Inner South Family and Friends Dining Group Wednesday 2 May 2018

Our next Dining Group will be held at the London Tavern, 414 Hawthorn Road, South Caulfield at 6.30pm, Wednesday 2 May 2018.  Parking is available and the tram stops close by.  The dining group is an opportunity for carers, consumers and other family members to meet and share a meal and fun-times.

London Tavern is known for good food, reasonable prices and good ‘specials’ and very substantial main courses at modest prices. These don’t appear on the regular on-line menu, so you’ll have to come along to find out. This is not a subsidised event. Everyone pays for their own meal and drinks.

Please book asap by phoning the office on 9076 4713 or email  A message can be left on voicemail if the office is unattended.

Carers Victoria NDIS Training Workshops for Carers

Carers Victoria Mental Health Program: Carers, families & the NDIS

Are you caring for a person with a psychosocial disability? Do you want to know more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? The program covers information the carer will need to be prepared for the NDIS with a psychosocial disability perspective, and consists of four sessions, each of three hours in duration.

Program overview
Tuesdays 10am–1pm, Carers Victoria, Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray

Session 1: 10 April – Understanding the NDIS
Session 2: 17 April – Starting on the NDIS plan
Session 3: 1 May – Effectively engaging with the NDIS
Session 4: 8 May – Making your voice heard More

Carers must attend the first session to continue in the program and cannot bring the person they care for. Registration essential. Please ring Carers Victoria on 1800 242 636 and quote event number #5185 or register online.

Mental Health Australia Update

Headspace on board for schools anti-bullying package

Australia’s leading youth mental health organisation, headspace, will deliver new targeted mental health programs for Victorian government schools as part of a new partnership with the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Education James Merlino  announced headspace will deliver the $4.48 million mental health components of the Government’s Victorian Anti-Bullying and Mental Health Initiative, including the Better Access to Mental Health Support initiative and a Suicide Prevention Pilot program.

headspace will provide clinical mental health services for students aged 12-18 both during and after school hours through Victorian headspace centres and the eheadspace platform, which provides support via phone, email or webchat. Additional eheadspace resources will be targeted to schools in areas without a headspace centre.

The funding will enable headspace to provide additional face-to-face sessions per week, while eheadspace will increase their services for government secondary school students in rural and remote areas.

Under the partnership, headspace will provide additional SAFEMinds training sessions for teachers and student support to help them identify and respond to mental health concerns, particularly depression and anxiety.

Through the Suicide Prevention Pilot, headspace will deliver its Suicide Risk Training package for school health and wellbeing staff, student support services staff and leading teachers.

The training will help staff understand risk factors associated with suicide and give them skills to identify and respond to secondary students who may be at increased risk of suicide and to better support these students.

The announcement coincides with the release of a new PwC Australia analysis commissioned by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation with funding from the Labor Government, which found almost a quarter of Victorian school students are bullied at some stage during their time in school with annual costs reaching $135 million.

The Economic Cost of Bullying in Australian Schools reveals that, each year, approximately 228,000 Victorian school students experience bullying, instigated by 136,000 bullies. The analysis estimates bullying costs $645 million to society for each school year group.

The Labor Government recently funded the rollout of the successful cyber-safety eSmart program to every school in the state, meaning almost 1 million students will benefit from it every year.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Every child in every school deserves to be able to complete their education without being bullied and to also be supported when they are battling mental health issues such as anxiety or depression.”

“The Economic Cost of Bullying in Australian Schools report underlines the serious, far-reaching impacts of bullying for both the victims of bullying and our society as a whole.”

Quote attributable to headspace CEO Jason Trethowan 

“This partnership is an opportunity for headspace centres to work with the education sector for the benefit of all young people.”

NDIS Training Sessions for Carers

Alfred Health Carer Services – new NDIS workshops for carers (see attached flyers for details)
* NDIS 1 Basics and Access
Tuesday 22 May from 10 – 11:30am in Dandenong
* NDIS 2 Pre planning
Monday 14 May from 10 – 12 noon in Caulfield
Wednesday 16 May from 10 – 12 noon in Frankston
Tuesday 5 June from 10 – 12 noon in Dandenong




Neami Central Intake for Bayside-Peninsula catchment of Mental Health Community Support Service (MHCSS) – referrals will close as of 1 April for Individual Client Support Packages (ICSP)

As clarified by Phil Watson (Acting Manager – Neami National MHCSS Intake)…The NDIS rollout in Bayside-Peninsula catchment commences on 1 April 2018. Neami Central Intake will cease accepting MHCSS referrals from 1 April 2018.

Clients / consumers who may benefit from mental health support and are aged from 16 – 65 yo are encouraged to contact Neami on 1300 379 462 to initiate the MHCSS referral process as soon as possible. Please note that consumers who are either on the Neami wait list (by 30 March) OR have existing MHCSS packages, will be supported to transition into the NDIS. After 30 March, all new referrals will need to be made directly to the NDIS (1800 800 110).

N.B. Youth Residential Rehabilitation (YRR) services will continue to operate unchanged by NDIS transition. Adult Residential Rehabilitation (ARR) services will also continue to be allocated for a period of time, but will also eventually transition to NDIS along with Individual Client Support Packages (ICSP).