Charles Darwin University – Vocational Education & Training

CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery orientated support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as community based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite care; residential services,; rehabilitation programs; clinical settings or supporting people in employment. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.

Eligibility: No minimum admission requirements however applicants need completion of Year 10 or equivalent and general command of spoken and written English to be able to meet industry standards for communication.

Delivery Details: Darwin and Alice Springs external or online

Duration: 12 – 24 months full time or part time.

Work Placement: For candidates not already employed in the sector, work placement of at least 120 hours will be required.

Contact: Alice Springs: 8959 5239, Email: [email protected],

Darwin: 8946 7517, Email: [email protected],

Refer to VET Student Guide ( for information about enrolling, student support services, student rights and responsibilities, previous studies recognition and an A-Z of other information.

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting – 4 June

June meeting

This group is for people with Parkinson’s as well as their families, carers and support people. This month’s guest speaker is Fran Liepa – Speech Pathologist. She will be doing Yellwell so be prepared to make some noise
Time: 6-7pm, Tuesday 4 June
Location: Desert Therapy Office, Gregory Terrace (Opposite Uncle Edy’s)

People with Disabilities in Darwin and Top End

We’ve had several enquiries from people in the Darwin area lately, so here is the best place to go to for Advocacy issues.


The Seniors and Disability Rights Service is based in Darwin and regularly visits Katherine, Nhulunbuy and other locations across the Top End of the NT as required.

The Seniors and Disability Rights Service assists older people or people with disabilities and their representatives who want to understand their rights and know how to implement them.

You have rights no matter where you live, or how much assistance you need, including the rights to:

  • be supported by an advocate
  • be treated with dignity and respect, and to maintain your independence
  • feel safe
  • make a complaint

We can give you information and help about your rights regarding:

  • where you live
  • care and services you are receiving
  • activities in your community
  • support, representation and referral
  • people not respecting your culture
  • problems where you work
  • access to an interpreter

If you require an interpreter (including Auslan) we can provide one for free.

Phone: 08 8982 1111

Freecall: 1800 812 953

Email: [email protected]

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting – 27 March 2019

You’re invited to come along to meet others with Parkinson’s Disease, caring for people with PD or an interest in Parkinson’s. The topic of discussion will be constipation – a continence expert will address the group.
Date: Wednesday 27 March 2019
Time: 6 pm – 8pm
Location: At the Gillen Club Board Room – 57 Milner Road
Contact Disability Advocacy Service on 89531422 for more information.

Arts Access Australia’s national Arts & Disability Pre-election Forum


Art Access Australia’s national, live-streamed Arts and Disability Pre-Election forum is happening on Tuesday 26 February 2019!

Representatives of our major political parties will begin by presenting their policy action on accessibility in the arts, before responding to the recently launched #RealMoneyRealJobs campaign. The forum will end with a Q&A discussion where the public will be invited to ask questions.
This forum is hosted by Arts Access Australia, and proudly support by DADAA.


Arts Access Australia – Website:
Arts Access Australia – Arts and Disability Pre-Election Forum Event Page:
DADAA – Website:
DADAA – Arts and Disability Pre-Election Forum Event Page:


TO STAND BESIDE: Advocacy for Inclusion Training Program

Disability Advocacy Service (DAS) is offering free advocacy training with the To Stand Beside Workshop by Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALID).

The advocacy training program is a two-day intensive workshop aimed at disability support workers, family members, planners, coordinators, managers, and paid or unpaid advocates who are involved in supporting, assisting or representing people with disabilities.

The two-day workshop will run from 9:30am – 4:00pm on Thursday 28th February and Friday 1st March 2019 at The Coolibah Room, The Mercure Hotel, 34 Stott Terrace, Alice Springs. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

If you would like to register to attend this training, or would like more information, contact Vanessa Sullivan at Disability Advocacy Service, via phone 08 8953 1422 or email [email protected] You can also view a brochure and flyer for this training program below.

Please note, spots for this two-day workshop are limited so if you’re interested, register as soon as possible!

From To Stand Beside: Advocacy for Inclusion Training Program, you will gain a:

• greater knowledge of advocacy concepts and principles
• deeper understanding of personal values
• greater appreciation of the advocacy role inherent to all who
work in the disability sector
• greater awareness of the potential conflicts of risk inherent
to the advocacy role
• stronger framework for dealing with advocacy-related issues
• ‘tool box’ full of practical ideas/strategies

Links to more information:




Upcoming Support Group Meetings


There are upcoming support group meetings in Alice Springs.


You’re invited to come along to meet others with Parkinson’s Disease, caring for people with PD or an interest in Parkinson’s. Come along for talks on Parkinson’s medications by a Pharmacist and an Intern Pharmacist, plus a question & answer session. Contact Disability Advocacy Service for more information on 08 8953 1422.

Date: Thursday 28 February 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Gillen Club Board Room – 57 Milner Road, Alice Springs
Meeting Flyer: Parkinsons Support Group Meeting 28 Feb 2019

Supported by Disability Advocacy Service Inc.



The first Vision Impaired Support Meeting occurred on Friday, 15 February 2019.  If you were interested but couldn’t make it, feel free to contact Carol on 08 8952 3362 or DAS office on 08 8953 1422 for further information.

This is an inaugural get together to assess the needs of Centralians with vision impairment. This could include information about access to services and resources, identifying common needs and how they might be addressed. In future meetings there could be guest speakers, knowledge sharing and general support. We would appreciate hearing from anyone prepared to volunteer their time to assist with transport. For further information, please call Carol on 08 8952 3362 or DAS office on 08 8953 1422.


Date: 15 February 2019
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Disability Advocacy Service Office – 4 / 54 Reg Harris Lane, Alice Springs
Meeting Flyer: Vision Impaired Support Meeting 15 Feb 2019
Supported by Disability Advocacy Service Inc.



Centralian Advocate Newspaper – 29 Jan 2019

New Kid on the Block

Published in Centralian Advocate Newspaper
29 January 2019

By Annie Ernst, DAS Advocate

There’s a new kid on the block to support people in Alice Springs with movement disorders – the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group. This group is for anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, and people who care for someone with, or have an interest in Parkinson’s.
The Parkinson’s Support Group’s first meeting is on Thursday 31 January, from 6pm – 8pm in the Boardroom at the Gillen Club on Milner Road. The theme of this meeting will be ‘sharing’, so bring along an idea, strategy or item that has helped you (or someone you know) with some aspect of Parkinson’s. If you can’t think of something that you would like to share, you can still come along to listen and meet others.
If transport is an issue, or there are other barriers to you attending the meeting, but you would like to come, please contact the Disability Advocacy Service on 8953 1422. And please get in touch if you would like more information about any aspect of the group or its meetings.
The February meeting will be held on Thursday 28 February, from 6pm – 8pm at the Gillen Club, and will have a pharmacist as a guest speaker to address concerns and questions about managing medications. If you would like the pharmacist to answer a question or address an issue, please send your enquiries through to Annie Ernst, Disability Advocate at [email protected] at any time up until 28 February, and these will be passed on to the pharmacist before the meeting. If you come along to the meeting you will also be able to ask questions directly.
Planning for the group’s meetings and activities in the next six months is currently underway and it’s shaping up to be an exciting year! The Disability Advocacy Service encourages anyone who would like to be involved in planning meetings and activities for the second half of the year (even a single meeting) to get in touch.
Upcoming activities for 2019 include a speech therapist who will talk about communication (and do some ‘Yell Well’ with the group) in March, and there will be special activities and promotions for Parkinson’s Disease Awareness month in April. There are also plans to have occupational therapists address the group, as well as a visit by specialists from Parkinson’s SA (which is now supporting the NT with a name change reflecting this to occur in the future). Parkinson’s SA will video their seminars throughout the year (16 seminars in total) and make these available for the group.
The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is a valuable opportunity for you to find and share peer support with others, and a great chance to socialise and connect with the Parkinson’s community!
Tune in to local Alice Springs ABC radio (783AM) on Tuesday 29 January, soon after 10am, to hear an interview about the Parkinson’s Support Group, and don’t forget to contact the Disability Advocacy Service on 8953 1422 for more information. Hope to see you soon!

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting – Thurs 31/01/2019

Post by Annie Ernst, DAS Advocate

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting
Date: Thursday 31/01/2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Boardroom at the Gillen Club (located on Milner Road)

There is a Parkinson’s Support Group meeting on Thursday 31 January from 6pm – 8pm in the Boardroom at the Gillen Club on Milner Road. The theme of this meeting is “Sharing” – please bring along an idea or strategy or item that has helped you (or someone you know) with some aspect of Parkinson’s Disease.  At the bottom of this post are links to both a promotional poster and an agenda for the January meeting. If you would like hard copies, they are available at the Disability Advocacy Service (DAS) Office – or give me a call and we can organise what you require.
Please publicise our meetings – we would like to reach as many people with Parkinson’s Disease as possible. DAS can provide posters for you if you would like to distribute them.
If you or someone that you know would like to attend the meeting and is having difficulty with transport to and from, please let me know.
The February meeting will be on Thursday 28 February from 6pm – 8pm at the Gillen Club and we will have a Pharmacist as a Guest Speaker to address some concerns and questions about managing medications.  If you have any particular questions and concerns that you would like the Pharmacist to consider please send them through to me at any time and I will pass them on prior to the meeting. You can also of course ask questions at the February meeting.
I am in the process of planning meetings and activities for the first six months of the year (it’s looking exciting – come along to the January meeting for more info!) and am hoping that one or more people within the group will take on planning the second half of the year (or even a single meeting) – anyone who would like to do so will of course have the support of the Disability Advocacy Service office.
If you are able to tune in to the local Alice Springs ABC radio next Tuesday 29 January, I will be interviewed by Emma Sleath about the Parkinson’s Support Group soon after 10:00am.

Volunteering for DAS

We are exploring opportunities for people to volunteer with Disability Advocacy Service! If you are interested in volunteering with DAS, please let us know – stop by the DAS office, phone 08 8953 1422, or email CEO Terry Thommeny at [email protected]

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