Aftercare celebrates 110 years at Government House

On the evening of Monday 31st July 2017 at Government House, Sydney, Aftercare celebrated 110 years as the foremost providers of mental health services in Australia.

In attendance were our hosts His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Linda Hurley, The Hon. Tanya Davies MP, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Women and Minister for Ageing and approximately 100 of Aftercare’s well-wishers and supporters.

Dr. Andrew Young, CEO, reflected on a wonderful letter read out by an Aftercare staff member, who chairs the Aftercare Client Advisory Group. Luke Carey, he said, captured the spirit of the evening perfectly, and being his “personal highlight of the night”.

Click here to read Luke’s letter to Aftercare and a bit about our organisations history

National Indigenous Music Awards

This Month nominations for the National Indigenous Music Awards were announced, and Aftercare are excited to share the news that a video created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Elders and families in the Logan community, with the help of Indigenous HIP HOP Projects, Logan City and our headspace Meadowbrook team have been nominated for the 2017 Community Music Clip!

‘I am so happy and proud to have been a part in this amazing project. This is super exciting for headspace Meadowbrook and the Logan community!’. – Linda Peni, Social Inclusion Coordinator headspace Meadowbrook

Celebrating 110 years of mental health service to Australians

Aftercare is Australia’s longest serving provider of mental health support services. For the past 110 years, Aftercare has assisted people with mental health issues and their families to transform their lives.

Please read our July 2017 media release here

Aftercare welcomes new CEO


View message to external stakeholders from John Thomas, Chair Aftercare HERE

Aftercare : The 2017- 2018 Federal Budget

As a member of Mental Health Australia (MHA) Aftercare applauds Minister Hunter Federal Budget initiatives for mental health released last night . MHA has been advocating tirelessly on the issue of psychosocial support for those outside the NDIS and we are finally seeing some real action.

View Aftercare 2017-2018 Federal Budget Statement HERE

Brisbane Lights Up for Carers

Brisbane lit up in recognition of families and friends who provide support and care to a loved one experiencing mental ill-health or distress. The Brisbane City Council turned on the lights on the iconic Story Bridge last week and the river was resplendent!

This was a follow up after the Standing Beside You: Carers Week 2016 Mental Health Week Forum held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 18 October. The forum was held in partnership of Aftercare (FACES South Brisbane, Floresco) and Mental Health Carers Arafmi Qld, with sponsorship from the Qld Mental Health Commission. 140 family/carers and 23 sector workers registered for the forum and feedback was so encouraging and positive.

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Lighting up Brisbane for carers

Lighting up Brisbane for carers

LikeMind has expanded into first regional area in Western NSW

Aftercare is the lead agency for the latest the ‘LikeMind’ hub now open in the Western NSW city of Orange. The Western NSW Local Health District is our principle partner and have permanently co-located a brand new acute and continuing care team onsite.

LikeMind is an innovative model of holistic care via integrated services for people with mental illness across four core streams: mental health, drug and alcohol, physical health, and social needs such as linkages to employment, vocational training and housing. The one centre provides triage, assessment, treatment, care coordination and discharge planning by a consortium of government and non-government providers.

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Creative new spaces in the new LikeMind Orange Centre

Creative new spaces in the new LikeMind Orange Centre

Service Manager of LikeMind Orange, Sharon Jones commented “the beauty of LikeMind is anyone can access the holistic health services simply by walking into the centre. You don’t need a referral. Every day new people are walking in off the street and accessing a variety of services”

Aftercare is truly proud to be able to be to support this thriving community. Early next year Aftercare will open another LikeMind service in Wagga Wagga. Watch this space.

FACES annual Carers Forum with Arafmi

The FACES team recently coordinated their annual Carers Forum in conjunction with Arafmi. It was well attended by over 130 carers, families and stakeholders. A great community!

LikeMind Orange in the news: Complete Mental Health Care At LikeMind Centre

Extract from Central Western Daily:

A ONE-STOP hub for mental health treatment is hoped to cut the number of people admitted into full time care.

NSW Minister for Mental Health Pru Goward visited Orange on Wednesday to open the LikeMind Centre in Kite Street, the first non-pilot centre of its kind in the state.

The centre will focus on complete care, with services including mental health care, drug and alcohol services, employment and training support, housing assistance, GPs, psychologists and social workers.

Those who attend will be triaged and assessed, with a care plan developed for them.

In partnership with the Western NSW Local Health District (LHD), the centre will be operated by Aftercare, which was founded by Banjo Paterson’s cousin, Emily Paterson, in 1907.

Octec, Housing Plus, the Lyndon Community and Mission Australia will be among the other organisations working from the centre.

Aftercare chief executive officer John Malone said the organisation’s focus had not changed in 109 years.

“If you go back to the early days, people needed a train ticket or a pair of boots or a job, people still the same thing – a place to live and some company to enjoy their lives,” he said.

“It’s for people to feel they belong and they’re not alone and they’ve got a place to go.”

Read the full article here.