Category Archives: News

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 5 October 2018

Wellways News – Carer Coaching Service and an In-Person Peer Support Service
Wellways has been contracted to design, pilot and evaluate a new coaching and peer support service for carers as part of a new Australian Government initiative. The new service will offer online, face to face and group support for carers to sustain their caring role. Wellways has invited carers, from all backgrounds and perspectives to apply via an expression of interest which closed on 2 October, to work with Wellways to co-produce, evaluate and develop the Carer Coaching Model and In Person Peer Support Groups.
See flyer for more details
See further information here

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 21 September 2018

FREE Carers Lunch on 16 October in Frankston to celebrate Carers Week … registration open to all carers
Alfred Health Carers Services invites all carers who live in the southern metropolitan region to our Carers Week Luncheon… this event is open to any carer irrespective of the current NDIS status of the person they support. As well a lovely lunch, there is terrific entertainment on offer with professional musicians and artists, including our MC, the ever-engaging Rod Quantock…should be a fun outing for everyone!
Free transport assistance via shuttle buses to the lunch is also available from bases in Caulfield, Dandenong and Rosebud so carers from anywhere in our region can join in.
If you are a carer, RSVP NOW! Service providers…please promote this outing opportunity to any of your families/carers and encourage them to register very soon as numbers are limited!
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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 14 September 2018

Just for Carers

FREE Carers Family Day at Melbourne Zoo on 4 October – registrations open to all carers
Join Alfred Health Carer Services at Melbourne Zoo for a Carers Family Day celebration! Get up close with the animals, enjoy a special performance from X Factor finalists Brentwood, other fun activities and a tasty BBQ lunch. This event is open to all carers (including young carers) and immediate family, including grandparents, who live in the Southern Metropolitan Region. Numbers are limited so book now!
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Inner South Family and Friends Events for September to December 2018


Generally held at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month in Multipurpose Room, Betty Day Centre, 67 Argyle St, St Kilda (easiest access is via Bath St car park, off Inkerman Street).

No need to book, free entry, but a small donation is appreciated.  Light supper from 7.15 pm

7.30 pm Tuesday 11 September
Guest speaker Sam Hibbins Member for Prahran (Greens)

 7.30 pm Tuesday 9 October
Guest speaker David Southwick, MLA Member for Caulfield (Liberal)

7.30 pm Tuesday 13 November
Guest speaker Associate Professor Simon Stafrace,
Programme Director, Alfred Mental and Addiction Health (AMAH), (formerly known as Alfred Psychiatry)

 6.30 pm Tuesday 11 December
End-of Year Dinner – Venue: Plus Thirty-Nine Pizzeria, 571 Malvern Road, Toorak
(subsidised event)

Mental Health Australia CEO Update 31 August 2018

Mental Health Australia’s submission to the National Disability Agreement review

Mental Health Australia recently provided a submission to the Productivity Commission’s review of the National Disability Agreement (NDA). The submission argues that an NDA is required to ensure all governments in Australia commit to, and are held accountable for addressing the support needs of people with psychosocial disability. The submission points out that there are a large number of people who will need psychosocial services outside of the NDIS and that a revised national agreement should provide clarity around the roles and responsibilities of governments to provide services.

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Alfred Health Carer News Friday Extra 31 August 2018

LAST CHANCE for Early Bird rates: 2nd Annual NDIS & Mental Health Conference 2018
This National Conference is hosted by Mental Health Victoria and Community Mental Health Australia from 31 October to 01 November 2018, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
See details here

BipolarLife – August Newsletter
Includes: Bipolar Carers Group; Lithium Treatment; Looking for new ways of living well with bipolar?; What self-management strategies do you use for bipolar II disorder?
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Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences – News and Events
Includes: FREE Public Lectures: e.g. Designing Care for People with Mixed Mental-physical Multimorbidity on 3 September
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VTMH Seminar – September 2018… ‘Working Together to Fight the Rise of Racism’
The guest speaker at this Victorian Transcultural Mental Health seminar on 19 September will be Commissioner Kristen Hilton, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) and will discuss #AfricanGangs and racism in Victoria.
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Mental Health Australia CEO Update 17 August 2018

$200 million for medical research to overcome health challenges

Minister for Health, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, says the Government will invest $200 million in new medical research projects to improve the health of Australian through new treatments and support, tackling areas of obesity, mental health and cardiovascular disease. A total of 320 projects will receive funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) following a competitive process. The NHMRC projects total almost $192 million and will aim to find solutions mental health among a wide range of health challenges.

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 10 August 2018

Alfred Health Carer Services Event: Managing Carer Fatigue
Join us for a series of three workshops designed to help you learn techniques to relax, take care of yourself and practice self-compassion.
Click here for session information commencing Thursday 23 August and subsequently on Thursday 30 August and Thursday 6 September 2018

Alfred Health Carer Services Event: Self-care through Tai Chi and mindfulness
Join us for a series of three workshops to explore how the gentle movements of Tai Chi and the practice of mindfulness can sustain you in your caring role.
Click here for session information commencing on Tuesday 11 September and subsequently on Tuesday 18 September and Tuesday 25 September 2018

Resource: Coming Home with Bipolar: Information for Families & Carers
This resource offers information to families about bipolar disorder and available treatments, as well as advice on how to support a loved one living with bipolar while also practicing self-care. It particularly emphasises the importance of open communication in families affected by the condition.
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VMIAC Election Platform and Tandem Comments on Victorian Carer Strategy


We’re the peak Victorian non-government organisation for people with lived experience of mental health or emotional issues.

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting 14 August 2018

Our group has been very fortunate in having speakers from two very important organisations present a summary of their election platform and the Victorian Carer Strategy.  Maggie Toko CEO and Indigo Daya Human Rights Advisor from Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) spoke of specific issues of concern for consumers and Marie Piu CEO Tandem spoke on the Victorian Carer Strategy and issues of concern for carers and consumers.  “Tandem particularly welcomed commitments that will affect families and friends of people with mental health issues. “

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Victorian Carer Strategy 2018–22

Tandem eNews 8 August 2018

Mental Health Victoria

Training Calendar
July – December 2018
Registrations are now open online for all courses to the end of the year. A number of new short courses are offered, including: ‘Basic counselling skills for creating solution focussed conversations’ and ‘Mental Health Awareness’; ‘Communicating your lived experience’. Courses can also be delivered at your service, with or without any additional customisation. You can view the training calendar here. For more information please call 9519 7000 or email

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