eNews May 2016

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COPMI national initiative funding extension

The Australian Government has extended the COPMI national initiative until December 31st 2016.

This six month extension is a reduction in current funds, but will ensure continued access to existing information and resources for parents, family members and carers, including:

Professionals will also continue to have access to the resources currently available on the COPMI website, including:

During this transition period, the initiative will not be developing any new resources and materials.

Emerging Minds (the organisation implementing COPMI) is currently inviting funding partnerships to strengthen the capacity of local organisations to deliver services to parents with a mental illness and their children.

This includes:

  • Strengthening leadership capacity within organisations to implement support strategies for parents with a mental illness and their children
  • Training, practice support and implementation guidance so that the evidence based methods ‘Let’s talk about children’ and ‘Family Focus’ can be delivered in local services
  • Organisational change management guidance and resources for service managers and leaders to ensure systems, policies and services are responsive to the needs of parents with a mental illness and their children.

If your organisation is interested in discussing these opportunities please contact Emerging Minds.


Extension of Victorian FaPMI program thoughout Victoria

Congratulations to our Victorian FaPMI colleagues, partners, parents and families and the Victorian Government on this terrific news. Listen to Gemma and Jeff respond to the funding announcement made by Minister Foley which expands the successful FaPMI program to cover the whole of Victoria.

This is a win for equity, parents with a mental illness and the growing recognition of relational recovery and early intervention. The COPMI national initiative looks forward to even stronger collaboration with The Bouverie Centre and the MIRF Let’s Talk About Children Project regarding our shared passion – families with dependent children where a parent experiences mental illness.


Professional development opportunities – enhance your skills and knowlege

It’s always a good time to schedule additional learning to strengthen your skills and increase your understanding of COPMI-related issues.

The COPMI national initiative would like to highlight high-quality, professional development opportunities that can be taken at any time, from the comfort of your chair.

Consider the below:

  • eLearning courses – Introductory courses and evidence-based interventions that enable accrual of CPD points with professional associations.
  • Webinars and conference videos – Recordings of past webinars and international conferences for those interested in COPMI-related research and learnings from across the globe. 
  • COPMI resource library – Immediate access to texts written specifically for parents and children in different age groups and professionals in different workplace settings.
  • Evidence-based research summaries (‘GEMS’) – Short research papers regarding families affected by parental mental illness on a variety of topics.
  • Advice by workplace setting – Discipline-specific information about what you can do in your role to support children and families who live with a parent’s mental illness.

Schedule your preferred professional development activity to your calendar now.


Talking to your child’s school

This information was developed with parents and families who have a lived experience of a parent’s mental illness in conjunction with health professionals. It aims to provide guidance on how parents might approach their child’s school to discuss their mental health.

Talking to your child’s school and informing them about your mental health isn’t right for everyone, but it’s worth considering the benefits to your child and family.

We cover why it can be a good idea, and things that other parents and mental health professionals have suggested considering if you approach the school; what is helpful to tell them, and what you can ask them to tell you.

We encourage you to share this information with other parents through your networks.


The International Mental Health Nursing Conference 2016

Attention Mental Health Nurses

25 – 27 October 2016 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia

The ACMHN International Mental Health Nursing conference is happening in Adelaide on 25 – 27 October 2016. The theme – ‘nurses striving to tackle disparity in health care’ – considers the many ways disparity impacts on mental health consumers, carers and their families.

The conference will showcase innovative models of care and educational programs, and provide opportunities for collaboration and partnership within the mental health and nursing sectors.


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