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There’s no Safe Place at Home

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Equality Australia and the Centre for Family Research and Evaluation at Drummond Street Services have released a new research report on domestic and family violence affecting LGBTIQ+ people titled There’s no safe place at home. This report is based on a Australia wide study of 2631 LGBTQIA+ respondents over the course of April-May of this year (2020)

People with Disabilities Ignored and Forgotten During this Pandemic

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A lack of clear communication and adequate services has left many people with disabilities ignored and forgotten during this pandemic. The ABC have put out a great article on the “serious failures” experienced by people with disabilities present throughout the Royal Commission’s findings. Read the article here.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-30/disability-royal-commission-releases-report-into-covid-19-impact/12922918

Royal Commission Workshop Series

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This Thursday, we will be hosting our second workshop to prepare our responses to what might and might not be in the report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. To have your say, please register! You will be remunerated for your time! Click here to register.

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