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Mental Health Australia – Celebrating International Day of People with Disability 3 December 2021

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Celebrating International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with Disability is next week, on Friday 3 December. It’s an important day to celebrate the contributions and achievements of people with disability.

This year’s theme is: “Leadership and Participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world”.  For more information see:

This theme resonates with our strategic goals at Mental Health Australia to promote a national voice for people with lived experience of mental ill-health and those who love and care for them. Lived experience participation and leadership is vital to building the mental health system we need: one that’s truly person-led.

Although their strides have not always been fully recognised, lived experience leaders have accomplished so much. Waves of advocacy have exposed abuses in the mental health system, called for greater human rights protection, promoted the idea of recovery, challenged stereotypes and assumptions about mental ill-health held by those within the system and the general public, and have built resources for peer-based care and grassroots supports.

As we celebrate International Day of People with Disability, we also acknowledge the work that still needs to be done to support our communities. One area Mental Health Australia has been active in is advocating for the rights of people with psychosocial disability to be recognised and better reflected in National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) policy.

One of our recent policy submissions highlights concerns regarding insufficient availability of psychosocial supports outside the NDIS; interface and boundary issues between the NDIS and clinical mental health, employment and housing service systems; and points to ongoing reforms required to improve the delivery of recovery-oriented psychosocial support services through the NDIS.

More broadly, we all need to work together to remove barriers for the 4.4 million Australians with disability so that everyone can participate and feel included in our community. For those looking to become allies, you can educate yourself on disability and ableism. Learn about why accessibility is so important and what you can do to make your organisation and community more accessible. This TED talk by the incredible, late Stella Young is a good place to start.

We encourage everyone to get involved and join the celebration. Together, we can all take action to challenge stereotypes, remove barriers and promote inclusive and respectful attitudes and behaviours in our community.

Have a great weekend.

Dr Leanne Beagley

Psychiatric Times 23 November 2021

Web Version

November 23, 2021
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Psychosis: Pure Madness

Can a philosophical investigation of psychosis provide a better and less prejudicial approach than mainstream psychological and psychiatric accounts?
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Discovery College Course Timetable

Hi there!

We are nearly at the end of November which feels pretty wild.

We just wanted to drop you a line with our final courses for the year.

Coming up soon, a BRAND NEW mini-panel, How do we ride the waves? exploring stories from different people who are part of a mental health support network. We’re going to talk about how complicated it is, and hear about different ways to support ourselves when we are supporting others ESPECIALLY during a pandemic.

Just after that, another BRAND NEW mini-course, Presents or Presence? exploring theory and lived experience around Mindfulness particularly in times of stress, fatigue and overwhelm.

Feeling curious?

We’d love to welcome you into a course to learn and share about mental health topics alongside people from all walks of life. Our co-produced courses are open to everyone and we value lots of different kinds of ideas and knowledge. And it’s free!

Want to learn more? Visit us online or follow us on instagram.


Tandem eNews 19 November 2021

November 19th 2021

Dear members and supporters, We’ve been receiving some really exciting nominations for the Tandem Awards this year.

We’ve decided to extend the deadline for nominations until 5pm next Thursday 25 November.

This is the absolute latest date that we can extend nominations until, so do all you can to get your nominations in!

If you work in mental health or with NDIS participants, we’ve also updated our Tandem Awards poster with the new date, so please print it and put it up in your workplace if you can.

If you know someone who may want to nominate but isn’t yet a Tandem member, forward them your copy of eNews!
To nominate, simply download the nomination form from our website, complete it and return it to before 5pm on Thursday.

We encourage you to nominate those who have made an exceptional contribution in the areas of NDIS support, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people over 65 years of age, LGBTIAQ+ people, multicultural communities, children and young people, and in regional areas.

Nominations must be received before 5pm on Thursday November 2021.

In this eNews edition

  • Introduction: Tandem Awards deadline extended!
  • Do you support a young person who has stayed in (or tried to access) a Youth PARC service?
  • November Tandem Time our last for 2021
  • Place-based consultations for the first six Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services
  • The Victorian Government’s roadmap for the next 18 months of mental health reforms
  • Food support during lockdown
  • Tandem Support & Referral Line
  • Other Mental Health Helplines and Webchats
  • Join the Tandem Family

Do you support a young person who has stayed in (or tried to access) a Youth PARC service?

We are looking for family members who have supported a 16-25 year old who has been admitted into one of Victoria’s three Youth Prevention and Recovery Care Services (YPARCS) to join the Participation Register.

The Department of Health is seeking to engage with families to develop a new statewide model of care for YPARCS. Participants will be invited to take part in an online focus group, and will be paid for their time.

A YPARCS for young people aged from 16-25 is being established in every region of the state as part of one of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. As part of recommendation 21, ‘Redesigning bed-based services for young people’, these must be “supported through a common and consistent model of care.”

Register or find out more at

November Tandem Time our last for 2021

Our last Tandem Time for 2021 is planned for Thursday 25 November 10am -11am

  • Day: Thursday 25 November
  • Time: 10am-11am
  • Where: online via Zoom.

Our guest speaker will be Robyn Aitken, Family Relationships Support for Carers program coordinator at EACH.

Place-based consultations for the first six Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

The first six Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services (Local Services) recommended by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System will open by the end of next year in Benalla, Brimbank, Frankston, Greater Geelong, Latrobe Valley and Whittlesea.

People and services in these communities are now invited to register to participate in place-based engagement forums to provide input on how to make each of the Local Services relevant to their local community.

Place based consultations will be facilitated by Capire Consulting and take place via Zoom at the following times and dates:

  • Benalla (including Wangaratta and Mansfield Shire): 22 November 2021 3-5.30 pm
  • Greater Geelong and borough of Queenscliffe: 23 November 2021 3-5.30 pm
  • Latrobe Valley: 24 November 2021 10am-12.30 pm
  • Frankston: 24 November 2021 3-5.30 pm
  • Brimbank: 25 November 2021 10am-12.30 pm
  • Whittlesea: 25 November 2021 3-5.30 pm

Please register via the Local Services Engage Victoria website.

The Victorian Government releases its roadmap for the next 18 months of mental health reforms

To help Victorians learn more about mental health reforms and how they will be delivered, the Department of Health’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Division has produced a digital publication called Mental Health and Wellbeing in Victoria: Our priorities and progress in system reform and delivery.

This document provides an overview of the initial priorities that will be addressed over the next 12 to 18 months, and includes a summary of what has been delivered so far.

It provides a roadmap of how the Victorian Government is approaching reforms and how Victorians will be engaged in the design, development and delivery of the new mental health and wellbeing system.

It also includes details of some upcoming opportunities for Victorians to contribute to the design and delivery of the new system.

Food support during lockdown
If you or your family need food support, there are over 700 organisations across Victoria who are providing food relief and other support.

Find one near you at

Tandem Support and Referral LineCall Tandem on our FREE Support and Referral Line at 1800 314 325 on Mondays-Fridays between 9am-5pm. We offer free interpreting through the Language Loop telephone translation service.Tandem can support you with:

  • Navigating the mental health system
  • Individual advocacy with the mental health system
  • Accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • Someone to talk to who cares and understands

Please leave us a telephone message or send us an email with:

    • Your name
    • Your mobile phone number
    • How we can support you
Your story is powerful. Join Tandem’s community of family and friends to advocate for a safe, inclusive, fair and funded mental health system in Victoria.

Enough is Enough


Kieren Carroll is a well recognised playwright, son of Frank and Judy Carroll, whose current play is to be performed next weekend. What a wonderful way to return to live theatre. If you go on Sunday, you’ll meet friends in the audience.

Enough is Enough Landscape

Commissioned by the City of Kingston, Enough is Enough is a new, locally produced theatrical production that examines the harmful effects of gambling. Utilising a response from a community call out and supported by three experienced actors, Enough is Enough is written and devised by award winning Edithvale playwright, Kieran Carroll (Sons of Sun, The Truth is Longer Than a Lie, NEWK – The John Newcombe Story).

Enough is Enough is set around a bayside hotel which has both the TAB and the pokies. Dangerously, the hotel is open until 5am. Four addicted gamblers from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds find themselves trapped inside the worlds of the hotel. Their lives unravel over the course of the play. One heads towards criminal activity, one seeks counselling and finds hope and support, one falls ill but still cannot stop gambling, one knows no other life after so much grief. All lose relationships and real connections with those they care about.

The four characters are watched over by a bar worker, a non-gambler, who herself is torn emotionally with the work of seeing other lives ruined by gambling. She needs a job but feels complicit in their suffering.

A narrator and counsellor complete the casting giving the audience insights into a Victorian government history of gambling, coping techniques and ways the general public can recognise when people are gambling and suffering privately.

The debut performances of Enough is Enough are free community awareness events. With one event being in the afternoon and the other in the evening, City of Kingston is aiming for a wide cross-section of people to attend to discuss this crucial and highly vexing community problem.

Tim Costello

Following the performance we will be joined by Tim Costello AO, Chief Advocate for Alliance for Gambling Reform who will share about the history of gambling reform and what we can do about this issue that continues to have a devastating impact on our communities.

Chelsea Activity Hub – Sunday 28 November, 2.30pm

Shirley Burke Theatre – Monday 29 November, 7.30pm

Chelsea Activity Hub & Shirley Burke Theatre,

75 + Post Show talk with Tim Costello AO

General admission

FREE – Bookings Essential

Book Now

Inner South Family and Friends Carer Support Group trip to Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne 29 November 2021




9.30am – Bus leaves Dan Murphy car park –811/823 Dandenong Rd, Malvern East 3145
Bus returns approximately 5.30pm

We plan to include a guided tour, subject to availability of a trained guide. Please provide your own picnic lunch.
Bookings are essential – the mini-bus has limited seats.
Donation:  Pensioners $12  Non-pensioners  $22

To Book: 

  1. deposit  to Westpac ISFAF Community One Account BSB 033-169  A/c No:258307,
  2. make sure your deposit shows your name
  3. email burstyner@gmail.comwith proof of booking.,
  4. expect a confirmation. 

Without confirmation your seat is not booked.   Mini bus seats are limited – first come first served.

Inner South Family and Friends Carer Support Group End of Year Dinner


There is good public transport, to Jacka Blvd, but parking is expensive. We plan to seek and to circulate nearby locations with cheap / free parking .

Three course meal – see attached Menu. Vegetarian and GF options will be added on the day. 

Donation: Pensioners $12  Non-pensioners: $22

To Book: 

  1. deposit  to Westpac ISFAF Community One Account BSB 033-169  A/c No:258307
  2. make sure your deposit shows your name
  3. email burstyner@gmail.comwith proof of booking In your email please advise  your   choice of main course.  The menu is attached (but you are not paying $45).
  4. advise if you require GF, vegetarian or have allergies that you wish to advise to kitchen staff 
  5. expect a confirmation. 

Note: Beachcomber requires proof of vaccination.

International Day of People with a Disability Sunday 28 November

This will be a COVID-Safe event.  Details of the measures that we will take to ensure your safety are available at

We would love for you to join us as we showcase the talents of people with a disability and celebrate inclusion and diversity.

To register for this event please visit

We hope that you can join us as we #RallyMooneeValley and kick off our summer season of festivals and events.

Best wishes

Kelly Armstrong – Pronouns (She / Her)
Carer Support Officer
Moonee Valley City Council
Phone 03 9243 8781
Working days Monday – Thursday (not Fridays)
Working and living on Wurundjeri Land


Get Active Victoria Kids Voucher Program

The Get Active Kids Voucher Program helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and recreation activities by reimbursing the cost of membership and registration fees, uniforms and equipment. Eligible children may be able to receive up to $200 each per round.

How to apply

Children must be aged 0 to 18 and named on a valid and issued Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and Medicare card to be eligible. Find out if you can apply, what costs are covered and how much can be reimbursed.


Vouchers are available for eligible activities provided by certain organisations. Find out if your local club is included.

Uniforms & Equipment

The cost of uniforms and equipment can also be reimbursed if you pay for membership expenses within the same period. We’ve provided a guide to help identify the kind of equipment that may be reimbursed.


Got a question about Get Active Kids Vouchers? Start with our FAQs.

Promo Pack

Help us spread the word about the Program.


Satellite Foundation Youth Pathways Program

Youth Pathways Program

Youth Pathways is an exciting program for young people aged 18 and over, which offers learning and development workshops, volunteer and mentoring opportunities, and the chance to get involved in the co-design of Satellite resources.

Previous workshops have included a Wellness Workshop, where participants learned how to ‘Zen Your Bedroom’ and about art for mindfulness; a Work and Year-Ready Workshop which offered help in navigating these choices and making the best of wherever you land, and Facilitating Care which explored leadership, mentoring and facilitation.

Upcoming workshops include:

22 November: Nothing About You, Without You
6:30 – 8:30 via Zoom

What is ‘lived experience’ and what does it mean to you? This workshop honours and empowers the diverse voices of young people in the Satellite space and beyond, exploring ways of holding space for yourself and others, in a safe and supportive way.

Join us to share journeys, learn about the importance of healthy boundaries, discover your natural inner strength and connect with others who may share similar experience of living with, working alongside and/or caring for someone in your family with mental health challenges.

7 February 2021: Re-emerging: How to Set Gentle Intentions
6:30 – 8:00pm via Zoom

The start of a year can be a great time for both reflection and forward thinking, particularly if you’re starting uni or a new job, or just after just being in lockdown for the last two years! However, the tradition of creating resolutions can mean we feel pressure to succeed in something before we have even begun the journey.

This workshop explores the practice of setting intentions, so you can approach your goals, dreams or ideas with more compassion for yourself.

Our workshops aim to:

  • offer young people a chance to use creative practice to explore how they see the world.
  • provide opportunities for young people with shared experiences to connect with one another.
  • develop inclusive communication opportunities where visual language is as important as the spoken word.
  • provide a transportable and accessible program that can be delivered throughout diverse communities.
  • give young people the opportunity to develop confidence in using technology to tell stories, create art and share their stories.

If you would like to join one of our Youth Pathways Workshops, please let us know by registering your interest below.

I’m interested!

How to join our programs


Your first step is to choose a program that you (or a young person you know) are interested in and register here.


Our Satellite team will get in touch to confirm a place, chat about the program and answer any questions.


After a place is confirmed, you’ll receive an e-mail with more info on how to join us to ‘make and share’ together.


We believe in the power of the shared experience. Connect and share your stories with new friends who ‘get it’!