Social Co-operatives and mental health services in Trieste, Italy: what can we learn and how could this be translated into an Australian context

13th Sep 2013  01:00 pm - 13th Sep 2013 02:00 pm

Topic

"Social Co-operatives and mental health services in Trieste, Italy: what can we learn and how could this be translated into an Australian context?" by Vivienne Miller.

Bio

Vivienne has worked in mental health services in Australia and England for over 40 years in many capacities: occupational therapist and manager, quality improvement manager, university lecturer, co-ordinator of site visit educational programs, project officer to develop mental health standards, member of research teams, mental health educator and conference director. She is a co-author of the National Standards for Mental Health Services (1996) and an advisor to the National Mental Health Workforce Standards and the 2010 revision of the National Standards for Mental Health Services. She is currently the Conference Director of the largest, most inclusive mental health conference in Australia (TheMHS Conference). TheMHS attracts over 1000 clinicians, managers, team leaders, consumers, families, educators, policy-makers and researchers annually; provides bursaries for consumers (people with mental illness) to attend the conference; administers and organises national mental health service achievement awards. She is a dramatherapist and is the founder of NECTA, an arts therapy network in Sydney, which organised conferences and workshops on the arts, therapy and education 1980 - 2008. She holds a Masters in Education and Work (Macquarie University) and has just completed an undergraduate degree in European Languages at Macquarie University, studying Italian so she can learn more about the Italian reforms in mental health, but also to travel to Italy for the coffee, food, art and the people. Currently she is involved in the development of SEMHA (Social Enterprise Mental Health Alliance) which advocates innovative uses for the ex-psychiatric hospital site at Callan Park, Sydney. This is an exciting project to set up social enterprises on the former hospital site to provide work and training opportunities for people with mental health problems. This project will include the Museum of the Mind, conference and learning centre and a resource and creative centre for consumers and carers.