Category Archives: Education

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 12 April 2019

Carer’s Weekend Getaway – 24-26 May in Daylesford
The Wellways Carer’s Weekend Getaway is a great way for carers to relax and unwind in the tranquil Victorian town of Daylesford. Places are limited – book now!
See the flyer for details

Mind Australia – South East Family and Carer Services
Currently open to receive new referrals for carers requesting support whom care recipients are not in receipt of the NDIS package. Area Bayside, Dandenong, Casey, Cardinia, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula we are available to take new referrals.
Also open to provide respite support to consumers whom are not in receipt of the NDIS package.
Learn more here

Click on the link below to access the complete Friday Extra:



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.

Please click on the link below to read the complete Tandem eNews:

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:

2019-0409-AMAH reorganization-Stafrace_Thomas_Young

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.

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 8 March 2019

Communicating your lived experience – 1 & 2 April in Elsternwick
Mental Health Victoria presents this 2 day interactive workshop to support you safely communicating your lived experience in a range of settings for a range of purposes using ethical frameworks.
Register here

You can access the complete Friday Extra via the link below:

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

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

You can access the complete Friday Extra via the link below:

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.
You can access the complete newsletter via the link below:

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

Please click on the link below to read the complete newsletter:

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)