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Mental health programs on offer

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Community Links Wellbeing is reminding residents about a number of mental health programs they have on offer.

The first is ReFrame which is a youth service for 12-25 year olds.

"You In Mind" offers individual psychological support to anyone over 12 from professional mental health clinicians and the Beyond Blue New Access program offers quick, accessible, confidential support for new and emerging challenges.

There's also the Clinical Psychology Program which is a NO FEE, fully bulk billed intervention service.

Referrals can be made by contacting the intake line on 0455 104 104 or emailing [email protected]


MOU signed to continue mentoring program

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A memorandum of understanding has been signed between three local community groups to continue rolling out a youth mentoring program at Bowral and Moss Vale High schools.

The program called ' Raise ' involves mentors offering one to one support to young people.

Southern Highlands Foundation Chair Shelley Boyce said they're already seeing fantastic results.

"The young people who are in the program maybe disengaged at school or may just need someone in their life that they can talk to,"she said.

Raise was founded in 2008, and is is a not-for-profit organisation.

It delivers mentoring programs in six states and 184 high schools across Australia.

Image: Raise Media


State of the art medical services planned for Shoalhaven Hospital



The redeveloped Shoalhaven Hospital will include a new acute care building connected to the existing hospital, according to the masterplan for the $438 million upgrade.

South Coast MP Shelley Hancock said the upgrade would provide a significantly larger hospital precinct with new facilities including cardiology, mental health and aged care wards, more operating theatres and a new emergency department.

The Master Plan for the redevelopment has been released, giving the community its first look at the state-of the-art health services it can look forward to accessing close to home.

"Shoalhaven residents will have a significantly larger hospital precinct with enhanced health services close to home so they won’t have to leave the region for the majority of their treatment and care," Mrs Hancock said.

"In addition to fantastic new facilities such as cardiology, mental health and aged care wards, more operating theatres and a new emergency department, there will also be greater access to more specialised staff, equipment and technology."

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said bringing the next generation of world-class health care services to regional communities like Shoalhaven to improve health outcomes was a key focus for the NSW Government.

"This $438 million Shoalhaven Hospital redevelopment will provide enormous benefits to locals who will have easy access to some of the best health services and specialists in the state," Mr Hazzard said.


The master plan will guide the final design of the hospital and the scope of the new and expanded services including:

* a new cardiology inpatient ward, close observation unit and cardiac catheterisation laboratory

* a new emergency department to increase emergency care capacity

* a new intensive care unit and state-of-the-art ward

* MRI service, nuclear medicine department and interventional radiology 

* two new medical wards and expanded outpatient clinics

* additional operating theatres, new overnight surgical ward, and a dedicated day surgery zone

* a new acute mental health ward 

* a new maternity clinic and Midwifery Group Practice

* a new paediatric unit 

* aged care ward with more beds and expanded outpatient clinics.

The existing hospital will also undergo refurbishments to allow for new and expanded services.

As part of the master plan the southern end of Nowra Park will be retained as greenspace for everyone to enjoy, including the large blackbutt tree, which is proposed to become a key feature due to its significance to the community. 0

Health Infrastructure and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District are on track to commence work on the project early next year.

Yesterday’s announcement will be followed by a comprehensive planning and design process that will include representation from staff and the community.

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The Men's Table comes to Kangaroo Valley


Men in Kangaroo Valley will tonight have a chance to meet and talk openly and honestly, connecting with others without fear of being judged.

That's the aim of the Men's Table, which is coming to the Valley with an introductory meeting, called an entree, at the Friendly Inn tonight.

Regional host for the men's table in NSW, and Berry table member, Michael Collins, said the entree meeting will focus on the organisation's guiding principles, called the fundamentals.

"The fundamentals are meeting principles on how to have geed conversations, and also to deal with tricky stuff as well when men gather, so that we can actually share what's really going on for ourselves - the highs and lows of what's going on in our lives," he said.

Mr Collins said that was a different experience for some men, but it was all about having conversations with more substance, and establishing deeper connections, than men often have.

"The superficial conversations that we have with a lot of our mates can actually be the conversations that  we really want to have - not going past sharing our feelings, sharing the highs, the good stuff and the bad stuff, maybe even being vulnerable about what's going on in our lives and just being listened to," he said.

Being listened to and being heard was a key component of the meetings, Mr Collins said.

"We have a rule about not fixing each other - one of the favourite rules, I think 98 per cent of men quote that as their favourite rule," he said.

"Guys tend to want to turn up and if you've got a problem it's like 'You're just having a whinge,' and then some guy will come up with a story about how he's going to fix you because guys just tend to do that stuff.

"But that's not really what helps good listening, and it's not necessarily what men need.

"They don't want to be fixed by someone else, they possibly just want to turn up and get the stuff that's in their head, out of their head and onto the table."

Anyone interested in attending tonight's meeting in Kangaroo Valley, or future meetings of Men's Tables in other areas, can contact Mr Collins on 0450 612 358.

Walk a mile in my shoes - Mental Health Peer support for medico's and patients


Southern NSW Local Health District has launched a Mental Health Lived  Experience  Framework to ensure people with experience of mental illness continue to shape and deliver the district’s mental health services.

The Peerframework was designed and developed by a joint working group that included  Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health, COORDINARE, community-based organisations, and people with lived experience of mental illness who also work in mental health services.


Mental Health Director, Damien Eggleton, said the framework will create the groundwork for the region to grow its expertise of people with lived experience of a mental illness, also known as Peer Workers.

Peer Workers, who have walked the mental health path, provide insight for mental health professionals and empathy for those experiencing mental health issues and those who are confused or fearful when entering mental health treatment.

"The  Framework will guide us as we develop and grow this important role in our workforce,” Mr. Eggleton said.


Mr. Eggleton said that Peer Workers can also support clinical teams to understand the needs,  including cultural needs, of consumers and patients.

He said, “It was important that the Aboriginal community were also involved in the development  of the Framework and the role of Aboriginal peer workers.”

It is anticipated that the framework will serve as a template for a range of Lived Experience  Workforces, such as suicide prevention, disability services, social housing, forensic mental health, justice, and incarceration as they continue to develop across the health system.

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Young Citizen of the Year announced

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Moss Vale High School Captain Jeremy Millward has been named the Wingecarribee Young Citizen of the Year for his work with mental health.

Jeremy does plenty of work suicide prevention organisation R U OK?.

He even helped organise an R U OK? Week at his school.

Last year he received the Young Conversation Champion Award at the 2021 Barbara Hocking Memorial Awards.

Jeremy said he feels wonderful having received the Wingecarribee Young Citizen of the Year Award.

"It's something I was really shocked to receive,

"I'm very proud, "he said.

Image: Jeremy Millward