Have Your Say on Community-Based Mental Health Services

The Mental Health Commission of NSW wants to understand what is important to you in community-based mental health services and supports.

Your survey response will help the Commission to develop a set of evidence-based principles for planning, developing and monitoring community services and supports in NSW that work for people living with mental health issues and their families and carers.

We want to know what is working well and what is not working and what your vision of community support is.

Please consider filling in the 10-minute online survey. It will be open until 29 June 2018.

Take the survey now.

Post expires at 1:52pm on Friday June 29th, 2018

New Cost of Living Resources on Service NSW Website

To help ease the cost of living, Service NSW is making it easier to get information and guidance on accessing NSW Government rebates and incentives.  

Launching mid to late 2018 you’ll be able to speak to a Service NSW team member to discuss what you could be eligible for, and get help with the application process.

You can also use the links on the Service NSW website to learn more about the range of rebates and incentives available.

Post expires at 1:17pm on Tuesday December 18th, 2018

Australians For Mental Health: Fighting to Fix a Broken System

Australians For Mental Health is a new people’s movement fighting to fix the broken system. It represents the 4 million Australians with mental ill-health, their family, and friends.

Australians for Mental Health exists to achieve fundamental, systemic reform of the mental health system. It is demanding a new national mental health culture and architecture that delivers timely, high-quality care for Australians with mental ill-health.

If mental ill-health has touched you, your family, or friends and you know the broken system needs to be fixed, join today at www.australiansformentalhealth.org.au

Post expires at 11:49am on Wednesday December 12th, 2018

Carers NSW 2018 Carer Survey is Open

Do you care for a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness or health condition? Get involved in the Carers NSW 2018 Carer Survey. The online version of the Carers NSW 2018 Carer Survey is available until 30 June 2018 – have your say today!

This biennial survey provides important information about carers in NSW, and people are encouraged to promote it widely.

For more information, visit the Carers NSW website: http://www.carersnsw.org.au/research/survey

And for more information on what FACS is doing for carers visit the new FACS website – https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/about/inclusion/carers/overview


More than two-thirds of people back an increase to Newstart: Essential Poll

Polling has revealed that 68% of people back an increase to Newstart, which has not been increased in real terms in 24 years. ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie calls on the Government to listen to what the community is telling us and raise the rate of Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments so that everyone’s basic needs are met, and we can all live with dignity and respect.

“The vast majority of people in Australia support raising the rate of Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments. More than two thirds of us agree that a fair government would raise the rate of Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments to ensure everybody has enough to live on while they look for paid work.

“The poll confirms that almost everyone agrees no one in Australia should go without basic essentials like food, healthcare, transport and power.

“However, every day people on Newstart and Youth Allowance choose between eating dinner and turning on the heater; taking the bus to a job interview and buying medication.

“The Australian Government can and should ensure that we can all live with dignity. It must do all it can to ensure that we can all put food on the table, including when we’re looking for paid work, studying, caring for children or suffering an illness.

“This poll today says that the vast majority of us expect a minimum standard of support for people who need a hand up. 

“We call on the Australian Government, the Opposition and the cross bench to listen to the community and support an immediate increase to Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments to give more than one million people dignity and justice.

“The Parliament must increase these payments by a minimum of $75 per week to help people locked out of paid work put food on the table and a roof over their head.”


SCU to Launch New Graduate Certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Do you work in the Disability Sector? The School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University is about to launch a brand new online course in Intellectual & Development Disability.

The Graduate Certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disability will be delivered on-line and will apply interactive learning approaches that will facilitate flexible delivery of course content. Each unit is based upon the current evidence-base and will engage students with research activity consistent with research-led teaching practice.

See the flyer for full details.

Are you interested? Would you like to know more? Contact [email protected]




Post expires at 1:42pm on Tuesday September 4th, 2018

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