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Scholarships to attend the 2015 Service User Academia Symposium in Auckland

“Attendance at this symposium is ‘soul food’ for me on an intellectual, physically and emotional level providing me with an opportunity to connect with, and learn from, my peers. I find that being there with ‘my people’ and our allies affirms, encourages and challenges me in my work.” – Lyn Mahboub, 2014 scholarship recipient.

The Service User Academia symposium has been run annually since 2011 for the purposes of advancing the discipline of service user academia – the meaningful involvement of service users in mental health and addiction research and teaching.

The 5th Service User Academia symposium will be held in Auckland, New Zealand on the 30th November/1st December 2015 with the theme being ‘Creating Connections and Building Bridges Together: One Step Closer’.

The co-hosts are pleased to announce the availability of 2 scholarships to support service users to attend.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must:

  • be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or a New Zealand or Australian permanent resident
  • identify as a service user/survivor/consumer
  • currently involved (in some capacity) in mental health research and/or teaching
  • have an interest in developing yourself as a service user academic
  • not currently in paid employment of more than one day per week
  • be unable to attend without the support of a scholarship.

VALUE

Each scholarship has a value of $1750 to go towards the travel and accommodation expenses associated with attendance; and a registration (valued at approximately $250).

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants are asked to prepare a 500-750 word essay explicating how you fit the criteria and:

  • what you anticipate getting out of the symposium
  • how you intend contributing to the symposium
  • how you will use the symposium to build service user academia capacity

All essays must be received by Dr Sarah Gordon no later than no later than 30th June 2015.

Recipients of the scholarships shall be selected by a panel comprising of representatives from the University of Otago (NZ), the University of Canberra (Australia), ACT Health (Australia), Central Queensland University(Australia), and Auckland University of Technology (NZ).

For more information or to submit an essay:
Contact Dr Sarah Gordon
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago Wellington
Telephone Number: 0064 7 8235025
Email Address: sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz

Synergia Report -Think Differently, Ministry of Social Development

Think Differently, led by the Ministry of Social Development, is a social change campaign that seeks to encourage and support a fundamental shift in attitudes and behaviours towards disabled people.

It works across community and national level activities to mobilise personal and community action, to change social attitudes and beliefs that lead to disabled people being excluded, and to increase people’s knowledge and understanding of disability and the benefits of inclusive communities. To support this work, Think Differently commissioned a review of the published and grey literature to understand the factors that cause disabled people to be socially excluded. The review is designed to inform the further development of the Think Differently Campaign. This summary focuses on understanding social exclusion and its key drivers. The methods and a more detailed analysis of the key concepts are provided in the main body of this report.

 

 

Mental Health and Happiness Summit Videos Online

The videos of all interviews broadcast for the Mental Health and Happiness Summit on World Mental Health Awareness Day are now online here.

You can also check out the Mental Health & Happiness Daily Challenges here.

Share Your Experience of High Risk Medicines

This is a request for patients/consumers/family/whanau interested in being interviewed to tell their story about their experience of being on what are known as ‘high risk medicines’.

As you may know in May 2013 the Commission launched a national patient safety campaign to reduce harm from falls, healthcare associated infections, surgery, and medication.

As part this campaign, the Commission wants to develop consumer stories involving high-risk medicines.  High-risk medicines include anticoagulants (eg, warfarin, heparin), opioids (eg, morphine, oxycodone, and fentanyl), insulin, concentrated potassium injection and disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (eg, methotrexate, azathioprine).

Listening to the experiences of health consumers is at the heart of consumer engagement within the health system. The stories give staff and decision-makers a window into the consumer’s world, their experience of the health service and their perceptions of the quality of care they received. You might like to share things like:

  • How did you come to be on this medicine
  • What it is like to be put on these medicines
  • Whether you had explained to you in a way you can understand what the side effects and risks might be
  • Whether you had explained to you in a way you can understand what the medicine is for
  • What you have learned about taking this medicine, ie how your life has been affected
  • How you are getting on now taking this medicine
  • What advice would you give to anyone else taking the same medicine as you

The Commission wants to find patients and clinicians willing to be involved and tell their stories.  These stories will be provided to a wide range of people working in the health and disability sector, and will be aimed at health policy and decision-makers as well as the general public.

The commitment required is a couple of phone calls as way of introduction, setting up the interview etc., an initial interview, and review of the written story to make sure you are happy with it.  If it is an audio visual one then obviously the commitment may require some travelling to where you can be filmed and things like travel and reimbursement will be discussed.

If you are interested, or want more information please ring Natalie Ganley on 021 322 205 or e mail her at Natalie.ganley@hqsc.govt.nz where you will be able to find out more and have all your questions answered. Natalie works Monday to Wednesday in the Auckland office (of the Health Quality & Safety Commission) where the land line is Ph: 09 580 9075

Scholarships to attend the 2014 Service User Academia Symposium

This first Service User Academia Symposium was organised by the University of Auckland in 2011 for the purposes of bringing together those who worked in academia and service users to explore and reflect on the challenges in creating and maintaining meaningful involvement of service users in mental health and addiction research and teaching. Such was the enthusiasm and interest generated that it was decided this should be an annual event.

In 2012 the University of Otago and CQUniversity joined with the University of Auckland to become official co-hosts of the event. With the theme of University Challenged the 2nd symposium was held as another one day event in Auckland and in 2013 the 3rd symposium with the theme of Making Change Happen was held as a two-day event in Melbourne.

The 4th Service User Academia Symposium – Creating Connections – Building Bridges Together –
will be held 1st and 2nd December 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand and the co-hosts are pleased to announce the availability of 2 scholarships to support service users to attend.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must:
• be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or a New Zealand or Australian permanent resident
• identify as a service user/survivor/consumer
• be currently involved (in some capacity) in mental health research and/or teaching
• have an interest in developing yourself as a service user academic.

VALUE
Each scholarship has a value of $1500 to contribute to the travel and accommodation expenses associated with attendance; and a free registration (valued at approximately $250).

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Applicants are asked to write about 750 words explaining how you fit the criteria and:
• what you anticipate getting out of the symposium
• how you intend contributing to the symposium
• how you will use the symposium to build service user academia capacity

All applications must be received by Dr Sarah Gordon no later than 20th April.

Recipients of the scholarships shall be selected by a panel comprising of representatives from the University of Otago (NZ), the University of Auckland (NZ), and CQUniversity (AUS).

For more information or to submit your application:
Dr Sarah Gordon
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago Wellington
Telephone Number: 0064 7 8235025
Email Address: sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz

Creative Skills Workshops with Inspiring Communities, North Shore Auckland, February 2014

High tech and low tech ways to capture local stories. A series of 2 hour workshops (plus networking afterwards) to learn new skills, network and have fun! 

Inspiring Communities is collaborating with Community WaitakereUnitec, NSCSS and Auckland Council to bring a series of creative digital storytelling workshops to the community sector in February 2014.  Collegial conversation over nibbles, wine or beer in February.  We suggest bringing friends and colleagues.

The workshops will cover:

SHOOTING AND EDITING YOUTUBE QUALITY VIDEO IN YOUR SMARTPHONE

PHOTOVOICE

MAPPING COMMUNITY STORIES

Dates: 12, 19 and 26 February 2014,

Time:   3-6pm

Venue: Unitec Henderson.

Cost:    $75pp per workshop or $200 for all three.

RSVP to Mandy: mandy@communitywaitakere.org.nz

Directions will be sent once you have confirmed participation.

Places are limited, so get in quick!

Inspiring Communities new book:  Learning by Doing is now available.  To find out more and order your copy CLICK HERE

Blueprint Leadership Programme Scholarships | Apply by 13 January 2014

Service User Scholarships still available…is one of them for you?

There are two Service User Fees Scholarships remaining for the 2014 Blueprint Leadership Programme. The closing date for these scholarships has been extended until January 13th, 2014.

These scholarships are for people with lived experience who are working in a named service user role.

For more information about the programme, or for an application form go to Blueprint Leadership Programme | Blueprint.

Alternatively you can contact Sonja Goldsack on Sonja.goldsack@blueprint.co.nz   or Ph: 021830061  to discuss an application.

Te Pou Announces Scholarships For New Blueprint Leadership Programme

Scholarships are available through Te Pou to support service users and family/whanau advisors to take part in the new Blueprint Leadership Programme.

The scholarships are open for application to service users who work in a named service-user, consumer, tangata whaiora or peer support role, and to family advisers or people in a leadership role that supports families affected by mental health and/or addiction issues.

Students gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Sector Leadership from the University of Waikato. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the Blueprint for Learning website.

NZQA Peer Support Training in Auckland 2013

The Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health) Level 4 is an NZQA approved course developed specifically for Peer Support Workers to meet the needs of their role.

Dates:

  • May 15th/16th, 29th/30th
  • June 12th/13th, 26th/27th
  • July 10th/11th, 24th/25th

Days: Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Venue: Mind and Body, 395A Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland

Cost: $1035.00 (incl GST) – with scholarship (see below for details)
$3335.00 (incl GST) – without scholarship

This (course) has had an overwhelming positive experience on my life, it’s given me the opportunity to put my knowledge and skills into something I feel very passionate about and at the same time go through my own self development.
~ Certificate in Peer Support student

NZQA Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health) (Level 4)
The challenges of Peer Support are unique. You are required to bring elements of deeply personal experience into a professional setting, and to make difficult decisions on a regular basis about how best to promote recovery. The Certificate in Peer Support ensures you are fully equipped to rise to these challenges, and become great Peer Support Workers.

For more information contact: Philippa Coyle philippa@mindandbody.co.nz 09 630 5909 x817 or visit the website www.mindandbody.ac.nz

Scholarships Available – Auckland NZQA Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health) (Level 4)
Mind and Body Learning and Development are currently taking applications for scholarships for their Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health), Level 4.

With scholarship the cost of the Certificate is only $1035.00 (incl GST)
Scholarships are limited so be quick to apply!

Applications close: 9am, Monday 15th April 2013

Criteria for receiving a scholarship

To meet the criteria for receiving a scholarship you must:

  • Have made suitable practicum placement arrangements before the start of the course. The practicum component occurs on the job, typically over a six month period
  • Have personal experience of mental illness
  • Have evidence of recovery and strategies for maintaining well-being
  • Have at least level 3 English language and literacy skills

To apply for scholarships please contact:
Philippa Coyle
philippa@mindandbody.co.nz
09 630 5909 x817

Te Pou Offer Scholarship for Mental-Health Leadership Exchange: Applications Close 31 Jan 2013

Are you a leader with lived experience? Or do you know of someone who is?

Please forward this note to any ‘consumers’ who might be interested!

The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) is hosting its annual Leadership Exchange from 4th to 8th March 2013. Around 300 leaders from all parts of the mental health and addiction sector from seven countries will attend. A Leadership Exchange is made up of two parts: a two-day learning intensive (or “match”) and a two-day Network Meeting. This is a great opportunity to share best practice and learn new ideas.

Te Pou is offering a  limited amount of sponsorship funding for people with lived experience of mental health and addiction problems to attend the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) Leadership Exchange in Auckland in March 2013. Consumers must be a registered IIMHL member to attend the 2013 Leadership Exchange.

Sponsorship will contribute towards travel and accommodation costs, depending on the location of the Leadership Exchange and the recipient’s usual home address.

Applications opened on the 7th January and close at the end of the business day on Thursday 31 January.

To apply, download and complete the application form (PDF, 53KB) which contains the terms and conditions. application form (PDF, 93KB).

Please email applications to admin@tepou.co.nz.