In February 2017, the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention workshop, convened by Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA), initiated discussion on a 2025 strategic framework for suicide prevention.
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The Pharmacy Guild ACT Branch is currently running their Quit for 2 in Community Pharmacy program. Building off the successful of 'Smoking cessation in pharmacy' project, the Pharmacy Guild continues to get out and about spreading the word about the 61 pharmacies and 290 health professionals trained in smoking cessation, who are available to help smoking pregnant women. Knowing that often quitting smoking can take a few attempts so talking to a pharmacist could help with knowing what options are right and what is the best way for individuals’ to quit.
On 21st–22nd November 2016, the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community of Practice hosted a forum in Canberra entitled Stories of Change through Effective Development Practice. The ninety participants included community representatives, development practitioners, academics and government representatives.
The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) is undertaking a project to develop Canberra's very own recovery college and are pleased to be hosting a series of stakeholder workshops to inform it's design and development. Recovery colleges are well established in the UK, US and other capital cities around Australia as places of learning, inspiration and hope for people living with mental illness, their carers, family and friends. Colleges operate in a similar way to adult learning centres, off
Mental Health First Aid Australia have released a response and discussion guideline regarding the Netflix show "13 Reasons Why". Many will have heard in recent days about the recently released Netflix show, ‘13 Reasons Why’.
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service have released their newsletter for April 2017. Winnunga is an Aboriginal community controlled primary health care service operated by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of the ACT.
CREATE has a goal to reduce the stigma associated with children and young people with a care experience. Children and young people with a care experience can often face discrimination in many forms that may have a negative impact on their lives. CREATE has launched a Snap that Stigma campaign which includes a video featuring 8 young people sharing their experiences and perspectives on the issue of stigma during their time in care. CREATE hopes that hearing their voices inspires change to the preconceived views that some people may have about young people with a care experience.
The Department of Social Services provides a Free Interpreting Service primarily to non-English speaking Australian citizens and permanent residents communicating with approved community organisations and individual service providers. The Free Interpreting Service Policy is designed to provide equitable access to key services (that are not government funded) for eligible Australians who do not speak English.
The NADA Aboriginal Inclusion Tool: A tool to improve Aboriginal inclusion in AOD services is now available.
The Aboriginal inclusion tool is a comprehensive resource that helps services to assess the inclusiveness of organisational practices in working with Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal community, and provides suggestions for improvements to organisational policy and processes.
headspace Queanbeyan is inviting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (aged 12-25) to their Close the Gap Day event on 16 March 2017, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. headspace Queanbeyan is putting on a feed and running some tattoo art and drumming activities, it will also be an opportunity for young people to meet some Raiders players and see the centre, and what headspace Queanbeyan is all about. Please pass on to any young Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who may be interested to attend.