News & Events

Term 3 COVID-19 Update from Jayke Burgess, Recovery College Manager

As you are likely aware, there has been ongoing COVID-19 cases in NSW. We have been challenged by the constant changes and are trying to make decisions based on the needs and safety of our community and staff. After much discussion and labouring over the decision, we have decided to continue all courses in an online format for this term.

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Self-care tips for your family in your language #2

As further recognition of the cultural diversity of the Western Sydney area, we have continued adding self-care videos in a variety of languages. These are short videos you can watch and share with family and friends who might benefit from hearing these self-care tips in their first language.

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Self-Care tips in your language

Western Sydney has one of the largest and most culturally and linguistically diverse populations in Australia with over 40% speaking a language other than English at home. So we have been busy working with our One Door Mental Health colleagues from all over NSW to make videos about self-care. We explain why self-care is important and each staff member gives examples of how they are practising self-care.

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Let’s Get Moving to improve our physical & mental health

In this strange time of physical distancing and self-isolation that we find ourselves in, most of us are probably spending much more time in our own homes and on our couches. We may not even be getting the same amount of incidental exercise that we usually would from our everyday routines before COVID-19 impacted our lives.

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Self-care tips from educators and staff

Self-care does not discriminate, we all need to do it. We each use different tools and skills that we can learn a little from each other. Our Educators and staff have shared just a snippet of their journey and how they look after their self-care. #inthistogether

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Student Survey – Your access to technology and the internet

In light of the cancellation of remaining Term 1 workshops due to concern around COVID-19 novel coronavirus and uncertainty about our planned Term 2 schedule, we are launching a survey to involve students in the process of opening up online opportunities for workshops.

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Taking the Theme of Resilience into 2020

Western Sydney Recovery College would like to convey a special thank you to those who were able to make it to our end of year event in December 2019. We had the pleasure of hearing Erin McKinnon from GWS Giants speak to us about resilience and mental illness. It was a privilege to have her share her experiences and stories with us about resiliance, which has been a resounding theme from our students in 2019.

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One Door Consumer Consultative Committee – Expressions of Interest

One Door Mental Health values the participation of those with a lived experience of mental illness in the planning and delivery of our services. As you may know, part of this is engaging our consumers to act as consultants as part of our Consumer Consultative Committee (CCC). The CCC was established in 2008 to provide a further avenue for the consumer voice to be heard. It also ensures that the One Door is operating within consumer friendly policies and procedures. We are currently seeking members (particularly from rural and regional areas) to participate in the Committee either in person or via teleconference. Meetings are held at least 4 times annually at our Gladesville office. We value your contribution, so members receive an Honorarium payment for each engagement, currently set at $70.

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Turning your voice into action – The Student Voice

The Student Voice is moving in a new direction and turning your voice into action! At the next meeting we will begin steering the course guide for next term. If you have suggestions or you want to be part of leading WSRC, please come along - we want you to be there.

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A visit from the Mental Health Commission

On Wednesday, 12 June 2019, the Mental Health Commission joined the Western Sydney Recovery College staff, educators and students for an afternoon tea. The Mental Health Commissioner, Catherine Lourey, and her team visited our venue in Auburn after the workshop, Effective Communication Skills, which was delivered in Arabic by our two bilingual educators, Adla and Abbey.

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