Tandem eNews 15 September 2020

Tandem Time this Thursday at 10am

At our next Tandem Time session this Thursday 17 September at 10am, we will be joined by guest presenter Jagjit Dhaliwal, Executive Director, Service Development and Reform, North Western Melbourne PHN, who will provide an overview and answer any of your questions regarding the new ‘Head to Help’ mental health clinics.

TandemTime is our regular twice monthly online/phone meet-up for Tandem members and staff to connect with each other, ask questions and stay in touch.

When you register to attend you will be sent a link that will enable you to login to the meeting at the allotted time and telephone numbers if you prefer to dial in using a telephone.

  • Day: Thursday 17 September
  • Time: 10am – 11am
  • Where: online via Zoom or telephone

If you have any feedback, reflections or questions you would like to ask, please send them to info@tandemcarers.org.au Register for Tandem Time

New ‘HeadtoHelp’ services open

Victorians now have access to additional mental health support with 15 new dedicated mental health clinics opening to the public. The HeadToHelp clinics, which are funded for $26.9 million as part of a package to support Victorians during the COVID-19 pandemic, have been rapidly rolled out across the state. Nine locations in Greater Melbourne are: Berwick, Frankston, Officer, Hawthorn, Yarra Junction, West Heidelberg, Broadmeadows, Wyndham Vale, and Brunswick East. Six locations in Regional Victoria areWarragul, Sale, Bendigo, Wodonga, Sebastopol and Norlane.

HeadtoHelp clinics are a free service and, over the next 12 months, will provide a place within the community for people to access mental health care as early and as conveniently as possible. Multidisciplinary teams will staff the clinics, providing on-site mental health support, as well as connecting people to other services in their region. The clinics will play a key role in supporting GPs, emergency departments and hospitals by providing easily accessible mental health care. The clinics are being delivered by the Commonwealth Government’s Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

An additional $5 million in funding is also being provided to enhance existing digital and phone services for people experiencing significant challenges during COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria.

More information and the address locations can be viewed here. The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt’s press conference with Dr Ruth Vine, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health, regarding the clinics can be watched here. You can also visit headtohelp.org.au.

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