Carer Consultants are employed by Victorian Mental Health Services. They provide education & support on services for carers and families of a person experiencing a mental illness.
Alison Tickner is the Carer Consultant at South West Healthcare Mental Health Services. Carer Consultants are employed within Mental Health Services to represent the interests of carers/family members, advocate for their needs and they also have a personal experience of caring for someone with a mental illness. A lot of people don’t refer to or see themselves as carers but rather as someone doing what needs to be done. A carer can be a family member, relative or friend who provides unpaid care and support another person who has a disability, mental illness or chronic condition.
Alison is available to help you understand the mental health system, to listen to your concerns, communicate and assist you with your needs and to help you access support. I aim to ensure that your rights are recognised, respected and supported in all aspects of the Mental Health Service and to promote family and carer wellbeing.
Our carer consultant understands that caring for a loved one with mental illness can be very stressful and exhausting and how important it is to look after yourself and other family members. Remember to make time for yourself regularly for this reason I am available to meet with you to discuss your needs and help with access to the Carer Support Fund.
Caring for someone who is ill may make many demands on you and can have consequences for you and the rest of the family. This is perfectly normal. Looking after your own physical and emotional health is essential. For this reason South West Healthcare Mental Health Services & the Family, Friends and Carers Committee has put together the Caregiver Wellbeing Screen. You can download and complete the wellbeing screen to keep track of your own needs, or use it to communicate your needs to other people involved in your care or the care of your loved one.
South West Healthcare Mental Health Services understands that caring for a relative or friend with a mental illness can present many challenges. The aim of the Carer Support Fund (CSF) is to support & assist you in your caring role for a person with a mental illness, by providing funding for carer/parent/family member’s needs. In doing so, the program helps to promote and sustain the caring relationship and improve the wellbeing of carers. All applications are discussed with either the Mental Health clinician or Carer Consultant of South West Healthcare Mental Health Services. Applications are made and then forward to the Tandem (representing Victorian Mental Health carers) for processing. On receipt of completed applications that meet the guidelines for payment, the funds are distributed as soon as possible.
Respite programs are another option which is available to give family, friends and carers time out to take a break. Respite can reduce the stress of caring & assist you to look after your own health & wellbeing.
South West Healthcare Mental Health Service is committed to the involvement of family, friends and carers of people with a Mental Illness. The CCAC is for carers, family members, friends and consumers who are paid a sitting fee to advise SWHMHS Leadership Group on various issues in planning, development, delivery and evaluation of services. An expression of interest to join the CCAC can be sent to the Carer Consultant/Consumer Consultant or email firstname.lastname@example.org