Wellways was at the recent theMHS conference, “Hear the Whisper, Not the Roar”, in Adelaide last month to present papers about some of our work in community inclusion and peer support. Charlie Anderson and Amielle Penny spoke about “Out Together”, a unique model for developing an LGBTIQ+ peer workforce under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

“This work is pioneering in the NDIS environment – introducing LGBTIQ+ specific peer-workers in the NDIS in a mainstream disability and mental health organisation unique,” said Charlie, the project’s manager.  

“Out together is important to redress the challenges experienced by LGBTIQ+ individuals in maximising true choice and control in the NDIS,” Charlie said. “It is also important for testing new models of work, enhancing Wellways’ inclusivity, and for the wider systemic change and advocacy this work is contributing to.”

The Wellways Shooting Stars basketball team

Marinette Dames, South Eastern Melbourne Regional Manager, spoke about Shooting Stars, a community basketball program operating in Frankston and managed by Len DeAraugo. 

Hugely popular, in two years 56 people have played with the team - which has no selection criteria – and is open to all abilities and anyone from the local community. “This speaks to the Wellways blueprint of community inclusion,” Marinette said. “We would like to expand this program to other parts of our region and are keen to promote it.”

The Mental Health Services Learning Network (theMHS) is an international learning network for improving mental health services.