Month: July 2020

Seclusion Rates on ABC News


We are extremely pleased to see our concerns around seclusion rates in Victoria being showcased on ABC news, and our Chair Chris Maylea talking on behalf of VMIAC! Not only has this been shared as an article online, but also as a broadcast on ABC News channel! Read the full story here, or head to

Seclusion and Restraint: Report #2 and Position Statement


We are extremely excited and proud to announce the release of our Seclusion Report #2 (2020) and Seclusion and Restraint Position Statement. The unnecessary and widespread use of restrictive practices such as seclusion in mental health treatment is an issue of major concern for our organisation. In 2019, we wrote our Seclusion Report #1 to

Blog post: Maintaining Friendships in Lockdown


By Robin Litvins-Salter Today is International Friendship Day. This is a day to think about the important role friends and friendships play in our lives. From a mental health perspective friendship is one of the strongest support networks we have; but like most things in life, they take energy and commitment to uphold and nurture.

What If…women’s mental health was a priority in Victoria? | Jayashri Kulkarni


Professor Jayashri Kulkarni will be discussing, ‘What If…women’s mental health was a priority in Victoria?’ in our next ‘What If…’ webinar! Please note, this webinar is next Monday 3rd August, instead of the regular Thursdays! To register, head to our Eventbrite!

What If…culture, gender and mental health fused together in a melting pot of promise? Maggie Toko


Thank you to all those who tuned in to hear Maggie Toko discuss, What If…culture, gender and mental health fused together in a melting pot of promise? To watch the full webinar or download the presentation, click here.

Mental Health Reform Victoria Update

News, Royal Commission

Mental Health Reform Victoria (MHRV) has announced the appointment of two senior lived experience advisors to support the implementation of the Mental Health Royal Commissions interim recommendations. The appointment of the lived experience advisors are important roles within MHRV and will provide expert advice across the organisation to ensure that lived experience perspectives are at

Free online Emotional CPR Training workshop places now available


There are extra spaces now available within the DHHS funded free online ECPR training workshops at VMIAC, which take place weekly until the end of September. All of the workshops booked out very quickly when registrations were first announced; however, we now have capacity to take on an additional 2-3 participants within each new training

Remember To Wear a Mask and be Safe.


COVID-19 in Victoria has escalated over the last week with 484 new coronavirus cases within the last 24 hours. As a result, the wearing of masks when outside of the house is now compulsory within Melbourne and Mitchell Shire Regions. Penalties for not wearing a mask include fines of $200 as of 11:59pm Wednesday the

National Diabetes Week


This week we have been giving extra attention to the impact diabetes and other chronic health issues can have on mental health, in recognition of National Diabetes Week and this year’s focus on the mental health of those living with diabetes. Firstly, here’s some of the facts: ·More than a third of people say they

It Will Be OK


The last week has been difficult for a lot of us locked down and cooped up within Melbourne and its surrounds. “The fact of the matter is that after a brief period of what we thought was a respite, the danger of COVID-19 is back with a vengeance; and a lot of us have run