Volunteers needed

Are you someone who would like to help others with mental health issues? Wellways is recruiting volunteers for our phone service Helpline, based in Melbourne. This support and referral service is available to anyone and provides the latest information to people experiencing mental health issues, as well as their family, friends and carers.

The service is “peer-led”, which means anyone volunteering with the Helpline will have their own, lived experience of mental health issues either from personal experience or as someone who cares for a family member or friend. Free training provided.

Applications close 1 July.

Apply to be a Helpline Volunteer

Help yourselves

The Victorian Government is calling for applications from disability self-help groups to share in $250,000 in grants. The funds are designed to support and strengthen self-help groups for people with disability and their families.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available with applications closing 12 July.

More information and expressions of interest available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Brain injury thoughts

Brain Injury Australia invites people with a brain injury, their family members, researchers, clinicians, allied health professionals, service providers and policymakers to submit a presentation proposal for its 7th National Brain Injury Conference – to be held, in partnership with the Melbourne Disability Institute, at The University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus on 28 and 29 October.

Applications close 1 July.

Visit the Brain Injury Conference website.

Have your say

There’s still time to have a say about the future of Australia’s National Disability Strategy, in a survey open until next month. The policy is about creating a more inclusive society that enables people with a disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens and the survey is your chance to speak about the everyday reality.

The public survey is open until 5 July.

What’s ons

  1. 2019 Australian National Indigenous Research Conference, 1-3 July, Brisbane
  2. National Suicide Prevention Conference, 22-25 July, Melbourne
  3. National Housing Conference, 27-30 August, Darwin
  4. Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium, 28-30 October, Adelaide