About the program
MyTime is for parents and carers of children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition. It’s a place for you to unwind and talk about your experiences. It’s a world away from appointments and therapy.
It’s support for you.
Find a face-to-face session near you
There are many local Victorian MyTime groups currently open. If you are interested in attending a group near you please reach out to the relevant facilitator via email or phone to register your attendance.
Please click on the button below to download a list of current MyTime groups.
Virtual sessions now available
- Interact with others who understand
- Hear from experts in the field
- Access information from guest speakers
- Share experiences in a non-judgemental setting
What is Virtual MyTime?
Virtual MyTime is an opportunity to come together with other parents, support each other and share experiences in a safe, small group setting, which is conducted online. These sessions are run by a skilled facilitator and provide you with the opportunity to meet other parents who also understand the difficulties.
Click here to register your interest in our virtual MyTime sessions
Who will benefit?
Families and carers of children with a disability or chronic medical condition, who are not able to access face to face peer support groups, due to other commitments or daily struggles.
When are they held?
The groups will be held outside of work or appointment hours, at a time that suits most of the interested families.
How much does it cost?
Absolutely nothing. It is a free service. All you need is access to the internet and a device with a camera and microphone.
For inquiries regarding virtual MyTime please contact Vicki McDonald
e. firstname.lastname@example.org m. 0417 451 601 ph. 1800 171 882
MyTime attendees share their experience
A world of their own
Just beyond your view is the life of disability. Each family has their own story and each situation comes with its own unique type of challenges. The resilience and endurance of this small group of parents is astounding. The circumstances they find themselves in render them without choice They have grown a thick skin, like leather. Sometimes they barely sleep for days. They have encountered confronting diagnosis, and some are placed in a category of ‘unknown’.
Interesting Thoughts Kept Within
Emerging Minds Australia leads is the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health (NWCCMH) which is delivered in partnership with the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the Australian National University, the Parenting Research Centre and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. They are here to educate and assist professionals and organisations who work with children so that we can better understand the invisible fold of mental health that lies beyond our view. We spoke to Senior Child Mental Health Workforce Consultant Courtney Schuurman and asked her what kind of things contribute to poor mental health in children and why.