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November 2017 Recovery Month Planning Meeting 

On Thursday 9 November we had our last meeting for Recovery Month at Collective Purpose (CP).  

The agenda for the meeting is below and some notes will come and be distributed through Mailchimp in the next few days as to the actions. 

The next meeting will be held in Feb 2018 at CP

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Link for Zoom Video Link

Hi there,

This is to let you know we have a scheduled meeting on Wednesday from 1 till 4 pm.

If you are not able to attend in person you can join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap : Australia: +61280152088,,3182163455# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

Australia: +61 (0) 2 8015 2088 Meeting ID: 318 216 3455

International numbers available:

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This is the Abstract from a paper by Jackie Crowe

Mental health leaders, policy makers and successive national and state governments have tried countless incremental reforms. Yet, for decades in Australia, independent inquiries and reports have concluded that our mental health ‘system of care’ is a misnomer. It is fragmented, ineffective, ineffcient and unfair. For far too long, people, families and communities have paid a heavy price for this. Reform in itself will not be the solution that we can hang all our hopes on. Disruptive innovations are now sneaking into the mental health sector and beginning to be taken up en masse. Sitting alongside this is a budding revolution – an unrest stirring in our communities that has not been seen before in the history of mental health. People are raising their expectations and communities are demanding better. With external (revolution, disruption) and internal (reform) forces colliding at a similar time, a perfect storm is being created for what could be the long-awaited and much-needed change we have longed to see. But it will not be without pain because, given a choice, most will opt for stability over change. But ignoring what is coming may not be wise.

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Release of Co-Design report

The Co-Design Initiative is a voluntary project led by consumers and carers and auspiced by Civil Society Australia. It is a response to planned review and reforms for the mental health system, led by the creation of Primary Health Networks.

Our goal… is to ensure that consumers and carers are at the centre in mental health system design, development and delivery.

The Co-design Initiative organised two co-design events, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. Referred to as ‘conferences’ and as ‘symposia’ these were actually interactive workshops that enabled a large number of people to share their knowledge, experience and ideas about co-design.

The core question considered at these events was: how can we make sure that consumers and carers are integral to and leading the reform of the mental health system in each PHN?

Two interactive workshops explored the questions:

Workshop 1: Common Ground – what are the essential elements of authentic codesign?

Workshop 2: Co-creation – what could a consumer and carer ‘hub’ look like in the context of a PHN? More than two hundred people participated in the events.

The written and verbal feedback from the events has formed the basis of the Co-design: Shared perspectives on authentic co-design report.

Codesign shared perspectives reportcodesign