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Alfred Health Carer Services Carer e-News 28 September 2020

Free Online Events for Carers

We are pleased to present Alfred Health Carer Services online events program for September to November. The program includes a variety of workshops and activities you can do right in the comfort of your home. You will need a smart phone or computer with internet to access these classes.

Please note: Some RSVP dates for events are today! 

If you do not have this technology, please contact the Events team on 9076 6644 to find out how you can be involved.

Download events program

Express your interest online

Express your interest to the events team on 9076 6644.
See the events program for more information.

https://mailchi.mp/b0fe7d909911/free-online-events-for-carers-6453892?e=8f7e3a8626

Tandem eNews 15 September 2020

Tandem Time this Thursday at 10am

At our next Tandem Time session this Thursday 17 September at 10am, we will be joined by guest presenter Jagjit Dhaliwal, Executive Director, Service Development and Reform, North Western Melbourne PHN, who will provide an overview and answer any of your questions regarding the new ‘Head to Help’ mental health clinics.

TandemTime is our regular twice monthly online/phone meet-up for Tandem members and staff to connect with each other, ask questions and stay in touch.

When you register to attend you will be sent a link that will enable you to login to the meeting at the allotted time and telephone numbers if you prefer to dial in using a telephone.

  • Day: Thursday 17 September
  • Time: 10am – 11am
  • Where: online via Zoom or telephone

If you have any feedback, reflections or questions you would like to ask, please send them to info@tandemcarers.org.au Register for Tandem Time

New ‘HeadtoHelp’ services open

Victorians now have access to additional mental health support with 15 new dedicated mental health clinics opening to the public. The HeadToHelp clinics, which are funded for $26.9 million as part of a package to support Victorians during the COVID-19 pandemic, have been rapidly rolled out across the state. Nine locations in Greater Melbourne are: Berwick, Frankston, Officer, Hawthorn, Yarra Junction, West Heidelberg, Broadmeadows, Wyndham Vale, and Brunswick East. Six locations in Regional Victoria areWarragul, Sale, Bendigo, Wodonga, Sebastopol and Norlane.

HeadtoHelp clinics are a free service and, over the next 12 months, will provide a place within the community for people to access mental health care as early and as conveniently as possible. Multidisciplinary teams will staff the clinics, providing on-site mental health support, as well as connecting people to other services in their region. The clinics will play a key role in supporting GPs, emergency departments and hospitals by providing easily accessible mental health care. The clinics are being delivered by the Commonwealth Government’s Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

An additional $5 million in funding is also being provided to enhance existing digital and phone services for people experiencing significant challenges during COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria.

More information and the address locations can be viewed here. The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt’s press conference with Dr Ruth Vine, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health, regarding the clinics can be watched here. You can also visit headtohelp.org.au.

You can access the complete newsletter via the link below:

https://mailchi.mp/84d167f8b2ac/dfxn4oqrm0-3918928?e=34088e3417

Alfred Health Carer Services eNews September 2020

Alfred Health Carer Services
Carers Week 2020

Save the dates 11th-17th October

Featuring “My Mornings Matter”, carers will be encouraged to take some time every morning of Carers Week to enjoy a laughter workshop, Qigong, a singalong and much more.
Keep an eye out out for our email for more information coming soon or keep checking on our website Click here

In home testing for COVID 19 now available

The Department of Health and Human Services is assisting vulnerable Victorians in metropolitan Melbourne to access a COVID-19 test from their own home to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Visit their website here to find out more.

You can access the complete newsletter via the link below:

https://mailchi.mp/88cbea49160e/carer-south-june-enews-6450180?e=8f7e3a8626

Tandem eNews 1 September 2020

eNews edition 110
1 September 2020

Dear Tandem members and supporters,

Thank you to everyone who attended the third Tandem Members Meeting with Commissioners from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System held last Wednesday 26 August. Over 80 of you joined us to hear directly from Tandem members about what supports are most needed for family and friends in their own right, supporting someone with mental health challenges, in a future Victorian mental health system.

After an acknowledgement of country and welcome by CEO Marie Piu, we had an introduction from Commissioners Professor Allan Fels AO and Professor Bernadette McSherry. The Tandem Board Chair Dr Melissa Petrakis then facilitated a comprehensive series of presentations by seven Tandem members who spoke eloquently of their experiences and of what needs to change to better support families. This was followed by comments and discussion with  the Commissioners. The topics addressed by members included:

  • Better access to information for carers
  • Financial supports & the value of the Carer Support Fund
  • Employment
  • Whole of family support /relational recovery
  • Peer support & role of carer support workers
  • Mental health & wellbeing support for carers, respite
  • Psychoeducation for carers (online & face-to-face)
  • Final questions/comments from Commissioners

The Commissioners indicated they look forward to joining Tandem members again at some stage if possible before the release of the final report and comprehensive list of recommendations.

We will share a video of Professor Allan Fels’ address and a detailed summary of key points discussed in the meeting in our next edition of eNews.

We hope you can also join us this Thursday 3 September at 10am for Tandem Time.

    • Tandem Awards 2020 nominations now open
    • Tandem Time this Thursday 10am
    • Tandem live guided meditations every Thursday 12pm
    • Victorian government news
    • Online school holidays program for Young Carers
    • Alfred Health school holidays program for Young Carers
    • Free online support program for Young Carers
    • Free online education and support program for family and friends
    • New online wellbeing hub for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
    • Videos: the Living Library
    • Tandem C.R.A.F.T. Challenge
    • Tandem Support & Referral Line
    • Mental health helplines
    • Other COVID-19 supports
    • Join the Tandem familyTandem Time This Thursday 10am

TandemTime is our regular twice monthly online/phone meet-up for Tandem members and staff to connect with each other, ask questions and stay in touch. Our next Tandem Time session will be this Thursday 3 September at 10am.

Join us this Thursday for updates from the team, guided meditation and featuring a special musical guest! We hope you can join us for a chance to unwind and connect.

When you register to attend you will be sent a link that will enable you to login to the meeting at the allotted time and telephone numbers if you prefer to dial in using a telephone.

    • Day: Thursday 3 September
    • Time: 10am – 11am
    • Where: online via Zoom or telephone

If you have any feedback, reflections or questions you would like to ask, please send them to info@tandemcarers.org.au
Register for Tandem Time

Click on the link below to access the complete newsletter:

https://mailchi.mp/2cc4cd8a1278/dfxn4oqrm0-3915440?e=34088e3417

Walk ‘n Chat via zoom on 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month

During Level 4 Restrictions we cannot Walk ‘n Chat on Brighton Beach but we continue to meet to chat via Zoom at 2.45 on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month
Our next walk is Thursday 3 September 2020

Note the Meeting ID: 787 536 696 Passcode: 681213 and  click on the link below.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/787536696?pwd=S3ZPWDdkb0xXZDJlOE9oYm1sNXJ4QT09 or join by phoning 7018 2005 or 02 8015 6011 or 731 853 730
The above Zoom details apply to all Walk ‘n Chats throughout 2020

When Covid 19 restrictions permit
Beach Walk ‘n Chat on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Walk from Northpoint Café Brighton @1.30pm.  Family members, including canines very welcome. If you don’t wish to walk, feel free to join us at 2.45pm to chat.

During lockdown, we continue to chat via Zoom. Details on how to access the chats via Zoom are above.

Walk Dates for 2020
September      Thursday 3 September and 17 September
October           Thursday 1 October and 15 October
November       Thursday 5 November and 19 November
December       Thursday 3 December 17 December

Changes to ISFAF Walk ‘n Chat August to September 2020

THURSDAY 6 AUGUST – WALK ‘n CHAT DURING LOCKDOWN
To comply with lockdown we will each have to walk separately within 5 km of our homes.  As in Melbourne’s first  lockdown – join us via  Zoom at 2.45pm 

 Jot down: Meeting ID: 787 536 696      Passcode: 681213and click on the link below.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/787536696?pwd=S3ZPWDdkb0xXZDJlOE9oYm1sNXJ4QT09

Or phone 7018 2005 or 02 8015 6011 or 731 853 730

The above Zoom details apply to all Walk ‘n Chat events throughout 2020

6 August and 20 August

3 September and 17 September

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 11 August 2020

SPEAKER: TETYANA ROCKS PhD APD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Translation and Education
Food & Mood Centre,
IMPACT Institute, Deakin University

TOPIC:  NUTRITIONAL PSYCHIATRY – FOOD FOR BRAIN HEALTH

Join Zoom meetings from a warm, comfortable spot at home, with some healthy nibbles
A pen and some paper might also be handy to jot down notes.
You can join via internet or phone line (even land line)
A chat session will commence at 7.15pm, so please join early as speaker will start at 7.30pm.

To join the Zoom meeting: 1. Jot down: Meeting ID: 788 139 680 Passcode: 096604 2. and click on the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/788139680?pwd=ZjhWRTM3L0dTUURSVStxVy9yQ1V6dz09

or alternatively, phone any of the following numbers – You can participate even from a land-line. 731 853 730 or 7018 2005 or 02 8015 6011 or 861 193 900 or 08 7150 1149. If you are having trouble, phone 0425 723 746 or 9528 2820

THURSDAY 6 AUGUST – WALK ‘n CHAT DURING LOCK DOWN
If unable to walk at Brighton – join us via Zoom at 2.45pm Jot down: Meeting ID: 787 536 696 Passcode: 681213 and click on the link below.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/787536696?pwd=S3ZPWDdkb0xXZDJlOE9oYm1sNXJ4QT09
To comply with lock down we will have to walk close to our homes, however individuals living close to our usual meeting place, please join Molly and me – MEET at 1.30 pm outside North Point Cafe, end of North Road  Brighton Beach for some exercise (while chatting) followed by a drink and chat. Please mask and keep 1.5m distancing throughout.

Or phone 7018 2005 or 02 8015 6011 or 731 853 730

ISFAF DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Walk ‘n Chat 1st and3rd Thursday of each month – 1.30pm to walk and 2.45pm to chat over a coffee. Feel free to join us at 1.30 or 2.45. Family members (including canines) very welcome.

During lock down, if you live nearby – meet at Brighton Beach at end of North Rd, outside Northpoint Cafe? or walk in your own area. Group chat via Zoom at 2.45pm.  Keep details of Zoom meeting for Walk ‘n Chat as shown above as this has been set up with Zoom as a recurring meeting and access details remain the same.

Thursday 6 August and 20 August
Thursday 3 September and 17 September
Thursday 1 October and 15 October
Thursday 5 November and 19 November
Thursday 3 December 17 December

Monthly Meetings 7.30 pm on second Tuesday of each month

8 September:   Associate Prof.essor Simon Stafrace, Chief Advisor, Mental Health Reform Victoria, Chair, RANZCP Community Collaboration Committee,

13 October:  Guest Speaker: Rohani Bixler, Estate Planning Lawyer
Legal Issues, focussing on how to look after your loved ones when you no longer can’

10 November:  Annual General Meeting. Due to the exceptional circumstances of the pandemic and our trust that by November we will be able to hold a well-attended AGM, we have deferred our AGM to November. Guest Speaker: Dr Sudeep Saraf, Programme Director, Alfred Mental and Addiction Health ‘Innovations, New Developments at AMAH during the Pandemic and Beyond’,

8 December:  End-of-Year Dinner (subsidised)

ISFAF office is not attended during ‘The Time of Corona’, but please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 0425 723 746 if you have difficulty in accessing any meetings or would like information or just need to chat to someone.

We all need to work together.

Individuals who don’t have internet won’t have received this flier. They are likely to be the folk who have suffered the greatest isolation, so if you know someone who does not have internet,
please contact them, and/or let me have their details if you would like ISFAF to contact them. Many are not aware that they can participate in Zoom meetings without internet.

Please spread the message because those without internet are often the most lonely in our community. And finally – the same old message – please keep an eye on our website: http://ispaf.org/

As soon as the need for physical distancing is eased, ISFAF will have lots of fun things planned for us to share.

ISFAF Walk ‘n Chat 1.30pm Thursday 16 July 2020

NEXT WALK ‘n CHAT IS THIS WEEK THURSDAY – 16 JULY (not 21st as previously sent in error)

THE FORECAST PROMISES SIMILAR BRIGHT SUNSHINE AS FOR OUR LAST TWO WALKS
All welcome –especially well behaved canines.
IF PLANNING TO WALK – meet at 1.30 pm outside North Point Cafe (end of North Rd at Brighton Beach) for some exercise (while chatting) followed by a drink and chat.
IF NOT PLANNING TO WALK – join us at 1.30 pm

To join by Zoom: Jot down the Meeting ID: 787 536 696 Password: 681213 And click on this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/787536696?pwd=S3ZPWDdkb0xXZDJlOE9oYm1sNXJ4QT09

or if joining via a phone number, dial on of the following numbers:  7018 2005 or 08 7150 1149 or 02 8015 6011

Dates for the remainder of 2020

6 August 2020, 1pm

20 August 2020, 1pm
3 September 2020, 1pm
17 September 2020, 1pm
1 October 2020, 1pm
15 October 2020, 1pm
5 November 2020, 1pm
19 November 2020, 1pm

 

Alfred Health Carer Services eNews 3 July 2020

Finding it hard to get the basics?

Across Melbourne’s southern metro area there are different services offering emergency relief such as meals, food, other basic groceries and financial assistance.
Find out what’s available in your local area:

Bayside
Casey
Cardinia
Frankston
Greater Dandenong
Glen Eria
Kingston
Mornington Peninsula
Port Phillip
Stonnington

OR  visit CISVic, who provide local services to people experiencing personal and financial difficulties.

Face to Face Meditation and Gentle Yoga classes are back!

We are excited to reinstate our face to face gentle yoga and meditation and mindfulness classes.

Moksha Yoga Bentleigh has resumed their Meditation and Mindfulness classes for carers every Tuesday from 11:30am-12:30pm

Call Moksha Yoga on 9557 5885 to book your place.Body Yoga Berwick will begin face to face Gentle Chair Yoga July 14, 11:15am-12:15pm and Carer Meditation & Mindfulness classes from 12:30pm-1:15pm

Call Body Yoga on 0402 072 677 to book your place

Places may be limited and bookings before the classes are strictly required to ensure social distancing.

Helping all women get active at home.

This Girl Can have released their Get Active at Home videos.

This collection of online workouts on features women of all ages, fitness levels, shapes and sizes and abilities getting active and feeling good. More than 7000 people have visited it since it launched in May.

Click here to see more.

You can read the complete newsletter via the link below:

https://mailchi.mp/3c6ffdf47695/carer-south-june-enews-6441700?e=8f7e3a8626

Alfred Health Carer Services Carer eNews June 2020

National Carer Survey

Have your say for your chance to win an iPad 32GB WiFi

Victorian carers are invited to have their say by completing the first-ever
National Carer Survey here!

Findings from the 2020 National Carer Survey will play a major role in improving our understanding of caring and carers’ lives.

New ways to interact with others

Connecting Couches is Give a Care’s new initiative which delivers a range of online activities, to provide people of all abilities with the opportunity to try out new hobbies from the comfort of their own home. These free sessions include drumming, dance and art classes.

Visit their website to find out more information.

You can access the complete Alfred Health Carers Newsletter via the link below:

https://mailchi.mp/6db2bcbcb868/carer-south-june-enews?e=8f7e3a8626