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Hi Everyone,

This fortnight we are thinking of the communities of Katherine, Robinson River, Binjari, Warlpiri Camp, Rockhole and surrounding areas that are affected by the spread of COVID-19 in the NT. There have been a number of reports into the impact the pandemic is having on mental health as people are concerned about contracting the virus as well as being isolated from their usual support networks.
We applaud those people coming forward to get tested and getting the vaccine to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their community.
Special mention and thanks to the workforce of the emergency response coordination effort who have been a part of ensuring people in these areas are safe and have access to the necessities and supports they need at this time.
Congratulations to those who presented at the Innovation in Wellbeing Services Seminar held by Menzies last week A thankyou also goes to the teams and individuals from the sector proudly discussing the outcomes they are achieving – and by sharing you are growing the sector.
A reminder the NT Mental Health Coalition AGM and special resolution is this Thursday, 12pm at Adina Apartments at the Waterfront and via MS Teams.

If you haven’t RSVP’d and would like to attend please email

Geoff Radford
Chief Executive Officer
Extension for NT disability strategy submissions

How to have your say:
Your experiences, values and ideas will inform the development of the Strategy.

You can have your say by:
  • completing the Northern Territory Disability Strategy Survey
  • uploading a written submission to the discussion paper
  • sharing your ideas with members of the NT Disability Strategy Oversight Group and Working Groups (External link)
  • attending an NT Disability Strategy workshop (External link)
  • contacting the Office of Disability at (External link) or (08) 8999 2445.
You can ask for help to give your feedback by contacting:

Darwin Community Legal Services (Top End)
Tel: (08) 8982 1111 or 1800 812 953 (free call).
Disability Advocacy Services (Central Australia)
Tel: (08) 8953 1422
Please provide your input by 31 December 2021
More information the Northern Territory Disability Strategy is available on the Office of Disability consultation webpage. or 

Top End Mental Health Consumers Organisation Inc (TEMHCO) is not-for-profit and charity organisation in Palmerston.
Their drop-in centre gives people living with a mental illness a place to feel safe, build friendships and get the help and support they need.
They work with other organisations to make sure consumers and their families get the best possible service.
Their calendar of events for November can be found here.

Mental Health Association of Central Australia
Special General Meeting and Annual General Meeting
Date: Tuesday 30 November
Time: 4.30pm-6pm
Venue: 14 Lindsay Avenue, East Side
All interested members of the community are cordially invited to attend
Please RSVP by Friday 26 November
Phone: 89504600 Email  
More information can be found here

Australian Human Rights Commission
Women's Voices, Action for Change

Online Event - 24 November, 1pm
“Women are the social fabric of our communities and the glue that holds everything together. We are sovereign women. It is time to listen to our voices now.”
We all deserve to be seen and heard. But for too long, the powerful voices and stories of First Nations Women have not been listened to or recognised. The landmark Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project seeks to change this – and to build a better future of First Nations gender justice and equality across Australia.
You’re invited to join the Australian Human Rights Commission for the launch of Yajilarra nhingi, mindija warrma (from dreams, let's make it reality), a beautiful animation which tells the story of First Nations women’s voices.
Hear from an incredible panel about the role women play in shaping and protecting culture and community – and what you can do to support First Nations gender justice and equality. Come on this journey with us.
This event will be held via Zoom; you will receive the link when you book your tickets. This is a live event, but a recording will be made available to all registered attendees.
More information can be found

Integrated disAbility Action Inc - IdA
International Day of People with Disability is just 2 weeks away and we are celebrating with the Carnival of Fun and the Lord Mayoral Awards.
The Lord Mayoral Awards recognises individuals with a disability who have made an outstanding contribution to the community advocating for the rights and well-being of people with disabilities.
Please see the attached flyer for the Carnival of Fun a free event and the link to The Lord Mayoral Awards | City of Darwin | Darwin Council, Northern Territory
To attend the Carnival Fun, please register here

Child Friendly Alice
Making a Difference for Children and Families

Talks and Presentations from Across the Sector

Child Friendly Alice is hosting a day of talks and presentations from across the sector and are inviting services in Central Australia who are presenting at the 2021 SNAICC Conference to take the opportunity to share their work/ presentations with a local audience, face to face.
This event has been held in the past and was highly successful due to the large number of local practitioners who came along. There will be presentations from Congress-Family Support Service, and Child Youth and Assessment and Treatment Team, as well as Children’s Ground, Central Land Council, NPY Women’s Council, and more to be confirmed.
When: 9am-4pm, Friday 3 December 
Where: The Baptist Church Hall, Crispe St, Alice Springs


The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC)
NTAHC LGBTQI focused Counselling Service
NTAHC now has a LGBTI focused counselling service where everyone is welcome. Available every Tuesday and Wednesday, face-to-face, phone, or online, this confidential and free service is offered within an affirmative and non-judgemental space.
This counselling service can also speak to clients about vaccines and vaccine hesitancy.
Call or text on 0414 809 717 every Tuesday and Wednesday, or email

Mental Health Australia
2021 Grace Groom Memorial Oration
Presented by The Hon Julia Gillard AC 

Wednesday 8 December 2021, 6pm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Attend in person or online

It is with great pleasure that the Mental Health Australia is able to invite you to join them in person, in Canberra, for the 2021 Grace Groom Memorial Oration to be presented by Former Prime Minister of Australia, and current Chair of Beyond Blue, The Hon Julia Gillard AC on Wednesday 8 December at the National Gallery of Australia.
After more than 18 months since we last gathered as a sector face-to-face, we are delighted to be able to host you at the National Gallery of Australia on Wednesday 8 December from 6pm with drinks and canapes to be followed by dinner.
As there are strict capacity limits for the venue in line with relevant ACT Health COVID-19 requirements, we advise purchasing your tickets as soon as possible.
The Memorial Oration will be live-streamed (via Zoom) for those who are unable to attend in person due to current travel restrictions, or personal preference.

Northern Territory PHN News
Postponed - safeTALKS suicide prevention workshops

Unfortunately due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in the NT we have had to postpone these face-to-face workshops until further notice.
Please check back here soon for new dates.
SafeTALK workshops are designed to teach people how to recognise the signs of suicide and engage someone to seek intervention resources for support.
The workshops are face-to-face and run for four hours featuring powerful presentations, audio-visuals, and skills practice. They will:
- improve trainee skills and readiness
- help break down suicide stigma in communities
- ensure a high rate of skill retention by attendees.
- Attendees will have no adverse effects from the training.
All attendees will be able to apply for LivingWork’s START online training resource to use after this workshop, completely funded by the NT PHN.

More information can be found here

National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF)
National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF) and the National PHN Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement Network (MHLEEN) partner with Yale University to a run a transformational leadership development program.
The NMHCCF and MHLEEN, through their jointly funded Leadership Program, are partnering with the Yale University Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) to support up to 15 emerging leaders with a lived experience of recovery of mental health to participate in the LET(s)LEAD Academy, a transformational leadership development program. Candidates will have personal lived experience of mental health distress and recovery and are making positive changes in their community or sector or be interested in transformational change.
The virtual course, facilitated by instructors from PRCH, Department of School of Medicine, Yale, and guest facilitators throughout Australia, will run from February 2022 – November 2022. The first phase of the course consists of 10-weekly online seminars that cover concepts such as developing a personal vision, transformational change, appreciative inquiry, strategy, and change management.
In the second phase of the course, participants will be matched with the mentorship of a community leader nationally or internationally according to a self-chosen piece of work contributing to the lived experience sector. It is intended that after course completion, participants will provide lived experience transformational leadership within their organisation and within the mental health Lived Experience (Peer) workforce sector within Australia.

Further information and applications forms are available via the NMHCCF website or here

Mental Mates Inc
Annual General Meeting – Notice of Postponement
Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 situation in Katherine, the AGM scheduled for the 20th November was postponed.
More information will follow when they are able to reschedule.
In the meantime, please stay safe and check out the Mental Mates Inc website page for information on looking after your mental health while in lock down.
If you wish to receive a copy of AGM documents, please email  
Kind regards,
Mental Mates Incorporated Management Committee

Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin
Strong Carers, Strong Communities: a cluster randomised controlled trial to improve wellbeing of family carers of older people in remote Aboriginal communities
LoGiudice D, Josif C, Malay R, Hyde Z, Haswell MR, Lindeman M, Etherton-Beer C, Atkinson D, Bessarab D, Flicker L, Smith K (2021) Strong Carers, Strong Communities: a cluster randomised controlled trial to improve wellbeing of family carers of older people in remote Aboriginal communities Rural and Remote Health; 21(3): 6078 Retrieved from Strong Carers, Strong Communities: a cluster randomised controlled trial to improve wellbeing of family carers of older people in remote Aboriginal communities.
Read more here

Pro Bono Australia
A podcast by Pro Bono News - Introducing How Can I Help?
In a new podcast, Pro Bono News speaks with people with lived experience and experts in the field on what we can all do to help.
Over six episodes, Pro Bono News speak to people with lived experience and experts in their field as they share their stories and knowledge on what we can all do to help.
Whether you think a friend or colleague is in an abusive relationship, if you see someone sleeping rough, if you want to confront racism, or if a family member is suffering from depression, these conversations could help to better empower you to make a difference.
This podcast might not solve these issues, but it can give us some of the tools we need to help make the world a better place.
New episodes will be dropping weekly, check out what's coming up here.
If you're ready to dive in, the first two episodes in the series are available here, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you access your podcasts.
Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia
Alice Springs
Part Time
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Women's Safety Services of Central Australia
Finance Officer
Alice Springs
Full Time
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The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition is the peak body for community mental health and well-being. We represent NT community managed mental health organisations.

We work in collaboration with a wide network of organisations, people with lived experience, their families and supporters across the Northern Territory.

We work at both a national and local level to improve a national and local level to improve the mental health and well being of Territorians.
As a member of the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition, you commit to supporting NTMHC’s purpose.
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Office Location: 7/18 Bauhinia Street,
Nightcliff Community Centre,
Nightcliff NT 0810
Postal Address: PO BOX 157,
Nightcliff NT 0814
Phone: (08) 8948 2246
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