the importance of self care and how looking after your physical health can affect mental wellbeing. MI Fellowship’s Optimal Health Program and Active Tasmania’s activities in Launceston will also be showcased.

Date: Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm
Where: Salvation Army, 111 Elizabeth St, Launceston
Cost: Free!
Lunch: A healthy lunch will be provided, gluten free and vegetarian options will be available – please advise when RSVPing if there are any other dietary requirements
Who for?: Anyone with an interest in mental health and wellbeing, consumers, carers, and others.
RSVP: To Rebecca at Partners in Recovery Ph: 6333 3078 or email: rebeccai[at] by 15th March

For more information, click here.

Building Compassionate Communities Forum – Launceston

Palliative Care Tasmania are holding a forum titled “Building Compassionate Communuties: How Far We’ve Come – Networking End of Life Support across Tasmania”.

The workshop will look at the important role of palliative care including community and volunteer support. It will demonstrate how diversity and cultural/spiritual needs can be addressed around end of life care. Community Projects funded by Palliative Care Tasmania will share their insights around how small groups can raise awareness, offer bereavement support as well as build capacity around end of life issues at the local level.

The forum will be held in Launceston at the Tailrace Centre in Riverside on Friday, the 18th of March. Registration will open at 8:30am for a 09:00am start. Morning tea and lunch are provided.

The forum is free of charge and places are limited, therefore registration is essential. Registrations close on COB Friday, March 11th.

For further information including details on how to register, download a copy of the event flyer here.

MHA CEO Update

Frank Quinlan, CEO of Mental Health Australia has issued a weekly update packed full of information on goings on in the mental health world.

You can read this update online here.

Primary Health Tasmania: Seeking Members

Primary Health Tasmania is seeking a health care consumer or community member to become a representative on their Clinical Governance Committee.

The Committee is tasked with providing strategic response, oversight and advice to Primary Health Tasmania’s Board in relation to clinical governance matters including the quality and safety of the services they deliver and commission.

If you are a member of your local community and a health care consumer and believe you have the right mix of expertise, knowledge and enthusiasm, more information about the Clinical Governance Committee and the application process is available on the Primary Health Tasmania website at or by contacting Primary Health Tasmania on 1300 653 169 or at jhodge[at]

Applications close Friday 11 March 2016.