Month: September 2020

CHECK-IN | VMIAC’s Connection and Support Program for People with Lived Experience

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CHECK-IN is not a crisis service. If you, or someone you know is in crisis, please call Lifeline or Beyond Blue. VMIAC is offering a connection and support program for people with lived experience who are finding the current pandemic situation difficult and would benefit from a peer-based response Find out more here.

Deputy Premier James Merlino as new Minister for Mental Health

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Deputy Premier James Merlino has been named to replace Martin Foley as Minister for Mental Health in Victoria. We’re extremely excited by this replacement, hoping that mental health will take a real priority in our state’s government. Premier Dan Andrews spoke to the decision: “Rebuilding our mental health system is one of our most important

DISABILITY ROYAL COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING #6: THE USE OF PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION, BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT AND BEHAVIOURS OF CONCERN | DAY 4 SUMMARY

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If you were triggered or distressed by anything in Friday’s hearing and are looking for peer connection and support, call our CHECK-IN service 1800 845 009 or find out more here. VMIAC Publications For more information on our position on Seclusion and Restraint, download our Seclusion Report #2 and our Seclusion and Restraint Position Statement

Introducing our new Consumer Research Development Officer, Brent Allan

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VMIAC is extremely excited to welcome our new Consumer Research Development Officer on board, Brent Allan. Here’s a bit of background of how Brent got to VMIAC. Brent has most recently been a senior advisor focusing upon programs and policy for both the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine based in

Message from CEO Tricia Szirom – 28th of September

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CEO Update! Check out this week’s CEO update featuring Tricia Szirom. This is Tricia’s final update as CEO, so click here to find out more about what we have been up to, and what the future brings.

Martin Foley names as new health minister

Human Rights

Martin Foley – Victorian Minister for Mental Health – has been named as the new health minister in Victoria, set to replace Jenny Mikakos, who announced on Saturday that she would step down from her portfolio and resign from Parliament. But who will be replacing Mr. Foley as Victorian Minister for Mental Health? Does this

CHECK-IN during COVID-19

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If your mental health has been affected by yesterday’s announcement about the ease of some restrictions, and you’d benefit from peer-based support, get in touch with our CHECK-IN team on 1800 845 009. CHECK-IN is not a crisis service. If you, or someone you know is in crisis, please call Lifeline or Beyond Blue. We

‘Theatre of strength’: where the thin blue line meets the mental health crisis | The Guardian

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Our Chair, Dr Chris Maylea, speaks with The Guardian about our concerns with police being untrained to de-escalate situations with people suffering from mental illness and the damaging effects their recent violence has had, not only on the person they’re apprehending, but on all people living with mental or emotional distress. “If somebody seeks help

DISABILITY ROYAL COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING #6: THE USE OF PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION, BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT AND BEHAVIOURS OF CONCERN | DAY 3 SUMMARY

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If you were triggered or distressed by anything in yesterday’s hearing and are looking for peer connection and support, call our Check-In service 1800 845 009 or find out more here. VMIAC Publications For more information on our position on Seclusion and Restraint, download our Seclusion Report #2 and our Seclusion and Restraint Position Statement

DISABILITY ROYAL COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING #6: THE USE OF PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION, BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT AND BEHAVIOURS OF CONCERN | DAY 2 SUMMARY

News

If you were triggered or distressed by anything in yesterday’s hearing and are looking for peer connection and support, call our Check-In service 1800 845 009 or find out more here. VMIAC Publications For more information on our position on Seclusion and Restraint, download our Seclusion Report #2 and our Seclusion and Restraint Position Statement