Alfred Health Carer Services Newsletter 11 February 2020

Meditation and Mindfulness Classes
Moksha Yoga, Bentleigh
Tuesdays 11:00am – 12:00pm
Join like minded carers and practice some important self care. Book direct with Moksha Yoga on 9557 5885. Classes are for carers registered with Alfred Health Carer Services.

Learn a new skill online or in a class
Be Connected is a website resource provided by the eSafety Commissioner and the Department of Social Services. It provides free courses to older Australians who need support to participate online. Choose from online topics or find a location to attend a class. Learn more from Be Connected.

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Tandem eNews 11 February 2020

International Women’s Day Breakfast

Celebrate International Women’s Day with an intimate breakfast followed by a panel discussion with the authors Sandy Jeffs OAM and Dr Margaret Leggatt AM, hosted by Tandem Chair Dr Melissa Petrakis and including special guests.

‘Out of the Madhouse: From Asylums to Caring Community?’ takes us into the heart of Larundel through the voices of former inmates and staff, exposing the best and worst aspects of the mental institutions of the times.

The book shows the shifts in psychiatric treatments, the social forces at play, and changes driving mental health policy. It explores what de-institutionalisation and ‘care in the community’ actually meant for those suffering mental illness, as well as for those treating, and caring for them.

Books will be available for purchase at the event for $34.95 cash only

When: Tuesday 10 March
Where: Orygen Youth Health, 35 Poplar Road, Parkville Colonial Foundation Innovation Room Time: 9:30am to 11:00am
Cost: $20
Parking: Limited paid parking available onsite. Paid parking is also available across the road at RMH Royal Park Campus or at the Melbourne Zoo.
Public Transport: The closest public transport options to get to Parkville are the Royal Park train station (Upfield train line) and the Number 58 Tram (stop 27).
Catering: breakfast is included, gluten free and vegan options available. Please email for any specific dietary requirements.

Limited spots available, so book early here

Please note this event will be filmed.

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Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting 11 February 2020

ISFAF MONTHLY MEETING 7.30  PM TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2020  PLEASE NOTE ‘NEW’ VENUE :   Spotless Building, Level 4, 549 St Kilda Road Melbourne

SPEAKER:    Peter Seligman, Executive  Manager Clinical Practice and Outcomes,
TOPIC:    Relationships Matter
Relationships Matter (a Not-for Profit Group)
All welcome, no need to book.  Light refreshments available from 7.15 pm                                   No charge, but a donation towards supper is always appreciated.   Please come early, especially if coming for the first time.  There will be a doorman to let you in to the building 7.00 pm to 7.45  pm.  If arriving outside these times, please phone 0425 723 746 or 0401 350 188 to gain access.

Our office is attended only part time, but please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 0425 723 746 if you have any questions or difficulty with transport


Carer News 2019 Edition 3

What you’ll find in this edition:

•    Updates to Public Transport Concessions for Victorian Carers
•    Support for Carers Program
•    National Carers Week 2019
•   The Power of Connection
•    Web of Information

…and so much more!

If you have any feedback about this edition, or suggestions on how we can improve in the future, please contact

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 10 January 2020

Not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme?
Ermha and Launch Housing assist people with mental illness to participate in their community, manage daily tasks, secure stable employment and housing, and connect with family and friends.
Learn more here.

Assisting a person living with a mental health problem?
Family, Friends and Carers, here are some tips for you.


Dolittle the movie advertisement
DOLITTLE the movie and lunch
For Young Carer ages 7-13

Wednesday 22 January, 9.45am-4.45pm

Enjoy DOLITTLE the movie at Hoyts Cinema Melbourne Central then off to lunch at Grill’d. Meet the Little Dreamers Bus at South Melbourne Community Centre at 9:45am. Tickets $10. Buy tickets here.
Enquiries or
9973 9078.

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Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 11 February 2020

ISFAF MONTHLY MEETING 7.30 PM TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2020 GUEST SPEAKER: PETER SELIGMAN, Executive Manager, Clinical Practice and Outcomes, Relationship Matters, Counselling and Mediation

Venue: Level 4, 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Light supper from 7.15pm.  No charge, donations welcome.  If you know you are going to be late, please call 0425 723 746 to arrange access.  For questions / issues with transport Phone 0425 723 746

Alfred Health Carer Services Newsletter 11 December 2019

The Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care was handed to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 31 October 2019, and tabled in Parliament that day. Here is a link to the Interim Report. The Prime Minister released a statement in response to the Interim Report. The statement lists key priorities including; Increasing the number of Home Care packages; Better medication management and dementia training; Younger people in residential aged care; Building on longer term reforms and simplifying the system for consumers.

Three commandments for reducing holiday stress

  1. Thou shalt not be perfect or even try
  2. Thou shalt leave undone things that ought to be done
  3. Thou shalt make time for thyself

No idea how to make time for yourself?  Give Alfred Health Carer Services a call! We can talk with you about opportunities in your local area to look after your wellbeing. We have lots of ideas about how to gently introduce respite when the person you care for says ‘NO’.  Ph: AHCS 1800 052 222. For more ideas about building carer resilience click here.

$1 Hoyts movies for carers

The Hoyts Carers Offer gives an adult movie ticket for the price of one dollar (maximum of one ticket per day) to carer members of Carers Victoria.
To receive a $1 Hoyts Cinema ticket carers must:
•         Be a current carer
•         Present their Carers Victoria membership card when purchasing their ticket
•         Be accompanied by the person they care for (that person will still need to buy their ticket)
The Hoyts movie deal is on offer until December 2020. See Carer Victoria website for  more details.

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Alfred Health Carer Services

Wednesday 11th December, 2019
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Rippon Lea Estate Ballroom and Gardens, Elsternwick
Alfred Health Carer Services invites you to express your interest in our end of year carer event. There will be tours of historic Rippon Lea homestead, activities, entertainment and a delicious high tea. This event will be popular so please contact us early to go into the ballot.

Phone our events team on 9076 6644 or click here.
The ballot will close at 4:00pm, 2nd December.

This is a carer only event.
Respite can be arranged for the person you care for.
Bus transport to and from the event departs from
Frankston, Dandenong and Caulfield.

Register your interest to attend the Carer High Tea

Inner South Family and Friends Walk ‘n Chat Group

Mental Health Awareness Month 2019 aimed to highlight the link between physical and mental health.  We marked World Mental Health Day, with a Walk ‘n Chat which we all enjoyed so much that we decided to repeat the walk on the first Wednesday of the month.

Walkers will meet at 1.30pm outside North Point Cafe at the end of North Road, Brighton.  You are welcome to bring your dog with you and we will head towards Brighton Beach.  Other walkers may choose to head towards St Kilda and join us at the North Point Cafe at 2.45pm for afternoon tea and a chat.

If you are not planning to walk you can join us  at 2.45pm inside North Point Cafe for afternoon tea.

Booking is not required.  If you need transport or would like more information, please phone 0425 723 746.

Walk ‘n Chat  dates are Wednesday 6 November and 4 December 2019.
In 2020 walkers will meet at 1.45pm on the first Thursday of the month commencing 6 February through to 3 December.  Non walkers can meet up at 2.45pm at North Point Cafe.

Alfred Health Carer Services What’s On November 2019

Pot-Pourri present “From Figaro to Phantom”

Be transported by the glorious voices and theatrical skills of four of Australia’s finest singer/actors and a brilliant pianist, gorgeous harmonies and glamorous costumes. Pot-Pourri create magical Opera, belt out Broadway, seduce with song and dance up a storm. Great morning entertainment!
A ballot process will be used to allocate places for this event.

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