Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting 7pm Tuesday 9 June 2020

You are invited to join our June ISFAF Support Group meeting via Zoom

Robbert Roos, Carer Advocate Tandem will speak on “COMMON LEGAL PROBLEMS FOR CARERS”
If you can access the internet, click on:

and follow the prompts
Meeting ID 788 139 680  Password 096604

If you don’t have internet access,    dial   7018 2005 or  02 8015 6011 or 08 7150 1149 or 731 853 730  or  861 193 900 Meeting ID 788 139 680 Password 096604 and follow the instructions you hear on the telephone.

Alfred Health Carer Services Update 28 May 2020

May 2020

An update about our after-hours service

Dear Carers,

As of 1st June, Alfred Health Carer Services will be open from 8.30am-5.00pm Monday to Friday.

This will mean a slight change in how you notify us about a change or cancellation to a respite shift we have booked for you.

1. To change or cancel respite in business hour
Call us on 1800 51 21 21 Monday to Friday, 8.30-5pm.

2. To change or cancel respite outside business hours:
Call us on 1800 51 21 21 and leave a message, and
Call the agency providing the respite.

Our Reception team will give you the agency phone number when they confirm worker name and shift with you.

If you have an urgent respite request, you must now call our Carer Gateway service on 1800 422 737, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Thank you for your continued support of Alfred Health Carer Services. If you have any questions about the respite you receive through us, please call us on
1800 51 21 21.

Yours sincerely,

Melanie Hill

Alfred Health Carer Services

Mojo Film Festival 7.30pm 24 May 2020

Schizy Inc
!Mojo Film Festival Gala Online Screening Event 2020!
Sunday 24 May 7:30pm
Your house.
*What is this?
Curation of 15+ new very short films made by filmmakers with living experience of mental health recovery for World Schizophrenia Day 2020.
On the theme ‘life interrupted’.
It’s all happening on Youtube, so all you need to do to attend this event is click on the link at around 7:20pm on Sunday night!
*Why this?

Mojo supports a new genre of filmmaking – these films are not about us, they are by us.

Mojo Film Festival starts in March every year. It’s a program out of the house of Schizy Inc, a collective of creatives advocating positivity around lived experience through the arts.

For three months, we run filmmaking workshops and we create positive media around schizophrenia and similar mental health realities. Anyone can promote messages about the burden of mental illness and stigmatising news reporting, but Schizy Inc flips the coin.

The Mojo Gala event night on World Schizophrenia Day is a creative, joyous party and we want you to be there!

*How to Mojo?

1. Youtube at 7:30pm (AEST) on Sunday 24 May.
2. Join the live chat with filmmakers, guest VIPS and Schizy Inc.
3. Wear PJ bling! Share your photo’s on the Mojo Facebook page.
If you’re joining from another country, check your local time with AEST.


Subject line: Mojo

See you there..


Inner South Family and Friends Walk’ n Chat Thursday 21 May 2020

You are invited to join us for our regular Walk’ n Chat this Thursday. We are now permitted to walk outdoors with a group of up to 10 people practising social distancing. We meet at North Point Cafe, Brighton Beach at 1.30pm.  You can choose to walk towards Elwood or to Brighton Beach. Dogs are welcome. Non-walkers can meet up with walkers at North Point Cafe at 2.45pm for coffee outdoors. Please contact Judi on 0425 723 746 for more information.

If it is raining, link to Zoom at 3 pm.

Meeting ID: 787 536 696
If  not using internet dial 7018 2005 or731 853 730 or 02 8015 6011
Password: 681213, same meeting ID as above
Walk ‘n Chats are planned for 1st and 3rd of every month – keep 4 and 18 June free

Tandem eNews 13 May 2020

Dear Tandem members and supporters,

We are excited by the announcement of Australia’s new mental health official in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and would like to congratulate Associate Professor Ruth Vines, former Chief Psychiatrist of Victoria, who will become the first Deputy Chief Medical Officer with a focus on mental health.

Professor Vine’s role will be to listen to community concerns and provide advice to the government, with a focus on anxiety linked to physical distancing and economic stress. Read about the announcement here.

It is heartening to see mental health on Australia’s agenda and we will continue to strive for a system that is safe, inclusive, fair and funded in Victoria.

Our link to register for Tandem Time with Carer Gateway didn’t work last week. We apologise for the frustration and ask you to register again for the Zoom meeting below. 

It will be a very powerful session and we hope to see you all there.

In this issue

• Tandem Time with Carer Gateway
• Tandem C.R.A.F.T. Challenge
• Ready steady NDIS
• Friends, family & carers forum
• Carer support groups
• Support services
• Join the Tandem family

Tandem Time with Carer Gateway

Tandem Time is a one hour, online meet-up for Tandem members and staff to connect with each other, ask questions and stay in touch. When you register you will be sent a link that will enable you to login to the meeting at the allotted time.

Special Guest: State Manager at Merri Community Health Services Vicki Down

When: Thursday 21st of May

Time: 10am – 11am

Where: Zoom
Some people reported issues getting into the session via Eventrbite, so instead we are happy to give you the direct zoom registration details here.

A few of you reported the link was broken last week – thank you, we have re-set the link.
Register in advance for this meeting
If the link still doesn’t work paste this URL into your browser:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have any feedback, reflections or questions you would like to ask, please send them to or take our quick survey to help us create the best experience for you. 

Tandem Time Survey

To view the complete newsletter please click on the link below:

Alfred Health Carer Services eNews May 2020

Call us for carer support and respite on our
new phone number 1800 51 21 21
Monday to Friday, 8.30-5.00 pm

We will link you in with the right services, including services available for carers through the Carer Gateway.

Free online legal service for
disadvantaged Victorian renters

Anika Legal provides a free legal service for people who rent their home. If you need a rent reduction to help you through the COVID-19 pandemic click here.

You can access the complete enews by clicking on the link below:

Inner South Family and Friends News May 2020

Although in ‘The Time of Corona’ we cannot walk together, we can walk alone or with one friend, keeping 2m apart in your favourite spot.  While you walk (or sit with a cuppa) you can join us to chat by Zoom by clicking on the link below:

All you need to do is to click on the link below at 3pm on Thursday 7 May from any of the devices that you use to access the internet such as your smart phone, tablet or computer.  If you have Zoom already installed, you will be directed to wait till host opens the meeting. If you haven’t yet installed Zoom, you will be asked if you wish to install at that time. Proceed with the installation. Although it usually takes only a few minutes, if you haven’t yet installed Zoom, you may like to start the process a little earlier.
Meeting ID: 787 536 696      Password: 681213
Walk ‘n Chat is planned for 1st and 3rd of every month – keep 21 May, 4 and 18 June free

The full Zoom invitation to our coming Walk ‘n Chat is below. You are unlikely to need any of the details below unless you are unable to enter via the link shown above.

It is most unlikely that the link will fail but sometimes because of ‘traffic’ it takes a while. If you have to wait more than a couple of minutes, close Zoom, wait a little and try again. If you can’t get through after a couple.


Join the meeting from a comfortable spot at home, with some nibbles and a nice warm blanket.  A pen and some paper might also be handy to jot down notes.

Instructions on how to join a Zoom meeting are above. As above, you are unlikely to need the information in the box at the foot of this page
Meeting ID: 788 139 680.       Password: 096604

Speakers  Sergeant Ingrid Ebert, Prahran Proactive Policing  Unit, Southern Metro Division 1 Victoria Police and Angela Gallagher, Team Leader, Crisis Assessment Team, Alfred Mental and Addiction Health (AMAH)

Topic  Police, Ambulance and Clinical Early Response Team (PACER)

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 any questions or difficulty in accessing any  meetings or would like information or just need to chat to someone. We all need to work together.

ISFAF is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Time: 12 May 2020 7pm Australia/Melbourne   Topic: ISFAF Support Group Meeting

To join Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 788 139 680         Password: 096604

Click on the link below for more information about these ISFAF events and Zoom instructions:
ISFAF News May 2020


News Article from The Alfred Community Program Newsletter April 2020

StarHealth COVID-19 Screening Clinic

StarHealth are proud to announce that we have opened a COVID-19 Screening Clinic, with the intention of helping reduce the load on our hospitals whilst ensuring the community has easy access to COVID-19 testing.

The clinic is based at the Prahran Town Hall and will operate 7 days a week between 9am and 5pm. The clinic is located at 255A Chapel Street Prahran.

Those who wish to be tested must meet the current testing criteria as set out by the Department of Health

Please note that in addition to the established criteria, new criteria now mean that if your client is symptomatic and living in a residential facility (including AOD or Mental Health residential services, crisis accommodation or a rooming or Boarding House with shared facilities) then they are eligible for testing.

Those seeking testing must register first in one of 3 ways:

1. Call 9525 1300
2. Self-register at
3. Attend at the clinic.

This service is FREE and does not need Medicare details.
We are required to only test according to the criteria and doctors will be on site to assess clients prior to approving testing.

Click on the link  to obtain a copy of the flyer. It can be printed in A3, A4, A5.
Other Star Health services remain open for referrals and we have added phone and online care in some programs to facilitate care. Information is also on our website

Tandem eNews 28 April 2020

Dear Tandem members and supporters,

The Mental Health Carer Support Fund (CSF) is a Victorian government program run by Tandem which provides financial support to family and friends supporting someone who is registered with an Area Mental Health Service.

In late March in response to COVID-19 we temporarily replaced posting physical vouchers with direct bank transfers to eligible family and friends of people receiving support from an Area Mental Health Service.

Additionally, the Victorian government has provided $130,000 of COVID-19 Emergency Relief funding to the Carer Support Fund. The new funding will enable family and friends of people using Victoria’s Area Mental Health Services to buy essential items like food, petrol, personal items, access to data and phones or tablets, etc.

The COVID-19 Emergency Relief funds will be capped at $300 per application and the existing overall caps still apply. The application process continues as usual, please contact your loved one’s Area Mental Health Service case manager for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

Tandem’s letter to Area Health Services can be viewed over here.

In this issue:

    • Tandem Live Guided Meditations – every Thursday 12pm
    • Second Royal Commission Members Meeting – Tues 5th May
    • Tandem Time – fortnightly Thursdays 10am
    • eFriend peer support service launched
    • MyTime support groups for families with a child with a disability
    • Video: Love, Loss, Loneliness (and a Pinch of Humor) Under Lockdown
    • Lotti’s story: caring remotely in the time of COVID-19

Please click on the link below to access the complete newsletter:

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 14 April 2020 via Zoom

The ISFAF Support Group Meeting will go ahead this coming Tuesday 14 April at 7.30pm via a ZOOM meeting session.  Guest Speaker this month is Melanie Carson, Mental Health NDIS Project Officer from Alfred Health covering topic ‘NDIS Tricks and Tips’.
In preparation, please forward any questions you may have by noon on Monday 13 April via email to and   This will enable us to pass your questions to the speaker prior to the meeting. 

Link to Zoom session for the meeting:  Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 788 139 680.   Password: 096604
So prepare your evening drink of choice and supper snacks and join us next Tuesday evening.
ISFAF Walk ‘n Chat Group
Walk ‘n Chat catch ups are now held via ZOOM. We had our first zoom session on Thursday 2 April with a small group who enjoyed it. So instead of one Walk n Chat per month, we agreed to hold two. Please diarise the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 3pm.  
Link to Zoom session for the next Walk ‘n Chat 16 April at 3pm: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 787 536 696      Password: 681213
Our office is currently not attended so we are unable to check voicemail but we are still here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact:
Judi Burstyner on 0425 723 746 or via email
Eleni Kontos on 0412018722 or email 
Hope you can join us next Tuesday. Keep Safe.
Don’t forget to keep you eyes on our website:
Recently set up as a private group so we can chat safely among our group and share information.   Please send a request to join the group and we’ll add you shortly.