Hearing Voices Network NSW

For people who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual perceptions

First Day Back From my Oversea Trip

This It is my first day back from my oversea trip to USA including attending Hearing Voices World Congress in Boston in August. Intervoice will have a range of videos of the Keynotes and I would encourage you to have a look at their website www.intervoiceonline.org

I have moved to Boolaroo in Lake Macquarie and will only coming to Sydney twice a month to do business for Hearing Voices Network NSW: this will include on the 2nd Friday of the Month and for the Management Committee meeting on the third Wednesday of the month.

The management committee has there next meeting on Wednesday 22 September and we will be finalising the date for the AGM in December plus a workshop that will be held in the Inner West earlier in the day to look at how HVN NSW will adopt the Hearing Voices Network Group Charter, information about the Group Charter has been included In the HVN eNews – I will be resending the Mailchimp later today.

Next Thursday is World Hearing Voices day and I will be part of a Zoom Video Conference hookup in Wallaroo, SA at the 2017 Recovery Camp – the information for the event is in the eNews below.

I was privileged to attend a couple of Hearing Voices Group while visiting the USA and felt very much at home, it was good to see that they have used a similar format to how we run the groups here in NSW.

I was also very pleased to receive information that a grant we had worked on with ARAFMI Central Coast was successful and this will allow us to work on building the network across the Central Coast.

I spoke with Voice Vic yesterday and their training will be going ahead on 27/28 September – more information about the training is available on our website and there is room for a few spaces.

A couple of other things have come up that I am excited about we now have a voice hearer led group in Orange and I may get to updating the website information today.

The other things relate to two NGO’s talking with me at the TheMHS conference last week in Sydney about how HVN NSW can assist them to setup groups for some of their clients

I would appreciate if you could pass this information on to others in your networks that may have an interest in the Hearing Voices approach

Although I will only be in Sydney twice each month I can be reached on my mobile 041 346 4469 ordouglas.holmes@mh-worx.com however if I am in a meeting or its not before 6 pm it will go to voice message and I will get to it a latter time



Douglas Holmes


Hearing Voices Network NSW

Level 5, 80 Williams Street

Wolloomooloo, NSW, 2011

Ph 02 9339 6017

Voices Vic Training coming to NSW

Hearing Voices Network NSW is working with Voices Vic to bring their training to Sydney, so please start promoting amongst your networks!

The dates are from Wednesday 27th September to Friday 29th September at Collective Purpose.

This link to register or for more information: https://www.regonline.com.au/ultimatehearingvoicestrainingsydney2017

The Hearing Voices Approach 2 Day training has recently been endorsed by both the;

  • The Australian Association of Social Workers for 14 hours of CPD points  
  • The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses for 11 CPE points

My response to Dirk re email

Thanks Dirk

Yes it is painful, however there are Voice Hearers and their supporters across Australia that have been actively working on developing a formal network in Australia. Some are in this email conversation that Lyn sent out.

Since 2013 I have been using a WordPress blog to engage interested people about forming a national; network across Australia.

To check on progress with the network have a look at the site www.ozvoices.org

Dirk I will be in Boston for the World Congress, hope we can talk then


Douglas Holmes


Hearing Voices Network NSW


I received this email from Lyn Mahboub today

Dear all,

It is with regret that I am writing to advise that the Hearing Voices Network Australia (HVNA) website is no longer live. Some weeks ago Richmond Wellbeing made a decision to take the site down due to little traffic reported and also due to a decision to no longer participate in the national scene here in Australia. Richmond currently remains funded by the Western Australian Mental Health Commission to run the HVN Western Australia (HVNWA) which operates as a program of Richmond Wellbeing (in a similar way that Voices Vic operates within Prahran Mission in Victoria). HVNWA’s website has also been taken down as HVNWA has been integrated into the Richmond Wellbeing site.

As many of you will know Richmond Wellbeing has a new CEO as of 12 months now and so new strategic priorities have been set.

Our thanks and gratitude remain strong and deep to our former CEO Joe Calleja who championed the HV work in Australia since 2005 till his semi-retirement in 2016. My role has been scaled back to focus more within the Western Australian scene, however, I am personally supportive of the Australian grass roots steering group which is working toward developing a national entity.

We invite you, as you find the time, to take down any links you have to HVNA.

Please share this information with relevant people who I may have missed or may not have their email addresses.

Warm regards
Please note I work Tuesday – Friday across all our services.

Lyn Mahboub
Strategic Recovery Advisor & Hearing Voices Network Liaison

T 08 9350 8800
M 0448 014 307 E Lyn.Mahboub@rw.org.au

A 29 Manning Rd, Cannington WA 6107
P PO Box 682, Bentley WA 6982
W www.rw.org.au

Can’t You Hear Them? New Book On Voice Hearing

The experience of ‘hearing voices’, once associated with lofty prophetic communications, has fallen low. Today, the experience is typically portrayed as an unambiguous harbinger of madness caused by a broken brain, an unbalanced mind, biology gone wild. Yet an alternative account, forged predominantly by people who hear voices themselves, argues that hearing voices is an understandable response to traumatic life-events. There is an urgent need to overcome the tensions between these two ways of understanding ‘voice hearing’.

Simon McCarthy-Jones considers neuroscience, genetics, religion, history, politics and not least the experiences of many voice hearers themselves. This enables him to challenge established and seemingly contradictory understandings and to create a joined-up explanation of voice hearing that is based on evidence rather than ideology.


Voices Workshop at Port Macquarie in April

Recovering our lives, Responding to Voices.

A workshop with Amanda Wagnell and Sandy Hart

Tuesday 12 April and Wednesday 13 April




Documentary Makers seeking People With Lived Experience


We are looking for people who would be interested in appearing in an educational documentary about psychosis. The aim of the film is to reduce stigma, and increase understanding of psychosis and how to manage it. The film is being made by Monkey See Productions (http://www.monkeysee.com.au/) for Menal Health First Aid (https://mhfa.com.au/cms/home) to use in their training programs for the public.

We are looking for people with lived experience of psychosis to go in the film. We’re looking for people who have insight into their illness and understand how to manage it, and are able to talk in an easy to understand way. People will be paid for their time.

Christine Mason, the film’s producer, made a series of 6 mental health films on depression, panic attacks, social phobia, Schizophrenia, Bipolar and gambling 15 years ago. Mental Health First Aid have been using these films in their training programs and would like them updated. The films have also been used internationally by psychologists, hospitals, universities, doctors, libraries, support groups, and the public. Christine is a registered psychologist with 30 years’ experience working in mental health.

When making her previous six mental health films, Christine found that people who participated in the film found the experience empowering.  It provided an opportunity for people to teach what they have learnt, to be respected for their knowledge, and to use what they have learnt from their suffering to help others.  We believe this film will be very useful in reducing stigma and educating the public.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in participating in this worthwhile project, please contact Christine Mason on 0419498789 or by email monkeysee@monkeysee.com.au.

Listening to Voice Hearers

Asylum Associates and Bobbywood have produced a new free video about the personal experience of three people who hear voices – Bob, Kate and Shaun.

OCTOBER 2015: Hearing Voices Therapy Group starting in the CBD

Final Group for the year!

The Australian College of Applied Psychology is offering a low-cost ($40) 7 week Therapy group for people who hear distressing voices.

The group was designed by a voice-hearer with many years’ experience working in mental health settings and it draws on the Hearing Voices Approach of exploring voice experiences, changing the relationship with negative voices, and developing personalised coping strategies to manage distressing voices and the stresses that trigger them.

The group is supervised by our very own Vanessa Beavan, an active HVNNSW committee member and clinical psychologist.

For more information and to register click here

Queensland Hearing Voices Workshop in September

The Queensland Hearing Voices Community is pleased to announce the second of three workshops funded by the QLD Mental Health Commission (QMHC) Community Awareness Initiative and supported by Aftercare.

The second workshop ‘Understanding & Working With People Who Hear Voices’  is a 3 day workshop that will be held on Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th and Wed 30th of September 2015, at the Merthyr Road Uniting Church at New Farm.

The training will be facilitated by Amanda Waegeli  and Ros Thomas.  Amanda is a Peer Specialist and Independent Mental HealthRecovery Consultant who has gained mastery over her experience of voice hearing through Hearing Voices Groups and the Hearing Voices Approach. Ros is a mental health worker, who has worked for the last 20 years in non-clinical service provision. Both facilitators are highly regarded and well respected within the Hearing Voices Movement and will bring a wealth of knowledge to our workshop.

This innovative 3 day workshop looks both at the theory and practice of working with and talking to voices.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the 3 days all participants will have:

  • An understanding of hearing voices
  • Been introduced to developing Coping Strategies
  • Been introduced to the Maastricht Interview
  • The confidence to use the Victim to Victor Workbook
  • Been introduced to Voice Profiling
  • Been introduced to Voice Dialoguing
  • Developed confidence and awareness in working with voices
  • Developed a Toolkit for working with clients’ voices

Places are limited and participants are expected to attend all 3 days. Please see the attached flyer and registration form for further details.

It would be appreciated if you would circulate the details throughout your networks.

Please see below for more information and registration form.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards

Sam Jemison



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