Author Archives: Inner South

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 1 March 2019

Seminar: Understanding mental illness in children and adolescents – 5 March
When Words Don’t Work – presented by Dr Alberto Veloso is a Child Psychiatrist and General Pediatrician, with fellowships from the Royal Australian College of Psychiatrists and Royal Australian College of Physicians.
Register here

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Tandem eNews 20 February 2019

DHHS Review of Sub-acute Mental Health Services

Last week Tandem hosted the team from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) review of sub-acute mental health services at the bi-monthly Member Meeting. The review is intended to achieve improved access to sub-acute services, recovery orientated services, and opportunities for clinical staff to deliver evidenced-based interventions. More info

Tandem members provided feedback on strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement to community care units (CCU), prevention and recovery care (PARC) services, and secure extended care units (SECU). The review team are keen to hear from everyone who would wish to talk to them. Tandem will collate and forward all additional contributions. Particularly, the review needs to know:

  1. Who are the consumers of PARC/CCU/SECU services, and their families and carers? What are their needs? Have these changed over time?
  2. What is the model of care for PARC/CCU/SECU? Is it recovery-orientated? How well does it work for consumers and their families and carers?
  3. What are the strengths of the PARC/CCU/SECU models or the PARC/CCU/SECU services you are familiar with?
  4. What would you change about these services?

Responses can be emailed to Anne Finch at Tandem. If you have any enquiries, please call us on 8803 5555.

Join consumer, carer and guest speakers at the Tandem offices on Friday 8 March to discuss what the Royal Commission into Mental Health means to women, and how you think we will know if the process has been successful.

Register your attendance via Eventbrite here.
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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 22 February 2019

Carers Get Frustrated Too – 5 March
Caring for a family member or friend can be demanding and tiring, causing frustration at times. It is common and normal to feel this way. This workshop will support you to explore:
•    Why we get frustrated and angry, and what we can learn from it
•    How to safely manage these feelings
•    How to use them to motivate us to make positive changes
See the flyer for details

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Mad Pride Comedy Festival 4-5 April 2019 at 8pm

Mad Pride
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019
Comedy gets its own back on mental health!
Thursday 4th April : Friday 5th April

Featuring Aussie comedians with lived experience:

Sandy Jeffs; Ben Pobjie (The Age; ABC); Maggie Toko (VMIAC);
Heidi Everett; Keir Saltmarsh; Wendy Little; Sharon Andrews;
Jude Perl; Jacci Pillar: Michelle Janssen: Zara Swindells-Grose;
Jay Wymarra: Ben Gaylard; Yvonne Fein; Frederick Rowan.

PLUS two amazing Aussie icons of comedy!!
Thursday 4th April – MC Brian Nankervis
Friday 5th April – Guest Felicity Ward

Fyrefly Room. Newmarket Hotel.
34 Inkerman St. St Kilda.
Show start 8pm
Tickets:  $25/$30

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 15 February 2019

Business as usual at Alfred Health Carer Services
We have recently received enquiries from carers seeking clarification about the services we provide, in light of changes in the service system over the past 12 months. We wish to reassure you that our services remain available to all carers in Melbourne’s Southern Metro Region, and we continue to offer:
• 24-hour phone support
• Useful information, emotional support and advocacy
• Education, events and peer support
• Referral and linkage to services, helping you put the right supports in place
• Services for carers who support someone with an approved NDIS plan
If you would like to find out more about the supports available to you or the carers you support, please call us on 1800 052 222 or visit

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Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 12 February 2019

You are invited to join us for our first meeting of the year in the Dining Room at Betty Day Centre 67 Argyle Street St Kilda. The Dining Room adjoins the Multi Purpose Room where we have been meeting during the year. Entry via Bath Street or Argyle Street. There is ample parking in Bath Street.  See details below:


Federal elections are just three months away,
Consumers, carers and the general community need to work together in one voice. Voter numbers count so please join us at this meeting. Bring your family and friends so that our local candidate can see that we are a large group of voters
which needs to be considered when policies are made.
Politicians need to hear our voice. Letting politicians know our needs is important

This meeting provides you with an opportunity to meet and discuss issues of importance with Steph Hodgins-May who may be your local member of parliament after the May elections.

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

All welcome, no need to book Light supper available from 7.15 pm. No charge, but a small donation towards supper is always appreciated

No need to RSVP but please come early, especially if coming for the first time


Greens Candidate for the Federal Seat of Macnamara (formerly known as Melbourne Ports, held by Michael Danby)


Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 25 January 2019

Would you like the NDIA attend your local community group or organisation
The NDIS is now supporting nearly 250,000 Australians, with almost 80,000 people who are now receiving support for the very first time. In Victoria over 50,000 active participants have an approved plan and there is the expectation to see the Victorian NDIS participant numbers grow to more than 105,000. If you would like to express your interest in having an NDIS representative to connect in/speak to or attend a local community group please feel free to get in contact to discuss the opportunity with Sharna Goulding (Mob: 0436 673 970) and Geoff Deacon (Ph: 9294 4259) or fill out the attached speaker request and send it in to

Upcoming group for bereaved carers on offer from Carers Victoria in April/May 2019
This specialist three-day program is for bereaved carers and is facilitated by a Carers Victoria counsellor. It offers an opportunity to explore issues of loss and grief in a safe and supportive environment.
See flyer for details

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 18 January 2019

FREE Self- care through Tai Chi and Mindfulness – a series of 3 workshops for carers
Alfred Health Carer Services invites carers living in the southern region to explore how the gentle movements of Tai Chi and the practice of mindfulness can sustain you in your caring role. The 3 weekly  sessions will be held in Springvale and commence on 13 February 2019. Bookings are essential so get in quickly if interested.
See flyer for details

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Wellways eNews December 2018

Wellways Helpline

Our free and confidential Helpline provides mental health information, support and referral advice by trained volunteers who have personal experience of mental health issues.

Helpline Christmas/New Year hours:

  • Monday 24 December 9am – 12pm
  • Tuesday 25 December to Tuesday 1 January: CLOSED
  • Normal hours from Wednesday 2 January, 9am – 9pm

Phone 1300 111 500 or email any time:

For assistance outside of these hours, contact:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
  • Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636

In an emergency, dial Triple Zero, 000.

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