Author Archives: Inner South

Sane Express December 2018

Launch of the Anne Deveson Research Centre

On 22 November, SANE Patron-in-Chief the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO launched the Anne Deveson Research Centre (ADRC). This new SANE Australia initiative is dedicated to carrying out practical research which will drive policy change to improve the lives of Australians affected by complex mental illness.

Visit the ADRC site

The SANE Blog

Featuring interviews, tips and personal stories on issues important to people affected by complex mental illness.

Recent highlights on the blog include:

Nine great books about living with mental illness

What is the DSM? Your questions answered

The importance of remaining curious as an online advocate

How to connect when you feel alone

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 30 November 2018

Carer Support Group Facilitator Training
Carer Victoria offer this one day comprehensive workshop suitable for new facilitators; those wanting to start up a Carer Support Group and current facilitators who want to refresh. The next training workshop will be held on 19 February 2019 in Footscray.
See details here

Assistance with NDIS Appeals and Advocacy Agencies
See this link to the agencies in Victoria who are funded to provide assistance with ‘NDIS Appeals’.
All Victoria disability advocacy agencies (that work on a range of issues) can be found on the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit website here

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 16 November 2018

Wellways Social Outings & Group Programs – for carers and people with mental health issues
Wellways South Eastern Melbourne social outings and group programs including some fun activities like pub lunches, dinner and a movie, tenpin bowling, concerts and more.
See program booklet here
See registration of interest form here

Integrated Carer Support Service web updates
Updates have been made to the Department of Social Services – ICSS Implementation Updates and Information web page.
See details here
See more details here

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End of Year Dinner at Plus 39, 517 Malvern Road, Toorak

You are invited to join Inner South Family and Friends for our End of Year Dinner at 6.30 pm Tuesday 11 December 2018 at Plus 39, 517 Malvern Road,Toorak
To secure your place, please book by noon Wednesday 5 December 2018 on 9076 4713 (a message can be left on our voicemail) or email
When booking please provide your phone number, email address and names of all individuals for whom you are booking.

See below for menu choices:

ANTIPASTI to share
Antipasto board (“Lo stendino”)
Focaccia bread
Polenta chips

 individual serves
Atlantic salmon OR
Chicken schnitzel (both will be served with a side of veggies)

Sharing salads for the table
*vegetarian will have their own pizza or pasta instead

Mini cannoli tower (2 per person)

: coffee / tea
NOT INCLUDED: drinks, individuals to pay for their own drinks

Please advise any special dietary needs asap and we will try to accommodate

Please select your choice of main course and advise us by email at asap.

This gourmet three course meal will be heavily subsidized.  Cost is $10 with Pension Card, or $20 without.

Tandem eNews 21 November 2018

Tandem would like to welcome all new and continuing Board members, and express our gratitude to the retiring Board members for their huge contribution over the past years.

Tandem 2019 Board members: Simon Stafrace, Belinda Horton, Melissa Petrakis, Michelle Swann, Jacqui Hill, Katrina Clarke and Peter McKenzie. (Absent: Lisa Sweeney, Maurice Sheehan, Cathy Spencer, Margarett Leggatt and Violeta Peterson)

Christmas Toyshop Drive

Uniting Prahran and Stonnington Working Together Network are hosting a combined Christmas Toyshop Drive for 2018. The Toyshop gives parents, carers and legal guardians the opportunity to choose a free Christmas present for their children aged from birth to 15 years. More info

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Alfred Health Carers Service Friday Extra 26 October 2018

Tandem Awards 2018 for Exceptional Service to Family and Friends in Mental Health
Congratulations to the all the Awards’ winners but especially to the wonderful Southern region winners, Peter McDonald, Judy Anderson and Violeta Peterson who are passionate champions of carers of people with mental illness and real community heroes!
Read here

Mental Health NDIS Access Support…A new way to get help accessing NDIS services
The Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) Intake Services run by Neami and Each are assisting people with a mental illness to access the NDIS. They will work collaboratively with other services to help people to understand, engage in and complete the NDIS access process. Neami & EACH Mental Health NDIS Access Support offer a range of assistance including:
Help to gather supporting evidence and complete the Access Request form
Liaison with health services and general practitioners/private psychiatrists
Acting as a contact person for NDIS queries, at the client’s request
Collection of additional evidence and follow-up with the NDIS, to ensure timely completion of the access process
See flyer for details

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Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 13 November 2018 and End of Year Dinner 11 December 2018

Our guest speaker Dr Simon Stafrace Program Director, Alfred Mental & Addiction Health (AMAH), formerly known as Alfred Psychiatry, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Monash University will update us on

“News, Improvements, Transitions, Innovations and Changes at Alfred Mental & Addiction Health”

We look forward to you joining us at the Dining Room Betty Day Centre, 67 Argyle Street St Kilda

End of Year Dinner 11 December 2018 at 6.30 pm at PLUS 39, 517 Malvern Road Toorak

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Support Group Meeting 13 November 2018

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 19 October 2018

Just for Carers

Carers Victoria Voice – A special National Carers Week 2018 edition
Welcome to National Carers Week! This year, Carers Victoria is asking carers to Tell Us Why You Care and the general public to Tell Us Why You Care About Carers.
Read more here

Carers Victoria – Launch of #CarersCountToo State election campaign
Carers Victoria has launched its #CarersCountToo campaign with a new election platform to keep you informed as they lobby for carers’ needs in the lead up to the State election on 24 November.
Read more here

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NDIS Newsletter 20 October 2018

In this edition, read about:


Our Q&A answers questions asked by the community about the NDIS.
This time we find out about the role of an LAC:

Local Area Coordinator (LAC)

  • What is a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) and what do they do?
  • What is the difference between a LAC and NDIA Planner?
  • Can you explain when an LAC would provide support to help me implement my plan and when the NDIA might fund support coordination to help me implement my plan?
  • What are the organisations working with the NDIA as LAC’s?
  • Where can I find information about my nearest LAC?
  • My LAC helped with my access request form, can they tell me if my access to the NDIS is approved?
  • If I’m unsure about the NDIS, can I take my 5 year old to an LAC?
  • How can an LAC help me if I’m not a participant in the NDIS?

For all the answers to these questions visit the Q&A page

Keep the questions coming via #ndisqanda

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