Category Archives: News

Tandem eNews 21 November 2018

Tandem would like to welcome all new and continuing Board members, and express our gratitude to the retiring Board members for their huge contribution over the past years.

Tandem 2019 Board members: Simon Stafrace, Belinda Horton, Melissa Petrakis, Michelle Swann, Jacqui Hill, Katrina Clarke and Peter McKenzie. (Absent: Lisa Sweeney, Maurice Sheehan, Cathy Spencer, Margarett Leggatt and Violeta Peterson)

Christmas Toyshop Drive

Uniting Prahran and Stonnington Working Together Network are hosting a combined Christmas Toyshop Drive for 2018. The Toyshop gives parents, carers and legal guardians the opportunity to choose a free Christmas present for their children aged from birth to 15 years. More info

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Alfred Health Carers Service Friday Extra 26 October 2018

Tandem Awards 2018 for Exceptional Service to Family and Friends in Mental Health
Congratulations to the all the Awards’ winners but especially to the wonderful Southern region winners, Peter McDonald, Judy Anderson and Violeta Peterson who are passionate champions of carers of people with mental illness and real community heroes!
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Mental Health NDIS Access Support…A new way to get help accessing NDIS services
The Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) Intake Services run by Neami and Each are assisting people with a mental illness to access the NDIS. They will work collaboratively with other services to help people to understand, engage in and complete the NDIS access process. Neami & EACH Mental Health NDIS Access Support offer a range of assistance including:
Help to gather supporting evidence and complete the Access Request form
Liaison with health services and general practitioners/private psychiatrists
Acting as a contact person for NDIS queries, at the client’s request
Collection of additional evidence and follow-up with the NDIS, to ensure timely completion of the access process
See flyer for details

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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!
See flyer for details including RSVP

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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!
See flyer for details

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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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