Resources

The NDIS is here…. What now for carers?

On May 24th 2017 we held a panel forum in relation to the NDIS and what this means for carers.  We were delighted with the turn out from carers in the Macedon Ranges and a wealth of information that was shared by our presenters.  Below are the slide shows from each presenter.

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NDIS Panel 2017

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Healthy Minds Expo 2016 – Mental Illness, The NDIS & You

On October 19th 2016 we held our Healthy Minds Expo for 2016, this was a wonderful evening with lots of information.  Below are the Slide Shows from each of our presenters.

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RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

Ranges Therapist Directory – click for pdf of local Psychologist information including fees

Carers Recognition Act – click for pdf

Emergency Services Forum – click for PDF – This is a summary of the Emergency Services Forum held explaining what will happen in a mental health emergency in the Macedon Ranges from the view of Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Bendigo Health, and Royal Childrens Hospital.

“Nominated Person” – Information about being a nominated person in relation to the Mental Health Act 2014 including relevent forms. Will open another site in a new window.

Safety Plan Template – A template for creating a safety plan

OTHER LOCAL ORAGNISATIONS

Ranges Therapist Directory – click for pdf of local Psychologist information including fees

Carers Recognition Act – click for pdf

Emergency Services Forum – click for PDF – This is a summary of the Emergency Services Forum held explaining what will happen in a mental health emergency in the Macedon Ranges from the view of Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Bendigo Health, and Royal Childrens Hospital.

“Nominated Person” – Information about being a nominated person in relation to the Mental Health Act 2014 including relevent forms. Will open another site in a new window.

Safety Plan Template – A template for creating a safety plan

RANGES PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES – Local psychologists and information

BENDIGO HEALTH CARERS SUPPORT – The mental health carer support program provides support to mental health carers in the Loddon Mallee region.

HALT– Hope Assistance to Local Tradies – Raising awareness of anxiety, depression & wellbeing in the tradie community

INNISFREE – Whole health repair and recovery – A range of programs specifically created for each individual and their situation, including respite for carers

ST LUKE’S – Planned respite for carer’s of an adult with mental illness

MIND AUSTRALIA – Mind Australia services in Victoria

CARE CONNECT – Local support service

LIFE WITHOUT BARRIERS – Local support service

KYNETON CARING COMMUNITY – Can assist with food relief in times of need

COBAW COMMUNITY HEALTH – Emergency relief

THE HARD TRUTH

It is estimated that carers of someone with a mental illness spend on average 104 hours per week in the caring role*

There are 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia*

Carers may be husbands, wives, children, siblings, partners, flatmates, parents or close friends #

1 in 9 Australians or 11.9% of the population have an unpaid caring role*

The experience of mental illness affects not only the individual but also those concerned for their welfare. The impact on others will vary according to the severity, course and outcomes of the illness, as well as the life circumstances of individuals and their families and friends ^

We are carers and we are important. If we don’t look after ourselves, how can we look after anyone else?

* Statisitic from Carers Australia

# From – Beyond Blue

^ From – Mental Health, Drugs & Regions Division of the State Government Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Other useful information or websites

Life Line – online crisis chat

Kids help – web counselling for children and teens

eheadspace – online or phone support for young people in need

Fact sheets about mental health disorders that are easy to understand, treatments, medications, and a range of other information provided by

sane australia – Clicking will open the sane website in a new window

Hearing Voices Victoria – A great resource for voice hearers and their family. They offer training and support groups and individual counselling to voice hearers

As a carer you may be eligible for carers payment or carers allowence. Clicking here will take you to the carers page on the centrelink website in a new window.

As a carer you can access a carer card. A collaboration between the government, businesses and the community, the Carer Card Program gives recognition,understanding and support to Victorian carers. If you are not recieving a centrelink caring payment you will need a medical professional to verify you are in a caring role.

Sane forums for carers and those with lived experience. These forums provide peer support for people living with a mental illness or related mental health issues, and for family, friends and other carers.

Carers Australia

Carers Victoria

Hardship grants – if you hold a concession card and in financial hardship you can apply for a utility grant to help pay the electricity and gas bills

Eating Disorders Families Australia – Support and Information for families and carers of people experiencing eating disorders.