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Stonnington Disability and Access Committee Film Screening 31 July 2021

Please join us in launching the very first Disability Forum-Film screening in partnership with Council’s Stonnington Disability and Access Committee.

Compelling and authentic. Two women on the opposite side of diagnosis, True Vision is an exploration of dealing with unexpected obstacles, and the perceptions that go hand in hand with diagnosis and disability. The film is written, directed and produced by documentary filmmaker Diana Fisk and executive produced by award-winning feature film and documentary producer Sue Maslin.

This special event includes a screening of the film (28 minutes) and a panel discussion facilitated by the fabulous Carly Findlay OAM, disability advocate and Australian writer. We will hear filmmaker and mother Diana Fisk, Australian Paralympian Jessica Gallagher, who both feature in the film and members from Councils Stonnington Disability and Access Committee.

When: Saturday 31 July, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Malvern Banquet Hall.  In event of COVID-19 restrictions the event will be moved on-line.

The session is free, and registration is essential. Book here.

For further information contact 8290 1333 or

Please register your interest and share with friends, colleagues and networks.  We hope to see you there!

Archie Roach – Tell me Why


Hello from the Drum Theatre

We had the honour of presenting a wonderful show by the legendary Aboriginal musician, Archie Roach last Friday night to an almost full theatre. We know many people cannot get to the theatre for various reasons and we have been fortunate to secure a special filmed version of Archie’s show, about his life and music, that we would love to share with you. Below is a link to the film, with closed captions and a link to an audio described version. The video can be accessed between 1pm Friday 14 May – 1pm Sunday 16 May, for free and as often as you like.

Here’s a bit about the show:

Archie Roach – Tell me Why

Archie shares stories and songs from his new memoir and companion album in this special Reconciliation Week event.

Not many have lived as many lives – from stolen child, teenage alcoholic, seeker, lover, father, musical and lyrical genius, to social advocate and First Nations leader – but it took almost a lifetime to find who he really was.

His new memoir ‘Tell Me Why’ is an intimate, moving and often confronting account of his resilience and strength of spirit, and also of a great love story. It’s an extraordinary odyssey of love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and the healing power of music.

The companion album ‘Tell Me Why’ re-imagines eleven songs which have defined his extraordinary career, together with brand new songs and recordings.

Roach voices the joy, pain and hope he found on his path through these songs to become the legendary singer- songwriter and storyteller that he is today – beloved and respected by fans worldwide.

Duration: 83 minutes

“He condensed those emotions of the Stolen Generations into a few minutes of music that stands as one of the great Australian humanitarian artistic statements.” The Australian

How to watch the online concert
The button below will become active from Friday 14 May, 1pm to Sunday 16 May, 1pm

Watch the Virtual Concert
or copy this link to your website browser during this period:

(Audio Described version):

If you have any problems with the link, please contact the Box Office on 8571 1666 between 10am and 4pm, Monday-Friday.

We hope you enjoy this concert. If there is a group of you watching, please drop us a line to let us know how many in your watch party. We look forward to hearing from you

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Kind regards,

 Susan Strano

Coordinator, Drum Theatre, City of Greater Dandenong
Phone: 03 8571 1623 | Mobile: 0413 135 446


Creative Control inspired by the International Day for People with Disability 2020


Creative Control presents a digital showcase of work by artists, writers and creatives with disability, inspired by the International Day for People with Disability 2020 theme, seeing the ability in disability.

Creative Control features a series of events and experiences including a virtual exhibition, panel discussion, workshops and film showcase across seven days from 3-10 December 2020.

View the full program below.

Tandem eNews 24 November 2020

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Tandem response: Productivity Commission’s mental health report

Tandem CEO Marie Piu welcomed the release of the long-awaited final report on Mental Health released by the Australian Productivity Commission.

Marie stated that on behalf of Tandem Members, the family and friends in mental health, she “felt relieved that Australian Health Ministers have embraced the concept of the personal recovery of an individual within their family, carer, community and cultural context, rather than a narrow focus on clinical recovery”.

She went on to welcome Recommendation 18 – Support for Families and Carers – and said: “We particularly support the call for the Australian Government to amend the Medicare Benefits Schedule to provide rebates for family and carer consultations.”

“We also welcome the call for the Australian Government department of Social Services to evaluate outcomes achieved for mental health carers from its carer support program (Action 18.2)”.

“We strongly agree with Action 18.3 that the Australian Government should amend the eligibility criteria for the Carer Payment and Carer Allowance to reduce barriers to access for mental health carers.”

Marie stated that as the Victorian member of Mental Health Carers Australia, the national peak body representing the voice of family and friends (carers) in mental health, “Tandem particularly welcomes the recommendation from the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health for lived experience representation at a national level. While the report acknowledged there are already various state and national organisations which advocate for mental health consumers and carers, it specifically noted the importance of these voices being acknowledged and heard as separate.”

Marie noted that the work of Mental Health Carers Australia is not currently funded by the Commonwealth Government but is funded by contributions made by member organisations around Australia such as Tandem, limiting the scope and ability to operate as a true peak.

Read the summary from a family and friends in mental health perspective in Victoria prepared by the Tandem team at our website. 

Read the Productivity Commission’s report on their website.

Read Tandem’s response

Peridot Theatre Play Readings

Next Social Play Reading: Thursday October 29th, 7:30 pmThis reading will feature four different short plays.There will be two plays entitled Ready to Go from the CJSP (Creative Juice Stimulus Package) group. Each play started with one page already written and two writing groups (streams) per play. Each writer was to write around 1-2 pages, then pass it on to the next writer to add their contribution: so much fun and very difficult at the same time, as you can imagine! We will read two different versions of the same one page starter. 2 M/F in each.

Family Happens by Jonne Finnemore

Synopsis: Back in the 1940s/50s PTSD was not recognised and families had to struggle with it without help. Mother and Dad always host Christmas Day. This time, events take a tragic turn. 2 M, 3 F

Last year, Jonne celebrated 70 years of theatre, first in South Africa, then England and now in Australia, performing in dramas, comedies, musicals and reviews. These days, she’s turned her hand to writing. Family Happens won first prize in the 2019 National Playwright Competition.

Wormholes by Alison Knight

Synopsis: A Shakespearian actor takes his revenge from beyond the grave – with help from an unexpected source. I M, 1 F, 1 M or F.

Alison’s work has been performed with Melbourne Writers’ Theatre, Peridot and Hartwell theatre companies, and in the 1812 Board Shorts, Bendigo’s Tenx10 series, the Madwomen Monologues and the Legends of the Skies. In 2019, she won Best Playwright Award at the Monash OAP Festival, while another play appeared in the UNESCO City of Literature Festival (Dunedin). Alison has gained a number of prizes and commendations for her short stories, several of which have been published. She has also written two novels, Peter Stone and The Close.

You’re welcome to participate in the reading as either performer or as an audience member. If you wish to express an interest in reading, please contact Robyn Kelly at

Scripts are available to download (‘October 29th’ folder)

Zoom Invitation:

Topic: Social Play Reading – Thursday

Time: Oct 29, 2020 7:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 870 1392 4000

Passcode: Readings


Sponsors: 13Cabs, Foodworks, Jellis Craig Foundation


Invitation from Heidi Everett to a Zoom Event

Invitation from Heidi Everett to a Zoom event
Dear all creatives and miscreants,

I'm pleased to be inviting everyone to the next Schizy Speaks event, bang on trend for World Mental Health Day 2020.
for World Mental Health Day 2020.
This'll be a doozy!

Sandy Jeffs speaks to moi, Heidi Everett.

Zoom event.
Friday 9th October 2pm AEST / 12pm WA.
Register for link:
Or reply directly to this email.
Don't miss it, because if you do, you won't know.


Sandy Jeffs is an author born in Ballarat and has a BA from La Trobe University. She has lived with schizophrenia and all its moods for over thirty years. She is a community educator who speaks to schools, universities and community groups about what it’s like to live with a mental illness.

Sandy is the author of the bestselling Poems from the Madhouse (1993; reprinted 2000, 2001), Loose Kangaroos (co-author, 1998), Blood Relations (2000), Confessions of a Midweek Lady: Tall Tennis Tales (2001), and The Wings of Angels: A memoir of madness (2004), her autobiography, Flying with Paper Wings: Reflections on Living With Madness (2009), The Mad Poet’s Tea Party (2015) and Chiaroscuro (2015).


Sandy Jeffs’ recent book ‘Out of the Madhouse: From Asylums to Caring Community?’ explores Larundel through the voices of former inmates and staff, exposing the best and worst aspects of the mental institutions of the times.

Mojo Film Festival 7.30pm 24 May 2020

Schizy Inc
!Mojo Film Festival Gala Online Screening Event 2020!
Sunday 24 May 7:30pm
Your house.
*What is this?
Curation of 15+ new very short films made by filmmakers with living experience of mental health recovery for World Schizophrenia Day 2020.
On the theme ‘life interrupted’.
It’s all happening on Youtube, so all you need to do to attend this event is click on the link at around 7:20pm on Sunday night!
*Why this?

Mojo supports a new genre of filmmaking – these films are not about us, they are by us.

Mojo Film Festival starts in March every year. It’s a program out of the house of Schizy Inc, a collective of creatives advocating positivity around lived experience through the arts.

For three months, we run filmmaking workshops and we create positive media around schizophrenia and similar mental health realities. Anyone can promote messages about the burden of mental illness and stigmatising news reporting, but Schizy Inc flips the coin.

The Mojo Gala event night on World Schizophrenia Day is a creative, joyous party and we want you to be there!

*How to Mojo?

1. Youtube at 7:30pm (AEST) on Sunday 24 May.
2. Join the live chat with filmmakers, guest VIPS and Schizy Inc.
3. Wear PJ bling! Share your photo’s on the Mojo Facebook page.
If you’re joining from another country, check your local time with AEST.


Subject line: Mojo

See you there..


Mental Health Australia CEO Update 10 May 2019

Mental health announcements so far…

Next week we’ll drill down into the final few days of the campaign and how the major parties have responded to our 2019 Election Asks. For now, see below a summary of the many announcements so far.

April 13: Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
“Our $503.1 million Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan is the largest suicide prevention strategy in Australia’s history. It will ensure that government activities are coordinated, services are delivered to young Australians at risk and support is available for friends and families.”
Plan focuses on:

  • Strengthening the headspace network,
  • Indigenous suicide prevention,
  • Early childhood and parenting support.


April 16: New headspace for Katoomba
“The Morrison Government will establish a new headspace in Katoomba to provide innovative mental health support for young Australians in the Blue Mountains.”

April 20: Strengthening Australia’s World-Class Health System
“The Morrison Government’s ‘Plan for Strengthening Australia’s World Class Health System’ will guarantee Medicare, deliver record bulk billing, an additional $31 billion for hospitals over the next five year agreement, $40 billion for new medicines and research backed by our $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund.”
The Liberal Health policy:

April 23: $2 million for the National LGBTI Health Alliance 
“The Morrison Government will provide an additional $2 million to the National LGBTI Health Alliance over two years for the peer support telephone and online support service, QLife.”

April 24: Northern Territory health plan
“Funding for Northern Territory public hospitals will triple from $152 million in 2012-13 to $306 million in 2019-20 and further to $467 million in 2024-25, under a new hospitals agreement. We are investing $4.1 billion in Indigenous health over four years, there is record bulk billing in the Northern Territory and more than 2000 new medicines have been subsidised through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.”

May 1: More support for older Australians 
“The Morrison Government will continue to prioritise better support for older Australians by investing in a new targeted research centre, funding a new program to combat loneliness while ensuring the aged care workforce meets growing demand in the future.”

May 4: Record investment into Queensland health services
“The Morrison Government is investing an additional $100 million to support south east Queensland patients with new cancer and mental health services and critical hospital infrastructure.”

May 8: National Action Plan to Improve the Health of Children and Young People
“The Liberal Government launched the first National Action Plan for the Health of Children and Young People 2020-2030 which will improve children and young people’s health by focusing on healthy upbringing, prevention, addressing risky behaviours and childhood mental health.”

  • The strategy will:
  • Improve health equity across populations
  • Empower parents to maximise healthy development
  • Tackle mental health and risky behaviours
  • Address chronic conditions and preventive health
  • Strengthen the health workforce.

April 17: Labor to invest in community mental health in Higgins
Labor announce $4 million investment in new Star Health Mental Health Community Hub in Prahran

April 18: Labor’s health plan for the NT
“A Shorten Labor Government will upgrade mental health facilities, fund the purchase of a new Careflight helicopter for Darwin Hospital, and fund major improvements to remote health services as part of a $92 million Northern Territory health package.”

April 23: Labor to establish headspace centre in Gilmore
Labor candidate for Gilmore, Fiona Philips, announced the plan for a headspace centre in Batemans Bay

April 27: Labor pledges $12 million for youth drug and alcohol treatment
“A Federal Labor investment of $12 million will enable the Ted Noffs Foundation to expand its drug and alcohol treatment services for young people.”

April 29: Labor will invest in specialist care for intellectual disability 
“A Shorten Labor Government will improve the health of people with intellectual disability with a $9.5 million investment to tailor health care to their needs.”

May 4: Labor will boost resources for Kids Helpline
“A Shorten Labor Government will provide $6 million to Kids Helpline to ensure that children and young people across Australia can access 24/7 free national counselling and support services.”

May 5: Filling the gaps in our youth mental health system
“A Shorten Labor Government will invest nearly $200 million in headspace Plus – improving youth mental health services and ensuring young Australians don’t fall through the cracks in Australia’s mental health system.”

May 7: Labor will invest in mental health and suicide prevention reform
“A Shorten Labor Government will invest over $1 billion to drive vital mental health and suicide prevention reform.”
Media Release not available online

May 7: Labor will create Australia’s first national plan for eating disorders and body image research 
“A Shorten Labor Government will commit $20 million to create Australia’s first National Plan for Eating Disorders and Body Image Research.”
Media Release not available online

The Australian Greens
18 April: Greens launch transformative youth mental health policy

  • Make services effective, transparent and accessible
  • Improve access to online services
  • Support young people to help other young people with peer to peer services through providing 1,000 places for peer to peer workers and opportunities for young people to train as peer workers through our free TAFE initiative.
  • Improve services for young people in crisis by providing $250 million over four years in grant funding for community-based assertive outreach programs targeted at children and young people and improve access to face-to-face services by providing $25 million over the next four years for a trial of 50,000 children and young adults to each access 10 group sessions of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
  • Support young people in the workplace by expanding the Individual Placement and Support trial.
  • Reduce mental health stigma by investing $10 million in a youth mental health stigma strategy.

Full policy:

23 April: Greens launch plan for universal mental health system

  • Make services effective, transparent and accessible.
  • Fund prevention and early intervention through $500 million in funding over the next decade for communities to implement assertive outreach programs, providing $25 million for a four year trial of 50,000 children and young people to each access 10 group sessions of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and fund online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for a total of one million users.
  • Support people with severe mental ill health by building a fully funded and adequately staffed NDIS and provide an additional $450 million for community psychosocial services.
  • Build mentally healthy workplaces through providing $604 million over the decade for mental health workplace interventions in smaller businesses and $50 million per year for three years for mental health interventions in larger businesses and expanding the existing Individual Placement and Support trial.
  • Increase the numbers of peer workers by providing $166 million to fund a two-year national peer workforce trial with 1,000 places.
  • Reduce mental health stigma through an anti-stigma campaign involving those with lived experience.

Full policy:


29 April: Greens call for Newstart and Youth Allowance raise
In response to Anglicare Australia’s Rental Affordability Snapshot, Greens release announcement calling for increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance

You can access the complete CEO Update via this link:

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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