Category Archives: Recreation


SPEAKER Carolyn Crosse AM, Innovation, Mental Health & Employment WISE Employment

TOPICAssistance with finding employment for individuals with mental health challenges – WISE Employment’s WISE Ways to Work program,  NDIS and other employment support options’

VENUE   Level 4, 549 St Kilda Rd Melbourne and/or ZOOM

 We plan to share the evening as ‘in the good old days’ catching up with each other, chatting, sharing our experiences while enjoying refreshments provided by our hard working committee from  7.15pm.  However, if restrictions prevent face to face contact, the meeting will proceed via Zoom.  Kindly check the website on the day.

For more information click on the link below:


Alfred Health Carer Services Events – Events for Carers 14 July 2021

Upcoming Motivational Mornings and DIY Classes
FACE to FACE Events are back, as well as ongoing ONLINE Classes
Please find following the details for the next round of events

In or out of COVID lockdown, our events continue to offer you an opportunity to connect with other carers, and take some time out. 

Express Interest in Motivational Mornings Events Here
Express Interest in Gentle Yoga & Meditation Class Here
Express Interest in the Greek Feast Cooking Class
Express Interest in the Mosaic Class
Express Interest in the DIY Hand Painted Planters Class
Express Interest in the Stained Glass Painting Class

Tandem eNews 15 June 2021

Dear members and supporters,

The State Government is progressing quickly on the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act.

The new Act aims to address 12 recommendations made in the Royal Commission’s final report, including recommendations 4, 30, 42-45, 53-56, and 61-62. You can read more about these on the Royal Commission website.

Now, the government has released an Update and Engagement Paper on the Engage Victoria website for public consultation, with submissions due by July 4.

The paper contains four key sections:

  • the objectives and principles of the new Act
  • non-legal advocacy, supported decision making and information sharing
  • compulsory treatment and assessment, seclusion and restraint
  • governance and oversight in the new Act.

Each of these sections explains which recommendations it addresses, includes the Department of Health’s proposals on how the new Act could meet those recommendations, and then poses a number of specific questions for public response.

After reading it, you may choose to make your own submission to the website – and the more submissions made that emphasise the needs and priorities of families and friends, the better.

You may also choose to contribute your opinions through Tandem’s submission, by participating in our consultation session this Thursday during our Tandem Time:

Tandem Time
10am to 11am
Thursday 24 June
via Zoom.

Knowing that the deadline set by the Royal Commission was tight (it recommended that the State Government “enact a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act, preferably by the end of 2021 and no later than mid-2022”), we have already been consulting with members.

Earlier this year, we surveyed family and friends of people with mental health challenges to capture your priorities for our new mental health laws, and to gather feedback on some of the specific issues raised in the Royal Commission final report for the new Act to address.

We received 112 responses to that survey, and 54 members also attended a consultation session held during our last Members Meeting on June 10. Thank-you to all who participated in these activities; as always, members were highly engaged and offered thorough and insightful responses to the questions asked.

Your feedback so far has been collected into a report which is available on our website, and summarised in eNews below.

We hope to see many of you at our Tandem Time consultation session this Thursday.

Click on the link below to access the complete newsletter:

Alfred Health Carer Services Carer eNews June 2021


Upcoming online courses from City of Stonnington

Reskilling in the Digital Age
Want to stay across the basics of workplace tech, but not sure where to start?

ReadyTechGo have agreed to offer a series of free sessions for Stonnington residents to keep up with the skills required to succeed in the digital era.

These sessions will include:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Utilising the Cloud
  • Staying safe online

Tuesday, 22 June 2021  – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, 29 June 2021  – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, 06 July 2021  – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, 13 July 2021  – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

To register, click here

Click the link below to access the complete newsletter:

Tandem eNews 17 June 2021

Tandem: representing Victorian mental health carers



Dear members and supporters,

Victoria’s new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act is in development.

The Victorian Government has published a public Update and Engagement Paper for the new Act on the Engage Victoria website.

Public consultation is open until Sunday July 4th.

Tandem is preparing a submission on the behalf of members to address each section of the paper:

  • the objectives and principles of the new Act
  • non-legal advocacy, supported decision-making and information sharing
  • compulsory treatment and assessment, seclusion and restraint
  • governance and oversight in the new Act.

We would like to invite you to join a consultation session as part of a special Tandem Time from 10am to 11am next Thursday 24 June via Zoom.

The consultation session will help to guide our submission.

If you can, read the Update and Engagement Paper before next week’s session.

You may also want to make a submission of your own. You can also do this via the Engage Victoria site.

We look forward to seeing those of you who can join us next week.

In this eNews edition

    • Introduction and invitation to a special Tandem Time
    • Co-researcher roles for family/carer lived experience workers
    • Special access tickets for Mental Health Victoria’s ‘Preparing for Reform’ symposium
    • At Home with Satellite – plus Satellite Slam postponed
    • Tandem Support & Referral Line
    • Other Mental Health Helplines and Webchats
    • Join the Tandem Family

Co-researcher roles for family/carer lived experience workers
Have you worked as a family/carer lived experience worker?  The University of Melbourne and the Centre for Mental Health Learning have paid ‘co-researcher’ roles available for people to join a co-designed research project investigating the experiences of family/carer lived experience workers employed in mental health services in Victoria.
The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest has been extended to Monday 21 June. Find a copy on our website.

Special access tickets for Mental Health Victoria’s ‘Preparing for Reform’ symposium

MHV has a limited number of free tickets on offer for ‘Preparing for Reform’, their online symposium on 29 June 2021 from 9am-3pm.

These tickets aim to allow access for people with lived experience of mental illness, their family members and carers.

Simply contact with your details. For more info about the symposium see

At Home with Satellite – plus Satellite Slam postponed

At Home with Satellite is a fun, creative program that offers connecting activities for children and young people aged 8-14 years old (approx.) that runs during the school holidays.

Satellite’s ‘At Home’ program provides a curated selection of activity-based self-care packs and online workshops.

Their next ‘At Home’ workshop is a two-part series called All Superheroes Wear Masks. The first workshop will take place on Monday 28 June and the second workshop on Monday 5 July.

Monday 28 June and Monday 5 July:
10 – 11am
(for ages 8 – 11 years approx.)
1 – 2pm
(for ages 12 – 14 years approx.)

Find out more from the Satellite Foundation website.

The Satellite Foundation has also informed us that due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, Satellite Slam will now take place on Thursday 14 October and will form part of Mental Health Week from 9 – 16 October.

If you have already booked tickets, you will receive an email  about the change in date and your tickets. If you have not yet booked tickets, you can do so via the Satellite Foundation website.

You can access the complete newsletter via the link below:


Inner South Family and Friends 30th Annual General Meeting and Birthday Luncheon

Mailing address: Inner South Family and Friends
C/- Alfred Mental and Addiction Health
PO Box 315, Prahran 3181
Office address: LEVEL 4, Spotless Building,
549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004
Telephone: (03) 9076 4722
Chair: Judi Burstyner, BDSc, LDS, PhD
M: 0425 723 746

4th floor, Uniting Prahran, 211 Chapel Street Prahran 3181

12.15pm: AGM
12.30 pm: Gourmet Birthday Lunch

Guest Speaker
Robyn Humphries, co-founder of ISFAF, Director Clinical Operations (Mental Health) Monash Health, formerly Project Director Mental Health Branch DHHS, Manager Northern Area Mental Health

Nomination, Proxy and Application Forms for Membership  are attached/enclosed and must reach by noon Thursday 8 July 2021 or, in consideration of slow postal service due to the pandemic, by private arrangement with ISFAF Secretary directly on or mobile 0412 018 722 by 10 am on the day of the AGM.

Seating is limited. Bookings are essential by Tuesday 6 July 2021.
Please email  to book. Dietary needs will be accommodated wherever possible.  Please advise of any special dietary needs at time of booking.

For enquiries contact Judi on 0425 723 746
We thank Alfred Health Carer Services and the Victorian Government via DHHS
for their generosity in making this function possible.
Donations for the general maintenance of ISFAF are always very welcome.

Proxy – 30th AGM 2021

Nomination form for ISFAF Committee Membership June 2021

Application form for membership 2021

Alfred Health Carer Services Free Getaway Tours for Carers

Free Getaway Tours for Carers

We are pleased to present  Active Getways for Carers. These offerings will be a chance to take a break from your caring role and an opportunity to re-charge and try something new.

We have limited places available.

Important Information:

You must be able to independently make your own way to the pickup and drop off points.

You are responsible for determining if the activities included on the tour are suitable for your interests and physical capabilities. Click the links above for more information.

You will need to be physically capable of travelling by bus/coach and comfortable with walking, stairs and steps.

If you do not wish to participate in a certain activity on the tour, you will be able to have free time in the same location.

A waiver will need to be signed if you wish to participate in the Trees Adventure activity. The courses have varying levels of difficulty from very easy to challenging.   You will be able to choose which courses you are comfortable with, or you can sit out this activity and watch the fun from below.

If you are successful in obtaining a place on the tour we will confirm via email on Wednesday 5 May with further details. We cannot guarantee everyone will be offered a place. Places will be prioritised to carers who have not attended a getaway before.
Express your interest online

I cant make these but would like to be on the waiting list for future Getaways