NDIS News 9 July 2018

    Welcome to your fortnightly NDIS update. In this edition, find out about self-managing the budget in your plan. Read about:

    The weekly Q&A
    Each week we answer questions asked by the community about the NDIS. Find out about:

    28 May: The NDIS planning process

    • Once I am accepted as a participant in the NDIS, how long until I am contacted to set up a plan?
    • What do I need for my planning conversation?
    • What do I do if my circumstances change and I need to change my plan?
    • What can I expect for my child’s planning conversation?
    • What are the differences between being plan managed and self-managed?

    You can access the link below for more information:


    Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 13 July 2017

    Updated resources for mental health carers from Alfred Health Carer Services (AHCS)
    AHCS has recently updated and printed some information brochures which highlight available support and links for carers who live in the Southern region and care for someone with mental illness. Please download if a single copy only is required. If service providers require multiple copies for clients and waiting room/display areas, please email Lindy on l.alcorn@alfred.org.au with required number of brochures and details of mailing address.
    See “Support for carers of people experiencing mental health issues” brochure here
    See “Mental Health Carer and Family Support Groups” brochure here
    See “Mental Health Resources” postcard here

    Please click on the link below to read the newsletter:


    Mental Health Australia CEO Update 7 July 2018

    Stress Down Day

    Stress Down Day is a fun and easy initiative to reduce stress and raise vital funds for Lifeline. This year Stress Down Day will take place on the 24 July 2018. To take part, Lifeline is encouraging organisations and individuals to organise their own Stress Down Day at work, school or with your friends at home! Find activity suggestions, learn more or register your event below…

    Please click on the link below to read the complete report:

    Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 6 July 2018

    Getting ready for the NDIS – FREE information sessions
    Alfred Health Carer Services invites carers of people with a disability (including psycho-social disability) to attend a FREE session in Caulfield, Dandenong or Frankston during July and early August. The sessions are open to carers who live in the southern region of Melbourne.
    See flyer for details including RSVP.
    Please click on the link below to read the Friday Extra:

    City of Stonnington Carers Forum 12 July 2018

    Carers, Family members and friends are invited to this year’s City of Stonnington Carers Forum. Sane Australia will be talking about how to deal with anxiety during difficult times from a carer’s perspective, how to look after yourself and how to practise self compassion.

    A range of community service providers will also provide valuable information and advice.  Light refreshments will be available at the end of the event.

    The forum is from 10am – 12.30pm in the Banquet Hall Stonnington Civic Centre, Corner of High Street and Glenferrie Road, Malvern.  The forum is free however bookings are essential on 8290 3224 or email agedanddiversity@stonnington.vic.gov.au.

    Updated Notice for Inner South Family and Friends AGM 10 July 2018




    7.00 pm Tuesday 10 July 2018, Multipurpose Room, Betty Day Centre, 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda access via carpark in Bath St (off Inkerman St) or via southern end of path from Argyle St

    Speaker: Professor Allan Fels AO
    Chair, National Mental Health Commission to January 2018
    Board Member of Mind Australia
    Patron of Mental Health Australia and of Mental Health Victoria
    Previous Chair of the Haven Foundation with which he continues his association

    For more details see: AGM Notice and Newsletter


    Friday Extra 29 June 2018

    A movie screening…On Richards Side
    On 4 July, Little Dreamers is screening On Richards Side, a movie 30 years in the making, with a special guest appearance from Andrew Wiseman, the Director & Producer of the feature.  The movie offers a piercing insight into the everyday trials and joys of living with and caring for someone with a severe disability – as well as shining a much-needed light on the conditions faced by Australia’s 2.8 million carers. See the movie trailer here.
    When: Wednesday 4 July from 6 pm
    Where: Como Cinema, Level 1, Cnr Toorak Rd & Chapel St, South Yarra, Victoria.
    (All proceeds go to Little Dreamers Australia).
    Tickets: $10 (Click here to purchase)

    Click on the link below to read Friday Extra:


    Emerging Minds eNews June 2018

    Invitation to participate: help evaluate the program

    The National Workforce Centre would like to invite you to participate in an evaluation project to help assess the effectiveness and quality of the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health (NWCCMH) and improve the learning experience of users.

    The aim of this evaluation is to learn more about the NWCCMH and how it might be helping practitioners address mental health difficulties in children (or not). Findings from the research will be used to guide and improve activities of the Centre.

    To participate simply register or login to the Emerging Minds online learning centre, and opt-in to the evaluation project when prompted. Participation will involve completing a short survey upon opting-in and then again at regular intervals across the next few months. There is also a short three-question survey at the end of each online course. Participation will be completely anonymous and opting-out is available at any time.

    Further information can be found in the Information Statement and Consent Form.

    This research has been approved by the Parenting Research Centre Human Research Ethics Committee (Melbourne).


    Carers Voice Newsletter 29 June 2018

    Don’t miss your chance to provide input on how the wants and needs of the Victorian caring community can be represented during the State election by completing a survey which closes on 16 July 2018.
    You can access the survey in the ‘get involved’ section of this newsletter.

    Upcoming Workshops

    For more information (or to book your spot) please visit the Carers Victoria website or call the Carers Victoria Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636.