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New Logo and Office

Many of you are probably aware by now that we have gone through a rebranding. At the beginning of last year, we started the process and after months of work and consultation with a range of stakeholders, we are proud to unveil to you our new name and logo.

At BEING, we are really excited about the fact that we will shortly be opening our new offices. In two weeks, we start our refurbishment, which will last for about six – eight weeks. Although things may be a little chaotic during that period, it gives us a wonderful opportunity to sort through the treasures we have accumulated over the years and get ready for the next new and exciting chapter of BEING! We look forward to keeping you up to date about what’s happening on the refurbishment front in our ENEWS which we will be continuing to send out during that period.

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NSW Election Agenda – what consumers want from politicians

The NSW State Election will be held on Saturday 28th March 2015.  We’ve put together an Election Agenda to advise NSW politicians on how to make NSW a better State for people with a lived experience of mental illness. We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our consultations and online survey last November, or supported us in any other way. Your feedback was really important to informing this Election Agenda – we may have even quoted you (anonymously of course). We’re busy sending them out to NSW politicians at the moment.

Join us to advocate for the priorities in this agenda - you can write to political parties and your local candidates and spread the word about this Election Agenda to your friends and family.

Click for more info and a copy of the Election Agenda

A hearing on GP co-payments and other health matters

You might have heard about some of the Federal Government’s proposals around health, such as introducing a GP co-payment.
Last year, we wrote to the Senate Committee that has been looking into these proposals to raise our concerns. Last month, the Senate Committee invited us to go to a hearing to talk further about how some of the health proposals might impact mental health consumers. Some of the issues discussed at the hearing include:

  • How the GP co-payment might impact mental health consumers
  • How the transition from Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks would affect the Partners in Recovery program
  • How the open tender process for Primary Health Networks to private for-profit healthcare providers might impact mental health consumers
We would like to thank everyone who participated in our survey about the Federal Budget last year – and everyone who has engaged with us in other ways. Your input has really helped inform our advocacy work around these important issues.
Click on these links for information about the Senate Select Committee on Health, BEING’s submission, and a transcript of the hearing BEING attended.

Voting over the phone or Internet

Thinking about how you’re going to get your vote in for the NSW election held on 28th March? You might be able to vote using a telephone or the internet if you’re eligible for the iVote® system. The iVote® system is available to people enrolled in NSW who: are blind or have low vision; have literacy needs; have a disability; live more than 20kms from a polling place; or will be outside NSW on election day. For more information, visit or call 1300 135 736.

Final Report on Welfare Reform

Australia’s welfare system, which includes Centrelink payments and employment services, has been undergoing a review since 2013. The Final Report into the review, A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes, was released last week. It makes recommendations to the Government about how the welfare system should be reformed.
More information about the review and a copy of the Final Report can be found here.

Consumer Workers’ Project

The Consumer Workers’ Committee has hit the ground running this year, starting with a very productive all-day planning meeting earlier last month. At this meeting, representatives from both InfoMH and MHCC presented on exciting new projects that will be rolling out this year.

The Committee has already started planning its Annual Forum and is working on a range of issues including: the use of smoking cessation programs in community mental health services, the effect of activity-based funding on the consumer workforce, sick leave for Consumer Workers and Peer Supervision.

Reporting back on young people and medication

The Mental Health Commission of NSW Recently published a paper on the issue of Medication and Mental Illness. The aim of this paper was to consolidate feedback from consumers all over NSW from many walks of life. The Commission was keen for more input from young people with a lived experience, and so this February, BEING connected with young people to hear their views and experiences.

The policy team at BEING went to an inpatient services to seek feedback from young consumers about the issue. We also invited young people all over NSW to take part in an online survey asking young consumers about their experiences and perspectives around the use of medication for mental illness.

BEING wants to thank all the services that helped us connect with young people and all the young people who shared their experiences with us.

Your Chance to Participate

Nous group is seeking input from consumers

The Nous group is seeking input from consumers as part of an assessment of the NSW Mental Health Commission.

We would like to hear from between 6 and 10 people as part of a stakeholder consultation that will involve a group discussion with a duration of two hours.  The group discussion will focus on 11 questions around the role and objectives of the Commission, as well as the preparation of the strategic plan, and thinking forward on ways that the Commission can be effective in their role.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 18th March from 2pm to 4pm at The Nous group offices, Level 35, 60 Margaret st, Sydney.

Attendees will be remunerated for their time spent at the meeting. 

Please contact Michelle Brunton from the Nous Group on (02) 8281 8068

NSW Ministry of Health is conducting a review of consumer participation

The NSW Ministry of Health is conducting a review of consumer participation in mental health services in New South Wales.  As part of this review NSW Health has developed a survey which aims to get feedback from people who use mental health services and people work in consumer roles within the services about consumer participation.  The results of the survey will inform plans to strengthen and support consumer participation.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.  This is an opportunity for you to give your views about the current level of consumer participation and we would greatly appreciate your taking the time to complete the survey.  The closing date for the survey is 20 March 2015.

Click here to take part in the survey
Employment Opportunities


Trauma Specialist Trainers Needed

MHCC is looking for dynamic and inspiring trainers with a keen understanding of interpersonal trauma and demonstrated experience delivering trauma-informed services. Enquires and application are to be addressed to Erika Hewitt email or mail to MHCC, PO Box 668 Rozelle 2039 or fax 02 9810 8145. You can access more information here

Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management - Casual/Contractor Trainers Needed

MHCC is looking for trainers and assessors for the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management CHC60312 who are highly motivated and who demonstrate a strong commitment to providing excellent training and assessment. Enquires and application are to be addressed to Erika Hewitt email or mail to MHCC, PO Box 668 Rozelle 2039 or fax 02 9810 8145.

Applications close 5pm on 10th March, 2015 and you can access more information here

Peer Support Worker Roles

  • Youth Peer Support Worker

An exciting new role has been created for a Youth Peer Support Worker to work with young people in inpatient and community settings. This is a permanent fulltime position. You can access more information here

  • Senior Peer Support Worker

The Senior Peer Support Worker will provide strategic direction, supervision and support for all peer support workers in SLHD as well as providing core peer support services for mental health consumers. This is a permanent fulltime position. You can access more information here

Both positions close March 13th, 2015. Please contact Megan Still on 0417 043 648 or with any queries.

Expression of Interest - St George/ Sutherland Mental Health Service - Consumer Advisory Committee Member

The St George/ Sutherland Mental Health Service is seeking expressions of interest from mental health consumers to join the Consumer Advisory Committee which will meet quarterly.

Please note that written applications need to be submitted by close of business on Friday 6th March 2015

If you require more information about the Consumer Advisory Committee or how you may address the Criteria, please contact Leonie Dunn on 9553 2500.

NEW ASCA WORKSHOP! Foundation for Trauma-Informed Practice

When: 27 March 2015, Sydney
To register and for more information please click 'continue reading' or get in touch with the ASCA office on (02) 8920 3611

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Research Participation - Canakinumab Add-on Treatment for Schizophrenia (CATS) Study

You are invited to participate in a research study of a human immune cell-line antibody upon language, memory, and symptoms of schizophrenia.

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