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Get Real presents frank and fearless conversations about mental health and disability, including people with lived experience, frontline workers in the sector, as well as policymakers and advocates. Get Real is produced and hosted by Emily Webb and co-hosted by Karenza Louis-Smith on behalf of ermha365 Complex Mental Health and Disability Services provider (https://www.ermha.org/). 

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Send us a Text Message.This is an edited version of our 2020 two-part podcast Celebrating PARCs, hosted by Chief Marketing Officer Robyn Haydon.Prevention and Recovery Care services (PARCs) are short and extended residential and day programs that provides 24-hour support in a “home-like” environment to people experiencing mental ill health and whose recovery can be supported without hospital admission. PARCs also supports people discharged from hospital who are not quite ready to return home....
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, we're thrilled to welcome Kimberley Irwin and Ian Graham from Change Mental Health in Scotland to talk about the Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) Programme, which was developed and first piloted in 2016 in parts of Scotland to respond to the needs of people experiencing distress. DBI is now an established part of mental health support in Scotland. The program was highlighted as a model for a similiar service in Victoria in recommendation 27 of th...
Send us a Text Message.This is a special episode in recognition of International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) which happens every year on March 31. This day is for learning more about and celebrating the lives and achievements of transgender people. Our theme for this episode is inclusion for transgender and gender diverse people and why it matters. And what does meaningful inclusion really look like when it comes to things like community participation, health services, hu...
Send us a Text Message.Our first guest for 2024 is Jodi Rodgers. Jodi is a sexologist, counsellor and special education teacher and has a Masters in Sexual Health. For Jodi, connection, intimacy and relationships are a basic human right and this drives her work, in particular with autistic people to support developing their social skills and understanding their emotions. Jodi’s appeared on the series Love on the Spectrum Australia, working with some of the show’s participants. Her new book, U...
Send us a Text Message.This is our final episode for 2023, and we thought it would be timely to talk about self-care, especially during Christmas and the New Year period with, as always, a focus on mental health. Donna Markham is our guest. Donna is a qualified occupational therapist, an adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University and also a member of our ermha365 board, and chairing the Practice Governance, Quality and Safety Committee. Donna is Victoria’s former Chief Allied Heal...
Send us a Text Message.Our guest for this episode is Dr. Jakqui Barnfield, Lifeline Direct's Executive Director of Service Delivery.Jakqui is a registered nurse with a passion for mental health and suicide prevention. She tells us about the power of reaching out to Lifeline Australia's services and that you are not alone.Helplines:Lifeline on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78 Suicide Call B...
Send us a Text Message.Our special guest, veteran court reporter and author, Megan Norris talks about her book 'Look What You Made Me Do' which examines revenge killings by estranged fathers during marital breakdowns. This episode of Get Real comes with a strong content warning. Topics discussed include family violence, suicide and the murders of children. Listener. Discretion is advised.Domestic Violence and Family Court Lawyer Kathleen Simpson, who was named the Queensland Solicitor of...
Send us a Text Message.Our guest for this episode is Abuzar Mazoori, who came to Australia from Afghanistan as a refugee in 2017.Abuzar, who has a law degree and worked as an advocate for human rights in Afghanistan, currently works for Foundation House in Melbourne. Foundation House is a specialist refugee trauma agency supporting survivors of torture and other traumatic events. Abuzar speaks with us about his experience coming to Australia, starting a new life and the challenges that refuge...
Send us a Text Message.Our guest for this episode is Isabelle Oderberg. Isabelle is a Melbourne-based journalist and author who joins Get Real to talk about her book Hard to Bear: Investigating the science and silence of miscarriage. It’s an in-depth investigation about miscarriage – the world’s most common pregnancy complication and she brings her own living experience, as well as that of many others to this book.MORE INFO:Early Pregnancy Loss Coalition - https://eplc.auUnrecognised an...
Send us a Text Message.How can a support worker establish a supportive relationship in recovery-oriented practice? In the world of mental health, there's no one-size-fits-all approach. This conversation offers versatile strategies and insights to understand how to interact with clients for build supportive relationships. In this episode we discuss:Strategies to aid the establishment of a supportive relationship What do you need to know about your clients?Techniques for fostering a ...
Send us a Text Message.This is an episode recorded during Homelessness Week 2023, live from Harmony Square Dandenong in Melbourne's south east at an event on 8 August co-hosted by Wayss and City of Greater Dandenong.We speak with ermha365's Rosie Taylor, Practice Leader for Pathways and Dannie O'Leary, Mental Health Support Facilitator, Pathways.Rosie and Dannie work with people experiencing homelessness in Melbourne's south east who are referred to Pathways from Monash Health and Councils an...
Send us a Text Message.Our guest for this episode is Nicole Madigan. Nicole is a writer, author and investigative journalist. Nicole has written her first non-fiction book called Obsession, which is an investigation into stalking and the psychology behind stalking behaviours and the impact on victim-survivors. Nicole was stalked for over three years. The relentless and debilitating experience wreaked havoc in her personal and professional life, leaving her trapped in a constant state of fear ...
Send us a Text Message.What is trauma-informed practice? Learn how trauma is defined and understood, and strategies for helping. This podcast is part of ermha365's Skills for Support Workers training podcasts, available on our website and produced part of the Developing the growing new NDIS (psychosocial disability) Workforce Project supported by the Victorian Government. In this episode, peer support workers Tamara and Charlotte share how you may recognise when a person has a history o...
Send us a Text Message.Our guest for this episode is award-winning Theatre & Cabaret Artist, playwright, producer, musician and all-round creative dynamo Chelsea Plumley. Chelsea has written and produced her first play, Beautiful Highness, which premiered in May 2023 at Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne.Beautiful Highness centres around one family’s incredible grit and determination dealing with mental ill-health and is based on Chelsea's living experience.ermha365 provides mental...
Send us a Text Message.Imagine going through a traumatic childbirth injury, then finding out you have severe pelvic organ prolapse, an invisible and life-altering disability. How would you cope? Our guest for this episode is Stephanie Thompson, a courageous mother, teacher, athlete, and advocate for women's pelvic health. Stephanie shares her harrowing journey, the impact on her physical and mental well-being, and how she's found healing through her platform, Brave Mumma.Stephanie recou...
Send us a Text Message.This is an edited version of an episode from a podcast series produced by ermha365, which is part of the Developing the growing new NDIS (psychosocial disability) Workforce Project supported by the Victorian Government. The podcast series is available be used as part of any Training Delivery / Assessment or Workplace Coaching and available on ermha365 website here: https://www.ermha.org/podcast-training-resources/The episode was recorded in 2020 with guests:Robyn ...
Send us a Text Message.Our guest for this episode is Martha Gatwech, a young women from Melbourne’s south east.Martha, who is South Sudanese Australian, is also a podcaster who talks about the realities of being a young woman, racism, mental health and finding your authentic self.Martha’s podcast is BROKEN RHYTHM.If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode you can contact:Lifeline on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...
Send us a Text Message.Marcelle Mogg, CEO of Mental Health Victoria is our guest for this episode.Mental Health Victoria is the peak body for mental health and wellbeing in Victoria.Mental Health Victoria drives policy, advocacy, workforce training, best practice…and much more. Any organisation that operates within, or intersects with, the mental health system in Victoria - and ermha365 is one of these - can become members of Mental Health Victoria to connect with others, collaborate and cont...
Send us a Text Message.Rod Hannifey's been driving B-double trucks for decades. He’s driven millions of kilometres over that time, all across Australia. Rod came to my attention when I was researching wellbeing and the Truck Driving industry. Rod’s a well-known advocate in this space. He’s currently the President of the National Road Freighters Association, he contributes to magazines radio and online for the industry and he’s a Churchill Fellow – which is a worldwide, prestigious fellowship ...
Send us a Text Message.Satellite Foundation is focused on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people where a family member, like a parent or sibling has a mental illness or mental health challenges and the youth they support are aged 8-25 and live in Victoria, Australia. CEO Rose Cuff and Youth Coordinator Mia Boonen are the guests for this episode.Find out more about Satellite Foundation online or or phone 1800 973 444You can follow Satellite Foundation on social medi...
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