Mental Health Australia CEO Update 17 August 2018

$200 million for medical research to overcome health challenges

Minister for Health, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, says the Government will invest $200 million in new medical research projects to improve the health of Australian through new treatments and support, tackling areas of obesity, mental health and cardiovascular disease. A total of 320 projects will receive funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) following a competitive process. The NHMRC projects total almost $192 million and will aim to find solutions mental health among a wide range of health challenges.

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Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 17 August 2018

Tandem Advocacy Campaign for the Victorian Election is now live – please consider signing the petition and sharing our messages
Tandem would like to encourage all carers and carer peer workforce members to consider signing the petition to send a message about the importance of improving the mental health system to the voters of Victoria. The campaign is featured on the Tandem home page or click here to access the campaign messages directly. You can contribute to the petition here.

FREE NDIS information sessions from Alfred Health Carer Services…Getting ready for the NDIS
These sessions will help carers better understand the NDIS, how to prepare to transition to the NDIS and build confidence within the new disability system. See details, including RSVP,  for the following sessions:
18 September in Frankston
20 September in Caulfield
25 September in Dandenong

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Sanctuary by schizy inc

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.


Alfred Health Carer Services Friday Extra 10 August 2018

Alfred Health Carer Services Event: Managing Carer Fatigue
Join us for a series of three workshops designed to help you learn techniques to relax, take care of yourself and practice self-compassion.
Click here for session information commencing Thursday 23 August and subsequently on Thursday 30 August and Thursday 6 September 2018

Alfred Health Carer Services Event: Self-care through Tai Chi and mindfulness
Join us for a series of three workshops to explore how the gentle movements of Tai Chi and the practice of mindfulness can sustain you in your caring role.
Click here for session information commencing on Tuesday 11 September and subsequently on Tuesday 18 September and Tuesday 25 September 2018

Resource: Coming Home with Bipolar: Information for Families & Carers
This resource offers information to families about bipolar disorder and available treatments, as well as advice on how to support a loved one living with bipolar while also practicing self-care. It particularly emphasises the importance of open communication in families affected by the condition.
Read here
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VMIAC Election Platform and Tandem Comments on Victorian Carer Strategy


We’re the peak Victorian non-government organisation for people with lived experience of mental health or emotional issues.

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting 14 August 2018

Our group has been very fortunate in having speakers from two very important organisations present a summary of their election platform and the Victorian Carer Strategy.  Maggie Toko CEO and Indigo Daya Human Rights Advisor from Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) spoke of specific issues of concern for consumers and Marie Piu CEO Tandem spoke on the Victorian Carer Strategy and issues of concern for carers and consumers.  “Tandem particularly welcomed commitments that will affect families and friends of people with mental health issues. “

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Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council:

You can read the Victorian Carer Strategy via the following link:


Victorian Carer Strategy 2018–22

Fixing the NDIS Forum 3-4 September 2018

NDIS Reform Campaign

Fixing NDIS
National Conference

3-4 September 2018 | Melbourne

Trevor Carroll, Sally Richards and Ann Greer invite your
participation in the Fixing NDIS National Conference.

Trevor, Sally and Ann are national spokespersons
for the Campaign to Reform NDIS.

Preliminary Program available here.

CLICK HERE to register for the Conference.

CLICK HERE to participate in the Campaign.

Tandem eNews 8 August 2018

Mental Health Victoria

Training Calendar
July – December 2018
Registrations are now open online for all courses to the end of the year. A number of new short courses are offered, including: ‘Basic counselling skills for creating solution focussed conversations’ and ‘Mental Health Awareness’; ‘Communicating your lived experience’. Courses can also be delivered at your service, with or without any additional customisation. You can view the training calendar here. For more information please call 9519 7000 or email

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Carers Voice September 2018

Launch of Victorian Government Carer Strategy 2018-22

At Parliament House today, Martin Foley, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing; Mental Health; Equality; Creative Industries and Gabrielle Williams, Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers launched a whole of Victorian Government Carer Strategy 2018-22 recognising and supporting Victoria’s carers.

Carers Victoria has played a pivotal consultancy role in the development of the strategy which aims to improve supports and recognise carers for their important role in the community.

Carers Victoria CEO Scott Walker highlighted the significance of the milestone.  “A whole-of-Government-Carer-Strategy is essential in ensuring carers are respected, valued and supported, while having the same rights, choices and opportunities as other members of the community”, he said.

“Today’s Victorian Carer Strategy wonderfully reflects the diversity of Victoria’s 736,000 carers – recognising what we have in common without eliminating the important differences. The Victorian Carer Strategy highlights that carers come from all walks of life. Carers are represented in all genders, sexual orientations, cultural backgrounds, localities, employment and age.

Carers Victoria is really pleased to see these widespread carers concerns have been picked up in each of the five priorities announced today – recognition, acknowledgement and respect; health and wellbeing; participation in the workforce, schooling and study; access to support and services and financial security.

Carers Victoria welcomes the Andrews Government’s commitment to continue to consult with carers, service providers and peak agencies about the progress of the Strategy’s implementation,” said Mr Walker.

For further information about the Strategy refer to the Carers Victoria website.

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