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Tandem eNews 20 August 2019

Personality Disorder Funding

Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley has announced almost $10 million in funding for the Personality Disorder Initiative, which is now being delivered at six Victorian health services including Alfred, Monash, Melbourne, Barwon and Goulburn Valley Health Services and Forensicare.

The program will help these services assess, treat and support people with severe personality disorders at high risk of suicide, self-harm and or challenging behaviours.

Find out more here

Stonnington Carers Forum

5 September, 2019, Melbourne
This interactive session will provide encouragement and support for those caring for an older person, a person with a complex mental health issue or disability of any age. More info

The Emotional Roller Coaster 

5 September 7:15pm – 9:30pm
Located at the Grow Community Centre in Caulfield south, this workshop applies principles of First Aid (ABC-DR) to develop a personal plan for responding to your loved one reducing risk and securing wellbeing. Find out more here

Breaking Down Stigma in Mental Health

12 September 5:30pm – 7pm
What can we do to eradicate cultural, social and gender barriers? PsychTalks: the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences forum for ideas and discussion is a discussion led by experts and consumers on the latest in stigma research and interventions and how we can translate this research into real outcomes for our society. Find out more here

The Carers Grief Journey

3 October 7:15pm – 9:30pm
Uncover the hidden grief, unique to the caring role. This is a one off interactive workshop by psychologist Joanna Aquila on this valuable topic for those caring for a loved one. Located at the Mind Recovery College in Nunawading. Find out more here

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 16 August 2019

Week ending 16 August 2019
Just for Carers
New:
Building a Future – 5 & 12 October in Frankston
Mental Health Education and Support for Carers
Wellways Building a Future Snapshot is a 2 session mental health education and support program for families, friends and carers of someone experiencing mental health issues. Attendees will gain knowledge and skills relating to mental health and recovery, and have the opportunity to connect with others in a supportive learning environment.
The program is led by peers – trained people who have their own lived experience as a family member, friend or carer.
Learn more herePreviously listed:
The Emotional Roller Coaster – 3 September
Grow invites carers to this workshop focused on applying the principles of First Aid (ABC-DR) to develop a personal plan for responding to your loved one to reduce risk and secure well-being.
Register here

Healthy Boundaries in Caring – 1 October in Caulfield South
Reduce the risk of Compassion Fatigue and create well-being by identifying and establishing healthy boundaries in your caring role. This is a one off interactive workshop by physiologist Joanna Aquila on this valuable topic for those caring for a loved one. Don’t miss out places are limited.
Register here

Alfred Health Carer Services Events
A Day at the Museum – 21 August
Join us for a day at Melbourne Museum! This event offers a fun day for both you and the person you care for to spend time together in a social environment visiting the Revolutions: Records and Rebels exhibition.
See the flyer for details and call to secure your spot.
Join Us at the Movies!
The Lion King – 27 August in Frankston
A Dogs Journey – 3 September in Brighton
Downton Abbey – 24 September in Frankston
You and the person you care for are invited to join us for a free evening at the movies. See the flyers for details and call us to reserve your spot.
27 August in Frankston
3 September in Brighton
24 September in Frankston

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Theatre and High Tea outing – 5 September
Step inside a world of pure imagination with this Theatre and High Tea trip. We will enjoy a lovely
high tea with delicious scones, desserts and more, before watching the new musical Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory – only 30 tix so get in quick!
See the flyer for details

Melbourne Star Trip – 26 September
This month we take a trip to the iconic Melbourne Star. Enjoy a ride on the wheel, take in the picturesque views of Melbourne city, lunch at The Pancake Parlor and explore all that the Docklands has to offer. The fun doesn’t stop there, all kids will be given a voucher to play at the nearby arcade before returning home.
See the flyer for details

Moksha Yoga – Meditation and Mindfulness Classes – continuing throughout August and September in Bentleigh – Places still available 
Meditation and mindfulness is the gateway that leads you beyond the endless noise into an expanse of clarity and awareness, connecting you to the source of true wisdom that resides within us all. So take a calming breath, step back from the interference of the mind and tune into the deep peace of experiencing reality in its purest essence.
Assistance with in-home respite, transport and interpreters can be arranged; please make a request when booking.
See the flyer for details

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Inner South Family Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 13 August 2019

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IMPROVING THE CARER EXPERIENCE OF SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH THROUGH THE NDIS

GUEST SPEAKER:  TANIA CURLIS, NDIS Engagement Consultant, Tandem

Venue: Uniting (formerly Prahran Mission), 211 Chapel St Prahran, (between High St and Prahran Town Hall).   Free parking is available in Chapel St, and in car-park just behind JB Hi-Fi.

Public transport is available nearby, including tram to front door.  All welcome, no need to book  Light refreshments 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.  Our office is attended only part time, but please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling Judi directly on 0425 723 746 if you have any questions or difficulty with transport

Stonnington Carers Forum 5 September 2019

It’s OK to care for yourself when you’re caring for someone else

Caring for someone can be complex, challenging and even stressful at times.

If you’re a carer for someone close to you, join us at the Stonnington Carers Forum. This interactive session will provide encouragement and support for those caring for an older person, a person with a complex mental health issue or disability of any age.

The forum is an opportunity to learn strategies and gather advice. Hear from key presenters LifeWorks, who will be sharing practical ways to look after yourself and practice self-compassion when the going gets tough, and a range of community support agencies.

  • Thursday 5 September, 10am – 1pm
  • Malvern Town Hall: corner High Street and Glenferrie Road, Malvern (enter via Glenferrie Road)
  • Signage will direct you to the forum.

The forum is free to attend and bookings are essential. For further information or to book, contact 8290 1333 or email access@stonnington.vic.gov.au

When you are registering, please let us know if you require transport or respite services to attend.

Please share this information, or our forum poster with anyone you think may be interested.

Great Expectations : Where is the Good Life? 7 August 2019

Recent changes to funding as well as current and future health reforms present an opportunity for people living with mental illness to create a better life.  There is also an opportunity for new approaches within clinical mental health services.  This conference will explore the concepts of having higher expectations and to define a good life and what everyone’s role is in helping people to get there.

This is a co-designed conference which will be co-produced and co-delivered (Developed by people with lived experience of mental illness or supporting someone with mental illness and people working in clinical mental health services)

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 26 July 2019

 

Just for Carers

Join Us at the Movies!
The Lion King – 6 August in Brighton
Film to be advised – 27 August in Frankston

You and the person you care for are invited to join us for a free evening at the movies. See the flyers for details and call us to reserve your spot.
6 August in Brighton
27 August in Frankston

A Day at the Museum – 21 August
Join us for a day at Melbourne Museum! This event offers a fun day for both you and the person you care for to spend time together in a social environment visiting the Revolutions: Records and Rebels exhibition.
See the flyer for details and call to secure your spot.

Supporting Carers Locally – grants program
Supporting carers locally grants are available to assist with local activities that strengthen the health and wellbeing of carers and help them connect with other carers.
Grants of up to $20,000 for groups of carers are available over 12 months, to support opportunities for:
– carers to be physically and mentally healthy and socially connected to family, friends, other carers and their local community.
– accessible peer support and grassroots community support programs, resources and tools for carers.
Applications close 19 August
Learn more and apply here

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 5 July 2019

Moksha Yoga – Meditation and Mindfulness Classes – commencing 23 July in Bentleigh
Meditation and mindfulness is the gateway that leads you beyond the endless noise into an expanse of clarity and awareness, connecting you to the source of true wisdom that resides within us all. So take a calming breath, step back from the interference of the mind and tune into the deep peace of experiencing reality in its purest essence.
Assistance with in-home respite, transport and interpreters can be arranged; please make a request when booking.
See the flyer for details

3 Day Sanctuary – a Carers Victoria three day intensive group counselling program for carers
The stay-away Sanctuary provides focussed opportunity to express and explore your caring role, aiming to improve your own personal health and well being.
Topics may include:
• Expressing your feelings and experiences
• Strengths and resources
• Caring for yourself
• Finding a balance
See the flyer for more information

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Tandem – Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System Edition 8

Royal Commission – Public Hearings 
Today was the third day of the Public Hearings of the Royal Commission, with witnesses addressing the topics of Prevention and Early Intervention.  Four witnesses were called, the hearing list is available here

Discussion of Prevention and Early Intervention continues tomorrow at 10am in the Town Hall.  The witnesses to be called are:

Community witness
Dr Gaynor Blankley,
Perinatal Psychiatrist at Mercy Perinatal, Mercy Hospital for Women
Shaun McClare, Principal at Kalinda Primary School
Dr Ric Haslam, Director of Mental Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Executive Director of Orygen, Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and a Founding Director of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation

Full transcript of Day 1 (Opening Statements)  is available here:
Individual Witness Statements from Day 1 have also been published:
Witness Statement, Wayne Schwass
Witness Statement:  Nicole Juniper
Witness Statement: Andrew Robb
Witness Statement:  Daniel Bolger
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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 28 June 2019

TheMHS Conference Bursaries – applications close 5 July
The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference is Australasia’s leading and most diverse mental health conference. The 2019 conference will be held in Brisbane on 27-30 August.
Bursaries are offered to Consumers who wish to attend The Mental Health Services Conference of Australia and New Zealand. A limited number of Bursaries are offered to each Australian state/territory and to New Zealand. Carers/families may also apply, but will be considered after consumers’ places are finalised.
Learn more here

Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System – Submissions close 5 July
Tandem can provide you with support to make a formal or informal submission.  A formal submission can be made by uploading or sending a written, audio or video submission. You can choose to respond to some or all of the questions. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to shape a Victorian mental health system for the future.
Read more here

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