|Dear members and supporters,
We’re thrilled to share the news that Tandem has been commissioned by the State Government to lead the first stage of the project to design the model for the eight Family and Carer-led Centres to open across Victoria later this year.These Centres will be for family and friends who are supporting someone with mental health challenges.The Centres were recommended by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. (You can read about them in chapter 19 of Volume 3 of the Royal Commission’s final report or in Tandem’s summary of recommendations 30-32).The Mental Health and Wellbeing Division within the Department of Health is creating eight new regions for the delivery of its services. There will be one Family and Carer-led Centre in each region.In the new system there will be three regions in metropolitan Melbourne:
- North East Metro
- South East Metro
- Western Metro
There are also five regions planned for regional and rural Victoria:
- Loddon Mallee
- South West
As with all state government services the budget for the Centres is set by the government.
We have engaged members from Tandem’s Participation Register to codesign a survey and a series of focus groups so that Tandem’s members and other family and friends can get involved in shaping the model for the Centres.
Read on below to find out how you can get involved!
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Tandem eNews #162 February 22nd 2022
Dear members and supporters,
It’s hard to believe that it’s only been 12 days since we announced Tandem’s involvement in leading the work to codesign the model for Victoria’s eight Family and Carer-led Centres.
In that time, Tandem’s System Reform team has been working hard on a plan for how we can visit every region in Victoria to hear from families, carers and supporters about how your regional Centre could best support you.
We have organised 22 focus groups for families, carers and supporters all across the state. In addition, we are holding another six focus groups for local service providers in each region who are interested in working with their regional Centre.
You are now welcome to register to attend a focus group in your region.
The first focus groups begin a week from today, so please register ASAP.
Each focus group runs for two hours. Participants of the focus groups for families, carers and supporters will be paid $150 for their contribution.
Family and Carer-led Centres will be for anyone supporting someone with mental health challenges.
The Centres were recommended by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. (You can read about them in chapter 19 of Volume 3 of the Royal Commission’s final report or in Tandem’s summary of recommendations 30-32).
We are very keen to hear from as many families, carers and supporters as possible from each region, including:
- First Nations Peoples
- People from diverse cultural backgrounds
- People with disability
- People with coexisting mental and physical health conditions
- Young people (aged 25 years or younger)
- Older Victorians (aged 65 years or older)
- LGBTIQ+ people
- People who are supporting someone who is or has been supported by forensic mental health services/had interactions with the criminal justice system
- People who are supporting veterans or currently serving members of the Australian Defence Force, and
- People who are supporting someone whose life is impacted by alcohol or other drugs
Please share the link to register for focus groups within your own networks, including on social media. We’ve included links to the individual focus groups below.
After the numerous lockdowns of the last few years, we are very excited to be heading out to the regions to see many of you face-to-face!
For more information click on the link below:
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