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Alfred Health Carer Services Newsletter 11 February 2020

Meditation and Mindfulness Classes
Moksha Yoga, Bentleigh
Tuesdays 11:00am – 12:00pm
Join like minded carers and practice some important self care. Book direct with Moksha Yoga on 9557 5885. Classes are for carers registered with Alfred Health Carer Services.

Learn a new skill online or in a class
Be Connected is a website resource provided by the eSafety Commissioner and the Department of Social Services. It provides free courses to older Australians who need support to participate online. Choose from online topics or find a location to attend a class. Learn more from Be Connected.

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Tandem eNews 11 February 2020

International Women’s Day Breakfast

Celebrate International Women’s Day with an intimate breakfast followed by a panel discussion with the authors Sandy Jeffs OAM and Dr Margaret Leggatt AM, hosted by Tandem Chair Dr Melissa Petrakis and including special guests.

‘Out of the Madhouse: From Asylums to Caring Community?’ takes us into the heart of Larundel through the voices of former inmates and staff, exposing the best and worst aspects of the mental institutions of the times.

The book shows the shifts in psychiatric treatments, the social forces at play, and changes driving mental health policy. It explores what de-institutionalisation and ‘care in the community’ actually meant for those suffering mental illness, as well as for those treating, and caring for them.

Books will be available for purchase at the event for $34.95 cash only

When: Tuesday 10 March
Where: Orygen Youth Health, 35 Poplar Road, Parkville Colonial Foundation Innovation Room Time: 9:30am to 11:00am
Cost: $20
Parking: Limited paid parking available onsite. Paid parking is also available across the road at RMH Royal Park Campus or at the Melbourne Zoo.
Public Transport: The closest public transport options to get to Parkville are the Royal Park train station (Upfield train line) and the Number 58 Tram (stop 27).
Catering: breakfast is included, gluten free and vegan options available. Please email for any specific dietary requirements.

Limited spots available, so book early here

Please note this event will be filmed.

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 10 January 2020

Not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme?
Ermha and Launch Housing assist people with mental illness to participate in their community, manage daily tasks, secure stable employment and housing, and connect with family and friends.
Learn more here.

Assisting a person living with a mental health problem?
Family, Friends and Carers, here are some tips for you.


Dolittle the movie advertisement
DOLITTLE the movie and lunch
For Young Carer ages 7-13

Wednesday 22 January, 9.45am-4.45pm

Enjoy DOLITTLE the movie at Hoyts Cinema Melbourne Central then off to lunch at Grill’d. Meet the Little Dreamers Bus at South Melbourne Community Centre at 9:45am. Tickets $10. Buy tickets here.
Enquiries or
9973 9078.

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Alfred Health Carer Services Newsletter 11 December 2019

The Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care was handed to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 31 October 2019, and tabled in Parliament that day. Here is a link to the Interim Report. The Prime Minister released a statement in response to the Interim Report. The statement lists key priorities including; Increasing the number of Home Care packages; Better medication management and dementia training; Younger people in residential aged care; Building on longer term reforms and simplifying the system for consumers.

Three commandments for reducing holiday stress

  1. Thou shalt not be perfect or even try
  2. Thou shalt leave undone things that ought to be done
  3. Thou shalt make time for thyself

No idea how to make time for yourself?  Give Alfred Health Carer Services a call! We can talk with you about opportunities in your local area to look after your wellbeing. We have lots of ideas about how to gently introduce respite when the person you care for says ‘NO’.  Ph: AHCS 1800 052 222. For more ideas about building carer resilience click here.

$1 Hoyts movies for carers

The Hoyts Carers Offer gives an adult movie ticket for the price of one dollar (maximum of one ticket per day) to carer members of Carers Victoria.
To receive a $1 Hoyts Cinema ticket carers must:
•         Be a current carer
•         Present their Carers Victoria membership card when purchasing their ticket
•         Be accompanied by the person they care for (that person will still need to buy their ticket)
The Hoyts movie deal is on offer until December 2020. See Carer Victoria website for  more details.

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Mental Health Australia CEO Report and Mental Health News October 2019

Member Profile

JobCo. Employment Services Inc. is a community based not-for-profit employment service provider which has been delivering a comprehensive range of employment solutions to employers and jobseekers in the Melbourne and metropolitan region since 1994. JobCo’s mission is to ensure that any person seeking employment services, training, counselling or support is assisted. For all clients they will provide a unique and individual experience of service where people feel listened to and supported in overcoming barriers, achieving equality and meaningful inclusion into their local community. Their values are reflected both in the services they provide and in the investment of staff from a broad range of disciplines and cultural backgrounds.
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Tandem eNews 22 October 2019

Working in Tandem for a compassionate mental health system

Thank you to all the participants, presenters and Tandem members who contributed to making this year’s conference such a great success!

More than 150 family and friends (carers), consumers, researchers, service providers and allies make their way to Abbotsford Convent during Carers Week to discuss the ways in which Victoria’s current mental health system can become a more compassionate, safe, inclusive, fair, funded and integrated haven for  healing.

Tandem would like to also thank, stall holders – Wellways, MIND Australia, MHCC, HACSU and Headspace who joined the Tandem team to share in a laugh, lend a supportive ear and provide information and advice to attendees throughout the day. We would also like to thank Tandem team members Rebecca and Lisa who ran a highly sought after wellbeing breakout room where participants were able to take time out and also participate in reiki and meditation sessions.

Facilitated by Compassion Coach and Facilitator Kim Koop AM the day stared with an inspiring Welcome to Country led by Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elder, Perry Wandin from Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation. Followed by an introduction by Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Carbines, a taped message from Minister Martin Foley, and insights from Tandem’s submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System from CEO Marie Piu.

You can access Ms Piu’s presentation here.

A heartfelt speech by Acute and Perinatal Services Manager, Andrew Tomlinson from Mercy Health followed, on life as both a carer, and a mental health service provider, which resonated with many people in the room.

Keynote speaker Debbie Ling presented insights from her PhD investigating the relationship between the perception of common humanity and compassion in healthcare workers.

You can read Ms Ling’s paper here and access her slides from the conference here.

Based on the critical areas identified by you requiring urgent improvement in Victoria’s mental health system, highlighted in Tandem’s submission, the conference was then divided into four main headings: Inclusive, Fair, Safe and Funded.

Quotes from carers have been taken from the Tandem Submission to The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and consultation process. 

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 25 October 2019

Butterfly Foundation:
Free Carer Support Groups – Online – 1st & 3rd Wednesday monthly, 6.30 – 8pm AEST

The group is focused on how best to support your loved one through their recovery journey and will discuss topics related to making positive change and self-care.
Learn more here

Free Carer Skills Workshop – Online – 5 November for 6 weeks
Caring for a person with an eating disorder is a long-term and skilled commitment. Yet families are often expected to provide care without any training or support.
In this six-week workshop, facilitated by qualified counsellors, you’ll develop practical skills to support your loved one with an eating disorder in their progress towards recovery – all in the comfort of your home.
Learn more here

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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)