Month: November 2020

Our summary of the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

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The Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was released on October 30, 2020. At a lengthy 530 pages, the document is based on the Royal Commission’s work from 5 April 2019 to 31 July 2020. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until the Royal Commission’s

Making Co–design Real: is it possible in our current mental health landscape?

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Join the MHS on December 8 at 7 pm (AEDT) for a free webinar exploring what co-design means in an ever-shifting mental health landscape. The panel will be exploring co-design, and the barriers and benefits of its widespread implementation across the mental health system. Register with the link below: https://www.themhs.org/upcoming-webinars/

Andrew’s Government invests in ‘Putting People First’

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Yesterday, VMIAC attended a Special Interest Group briefing, hosted by Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Michael Sukkar MP, to outline the key elements of the 2020-21 Victorian State Budget. Here is our summary of the key discussions relating to mental health. Described as ‘elegant and thoughtful’, Dan Andrews hopes this budget will set Victorians up for

Royal Commission Workshops

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The Royal Commissions final report is set to be released soon and we want to ensure that our responses represent lived experience voices. Over the next couple of months, we will be hosting a number of online workshops on topics we have identified as key areas of interest. To find out more information and to

Leading the Change – Working inside the broken mental health system webinar recording

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VMIAC hosted Dr Kath Sellick and Vrinda Edan to discuss their research Leading the Change – Working inside the broken mental health system. You can watch the webinar below. This co-produced research explored the workplace experiences of lived experience (consumer) workers in the mental health system in Victoria. For many years, consumer workers have spoken

About Us Episode 1: Mubarek

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Join us for “About Us”, VMIACs latest podcast series, exploring the consumer movement as well as the diversity of issues present throughout lived experience communities.  This week Robin and Maggie speak to Mubarek, a young community leader, refugee, and youth worker. Join us as we talk to Mubarek about how he uses his experience, skills,

Member Connect

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At VMIAC, we’re currently running our Member Connect program, where we contact our members to hear about your experiences with VMIAC, how you’d like to be involved in our work, and any feedback or ideas for projects and campaigns you’d like to see us focus on in the future. We appreciate the time you can

Apologies for any confusion caused regarding recent additions to our Eventbrite page for Training Workshops.

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To all our members, apologies for any confusion caused regarding recent additions to our Eventbrite page for Training Workshops. We have recently released a series of upcoming training sessions, however, they are only currently available for new consumers on our Committee of Management and those on the VMIAC Consumer Register. In February 2021, we will

Thank you video to all those who participated in our AGM

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Our CEO, Maggie Toko, gives a big thanks on behalf of the entire VMIAC team to those who participated in our AGM yesterday evening.

Policy Position Paper on Gender Discrimination and Inequality

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Despite supposed equal rights under international and domestic law, women and gender diverse people experience inequality, discrimination, increased risk of abuse and gendered violence, poverty and homelessness at a rate far higher than men. Another distressing reason why we wrote our Policy Position Paper on Gender Discrimination and Inequality. Read our full paper here.