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Alfred Health Carer Services Carer eNews June 2020

National Carer Survey

Have your say for your chance to win an iPad 32GB WiFi

Victorian carers are invited to have their say by completing the first-ever
National Carer Survey here!

Findings from the 2020 National Carer Survey will play a major role in improving our understanding of caring and carers’ lives.

New ways to interact with others

Connecting Couches is Give a Care’s new initiative which delivers a range of online activities, to provide people of all abilities with the opportunity to try out new hobbies from the comfort of their own home. These free sessions include drumming, dance and art classes.

Visit their website to find out more information.

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Tandem eNewsletter 17 June 2020

Caring Fairly campaign to increase the Carer’s payment

Tandem is proud to be part of the coalition of organisations participating in the Caring Fairly campaign led by Mind Australia. The campaign calls on the federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Anne Ruston, to increase the Carer Payment like other income support payments have been during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please sign the petition to make your voice heard and demand the compassion that family and friends in mental health deserve.

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Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting 7.15pm Tuesday 14 July 2020

You are invited to join our 14 July ISFAF Support Group meeting via Zoom


In July we will still meet via Zoom, but perhaps by August we will actually be able to meet face to face, so please check our website for information.

Join Zoom meetings from a comfortable spot at home, with some nibbles and a nice warm blanket.   A pen and some paper might also be handy to jot down notes.

You can join via internet or phone line (even land line).

A chat session will commence at 7.15 pm, followed by our guest speaker at 7.30 pm.

If you are accessing the meeting via internet click on the following link­ and follow the instructions you receive:  

Meeting ID: 788 139 680
Password: 096604

Occasionally I’ve received messages such as ‘host is in another meeting’. If you receive any such strange  messages, click on ‘close the meeting’ at your end, wait a few minutes and then try again.
Alternatively dial any of the following numbers to participate in the session via audio only:  +61 2 8015 6011 or  +61 3 7018 2005  or   +61 731 853 730 or  +61 861 193 900  or  +61 8 7150 1149
Meeting ID: 788 139 680
Password: 096604

If you are having trouble, phone 0425 723 746.

Alfred Health Carer Services News 4 June 2020

Call us for carer support and respite on 1800 51 21 21
Monday to Friday 8.30-5.00 pm

  • Alfred Health Carer Services provides Carer Gateway services in the southern metropolitan region of Victoria
  • Carer Gateway is available across Australia
  • Carers can call the Carer Gateway to access urgent respite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 422 737
  • Access online services: chat forums, coaching, counselling and skills courses at
  • Call the Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737, Monday to Friday 8:00am-6:00pm

We will link you in with the right services, including services available for carers through the Carer Gateway.

Free online peer support

Sometimes a little extra support, hope and understanding is needed. That’s why eFriend is here.

eFriend Online Peer Support connects you to a community of trained, specialist eFriend Peers via video call or phone call. Their service is free and for anyone in need, visit their website to find out more information.

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Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting 7pm Tuesday 9 June 2020

You are invited to join our June ISFAF Support Group meeting via Zoom

Robbert Roos, Carer Advocate Tandem will speak on “COMMON LEGAL PROBLEMS FOR CARERS”
If you can access the internet, click on:

and follow the prompts
Meeting ID 788 139 680  Password 096604

If you don’t have internet access,    dial   7018 2005 or  02 8015 6011 or 08 7150 1149 or 731 853 730  or  861 193 900 Meeting ID 788 139 680 Password 096604 and follow the instructions you hear on the telephone.

Tandem eNews 13 May 2020

Dear Tandem members and supporters,

We are excited by the announcement of Australia’s new mental health official in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and would like to congratulate Associate Professor Ruth Vines, former Chief Psychiatrist of Victoria, who will become the first Deputy Chief Medical Officer with a focus on mental health.

Professor Vine’s role will be to listen to community concerns and provide advice to the government, with a focus on anxiety linked to physical distancing and economic stress. Read about the announcement here.

It is heartening to see mental health on Australia’s agenda and we will continue to strive for a system that is safe, inclusive, fair and funded in Victoria.

Our link to register for Tandem Time with Carer Gateway didn’t work last week. We apologise for the frustration and ask you to register again for the Zoom meeting below. 

It will be a very powerful session and we hope to see you all there.

In this issue

• Tandem Time with Carer Gateway
• Tandem C.R.A.F.T. Challenge
• Ready steady NDIS
• Friends, family & carers forum
• Carer support groups
• Support services
• Join the Tandem family

Tandem Time with Carer Gateway

Tandem Time is a one hour, online meet-up for Tandem members and staff to connect with each other, ask questions and stay in touch. When you register you will be sent a link that will enable you to login to the meeting at the allotted time.

Special Guest: State Manager at Merri Community Health Services Vicki Down

When: Thursday 21st of May

Time: 10am – 11am

Where: Zoom
Some people reported issues getting into the session via Eventrbite, so instead we are happy to give you the direct zoom registration details here.

A few of you reported the link was broken last week – thank you, we have re-set the link.
Register in advance for this meeting
If the link still doesn’t work paste this URL into your browser:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have any feedback, reflections or questions you would like to ask, please send them to or take our quick survey to help us create the best experience for you. 

Tandem Time Survey

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Alfred Health Carer Services eNews May 2020

Call us for carer support and respite on our
new phone number 1800 51 21 21
Monday to Friday, 8.30-5.00 pm

We will link you in with the right services, including services available for carers through the Carer Gateway.

Free online legal service for
disadvantaged Victorian renters

Anika Legal provides a free legal service for people who rent their home. If you need a rent reduction to help you through the COVID-19 pandemic click here.

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Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 14 April 2020 via Zoom

The ISFAF Support Group Meeting will go ahead this coming Tuesday 14 April at 7.30pm via a ZOOM meeting session.  Guest Speaker this month is Melanie Carson, Mental Health NDIS Project Officer from Alfred Health covering topic ‘NDIS Tricks and Tips’.
In preparation, please forward any questions you may have by noon on Monday 13 April via email to and   This will enable us to pass your questions to the speaker prior to the meeting. 

Link to Zoom session for the meeting:  Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 788 139 680.   Password: 096604
So prepare your evening drink of choice and supper snacks and join us next Tuesday evening.
ISFAF Walk ‘n Chat Group
Walk ‘n Chat catch ups are now held via ZOOM. We had our first zoom session on Thursday 2 April with a small group who enjoyed it. So instead of one Walk n Chat per month, we agreed to hold two. Please diarise the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 3pm.  
Link to Zoom session for the next Walk ‘n Chat 16 April at 3pm: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 787 536 696      Password: 681213
Our office is currently not attended so we are unable to check voicemail but we are still here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact:
Judi Burstyner on 0425 723 746 or via email
Eleni Kontos on 0412018722 or email 
Hope you can join us next Tuesday. Keep Safe.
Don’t forget to keep you eyes on our website:
Recently set up as a private group so we can chat safely among our group and share information.   Please send a request to join the group and we’ll add you shortly.

Alfred Health Carer Services Newsletter 11 February 2020

Meditation and Mindfulness Classes
Moksha Yoga, Bentleigh
Tuesdays 11:00am – 12:00pm
Join like minded carers and practice some important self care. Book direct with Moksha Yoga on 9557 5885. Classes are for carers registered with Alfred Health Carer Services.

Learn a new skill online or in a class
Be Connected is a website resource provided by the eSafety Commissioner and the Department of Social Services. It provides free courses to older Australians who need support to participate online. Choose from online topics or find a location to attend a class. Learn more from Be Connected.

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Tandem eNews 11 February 2020

International Women’s Day Breakfast

Celebrate International Women’s Day with an intimate breakfast followed by a panel discussion with the authors Sandy Jeffs OAM and Dr Margaret Leggatt AM, hosted by Tandem Chair Dr Melissa Petrakis and including special guests.

‘Out of the Madhouse: From Asylums to Caring Community?’ takes us into the heart of Larundel through the voices of former inmates and staff, exposing the best and worst aspects of the mental institutions of the times.

The book shows the shifts in psychiatric treatments, the social forces at play, and changes driving mental health policy. It explores what de-institutionalisation and ‘care in the community’ actually meant for those suffering mental illness, as well as for those treating, and caring for them.

Books will be available for purchase at the event for $34.95 cash only

When: Tuesday 10 March
Where: Orygen Youth Health, 35 Poplar Road, Parkville Colonial Foundation Innovation Room Time: 9:30am to 11:00am
Cost: $20
Parking: Limited paid parking available onsite. Paid parking is also available across the road at RMH Royal Park Campus or at the Melbourne Zoo.
Public Transport: The closest public transport options to get to Parkville are the Royal Park train station (Upfield train line) and the Number 58 Tram (stop 27).
Catering: breakfast is included, gluten free and vegan options available. Please email for any specific dietary requirements.

Limited spots available, so book early here

Please note this event will be filmed.

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