Month: September 2020

Disability Royal Commission Public Hearing #6: The Use of Psychotropic Medication, Behaviour Support and Behaviours of Concern | Day 1 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

Day 2 of the Disability Royal Commission’s Public Hearing #6

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It is day 2 of public hearing 6, where the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability will speak with 7 new witnesses about psychotropic medication, behaviour support and behaviours of concern. We were disappointed that the breadth of psychosocial disabilities was not represented in yesterday’s hearing, including people living

Do you have experience in the Emergency Department due to your mental health? ACEM will remunerate you for sharing your story.

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Please note, the deadline for this is end of business Wednesday 23rd September. Do you have experience in the Emergency Department due to your mental health? ACEM will remunerate you for sharing your story. Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) want to hear from people with a lived experience of mental or emotional distress to

VMIAC Live Tweeting Public Hearing 6 of the Disability Royal Commission today

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Today, the Disability Royal Commission begins live streaming their 4-day public hearing into the use of psychotropic medication, behaviour support and behaviours of concern. Starting at 10am, the hearing will allow many witnesses to share their testimonies throughout the week. We will be live tweeting throughout the hearing today, alongside People with Disability Australia for

Position Paper #2| Preventing and responding to violence, abuse and neglect

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“When consumers access mental health services, particularly under the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic) they are at risk of violence, abuse and neglect. Some risks to consumers include violence from first responders, compulsory treatment and restrictive practices and violence and abuse.” We have released our position paper on ‘Preventing and responding to violence, abuse and

Get Creative For Community | Mental Health Week 2020

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Get creative for community this Mental Health Week! This Mental Health Week we are celebrating consumers’ contributions to all communities. We want you to share what community means to you creatively! Whether it’s a piece of art, creative writing, photography or even a sculpture, show us how you contribute to a community or what a

Media Release | Police shoot mentally distressed man

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A 24-year-old man is currently recovering in hospital after police officers shot him down as he allegedly rushed at them holding a knife in a suburban shopping centre car park. Police said two officers fired shots at the man after he refused to drop his weapon outside the shopping centre in Lilydale. After multiple reassurances

My Experience in Seclusion | Julie Dempsey

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Content warning: this video contains descriptions of seclusion experiences that you may find distressing. If you are triggered by anything in this video, please call us immediately on 03 9380 3900 or 1800 845 009. “That was to be my first, long drawn out and torturous night in a seclusion room, though the word cell

Man with lived experience of mental distress in coma after brutal arrest

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We are appalled by reports that a 32-year old father of three is in an induced coma after he was struck by a police vehicle and kicked in the head, as six police officers pinned him to the ground whilst arresting him. This man had been waiting for a mental health bed at the Northern

CEO Update

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CEO Update! Check out our latest CEO update with Tricia Szirom to hear all the updates on our Mental Health and COVID-19 Survey #2, as well updates about our new CHECK-IN service, and what else we have been up to lately at VMIAC!