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Alfred Health Carer Services Newsletter 11 December 2019

The Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care was handed to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 31 October 2019, and tabled in Parliament that day. Here is a link to the Interim Report. The Prime Minister released a statement in response to the Interim Report. The statement lists key priorities including; Increasing the number of Home Care packages; Better medication management and dementia training; Younger people in residential aged care; Building on longer term reforms and simplifying the system for consumers.

Three commandments for reducing holiday stress

  1. Thou shalt not be perfect or even try
  2. Thou shalt leave undone things that ought to be done
  3. Thou shalt make time for thyself

No idea how to make time for yourself?  Give Alfred Health Carer Services a call! We can talk with you about opportunities in your local area to look after your wellbeing. We have lots of ideas about how to gently introduce respite when the person you care for says ‘NO’.  Ph: AHCS 1800 052 222. For more ideas about building carer resilience click here.

$1 Hoyts movies for carers

The Hoyts Carers Offer gives an adult movie ticket for the price of one dollar (maximum of one ticket per day) to carer members of Carers Victoria.
To receive a $1 Hoyts Cinema ticket carers must:
•         Be a current carer
•         Present their Carers Victoria membership card when purchasing their ticket
•         Be accompanied by the person they care for (that person will still need to buy their ticket)
The Hoyts movie deal is on offer until December 2020. See Carer Victoria website for  more details.

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Alfred Health Carer Services

Wednesday 11th December, 2019
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Rippon Lea Estate Ballroom and Gardens, Elsternwick
Alfred Health Carer Services invites you to express your interest in our end of year carer event. There will be tours of historic Rippon Lea homestead, activities, entertainment and a delicious high tea. This event will be popular so please contact us early to go into the ballot.

Phone our events team on 9076 6644 or click here.
The ballot will close at 4:00pm, 2nd December.

This is a carer only event.
Respite can be arranged for the person you care for.
Bus transport to and from the event departs from
Frankston, Dandenong and Caulfield.

Register your interest to attend the Carer High Tea

Inner South Family and Friends Walk ‘n Chat Group

Mental Health Awareness Month 2019 aimed to highlight the link between physical and mental health.  We marked World Mental Health Day, with a Walk ‘n Chat which we all enjoyed so much that we decided to repeat the walk on the first Wednesday of the month.

Walkers will meet at 1.30 pm outside North Point Cafe at the end of North Road, Brighton.  You are welcome to bring your dog with you and we will head towards Brighton Beach.  Other walkers may choose to head towards St Kilda and join us at the North Point Cafe at 2.45 pm for afternoon tea and a chat.

If you are not planning to walk you can join us  at 2.45 pm inside North Point Cafe for afternoon tea.

Booking is not required.  If you need transport or would like more information, please phone 0425 723 746

Walk ‘n Chat  dates are: Wednesday 6 November, 4 December 2019, 5 February 2020.

Alfred Health Carer Services What’s On November 2019

Pot-Pourri present “From Figaro to Phantom”

Be transported by the glorious voices and theatrical skills of four of Australia’s finest singer/actors and a brilliant pianist, gorgeous harmonies and glamorous costumes. Pot-Pourri create magical Opera, belt out Broadway, seduce with song and dance up a storm. Great morning entertainment!
A ballot process will be used to allocate places for this event.

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Community Program Newsletter November 2019

The Doorway Program

The Doorway program is delivered in partnership with the Alfred hospital and Wellways Australia. Doorway is an evidence-based housing and recovery program that supports people experiencing mental health issues who are homeless to secure and sustain a home in the private rental market. Doorway supports participants in building skills to maintain their tenancy, working towards their recovery related goals, finding employment and becoming involved in their local community. It is an 18 month program and participants can remain in their property post this time.Doorway can support up to six participants within the Alfred hospital catchment and accepts referrals from clinicians at St Kilda Road Clinic. Doorway is currently accepting referrals! Please speak to Anna Hayes, Assertive Outreach Housing and Recovery Worker based on level 5 at SKRC. We welcome conversations about potential referrals.

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Community Program Newsletter November 2019

Alfred Health Carer Services Free Three Part Workshop November 2019

A Dementia diagnosis can have an impact on life and relationships. Alfred Health Carer Services is offering this free course to carers wanting to learn skills and techniques to cope with these changes. There are some places available for this three part workshop. Places are limited. Book now to secure your place.
Call our event team now on 9076 6644 and book your place or express your interest here and we will call to confirm if you have a seat.


Sane Newsletter October 2019

Have your say: groundbreaking new survey launched TODAY!

Last November, SANE Australia launched the Anne Deveson Research Centre (ADRC). In launching the Research Centre, we had a vision. A deep desire to better understand the experiences of people living with complex mental health issues – not just in terms of their diagnoses, symptoms or labels – but the varied, nuanced and unique aspects of their lives as a whole.

We know that people’s experiences of complex mental health issues do not exist in a vacuum, and impact how they’re treated by those around them. In order for us to be able to passionately advocate for improved social outcomes and support, we needed to have a better understanding of how living with a mental health issue impacts people across key areas like employment, housing and the healthcare system.

I’m so excited to announce that after working closely with incredible lived experience advocates, policymakers, stigma reduction practitioners and dedicated researchers, our vision has finally come to fruition today.

Supported by the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Our Turn to Speak is a groundbreaking national survey that seeks to understand the life experiences – both positive and negative – of people living with severe and complex mental health issues in Australia.

The ADRC has worked in partnership with the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences (MSPS) at the University of Melbourne, and is seeking 7,000 survey participants aged 18 and over, who have experienced complex mental health issues in the last 12 months.


More than 690,000 Australians aged 18 and over live with complex mental health issues. The findings of Our Turn to Speak will be used to inform SANE’s future advocacy efforts, as we work to make a real difference to all Australian affected by these issues.

To see if you or someone you know is eligible to participate, take a look at the website, If you’d like to share this survey with others, please use the resources in our supporter pack.

I’m so incredibly excited by the potential of this work to catalyse real change for those of us affected by complex mental health issues. It’s Our Turn to Speak.

Best wishes,

Michelle Blanchard Michelle
Dr Michelle Blanchard
Deputy CEO, SANE Australia

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Mental Health Australia CEO Report and Mental Health News October 2019

Member Profile

JobCo. Employment Services Inc. is a community based not-for-profit employment service provider which has been delivering a comprehensive range of employment solutions to employers and jobseekers in the Melbourne and metropolitan region since 1994. JobCo’s mission is to ensure that any person seeking employment services, training, counselling or support is assisted. For all clients they will provide a unique and individual experience of service where people feel listened to and supported in overcoming barriers, achieving equality and meaningful inclusion into their local community. Their values are reflected both in the services they provide and in the investment of staff from a broad range of disciplines and cultural backgrounds.
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Tandem eNews 22 October 2019

Working in Tandem for a compassionate mental health system

Thank you to all the participants, presenters and Tandem members who contributed to making this year’s conference such a great success!

More than 150 family and friends (carers), consumers, researchers, service providers and allies make their way to Abbotsford Convent during Carers Week to discuss the ways in which Victoria’s current mental health system can become a more compassionate, safe, inclusive, fair, funded and integrated haven for  healing.

Tandem would like to also thank, stall holders – Wellways, MIND Australia, MHCC, HACSU and Headspace who joined the Tandem team to share in a laugh, lend a supportive ear and provide information and advice to attendees throughout the day. We would also like to thank Tandem team members Rebecca and Lisa who ran a highly sought after wellbeing breakout room where participants were able to take time out and also participate in reiki and meditation sessions.

Facilitated by Compassion Coach and Facilitator Kim Koop AM the day stared with an inspiring Welcome to Country led by Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elder, Perry Wandin from Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation. Followed by an introduction by Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Carbines, a taped message from Minister Martin Foley, and insights from Tandem’s submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System from CEO Marie Piu.

You can access Ms Piu’s presentation here.

A heartfelt speech by Acute and Perinatal Services Manager, Andrew Tomlinson from Mercy Health followed, on life as both a carer, and a mental health service provider, which resonated with many people in the room.

Keynote speaker Debbie Ling presented insights from her PhD investigating the relationship between the perception of common humanity and compassion in healthcare workers.

You can read Ms Ling’s paper here and access her slides from the conference here.

Based on the critical areas identified by you requiring urgent improvement in Victoria’s mental health system, highlighted in Tandem’s submission, the conference was then divided into four main headings: Inclusive, Fair, Safe and Funded.

Quotes from carers have been taken from the Tandem Submission to The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and consultation process. 

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 25 October 2019

Butterfly Foundation:
Free Carer Support Groups – Online – 1st & 3rd Wednesday monthly, 6.30 – 8pm AEST

The group is focused on how best to support your loved one through their recovery journey and will discuss topics related to making positive change and self-care.
Learn more here

Free Carer Skills Workshop – Online – 5 November for 6 weeks
Caring for a person with an eating disorder is a long-term and skilled commitment. Yet families are often expected to provide care without any training or support.
In this six-week workshop, facilitated by qualified counsellors, you’ll develop practical skills to support your loved one with an eating disorder in their progress towards recovery – all in the comfort of your home.
Learn more here

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