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Tandem eNews 18 January 2022

eNews special edition #158 January 18th 2022

Dear members and supporters,

Happy New Year to you all!While eNews will not be back officially until next month, Tandem Time returns this Thursday and we don’t want you to miss our first opportunity to come together for the year! Our first Tandem Time for the year is planned for Thursday 20 January 10am-11am. Our guest speaker is Ellisa Scott from Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) to discuss the Self-Advocacy for the NDIS workbook that was developed in partnership with Tandem and VMIAC some time ago.IMHA are now developing a Self-Advocacy for the NDIS web application that will hopefully support prospective participants and their families to self-advocate to the NDIS at various stages of the process, from application to review.Family, friends, carers and supporters are key to supporting participants/prospective participants to access the web application. IMHA is interested in hearing from you. Project coordinator, Ellisa Scott,  will provide information on this initiative and hopes to gain your valuable insights on how to best support people to access this web application. We hope to see you there!

  • Day: Thursday 20 January
  • Time: 10am-11am
  • Where: online via Zoom.

In this eNews edition

  • Introduction/January Tandem Time
  • Tandem is hiring!
  • Do you support a child or young person who has used or tried to access a mental health service?
  • Satellite Foundation Youth Pathways Program
  • Free and immediate mental health support: Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs
  • Supporting children through school transitions during COVID-19
  • COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Banyule’s 2022 Carer Support Programs
  • Lived Experience Workforce Grants Program
  • Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program applications open soon
  • Food support during lockdown
  • Tandem Support & Referral Line
  • Other Mental Health Helplines and Webchats
  • Join the Tandem Family

    Satellite Foundation Youth Pathways Program
    Re-emerging: How to set gentle intentions

    The Satellite Foundation’s first Youth Pathways Workshop for 2022, ‘Re-emerging: How To Set Gentle Intentions’ will run on February 7 from 6.30-8pm via Zoom.

    Youth Pathways is an exciting program for young people aged 18 and over, which offers learning and development workshops, volunteer and mentoring opportunities, and the chance to get involved in the co-design of Satellite resources.

    The start of a year can be a great time for both reflection and forward thinking, particularly if you’re starting uni or a new job, or just after just being in lockdown for the last two years! However, the tradition of creating resolutions can mean we feel pressure to succeed in something before we have even begun the journey.

    This workshop explores the practice of setting intentions, so you can approach your goals, dreams or ideas with more compassion for yourself.

    If you would like to join a Youth Pathways Workshop, register your interest on the Satellite Foundation website.

    Food support
    If you or your family need food support, there are over 700 organisations across Victoria who are providing food relief and other support.

    Find one near you at

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    Tandem eNews 18 January 2022

HeadToHelp renamed Head to Health

Mental health

HeadToHelp renamed Head to Health

HeadToHelp has become Head to Health from 1 January 2022. The name change is to bring the service in line with the national government rollout of the service which now includes NSW and the ACT.

It’s the same great service, support and number.

The 1800 595 212 number stays the same, so you can continue to call to find the best mental health support for your patients.

The previous HeadToHelp website will redirect to

NDIS News 13 January 2022

In this edition:

  • COVID-19 vaccine booster for participants
  • Expanding temporary COVID-19 meal preparation and delivery support
  • NDIA Vacancies: APS Planner and Remote Planner positions
  • Amaze webinar: Supporting children with autism to get a COVID-19 vaccination
  • Participant First Engagement Initiative: help shape the NDIS
  • Younger People in Residential Aged Care Annual Report
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support
  • Events
  • Participant spotlight

COVID-19 vaccine booster for participantsWe are helping you to access the COVID-19 vaccination including the booster dose.

Some providers can claim $150, to help you get your primary course of COVID-19 vaccination. Providers have until 31 March 2022 to help you if you need their support.

These providers can also claim $75 when they have helped you to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster.

You are eligible for a COVID-19 booster if you:

  • are 18 years and older, and
  • have had your second-dose of your primary course of COVID-19 vaccination at least 4 months ago.

A booster dose will help you to stay safe against COVID-19.

More information about the benefits of a booster dose.

Providers can help if you want to have your COVID-19 vaccination at your GP’s office or at a vaccination hub.

You can discuss with your provider how to best access the COVID-19 vaccination.

Providers claim the $150 and $75 payments directly from the NDIS – it does not affect funding in your plan.

Your provider can also claim from your plan, the cost of other supports required for you to access your vaccinations, such as transport and support workers, but only with your agreement.

If you think your plan funds are too low for you to get vaccination support, you can contact us, phone 1800 800 110.

Providers need your consent before they can make vaccination appointments for you.

You can talk with your GP and other health professionals about the COVID-19 vaccination. You can ask whether you should receive the vaccine. It is your decision to get vaccinated and you can have support to make a decision.

Visit our website for more information.

Carer Gateway- Carer Focused Podcast

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Dear Carers,

Evan from Carer Gateway is looking to launch a six-episode Carer focused podcast this year.

If you’re interested in sharing your experiences as a Carer, please send through your interest to Evan by Friday 14th January 2022 via email or phone.


Phone: 0402 903 871

Carers who are selected for the podcast will be compensated for their time with a $200 Prezi voucher.

Please see below for full details of the podcast.

Hi there,

This year Merri Health will be launching a six-episode carer focused podcast. The podcast will profile the experiences of carers in Victoria, tell stories that are hopeful in nature and promote the work of the Carer Gateway.

Each episode will profile at least two carers in different parts of Victoria. I’ll be producing the podcast with the support of Merri Health’s Marketing and Communications Team.

If you’re interested in the style of the podcast – I would recommend having a listen to the series re:location that I made a year ago: . A more recent podcast but in a slightly different style is Imagining Australia:

Over the next fortnight, I am looking to lock-in interviewees for the podcast. It’s really important that we have a diverse range of carers for the podcast who have contrasting care relationships. For example (and not limited to the following), carers supporting their: parents, young children, siblings, extended family, friends or partners.

Interviewees will be asked to reflect broadly on their experiences as a carer. I’m keen to explore personal backgrounds, interests, goals and people/organisations/groups who are important to  the interviewees. The interviews will also cover the challenges and positive aspects of being a carer.

With the focus on different communities, I’m also keen to look at the connection that carers have with the place they live. This could be why  the area is special to the interviewee,  what carers love about the place they call home (e.g beach, community, local organisations, friends, music, work, nature, cafes, pubs etc.) and what daily life looks like.

All carers who are selected for the podcast will be compensated for their time with a $200 Prezi voucher. It is not a requirement for interviewees to have been supported through the Carer Gateway. However, it is important that some carers have had this experience.

I am expecting the interviews will take an hour to complete, with some time for chats before meeting. For audio quality, all interviews will take place in-person. We would like all interviews and editing to be completed by the end of February.

Anyone who is interested in being interviewed for the podcast is invited to send me their interest by Friday 14 January. Please let me know where you live, who you care for, and your  general age bracket (e.g. teens, 40s, 60s )

I will be in contact over the coming weeks to have a chat via phone to get a bit more background from potential interviewees and to talk through what the recording process will look like.  Unfortunately, there won’t be scope to interview everyone.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me either via email or phone (0402 903 871).

Many thanks,


Partnership Coordinator

Carer Gateway

My NDIS app

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my NDIS app

We have developed the ‘my NDIS’ app mobile phone app for NDIS participants.

We have worked closely with participants to build an app that’s accessible and meets their needs.

The app provides a more accessible and user friendly digital experience for self-managed NDIS participants.

Self-managed participants can use the app to make and manage claims and view self-managed budget and personal details.

You can learn more about the app on our website, or download it on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

Carers Vic Australia Member Update 17 December 2021

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As a Carers Victoria member you get access to the latest news for carers, special events and discounts.

We are pleased to introduce the 2020-2021 Annual Review.

We are offering our members first access to the report, which features highlights and stories from the work we have been doing to make carers lives better in the last financial year.

Some of the key achievements outlined in this report were presented at our Annual General Meeting, which was held yesterday, Thursday 16 December 2021. The meeting noted that despite the challenges of the pandemic for both carers and Carers Victoria, we continue to offer a diverse range of programs to support carers including pandemic specific work. The contributions of partners, funders, Carers Victoria staff and leadership, as well as carers themselves were all recognised.

During the AGM, several Board appointments were made. Sue Peden, Guy Carvalho and Callum Ingram, were reappointed for a further term. Tina DiNello and Carol Webb were appointed as directors until the 2022 AGM. At a subsequent Board meeting, Nick Field was appointed to fill a casual vacancy created by the recent resignation of Matthew Monaghan and the following directors were appointed to office bearer positions for the coming year: Sue Peden (Chair), Callum Ingram (Deputy Chair) and Guy Carvalho (Treasurer).

Looking for an escape this summer?

Carers Victoria members can now get reduced-price accommodation in picturesque Tootgarook on the Mornington Peninsula at the HappinessFirst Carers Cottage. The little blue cottage is only a five minute walk to local cafes and the beach – the perfect place to recharge after a busy year.

To find out how you can express your interest in the reduced rates, please email

But hurry, dates and places are limited.

Carers Victoria would like to wish all of our members a safe festive season.

Our office will be closed from 2pm on Friday 24 December and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 4 January.

If you would like to discuss membership, please email or phone 1800 514 845 (option 4) during office hours.

Mental Health Victoria – Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program

Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program applications open soon

Applications for the Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program will be open from 17 January. Cadets will receive a paid two day a week cadetship over 12 months.

What is the Peer Cadet Program?

The Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program is an employment opportunity for people with lived experience undertaking the Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work, to enter paid employment across one of six participating Victorian non-government community mental health services.

Beginning February 2022, the program offers a paid two day a week cadetship over 12 months at cohealth, EACH, Mind Australia, Neami National, Uniting Victoria Tasmania, or Wellways.

Peer Cadets will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence in a structured and supported environment. Throughout their employment cadets will receive supervision, training and reflective practice opportunities that are discipline specific.

The Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program is funded by the Victorian Government.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled to begin within the Cadetship Period or already undertaking the Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work and meet the selection criteria defined by participating organisations.


There are multiple sites from participating organisations across metro and regional Victoria.

How are applications made?

The application portal and related information is hosted by Mental Health Victoria. Applications will be live on 17 January and close on 31 January with screening to take place directly and followed by organisation specific interviews.

Kind regards,

Mental Health Victoria

Learning from Adversity


A big thank you to everyone for attending our webinar Learning from adversity: Bushfires, COVID, and the lessons for mental health reform.

If you missed anything, or just want to revisit your favourite session, we’re delighted to announce the event video is now live.

Watch it now.

Thanks also to everyone who completed our feedback survey about the webinar. Your responses help us plan our future events so you get the most out of them.

If you weren’t able to complete the survey yet, it’s not too late.

Next event

Learning From Adversity was the final event in our 2021 Symposium Series. Stay tuned for updates as we have plenty of things planned for 2022, including a major conference.

For now, we hope you are safe and well as this year draws to a close. We look forward to speaking with you again in the New Year.

Kind regards,

Mental Health Victoria