Out Doors Inc Free Online Event – Yoga Nidra

Free Online Event – Yoga Nidra

As part of Mental Health Month, Out Doors Inc. is pleased to present “Yoga Nidra” (for beginners).

Join Out Doors’ Mentor, Amanda, as she takes us through a guided Yoga Nidra session. Yoga Nidra is deep relaxation through guided meditation and can be done in the comfort of your own home whilst also being good for beginners.

This tutorial is hosted on YouTube and is available NOW.

To view this free tutorial, click the link below (opens in a new window): Watch Yoga Nidra

Classic Cinema Carer Movie “Knives Out”

Movie   Some of you would have attended carer movie sessions at the Classic Cinema, Elsternwick in the past. Since we can’t go to the cinema, we are bringing the cinema to you with Classic at Home streaming service. Classic At Home is free to join, and we are providing this film to you free of charge, when you enter the promo code KNIVESOUT at checkout.

Movie: Knives Out is a who-dunnit mystery crime drama.  Please note this movie is rated M for mature audiences and is not suitable for children.

Here is the trailer of the movie: https://athome.classiccinemas.com.au/film/knives-out/

In order to watch the movie you need to follow these steps:

Step 1. Create an account

Already have a Classic membership or account? You can use the login to sign in HERE.

Can’t remember your password? Reset it HERE.

Don’t have an account yet? Create a FREE account HERE.

Step 2. Redeem your free film by entering the promo code.

Once you have logged in, head to the film page HERE.

Press on “RENT” (don’t worry you won’t have to pay this time).

Tick “I have a promo code” and enter the code KNIVESOUT.

Step 3. Watch.

You can watch the film on your laptop or tablet. If you would like to watch on your TV,  you can do so by following the below methods:

  1. Cast it onto your TV using Chromecast and the Home Cinema App. To do so, download the Classic at Home App – Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Cast it to your TV from your Apple device using Airplay/Apple TV. To do so, download the Classic at Home App – Apple App Store.
  3. Watch it on your laptop/PC or use a HDMI cable to connect with your TV.

More info HERE.  Please note, once you start the movie, if you pause it, you need to recommence watching within 48 hours.

If you have any issues please email athome@movingstory.com.au and a member of the Classic Cinemas team will be in touch to assist.

Kind regards,

Belinda Jordan
Project Officer Community Activation & Social Isolation & Carer Support Services
Glen Eira City Council
PO Box 42, Caulfield South 3162
03 9524 3349 M +61 0435 531 231 BJordan@gleneira.vic.gov.au


Accessing grief and trauma support during COVID-19

Free, live webinar presented by  

Wednesday 28 October, 3pm-4pm AEDT

There’s no question COVID-19 has made life challenging for so many of us – and older Australians, their families, and those working in aged care have been some of the worst impacted.

In response, the Federal Government has invested $12.4 million in a Grief and Trauma Response package to provide support for older Australians, their families, and aged care staff who have been affected by COVID-19.

That’s why we’re holding this webinar – we want to make sure everyone who needs this support knows what’s available and how to access it.


Join guests from each of the organisations charged with the delivery of the support services, who will talk you through the support their organisation can offer you.  They will also discuss training and resources available to aged care facilities, and how these can be accessed.

And, as always, you will have the opportunity to ask the expert panel questions in a live Q&A.

Meet our panel 

    • Marie Alford, Dementia Support Australia
    • Associate Professor Andrew Phelps, Phoenix Australia
    • Chris Hall, The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement


We look forward to your joining us for what is set to be an extremely useful webinar.

Peridot Theatre Play Readings

Next Social Play Reading: Thursday October 29th, 7:30 pmThis reading will feature four different short plays.There will be two plays entitled Ready to Go from the CJSP (Creative Juice Stimulus Package) group. Each play started with one page already written and two writing groups (streams) per play. Each writer was to write around 1-2 pages, then pass it on to the next writer to add their contribution: so much fun and very difficult at the same time, as you can imagine! We will read two different versions of the same one page starter. 2 M/F in each.

Family Happens by Jonne Finnemore

Synopsis: Back in the 1940s/50s PTSD was not recognised and families had to struggle with it without help. Mother and Dad always host Christmas Day. This time, events take a tragic turn. 2 M, 3 F

Last year, Jonne celebrated 70 years of theatre, first in South Africa, then England and now in Australia, performing in dramas, comedies, musicals and reviews. These days, she’s turned her hand to writing. Family Happens won first prize in the 2019 National Playwright Competition.

Wormholes by Alison Knight

Synopsis: A Shakespearian actor takes his revenge from beyond the grave – with help from an unexpected source. I M, 1 F, 1 M or F.

Alison’s work has been performed with Melbourne Writers’ Theatre, Peridot and Hartwell theatre companies, and in the 1812 Board Shorts, Bendigo’s Tenx10 series, the Madwomen Monologues and the Legends of the Skies. In 2019, she won Best Playwright Award at the Monash OAP Festival, while another play appeared in the UNESCO City of Literature Festival (Dunedin). Alison has gained a number of prizes and commendations for her short stories, several of which have been published. She has also written two novels, Peter Stone and The Close.

You’re welcome to participate in the reading as either performer or as an audience member. If you wish to express an interest in reading, please contact Robyn Kelly at robynperidot@yahoo.com.au.

Scripts are available to download http://bit.ly/peridotscripts (‘October 29th’ folder)

Zoom Invitation:

Topic: Social Play Reading – Thursday

Time: Oct 29, 2020 7:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 870 1392 4000

Passcode: Readings


Sponsors: 13Cabs, Foodworks, Jellis Craig Foundation


Inner South Family and Friends 29th Annual General Meeting 10 November 2020

Inner South Family and Friends 29th Annual General Meeting (Zoom session) 7 pm Tuesday 10 November 2020

 To join the Zoom meeting:

  1. Jot down: Meeting ID: 788 139 680 Passcode: 096604
  2. and click on the link below:
    or alternatively, phone any of the following numbers – You can participate even from a land-line.  731 853 730 or 7018 2005 or 02 8015 6011 or 861 193 900 or 08 7150 1149

Depending on restrictions on group gatherings at the time of the meeting it may be possible to hold our AGM  at
Level 4, 549 St Kilda Road Melbourne

Guest Speaker – Dr. Sudeep Saraf, Programme Director, Alfred Mental and Addiction Health will speak on ‘Innovations, New Developments at AMAH during the Pandemic and Beyond’


Welcome: Chairperson Judi Burstyner

Present: (please sign the attendance sheet)


  1. Confirmation of Minutes of the 28th AGM 9 July 2019
  2. Business arising from these minutes
  3. Chairperson’s Report – Judi Burstyner
  4. Treasurer’s Report – Eleni Kontos
  5. General Business:
  • Elections for the committee
  1. Other Business




World Mental Health Day: Shining the light on the mental health pandemic


This year, World Mental Health day is more important than ever. That’s why we are delighted to invite you to join four of our mental health research leaders as they discuss mental health over a webinar on Friday 9 October. The panel will explore what makes our brain resilient or vulnerable, how isolation and stress impact us, and how this will affect us for generations to come.

This pandemic is a chronic stressor with no clear ending yet in sight. We have had to say goodbye to many simple rituals, such as handshakes, that are a source of reward and belonging. We are challenged with the pressure of increased caring responsibilities and financial uncertainty.

While we’ve all been hit by the same storm, we’re not in the same boat. What determines our ability to cope in the moment and our recovery after this pandemic has subsided? With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health issues, how will these stresses exacerbate already debilitating symptoms? Are we facing a mental health pandemic?

As we wait for a COVID-19 vaccine, the value of medical research is inarguable. We must also invest in a deeper understanding of mental health and in developing treatments.

We hope you are well, and able to join us for this all-important conversation.

Warmest wishes,

The Florey Fundraising Team

For details click on the link below:

Shining the light on the mental health pandemic

Alfred Health Carer Services Carers Week 2020


One Week to Go

Alfred Health Carer Services
Carers Week 2020

 11th-17th October 2020

During National Carer’s Week, we want to say “Thank You For Caring”.
To celebrate we are running a whole week of activities to celebrate YOU, from motivational events every morning to virtual comedy, trivia, lunches, and much more.

You still have time to express your interest in a lot of events including:
You can express an interest in events via the link below:

Invitation from Heidi Everett to a Zoom Event

Invitation from Heidi Everett to a Zoom event
Dear all creatives and miscreants,

I'm pleased to be inviting everyone to the next Schizy Speaks event, bang on trend for World Mental Health Day 2020.
for World Mental Health Day 2020.
This'll be a doozy!

Sandy Jeffs speaks to moi, Heidi Everett.

Zoom event.
Friday 9th October 2pm AEST / 12pm WA.
Register for link: schizyinc@gmail.com
Or reply directly to this email.
Don't miss it, because if you do, you won't know.


Sandy Jeffs is an author born in Ballarat and has a BA from La Trobe University. She has lived with schizophrenia and all its moods for over thirty years. She is a community educator who speaks to schools, universities and community groups about what it’s like to live with a mental illness.

Sandy is the author of the bestselling Poems from the Madhouse (1993; reprinted 2000, 2001), Loose Kangaroos (co-author, 1998), Blood Relations (2000), Confessions of a Midweek Lady: Tall Tennis Tales (2001), and The Wings of Angels: A memoir of madness (2004), her autobiography, Flying with Paper Wings: Reflections on Living With Madness (2009), The Mad Poet’s Tea Party (2015) and Chiaroscuro (2015).


Sandy Jeffs’ recent book ‘Out of the Madhouse: From Asylums to Caring Community?’ explores Larundel through the voices of former inmates and staff, exposing the best and worst aspects of the mental institutions of the times.