VTMH held its first forum for 2016, on 23rd June, The Challenge of Balancing Risk in Mental Health: Legislation, Recovery and Cultural Diversity.
Victoria’s rapidly changing service landscape presents many challenges for practitioners, the peer workforce and our diverse community. Practitioners are working with the new Mental Health Act, within restructuring clinical, rehabilitation and psychosocial support services that are preparing for more change, as the NDIS reforms become a reality, while trying to meet the unique needs of individuals and families.
What work is yet to be done to provide person-centred and recovery-oriented care that meets the diverse needs of mental health consumers, carers and communities?
More than 50 people came along and joined in the lively and thoughtful discussion stimulated by four excellent presentations and a panel facilitated by Ruth DeSouza from Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health.
Dominique Saunders highlighted important advocacy principles in the new Mental Health Act. She shared stories from her many years of working with the mental health tribunal and discussed common dilemmas that arise for practitioners, advocates and individuals and families impacted by severe mental illness.
A big thank you to the presenters for thoughtfully responding to the questions posed by the forum and the participants on the day.
"Great food for thought. Good to hear the different experiences of the forum speakers."
"All speakers were excellent, with good interactions between each other in Q&A sessions. It also gave us the opportunity to reflect on the multiple and diverse tensions of this work and services need to recognise the value of this."
"The merging of the lived experience voice and the clinical need for providing a treatment for the vulnerable and unwell."
"I found Cath Roper's alternative perspective very provocative and thoughtful and Sam Wild’s perspective on Aboriginal health a great new take on a well known theme."
We're already planning our next major event in October - we'll be exploring youth and diversity.