Bouverie Centre 'Trialogue'

Bouverie Centre KitLa Trobe University’s Bouverie Centre will celebrate their 10th Anniversary Mini-Conference bringing together mental health consumers, family members and practitioners to explore the role of carers in a three-way conversation or ‘trialogue’ Tuesday 9 October.

‘Government policy, which funds and responds to carers and care recipients as separate groups, can create further unhelpful distance between people in these roles,’ said Brendan O’Hanlon, Program Manager for Mental Health, Bouverie Centre.

‘The role of ‘carer’ led to recognition and support for a function that has profound impact on individuals involved but has previously been unacknowledged. We hope to look at the negative and positive consequences of allocating these roles.’

The conference—Caring, Cared for and Carer: A Trialogue—will also focus on the issues surrounding mental health terms used to describe giving and receiving care, and how that impacts on interpersonal, professional and political practices.

‘We will hear from all perspectives at the Mini-Conference to better understand how family members feel about the word and role of a ‘carer’ and how relationships work with relatives who have a mental illness within the family,’ said Mr O’Hanlon.

A key note address will be delivered by Tim Moore, President of Carers Australia, followed by interviews with consumers and family members and a panel discussion involving policy makers, service managers and consumer and carer advocates.

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For further details contact Brendan O’Hanlon at The Bouverie Centre on T: 03 9385 5100


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Meghan Lodwick

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