Category Archives: Communication

Tandem eNews 3 April 2019

Tandem support

Tandem will keep you regularly updated on Royal Commission news. If you would like to be involved in the Royal Commission there are several ways to contact us:

  • Email us at
  • Call on 1800 314 325
  • Tell us your experiences with the mental health system on the Share your story page on our website here.

We look forward to assisting you to prepare your own submissions about both your experience with the Victorian mental health system and what you believe support provided by the system would include.

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Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 9 April 2019



­­Speakers SIMON STAFRACE, Director AMAH, PHILLIPA THOMAS, Manager, service planning & development, AMAH and RACHEL YOUNG, Communications Consultant

Plenty of free parking in Chapel St, or carpark just behind JB Hi-Fi­­­­

For more details see the link below:

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Psychiatric Times 28 February 2019

The first article from the Psychiatric Times is to help families address addiction in adults and adolescents.  The second articles compares the narrowing of the gender gap in those dependent on alcohol and tobacco or illicit drugs.  Click on the links below to read the complete articles

Coaching Families to Address Addiction
The time to act is now—whether or not the person with addiction comes into the office.
Image ©Victoria 1/Shutterstock.comRead more
Gender Differences in Addiction: Clinical Implications
Dependence on alcohol and tobacco or illicit drugs is generally higher in men, but the gender gap is narrowing at an alarming rate, especially in adolescents.
Image ©Steve Heap/Shutterstock.comRead more

You will find many other informative articles in the Psychiatric Times website.

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 12 March 2019

You are invited to join us at our new meeting venue at Prahran Mission 211 Chapel Street Prahran.  Our guest speaker is Josh Burns, ALP Candidate for the federal seat of Macnamara (formerly known as Melbourne Ports, held by Michael Danby), will speak on Issues in Mental Health for Carers and Consumers.  See attached flier for details:
Josh Burns guest speaker 12 March 2019

Please note our new telephone number 9076 4722

Sane Express March 2019

Treatment Decisions in the Context of Schizophrenia survey launches

Do you live with, or support someone living with schizophrenia? We would love to hear about your experiences and opinions regarding treatment decisions, access and preferences.

So let us know what you think. Participation in this online survey should take 10-20 minutes, and you can go in the draw to win a $100 voucher.

Click here to go to the survey.

To make sure you don’t miss out on other opportunities to get involved with important research projects, sign up for our research newsletter here.

Schizophrenia research project

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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

Ticket link

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Mad Pride Facebook


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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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