Month: June 2015

Change does happen: PreEmploy graduate stories

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Simon Jaegar (second from left) as an EAC representative at a meeting with (retired) Chief Development Officer Phil Nadin (centre). Also shown L-R: Sue Purcell, James Herbetson, Fay Jackson

If we keep doing things the same way, we will find ourselves stuck in the same place. A lot of people who experience mental health issues may know that something needs to change, but we can be unsure as to how, what, or when this should be. With this in mind, the PreEmploy Institute team has been actively helping to bring about some of the key changes that participants want to happen in their lives. Here are a few examples from our PreEmploy graduates.

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Phil says hello to retirement

Phil Nadin wife grand daughter and three daughters

Phil Nadin’s official farewell on 19 December 2014 was attended by his lovely wife Sue, his three lovely daughters and his lovely granddaughter, pictured left. Daughter Number One (Lizzy) is expecting to add yet another grandchild to the growing assembly, while Daughter Number Two (Claire Terry) has also been busy expanding the clan of late. Daughter Number Three (Julia) is, perhaps, not to be rushed.

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Innovation Forum

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By Grant J Everett

Held across two huge days on the 24th and 25th of November, the first ever RichmondPRA Innovation Forum was held in the SP Jain School of Global Management, Olympic Park, literally just around the corner from Head Office. The generous hall we were provided was full of RichmondPRA representatives from all over New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland, and many of our staff members had jumped on planes in order to fly here for this very purpose. We appreciate your dedication, guys, and honestly hope that you got a lot out of the Forum.

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Annual Kidstuff Hope Tree Toy Drive

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The mission: To procure donations of toys from generous patrons of KIDSTUFF stores in order to bring a Merrier Christmas to the children of people who access our services, including:

• The Women and Children program at Blacktown
• Caboolture and Hervey Bay
• Ulladulla, Bega, and Broken Hill

The method: Publicise the work of RichmondPRA through KIDSTUFF stores and provide information about how we support people living with mental health issues to get back on their feet and be there for their kids. Customers buy a toy of their choice and leave it under the Hope Tree in their nearest Kidstuff store.

The result: This year, a massive 535 toys were collected, totaling about $10,500 in value (that’s an average gift value of $21.00). Last year it was 220 toys at a value of $4,600, which means this drive raised more than double the amount!

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Holiday hits the bull’s-eye!


Reported by Fiona Hawkless at RichmondPRA Goulburn

During a meeting held at RichmondPRA Goulburn, the people we support told us that they’d like to have a proper holiday. With thanks to some generous funding provided by Kenmore Hospital for Mental Health Month, we were able to host an adventurous trip to Stanwell Tops both for the people we support and some of the staff. For many people, this was the first long-distance holiday they’d ever had. For some, coming along was a big leap of faith, and we’re proud of their courage.

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Holistic headspace Bankstown


Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Initiative. Its target group is between the ages of 12-25 and its mission is to provide a holistic service in the areas of primary health, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, plus vocational and other psychosocial support. A new headspace office has opened at 41-45 Rickard Road Bankstown, near Bankstown Central. RichmondPRA is the lead agency of the headspace Bankstown consortium which also consists of a number of local, state and national organisations.

Panorama’s intrepid reporter Warren Heggarty went to Bankstown to meet with the new Clinical and Operations Manager, Tom Traae, as well as headspace’s acting head of centres Claire Honey and New South Wales/ACT state coordinator Andrew Smith. RichmondPRA’s General Manager, Operations Andrew O’Brien, has been coordinating this project from inception, and is doubtlessly glad that the process has gone smoothly.

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