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Organisations relevant for Carers

Anxiety Disorder Association of Victoria (ADAVIC)

adavic.org

ADAVIC provides support, information and resources to individuals suffering from or affected by anxiety, depression, and related issues. They act as an entry-level service with "grass-roots" support and resources for issues including anxiety, stress, worry, and its related disorders such as depression, phobias, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sleep disorders, and self-esteem problems.

Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC)

adec.org.au

ADEC is a state-wide organisation that strives to empower people with a disability from Non-English speaking backgrounds, their carers, and families to fully participate as members of the Victorian community.

Anxiety Recovery Centre of Victoria (ARCVic)

arcvic.com.au

ARCVic is a state-wide, specialist mental health organisation, providing support, recovery and educational services to people and families living with anxiety disorders. They aim to support and equip people with knowledge and skills that will build resilience and recovery and reduce the impact of anxiety disorders.

beyondblue

beyondblue.org.au

beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Black Dog Institute

blackdoginstitute.org.au

The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit organisation and world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

The Bouverie Centre

bouverie.org.au

The Bouverie Centre: Victoria’s Family Institute combines clinical family therapy, academic teaching, qualitative and quantitative research, workforce development and community education in one integrated service.

Carers Victoria

carersvictoria.org.au

Carers Victoria provide care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is an older person with care needs. They work closely with government and other support organisations to improve the lives of caring families throughout Victoria.

Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV)

eatingdisorders.org.au

EDV is the first point of contact for sufferers and families of people with an eating disorder. They connect the community with the services and support they need for recovery.

Grow

grow.org.au

Australia's leading mutual help program for people with a mental illness.

Health Translations Directory

healthtranslations.vic.gov.au

This directory links to online multilingual health resources from government departments, peak health bodies, hospitals, community health centres and welfare agencies.

Infoxchange

infoxchange.org/au

Infoxchange is a not-for-profit social enterprise that delivers technology for social justice. They work with community, government and corporate partners to solve family violence, homelessness, mental health and issues facing people with disabilities, the elderly, Aboriginal, Maori and Pasifika communities.

National Mental Health Commission

mentalhealthcommission.gov.au

Australia’s first National Mental Health Commission was set up in 2012 to provide independent reports and advice to the community and government on what’s working and what’s not. They work across all areas that promote mental health and prevent mental illness and suicide–not just government and not just health, but education, housing, employment, human services and social support. By leading, advising, collaborating and reporting we will help transform systems and promote change, so that all Australians achieve the best possible mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health Australia (MHA)

mhaustralia.org

Mental Health Australia is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector and committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians.

Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria) (MHFA(V))

mentalhealthvic.org.au

MHFA(V) is an organisation of professionals, sufferers, families of sufferers, related organistations concerned with mental health and concerned members of the public. MHFA(V) is part of the national and international mental health movement.

Mind Australia (Vic)

mindaustralia.org.au

Mind is a leading provider of community mental health services. They support people to live connected, productive and satisfying lives.

National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF)

nmhccf.org.au

NMHCCF is the combined national voice for consumers and carers participating in the development of mental health policy and sector in Australia.

Peninsula Carer Council

peninsulacarercouncil.org.au

The Peninsula Carer Council provides support, and resource information to carers of people with a mental illness on the Mornington Peninsula and advocates on their behalf regarding issues of concern to carers. Peninsula Carer Council has a support Group for Carers of people with a Mental Illness which meets in Frankston.

Psychosocial Research Centre (PRC)

psychosocialrc.com.au

PRC undertakes research, training, service development and policy reform, aimed at improving outcomes for adults recovering from mental illness through psychological and social treatments and approaches. The PRC is a collaboration of the University of Melbourne and North Western Mental Health. The Centre also works with a broad range of community organisations to foster research and service partnerships.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)

www.ranzcp.org

RANZCP is responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand.

SANE

sane.org

SANE is national mental health organisation promoting the wellbeing of people affected by complex mental illness. SANE provides information, referral and direct support for people affected by, or concerned about, mental illness.

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc. (VACCHO)

vaccho.org.au

VACCHO is the peak body for the health and wellbeing of Victorian Aboriginal people.

Psychiatric Disability Service of Victoria (VICSERV)

vicserv.org.au

VICSERV is a membership-based organisation and the peak body representing community managed mental health services in Victoria. They support community mental health service providers in Victoria by building their capacity to ensure respect, opportunity and recovery for people affected by mental illness. We collaborate with our members and partner with government and others to influence consumer-controlled mental health policy and practice in Victoria. 

Victorian Transcultural Mental Health

vtmh.org.au

Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) is a state-wide unit, funded by the Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and administered by St Vincent's Hospital. VTMH works with you to integrate skills and practices to address inequality in mental health service provision.

The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)

vmiac.org.au

The VMIAC is the peak Victorian non-government organisation for people who have experience with a mental illness or emotional distress. VMIAC engages in a number of activities, which include information provision, advice, mutual support and self- help, individual, group and systemic advocacy, research and evaluation, and education and training.

Voices Vic

prahranmission.org.au/ourservices/voices-vic

Voices Vic is a statewide specialist program led by people with a lived experience, which seeks to improve the lives of people who hear voices.

Wellways

wellways.org

Wellways Australia Limited is a leading not-for-profit mental health and disability support organisation whose services span mental health, disability and community care, and reach thousands of people each year. They work with a diverse range of people living with mental health issues or various disabilities, and their families, friends and carers, to bring about positive change and build good lives in their communities. This can include creating a home, securing a job and building meaningful relationships.

Government

Centrelink

humanservices.gov.au/customer/dhs/centrelink

Centrelink are responsible for the development of service delivery policy and provide access to social, health and other payments and services.

Department of Social Services (DSS)

dss.gov.au

The Department of Social Services aspires to be Australia’s pre-eminent social policy agency. Our mission is to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia.

Department of Human Services (Victoria)

dhs.vic.gov.au

Department of Human Services aspires for all Victorians to be healthy, safe and able to lead a life they value. We deliver policies, programs and services that support and enhance the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.

Health Victoria

health.vic.gov.au/mental-health

Victoria's hub for mental health services and business.

Because Mental Health Matters - Victorian Mental Health Reform Strategy 2009–2019

This document sets out a vision and agenda for a new phase of mental health reform, building on previous progressive developments and on Victoria's widely acknowledged leadership in this area. It aims to help us invest in the most effective interventions to deliver the health, social and economic benefits that are valued by individuals and the community. More