Inner South Family and Friends Annual General Meeting 10 July 2018

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2018 Annual General Meeting and Monthly Support Group Meeting

7.00 pm
Tuesday 10 July 2018 in Multipurpose Room, Betty Day Centre,
67 Argyle Street, St Kilda (easiest access is via Bath St)

Speaker: Beth Wilson OAM Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner 1997–2012 Lawyer, Health Consultant, Advocate and Amazing Speaker

­­­­­Please note early start, so that our AGM does not prevent us from enjoying our excellent speaker(s), discussion and question time.

Additional documents are attached:



 ISFAF Proxy form 2018 AGM

Mind View Newsletter Winter 2018

The Winter 2018 edition of Mind View is now available.
Stories in this edition include:
Carers need a fair go
Acting CEO’s message
Karen’s story
About Caring Fairly
Warm Line?
Download your copy now!

Carers are invited to
tell us your own story
to help the Caring Fairly
campaign demonstrate
to Australia why carers
need a fairer deal.
Contact campaign
manager John Foley at
john.foley  (exerpt from this edition of mindview)
Click on the link below to read this edition of mindview

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 15 June 2018

FREE Carer Lunch and Wellbeing afternoon at Dandenong Neighbourhood House on Tuesday 19 June
This event is the first step of a project Uniting lifeAssist has embarked upon with Dandenong Neighbourhood House to build Carer awareness in the Dandenong community. If you have any queries, please be in touch on Ph: 9239 2500.
See flyer for details

MHCSS Intake – Last day for referring for Outreach Support will be 31 August 2018
As per the DHHS Update attached here, referrals for MHCSS (Mental Health Community Support Services) Individual Support (OUTREACH) will close on Friday 31 August 2018  for all metro areas. There are currently a number of people already waiting for support (on the Needs Register), so referrals will be moving over to ‘NDIS transition support’ rather than being allocated to MHCSS.

To read further information from Friday Extra please click on the link below:

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 8 June 2018

FREE Carers’ Day Out… High Tea + The Wizard of Oz
Alfred Health Carer Services invites carers who live in the Southern metro region of Melbourne to register your interest to attend one of the dates on offer (either Saturday 30 June OR Saturday 7 July) to enjoy high tea at The Hotel Windsor plus the theatre performance of the Wizard of Oz. Places are limited so check your availability, preferred date and REGISTER NOW!
See flyer for all details

Invitation to Carers – Counselling Workshop in beautiful bush setting
Carers Victoria Counsellors will host a one day counselling workshop on 18 July reflecting on carer well-being and self-care. A small group of carers will connect with two counsellors who will facilitate a day of gentle reflection, rest and time out.
Expressions of interest close Wednesday 4 July 2018. Limited places available so call early.
See here for details

To view the complete newsletter click on the link below:

CEO Update 8 June 2018 – Mental Health Australia

Design of a pathway for NDIS participants with psychosocial disability

Mental Health Australia has provided a final report to the NDIA with recommendations on the design of a tailored NDIS pathway for people with psychosocial disability. Mental Health Australia held five consultation workshops across Australia with NDIS participants, carers, service providers, peak bodies, government officials and health professionals. The two overarching themes of the recommendations are:

  • The NDIS must have arrangements in place to interact with people with psychosocial disability to inform them about the NDIS and prepare them for accessing the Scheme,
  • A psychosocial disability strategy should be developed to ensure the NDIA and the Scheme’s response to people with psychosocial disability is appropriate to their needs, as well as the needs of carers and families.

The final report will be published on the Mental Health Australia website in the coming weeks.

For more information click on the link below:

Click on the link below for information on the KPMG report for Mental Health Australia “Investing to Save”

Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 8 June 2018

This is an important issue to read as it details NDIS issues relating to Mental Health.  Also details  of carer social activities in the inner south area.  Please see the link below for more details:

FREE Carers’ Day Out… High Tea + The Wizard of Oz
Alfred Health Carer Services invites carers who live in the Southern metro region of Melbourne to register your interest to attend one of the dates on offer (either Saturday 30 June OR Saturday 7 July) to enjoy high tea at The Hotel Windsor plus the theatre performance of the Wizard of Oz. Places are limited so check your availability, preferred date and REGISTER NOW!
See flyer for all details

Mental Health Foundation of Australia (MHFA) – Peer Support Groups…looking for a Facilitator
MHFA offers a number of Peer Support Groups including OCD Support Group; Mood Disorder Support Group; Domestic Violence Support Group and a Grief Support Group. See their list of Peer Support Groups here. MHFA is seeking the services of a support group facilitator to coordinate a “Bipolar Carers Support Group”, a 90 minute session – one evening a month. Some negotiation as to the day the group will run may be possible and also that there may be some remuneration available for this position. Please contact Jim Goodin (MHFA Chairperson) on Ph: 9826 1422 or Mob: 0409 904 022 if you are interested to discuss this role.

NDIS Information

NDIA have released Mental Health Access Snapshots
The snapshots provide specific, detailed information to people with psychosocial disability, their supporters, and service providers. They aim to assist people to understand the requirements of the NDIS access process in relation to psychosocial disability, and demystify the access process. The snapshots are as follows:

  1. General information about how the NDIS can support your mental health
  2. Impairment and mental health in the NDIS
  3. Recovery and the NDIS
  4. Functional capacity and mental health issues
  5. NDIS and other services supporting your mental health

FREE Port Phillip NDIS Expo on 19 July
Come and explore the range of services available to people living with disability in the City of Port Phillip.
See flyer for details

TheMHS Conference 28-31 August 2018

Join us in Adelaide for the 28th TheMHS Conference on 28-31 August 2018.

Hear the Whisper, not the roar: reform, reflect and review

We need to be mindful that each person’s mental health is different. People need opportunities to achieve their optimal level of mental health, and we all need to invest in that. Deterioration in a person’s mental health often starts in small ways, think of these changes as whispers. Unfortunately, whispers can be missed or misunderstood. Therefore, when we hear the whispers, we need to become aware that mental health is being impacted, and we need to listen more closely to what that whisper is telling us, rather than waiting for the roar before taking action.

The concepts of mental health and mental illness have changed over the years and it is timely to use events such as TheMHS to showcase the evidence of how we reform, reflect and review the supports and services we all provide. The importance of meaningful input, both the whisper and the roar from people with a lived experience offers a unique opportunity to “reform, reflect and review” mental health at all levels.

Change occurs at such a fast pace – research, innovation, globalisation, connectivity through the web, changes in evidence based practice, and impact of stressors experienced by different groups in different places. Australia and New Zealand need to adapt to these ongoing changes and be flexible in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our community. There is a need to reform the supports and services provided and the way these are delivered, and then to reflect on the effectiveness of these  reforms. We need to give ourselves permission to review the work we undertake as we try to meet the ever-changing mental health needs of our community.

TheMHS Conference 2018 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on the banks of the Torrens River.

Registrations for TheMHS Conference 2018 are now open. Click below to register.

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Tandem eNews 30 May 2018

Disability pensioner living in ‘scandalous’ conditions while NDIS funding goes unspent

ABC Online News reported on the case of a Bendigo man who has received an NDIS package but lacks the support of case management and other services currently unavailable in his regional area. Warwick, who is living with mental health issues and is on the autism spectrum, has received NDIS funding of $188,000 but is not receiving adequate support because of the NDIS market and provision of services (especially in regional areas) is still in its infancy.

‘For many people having direct access to their funds via NDIS, allowing them to choose their own providers, is a preferable option but for those with more complex needs and challenging behaviours it has proved problematic.’

National Disability Services (NDS) Victorian State Manager David Moody says, ‘in some parts of Australia merely because you have significant funding for significant supports doesn’t mean that in all instances you will get it.’ Read the full article here.

Article from Tandem eNews 30 May 2018

SANE Stigma Watch

The inaccurate, unbalanced and sensationalist reporting of schizophrenia can lead to increased stigma and a decrease in help-seeking behaviour. As a follow-up to Schizophrenia Awareness Week earlier in May, SANE Australia has put together a series of factsheets, articles, personal stories and videos to increase understanding of this very complex mental illness. Access these resources, as well as the inspirational story of SANE Ambassador Sandy Jeffs told in partnership with The Age, click the link below:

Article from Mental Health Australia CEO Update June 2018