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E-Newsletter - Edition 6 - March 2012


This is our 2nd e-update for 2012. This update is to designed to keep everyone informed about Live4Life across the Macedon Ranges Shire 

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Diary Dates

  • April 10th and 11th  Youth Mental Health First Aid training for youth support workers.
  • April 26th   MRYAN Woodend Neighbourhood House 12-2pm rsvp;
  • April 27 – 30th  “Change it Up”. Youth leadership initiative in the Macedon Ranges, in partnership with the Foundation for Young Australians.
  • April/May Kyneton secondary continuing with SenseAbility education sessions

Project Update

We are off and running!

Live4Life was successfully launched last Monday to 600 year 8 students who enthusiastically gathered at the host school for the event, Sacred Heart College, Kyneton. Craig Holmes, principal of Sacred Heart and Henryka Benson, Acting Mayor, helped launch Live4Life. Melbourne Playback theatre, worked with the students on ‘surviving and thriving. Dr Claire Kelly, coordinator and author of Youth Mental Health First Aid Australia, commenced the education component ‘what is mental health’. Claire walked through what depression and anxiety might look like and what you can do about it.

Our dedicated Live4Life Crew made up of up to 20 year 9 and year 10 students from across all Live4Life schools did an amazing job at facilitating the event, they were a big hit with the year 8’s, many of whom would now like to become a ‘crew’ member for live4life.

Balers Delight donated 600 Easter buns for morning tea, which were a huge hit! Organs Coaches supplied the buses to get students to the event at a discounted rate, Organ’s General Manager, Matt Baird, also attended the event. This local support from the community to the year 8 students was fabulous to see.

For more info and some pictures click here

Mental Health in Schools

Most schools are signed up for the education component of live4life. Kyneton Secondary are 4 weeks into the beyondblue SenseAbility Program (an evidenced-based resilience building program). Lauren White is coordinating these sessions  Lauren has stepped out of her role as a secondary school teacher  and  has joined the team for 2012. Feel free to contact Lauren for more information regarding SenseAbility.

We are also seeking ethics approval to assist in the evaluation of SenseAbilty. This will be facilitated by Beyondblue and Flinders University. This will be a vital piece of work that will ultimately demonstrate the effectiveness of this education.

Think Tank

Discussion around the future options for live4Life has commenced. The need to start these discussions has developed as a consequence of the following:

  • Many rural and regional communities are seeking  solutions to combat growing mental health and illness challenges with young people in their regions
  • The awards, promotion and word of mouth accolades attributed to Live4Life over the past 12-18 months has placed increased pressure on the Coordinator and Youth Development Unit team to share the model using resources which are already limited
  • The Live4Life model offers an approach which is unique, organic, and complementary to current and future community services
  • The model also puts at its centre youth participation and youth voice as an active element of its success and potential sustainability
  • There is an opportunity, through a framework such as Live4Life, to lead and create a common language and understanding of mental health that is community-inclusive
  • There is an immediate opportunity for Live4Life to be scaled-up and brokered as a model and approach across rural and regional areas of Victoria (and nationally) and held as a significant, best practice initiative of the Macedon Ranges Shire Council  

There will be a series of discussions over the next few months with a range of networks, groups, peak bodies and individuals. We will endeavour to keep you up to date on how this is progressing.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Parents and Carers

Places available for MAY 2012 course

As part of the Live4Life Initiative across the Macedon Ranges, the 14-hour certificate course in Youth Mental Health First Aid is being offered to all interested parents and carers who have students (between 12-18 years) at Live4Life schools.  These schools are Braemar College, Kyneton SC, Gisborne SC, Macedon Grammar and Sacred Heart College.

This course is FREE and is designed to improve the mental health knowledge, skills and attitudes of our community. The course is designed by Orygen Youth Health Research Centre at Melbourne University and is delivered by locally based trained Instructors.

The Youth MHFA course teaches adults, including parents and carers, how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental illness or in a mental health crisis.

Live4Life has completed two courses in February;

  1. Gisborne Medical Centre  
  2. Parents

Both courses were well attended and were enjoyed by all participants. 

Next courses

Youth support workers: April 10 and 11.Closed.

Parents: This training is available to parents at the live4Life schools. All sessions must be attended.  Open for registration. Places are limited.

If you are interested in attending or would like further information please contact Laura Garner at Macedon Ranges Shire Council on   or visit for more information about this initiative.

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Live4life Contact Details

If you have any queries or questions about Live4Life please contact:

Pauline Neil

Team Leader

Youth Unit 

With thanks

Live4life Team

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