Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 13 April 2021

GUEST SPEAKER: Andrew Foster
Discovery College Co-ordinator,
Alfred Mental and Addiction Health

TOPIC: Courses about Mental Health and Wellbeing – (designed and delivered for you, by you and with you)

VENUE: Level 4, 549 St Kilda Road Melbourne and/or ZOOM
Please note If restrictions change, presentation will be via Zoom only, but current situation enable us to meet as ‘in the good old days’ to catch up with friends, chat, share our experiences
and from 7.15pm to enjoy refreshments provided by our hard working committee.

Kindly always check the website on the day to check for any changes.

You can also join via internet or phone line (even land line)
Join Zoom meetings from a warm, comfortable spot at home, with some healthy nibbles
A pen and paper might also be handy to jot down notes.
A chat session will commence at 7.15pm, so please join early as Andrew will start at 7.30pm.

To join the Zoom meeting  please phone: Eleni on 0412 018 722 or
Judi on 0425 723 746 or 9528 2820 for details

TheMHS Learning Network Webinars 2021

Hear from well-known speakers who will bring the research, clinical, and lived experience perspectives under one ‘umbrella’ – enabling sector-wide access to the best available, current evidence and sharing of information. All integrated with expert commentary, including implications for those with lived experience.

You can access more information via the link below:

Connect Health – Accessible Psychological Interventions (API)

Flexible support for people with mild to moderate mental illness

Connect Health is currently taking referrals for the Accessible Psychological Interventions (API) service in Bayside.

API services include a range of short term psychological interventions. These are available in individual and family formats and are matched to people’s needs.

Interventions include:

  • cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • skills training
  • psycho-education
  • relaxation strategies
  • other evidence-based interventions.

API services can be delivered by clinical psychologists, psychologists, mental health social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses.

Refer via SEMPHN Access & Referral (8.30 am-4.30 pm weekdays)

  • Ph: 1800 862 363
  • Fax: 1300 354 053

Referral forms (including medical software templates) are available on the SEMPHN Access & Referral page. Other referral forms are accepted if they contain the required information.

Consent is needed for clients to receive services.

HeadtoHelp Support Services

Mental health

HeadtoHelp: Share the Bear

Who is HeadtoHelp for?

The HeadtoHelp service is open to Victorians of any age who may be experiencing distress or mental ill health. This includes people who have never accessed mental health services before and their family and friends. It also is for family and friends of those in aged care.

Who can refer to HeadtoHelp services?

Anyone can refer to HeadtoHelp. Support/services are accessible to everyone, at no cost. A Medicare card, ID or Mental Health Care Plan is not required. The team at HeadtoHelp intake are clinicians who use the Initial Assessment Referral Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST) to make an assessment and refer people to the appropriate type of service, with their consent.

Anyone can call HeadtoHelp central intake on ph: 1800 595 212Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5pm. HeadtoHelp services do not provide after-hours or emergency mental health advice or support.  In case of emergency, call 000.

Share the Bear! 

A friendly and relatable bear was designed to promote the HeadtoHelp service. The bear’s worries, stresses and loneliness are relatable feelings for many Victorians since the pandemic started.

Share the bear with your patients through some of these helpful resources:


CEO Update Mental Health Australia 12 March 2021

‘We’re people, not numbers’: Disability groups plea with MPs to halt new assessment model

An unprecedented alliance of disability representatives, providers and advocates are urging their elected representatives to press pause on plans which would undermine the integrity of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Under the planned changes: all future NDIS participants must undergo an assessment with an unknown assessor rather than their health professional; they will then be given a score, and an algorithm will then determine the level of support they receive based on this score; there will be no way for participants to appeal the decision.

Read more

Disability sector statement on the Australian Government’s planned reforms to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Joint statement: Australian Autism Alliance, Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, Children and Young People with Disability Australia, Disability Advocacy Network Australia, Every Australian Counts, First Peoples Disability Network, Inclusion Australia, National Ethnic Disability Australia, People with Disability Australia, Women with Disabilities Australia, Young People in Nursing Homes Alliance, Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4), Blind Citizens Australia, Brain Injury Australia, Deaf Australia, Deafblind Australia, Deafness Forum of Australia, Down Syndrome Australia, National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum, Physical Disability Australia.

People with disability, their families and the organisations that represent them are all worried about changes the Australian Government wants to make to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).


Joint statement:

VicHealth welcomes the final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

Health promotion foundation VicHealth has welcomed the final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. VicHealth applauds the leadership of courageous Victorians with lived experience whose contribution resulted in crucial recommendations to help rebuild Victoria’s mental health system.

Read: The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System Final Report.

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System has now concluded. If you have any questions about the Commission’s work or its website, please contact the Department of Health by emailing


Alfred Carer Services Health Money Mindset Program

Healthy Money Mindset Program – last chance to be part of this program

Are you in control of your finances?
Could you meet an unexpected expense of $2000 if it arose tomorrow?
Are you a carer with financial stressors?
Is your income reduced due to your caring role?

Alfred Health Carer Services and Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand has partnered to provide an innovative pilot project to support carers with their finances.

We can connect you to a qualified Financial Capability Coach for a one on one conversation.

This service is free of charge to eligible carers.  See here for more information.

The project will end on March 31st so act now.

Contact Alfred Health Carer Services on 1800 512 121 to find out more.


Free Carers Information Session – Gateway for Carers Friday 19 March 2021

Free Carers Information Session – Gateways for Carers


Carers are sometimes so busy looking after others; they do not have time for themselves.

Join AMCS and Carers Victoria for a free information session on support services available to carers on 19 March at 11:00am:

Date Mar 19, 2021
Time11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Organizer Dr Lara Jakica
Phone0432 630 931

Job Ready Workshops

Job Ready Workshops for unpaid carers thinking about returning to the workforce

When: Wednesday 24 February, Wednesday 3 March, Wednesday 10 March, Wednesday 17 March
Time: 10am – 11am
Where: Zoom

These online sessions will cover topics such as career planning, how to create a CV and cover letter, job search strategies, and adapting to an online workforce.

Register here


Interview Techniques and Strategies

Brought to you by MOIRA Financial Plan Management, an exclusive Masterclass with Caroline Guthrie that will set you up to nail that interview. This is an additional free session for MOIRA Financial Plan Management carers.

Learn more