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Carer South Newsletter September 2019

New Carer Gateway and Alfred Health Carer Services

There’s a new Federal Government initiative to support carers; it’s called Carer Gateway. We are happy to announce that Alfred Health is part of a group of support providers led by Merri Health, who will continue to deliver carer services across Victoria. The new model of delivery is designed by carers and will improve and expand services. For more information read the recent Federal Government announcement.

  • At this point, there are no changes to how you receive services from us.
  • If you need respite or support you will still call Alfred Health Carer Services on 1800 052 222.
  • We will continue to provide support to carers across the Southern region.

To explain the new Carer Gateway Integrated Carer Support Service (ICSS) Carers Victoria are running an information roadshows around Victoria. These are the events within the Southern region:-

Dandenong:   Monday 16th September: 10.30am – 11.30am
Rosebud:       Monday 16th September: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Frankston:     Wednesday 18th September: 10.30am – 11.30am
Clayton:         Thursday 19th September: 10.30am – 11.30am

September What’s On

There are still some great seats available for these September events.

  • Moksha Yoga
  • ‘Downton Abbey’ – Cinema screening, Frankston

More details here
Call 9076 6644 to book your place

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 30 August 2019

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Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 10 September 2019


You are invited to join us at our monthly support group meeting to hear our guest speaker Belinda Scarlata, Carer Resource Worker, Mental Health (Acting), Alfred Health Carer Services (AHCS). Belinda will give an UPDATE ON CURRENT SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES FOR CARERS IN THE SOUTHERN REGION

Venue: Uniting (formerly Prahran Mission),
211 Chapel Street Prahran.
(between High Street and Prahran Town Hall)

Tandem – Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System Edition 8

Royal Commission – Public Hearings 
Today was the third day of the Public Hearings of the Royal Commission, with witnesses addressing the topics of Prevention and Early Intervention.  Four witnesses were called, the hearing list is available here

Discussion of Prevention and Early Intervention continues tomorrow at 10am in the Town Hall.  The witnesses to be called are:

Community witness
Dr Gaynor Blankley,
Perinatal Psychiatrist at Mercy Perinatal, Mercy Hospital for Women
Shaun McClare, Principal at Kalinda Primary School
Dr Ric Haslam, Director of Mental Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Executive Director of Orygen, Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and a Founding Director of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation

Full transcript of Day 1 (Opening Statements)  is available here:
Individual Witness Statements from Day 1 have also been published:
Witness Statement, Wayne Schwass
Witness Statement:  Nicole Juniper
Witness Statement: Andrew Robb
Witness Statement:  Daniel Bolger
You can access the full report via the link below:


Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 28 June 2019

TheMHS Conference Bursaries – applications close 5 July
The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference is Australasia’s leading and most diverse mental health conference. The 2019 conference will be held in Brisbane on 27-30 August.
Bursaries are offered to Consumers who wish to attend The Mental Health Services Conference of Australia and New Zealand. A limited number of Bursaries are offered to each Australian state/territory and to New Zealand. Carers/families may also apply, but will be considered after consumers’ places are finalised.
Learn more here

Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System – Submissions close 5 July
Tandem can provide you with support to make a formal or informal submission.  A formal submission can be made by uploading or sending a written, audio or video submission. You can choose to respond to some or all of the questions. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to shape a Victorian mental health system for the future.
Read more here

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Tandem eNews 28 June2019

Previous Winners of the Tandem Awards

Join us in celebrating family inclusive practice in the mental health system. These awards are for persons and services who have significantly improved the experience of family and friends of people in the mental health system in Victoria. We encourage you to nominate those who have made an exceptional contribution in the areas of NDIS support, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, those over 65 years of age, LGBTIQ, multicultural communities, and children and young people.

For more information about award nomination categories and to download a Nomination Form, please click here. Nominations close on Friday, 30 August 2019. 

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Inner South Family and Friends Annual General Meeting 7pm Tuesday 9 July 2019

You are invited to join us at our AGM for an opportunity to chat with the the Hon Martin Foley, Minister for Mental Health, you can also enjoy free pizza before the AGM and a delicious supper after the meeting.  It’s not a night to miss, even if it hails and snows in Prahran.

Please see flyer for details of our Annual General Meeting: AGM Flyer Martin foley 9 July 2019

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 21 June 2019

Neami National’s NDIS Access Project has been extended until 31st December 2019
Neami National in conjunction with ACSO and EACH, are undertaking a Victorian DHHS NDIS access project targeting vulnerable individuals experiencing significant social and economic disadvantage to access the NDIS and receive the support they deserve. The project has a psychosocial/mental health focus and currently has capacity to take on new referrals. Support includes a comprehensive assessment, completing Access Request Forms, obtaining consent to liaise with the NDIA, G.P, Psychiatrists from allied health, writing comprehensive psychosocial reports, submitting signed reports to the NDIA, and where possible attendance of NDIS planning meetings.
Learn more here

Getting ready for the NDIS – a FREE information session on 24 July in Brighton for people with a mental illness and those who support them
Alfred Health Carer Services invites people with a mental illness and those who support them to attend this session to help you better understand the NDIS, how to prepare to transition to the NDIS and build confidence within the new disability system.
See flyer for details

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 14 June2019

Hi Everyone,
As many of you would be aware, Lindy Alcorn has retired from her role as Carer Resource Worker – Mental Health after 20 years of providing support to families affected by mental illness. I have stepped in to fill the role in a part time capacity until a permanent appointment is made in the coming months. Lindy was a wonderful networker and has left some big shoes to fill; I will be doing my best to clomp around in them! Please feel free to call me with any questions relating to Friday Extra & supporting carers of loved ones with mental health support needs and I’ll do my best to help you connect with the support you need.

I’ll be working Wednesdays and Thursdays and the occasional Friday – if you need a response outside of these times please call 1800 052 222. As always, if you or are carer you are supporting requires respite please call 1800 052 222.

My contact details are   Ph: 9076 6204   Mob: 0418 506 112   Email:

Integrated Carer Support Services
The Department of Social Services has published a range of information on the upcoming Integrated Carer Support Services model, set to become the chief means by which unpaid carers can receive federally funded services and supports. New online supports will be available as well as a new phone-based counselling service from July, with carer-specific supports and services available from September via a network of Carer Gateway service providers who can work with you to plan and access tailored services.
These changes do not affect other carer services delivered through My Aged Care, the National Disability Insurance Scheme or state and territory governments.
For more information, see this Factsheet

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will be held at Uniting (formerly Prahran Mission) 211 Chapel Street Prahran, between High St and Prahran Town Hall
Free parking in Chapel Street or carpark behind JB Hi-Fi­­­­. Refreshments will be available from 6.45pm

The AGM will be immediately followed by ISFAF Monthly Support Group meeting  at 7.30pm


Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 11 June 2019


Guest Speaker is Kent Burgess, General Manager, Healthy Communities, Star Health


 Star Health is a leading provider of Primary Health Services, including GP Services, Community Connections Programme, Counselling, Bayside Alcohol and Other Drugs (BAODS), Dental Services, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Physiotherapy, Dietetics and Diabetes Education

at Uniting (formerly Prahran Mission) 211 Chapel Street Prahran (between High St and Prahran Town Hall)

Free parking – Chapel Street or carpark behind JB Hi