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Sunday 14th October 2018 1pm – late Warrandyte (Vic)

Replenish your heart and spirit in the beautiful private parklands of Longridge Park, Warrandyte this mental health week. Forget about all the worries and rhetoric. This is your time.

This 24 hour art and nature retreat (overnight camping optional) is for all mental health lived experience advocates, people on the recovery journey, peers, our friends, family and mental health allies.

Come and enjoy artist-led workshops including plein-air art, bush-craft, trail walks, yoga and even bring your inflatable boats to paddle around in the cool waters of the higher reaches of the Yarra river. Our own private beach!

Non-powered camping is permitted for anyone who wants to give it a go. But if sleeping in a tent isn’t quite your thing, definitely stay around for the divine evening campfire experience at night.

Book your ticket now!

Carparking on site.

Bus 906 from city, alight at Warrandyte High School stop. Longridge Park is 1.5 km down Alexander Rd (best to arrange pick up)

No dogs at the event due to the presence of many native animals in the park (accredited Assistance Animals welcome)

Book now! Spaces are limited.

You must book for this event. Booking at the Eventbrite website is free, but a $10 ticket fee (per adult) will be collected on the day.


de Castella Run 2018

DE CASTELLA RUN Sunday 26th August!
Perfectly placed between 29 July Run Melbourne and 14 Oct Melbourne Marathon the de Castella Run offers 5, 10 and 15km events on a scenic rolling hilly course all for a good cause. Hold something back to get you up our own “Heartbreak Hill” on Walmer St in the last kilometre to the finish line.

Proudly Supporting Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF)
A health promotion charity that uses running to celebrate Indigenous resilience and achievement, and create inspirational Indigenous leaders.

Learn more here …

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council Awards Night 12 October 2018

VMIAC Consumer Awards, October 12 @ 6:00 pm9:30 pm Free

In 2016 VMIAC, as the peak body for consumers in Victoria sponsored the inaugural Consumer Awards. These awards recognised the significant contribution that consumer workers have made to Victoria over the previous 20 years. More than one hundred and twenty people attended and had significant media coverage.
We are enclosing these 2 attachments for Nominations and also a flyer about the awards as it is a ticketed event, so please don’t miss out.

The VMIAC Awards this year will be held on Friday 12th of October 2018
Please email nomination form and supporting documents to
Nominations close 24th August 2018

Please see attached nomination form and flyer for our Awards event

For tickets to the awards

Download the VMIAC Awards Nomination Form Here

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:

ISFAF Mini Newsletter for June and July Functions



SPEAKERS: KYLIE ARMSTRONG, Community Engagement Coordinator, Wellways and FRAN LYONS, Support Officer, Wellways

MultiPurpose Room, Betty Day Centre 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda access via carpark in Bath St (off Inkerman Street) or via southern end of path from Argyle Street

We will meet for lunch at La Porchetta, 91Toorak Road, South Yarra at 12 noon. After lunch you are invited to join us for the film The Leisure Seeker, starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland at the Como Cinema, corner Toorak Road and Chapel Street South Yarra.

Further details will be announced at our June meeting, will be circulated by email
and appear on our website. Bookings essential by email or phone 9076 4713.

John and Ella Spencer have almost reached the end of the road; Ella is frail, while John’s memory is failing. Instead of quietly fading away, however, the Boston seventy-somethings flee the suffocating care of their doctors and children and hop aboard their vintage campervan, The Leisure Seeker, to visit the Florida Keys house of John’s hero, Ernest Hemingway.

Screen veterans Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star as the ultimate grey nomads in The Leisure Seeker, a poignant and triumphant tale of a couple determined to celebrate their life, and love for each other, in one last grand adventure.

We thank Alfred Health Carer Services for their generosity in making this
function possible.

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

MultiPurpose Room, Betty Day Centre, 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda access via carpark in Bath St (off Inkerman Street) or via southern end of path from Argyle Street.

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

FAMILY AND FRIENDS LUNCH – CHRISTMAS IN JULY 12.30PM SUNDAY 22 JULY 2018 at Milanos Tavern, 4 The Esplanade, Brighton
All family and friends welcome to join in yet another delicious modestly priced meal shared with like- minded folk in gorgeous warm surroundings overlooking a sparkling sea. Bookings essential. Phone office on 9076 4713 and leave a message if phone is unattended or email  Please provide your phone number and email address with your booking.  This is not a subsidised event; everyone pays for themselves.

For further details please click on the link below:

Carers Australia Newsletter June 2018

2018 Workshops
Carer Support Group Facilitator Training – Thursday 28 June 2018
Caring Til the End: A Carers Perspective Part I & II – Tuesday 17 July & Tuesday 24 July 2018 (2 sessions)
NDIS Information Session – Thursday 26 July
Disability Program: Carers, Families and The System Parts I to IV –
Thursday 9 August – Part I
Thursday 16 August – Part II
Thursday 23 August – Part III
Thursday 30 August Part IV
For more information (or to book your spot) visit our website or call 1800 242 636.

Stop, Sit, Rest, Reflect on health and well-being
Carers Victoria Counsellors will host a one day counselling workshop 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.

The day will be offered in a beautiful nature setting at our Carers Cottage, one hour out of Melbourne in the Shire of Cardinia.

If interested, please contact counsellors Mary or Linda to discuss your suitability for the group program on 1800 242 636.

Date and time
Thursday 21 June 2018
10:00am – 4:30pm

Carers Cottage
Officer VIC 3809
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided

Transport options
Take a train to Officer Station (Pakenham Line)
and a maxi taxi will pick you up at 9:45am and take you to the Carers Cottage.
or arrive by own car at Carers Cottage by 9:45am

Expressions of interest close Thursday 14 June 2018
Limited places available so call early

Articles from Carers Australia Newsletter June 2018

Inner South Family and Friends Dining Group Wednesday 2 May 2018

Our next Dining Group will be held at the London Tavern, 414 Hawthorn Road, South Caulfield at 6.30pm, Wednesday 2 May 2018.  Parking is available and the tram stops close by.  The dining group is an opportunity for carers, consumers and other family members to meet and share a meal and fun-times.

London Tavern is known for good food, reasonable prices and good ‘specials’ and very substantial main courses at modest prices. These don’t appear on the regular on-line menu, so you’ll have to come along to find out. This is not a subsidised event. Everyone pays for their own meal and drinks.

Please book asap by phoning the office on 9076 4713 or email  A message can be left on voicemail if the office is unattended.