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Mind Medicine Australia

Please Take 5 Minutes To Show Your Support For Rescheduling the Medicinal Use of Psilocybin and MDMA as Part of Psychotherapy for The Treatment of Mental Illness

Australians Need Your Help!

The TGA’s Public Submissions Period is Now Open

The TGA has announced the public consultation period is now open in relation to Mind Medicine Australia’s applications to amend the Poisons Standard in relation the medical use of psilocybin and MDMA as part of therapy for key classes of treatment resistant mental illness

The public consultation period ends COB on Friday 27 May 2022.

This is the last day that you will be able to lodge a public submission.

Make Submission Here

If the applications are successful this will be a historic moment – Please be part of it

“To my mind, the clinical evidence is clear…every day that this takes is a day that we lose people, and that’s not acceptable…”

Dr Tra-ill Dowie, dual PhD holder and co-founder of the Mind Medicine Institute speaks of the injustice of denying those in need treatments that can alleviate their suffering.

The Majority of Australians ALREADY Support the Regulation of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy… But The Regulators Don’t Know Where You Stand. Show Them That It is Politically Safe to Listen to the Science By Making A Submission. Australians Deserve Better.


Alfred Health Carer Services e-news May 2022

Carer Gateway / Alfred Health Carer Services
Some carers have advised us that it was a bit confusing receiving a call from Alfred Health Carer Services (AHCS) when they initially called the Carer Gateway national number.   To access Carer Gateway services many carers first call the national phone number, 1800 422 737.  This number is responded to by Carer Gateway Central Intake.  The Intake worker will gather some initial information and will then send your request to your local Carer Gateway outlet.  Your local outlet is determined by your primary residential address.Alfred Health Carer Services (AHCS) is one of seven consortia partners who deliver Carer Gateway services across Victoria.  AHCS is the outlet responsible for the Southern region, covering ten local government areas: Bayside, Cardinia, Casey, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, City of Port Phillip, and Stonnington.
Once AHCS receives your request from Carer Gateway Central Intake we will call you to discuss your current needs.  To help make this process a bit clearer we have developed this “The Carer Experience Flowchart”.

Do you have the My NDIS app?

The My NDIS app gives participants a more accessible, user-friendly way to:

  • make and manage claims
  • view their budget
  • view plan information and personal details.

Participants can now download the my NDIS app from the Google play store and Apple app store.

For more information on how to access the app, click here

You can access the complete newsletter at:
Alfred Health Carer Services May 2022 enews

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 10 May 2022

Our next monthly meeting is Tuesday 10 May at 7.15 pm
Meeting venue is Level 4, Spotless Building, Alfred Mental and Addiction Health (AMAH, 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Guest Speaker is from Self Help and Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC)
All welcome, there is no charge but a small donation is appreciated.
For enquiries contact Judi on 0425 723 746

Tandem eNews number 169, 22 April 2022

In this eNews edition

  • EOIs sought for Member positions for the Interim Bodies – Join the information session to learn more
  • Family and Carer-led Centres consultation journey 
  • Reflections from the focus groups
  • Next Tandem Time May 26th
  • A calendar of mental health reform opportunities
  • New state-wide specialist service for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use or addiction issues
  • Satellite relaunches its Youth Pathways program 
  • Young Carers Connect groups
  • Young Carer video series from Merri Health
  • Events for young carers registered with Merri Health/Carer Gateway
  • The Young Carers Festival
  • Help shape the focus of the National Mental Health Commission’s Lived and Living Experience Participation Forum
  • Applications now open Department of Health offering scholarships 
  • Mercy Health is hiring
  • Are you a family member, partner or friend caring for someone with an eating disorder? 
  • 13 YARN
  • Food support
  • Tandem Support & Referral Line
  • Other Mental Health Helplines and Webchats

    Join the Tandem Family Join us for the next Tandem Time on Thursday May 26th at the usual time of 10am-11am.
    A guest speaker is being arranged and details will be confirmed closer to the date.
    In the meantime, save the date!When: Thurs May 26
    Time: 10am-11am
    Where: via Zoom

    To read the complete eNews click on the link below:
    Tandem eNews 169

Inner South Family and Friends Carer Support Group Meeting


Guest Speaker:   Professor Anne Louise Ponsonby MB BS ,PhD, FAFPHM, RACP

Topic:  Schizophrenia : A Personal Carer and Public Health Physician Perspective

Venue:  Level Four, Spotless Building, 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, near Mowbray Street

Lots of free parking is available in the centre lanes of St Kilda Road, with many trams stopping at the door, also in Mowbray Street.   If you are having trouble with transport/ seek further information or just need a chat, please phone Eleni on 0412 018 722 or Judi on 0425 723 746
Please come early to enjoy our return to customary chat and light supper before the speaker
Due to security needs, we are required to pay a concierge at the door of the building.
If you come late you may not be able to enter.

    • Information regarding Covid Safety at all Inner South Family and Friends Gatherings
      Please refer to for updated information
      • At all ISFAF gatherings, you must
      check in to the QR code shown at the entrance
      provide proof of full vaccination (ie 2 or more Covid vaccinations) at point of entry
      observed social distancing,
      hand and general cleanliness. To minimize risk of cross-infection. please feel free to use hand sanitizer which has been provided.• If you have tested positive to Covid during the past 48 hours you must stay home and isolate for at least 7 days.
      • If you have been in close contact for at least 4 hours (including but not exclusive to shared home) with someone who has tested positive during the past 48 hours, please isolate for 7 days and follow the instructions at
      • If you have had casual contact with someone who has tested positive during the past 48 hours, please follow the instructions at and ensure you have a negative test result immediately before attending,
      • If you feel unwell, especially if the symptoms relate to Covid, please stay isolated until you feel well and follow the instructions at

You can access more information about ISFAF activities by clicking on the link below:

Meeting Notice 14 April 2022

Carer Wellbeing – Community outings for people with early stage dementia



Community outings for people with early stage dementia

Community outing respite activities promote health and wellbeing for attendees in a safe and supportive environment, encourage participants’ independence and give them the opportunity to socialise.
These activities also give their carers the opportunity to take a break from their usual caring responsibilities, on a regular basis.

The outings are:

1. Give it a Go (GIAG) – weekly on a Wednesday from 10am to 3pm. Accepts people 65-70 with dementia who are physically active.

2. Let’s Go for Coffee (LGFC) – weekly on a Thursday from 10am to 3pm.
Accepts people with dementia over 70 who are physically active.

Transport maybe provided but will be assessed on an individual basis.
People attending are charged a minimal fee that contributes to the cost of the outings (there may be occasional additional costs for special outings/activities).
The outings are delivered by Central Bayside Community Health Services (CBCHS) in Partnership with the Alfred Health Carer Services Commonwealth Home Support Program.

To join these outings you need to call My Aged Care on: 1800 200 422
For more information about GIAG or LGFC contact CBCHS on: (03) 9581 8500 or click here for more information.

Alfred Health Carer Services Carer e-News April 2022

Welcome to the April edition of eNews 

* Reminder*
Daylight savings ends this Sunday 3rd April at 3.00am. That means it time to turn the clocks back 1 hour and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!

Did you know we have a new website?

Our website has had a big refresh and can now be found at
To check it out, click here


Easier access to assistive technology

Do you support someone with an NDIS plan (or have one yourself?). NDIS participants now have easier access to the assistive technology through the NDIS. The upper limit for automatic approval of assistive technology (AT) purchases has increased from $5,000 to $15,000.

The most commonly purchased AT, within the $15,000 price range, includes manual wheelchairs, specialty beds and bathroom chairs/stools.

For more information, click here

Young Carer’s scholarship program

Over 71,600 young people in Victoria are believed to have significant care responsibilities. They may support their mother, father, sister, brother, or grandparent at home because of a disability or illness. Many are at risk of dropping out of school or have difficulty establishing social networks and participating in activities that their peers enjoy.

Carers Victoria’s Young Carer Scholarship program gives young carers attending secondary school the opportunity to be acknowledged for their contributions to their family and the community and to participate in school or community-based activities that enhance their skills, educational achievement, and abilities, or that help them to participate more fully in their community.

Scholarships of up to $500 are awarded to successful applicants.

Who can apply

Young Carer Scholarships are open to secondary school students who live or go to school in Victoria and provide care and support to a family member with an illness or disability.

Please note the number and amount of scholarships awarded is dependent on the number of scholarship applications received and the funding available.

Applications close Friday 15th April
To apply, click here

You can access the complete newsletter via the link below:

April 2022 e-news

Australian Carers Guide to Planning Ahead

Sisters Heather and Sue have just participated in a new Advance Care Planning Australia video, ‘The Questions that Matter Most’. In the video, they explore the big questions as they share their heartbreaking experiences supporting their mum and dad through the most challenging times.
Sue and Heather did their best to support their dad as he struggled to decide whether they should accept life-prolonging treatments for their mum who had sadly deteriorated with dementia and could no longer make her own decisions.

“Mum and Dad had not discussed end-of-life care in any shape or form. So when the doctor said to him, ‘there’s nothing else we can do for your wife,’ I literally saw his heart break in that moment because he had no idea that was coming,” Heather said.

Dad “took a while to process that and to make any decisions and he found it extremely hard to make any decision based on end-of-life care. They had nothing in place. They had not discussed that between the two of them.”

Sue added, “Even though Mum was going through dementia, we didn’t expect the end-of-life to come so quickly. To discuss it beforehand and have that plan in place would’ve been so much easier.”

Heather explained just how hard it was. “Dad had to make those decisions about the person he’d loved for almost sixty years. And the doctors were saying, well, we need an answer now.:”

“After Mum died, I think he thought, ‘I don’t want the kids to go through that’. So he did an advance care directive and discussed it with all of us. As we found out in the end, it made things a lot more straightforward for all of us. He didn’t want us to have to make those decisions and go through that guilt and regret.”

After Heather and Sue’s dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer and later had a heart attack, the sisters and their extended family cared for him. He became confused in hospital towards the end. As Sue said, “He wasn’t in the state of mind to be able to make decisions for himself” but fortunately, he already had his advance care directive in place.

Their dad’s advance care directive documented his values and preferences clearly so the family were able to make choices that reflected his wishes. Sue explained, “To be able to confidently make those decisions and have some information behind those decisions made a huge difference”.

Heather added, “Dad said, ‘I don’t want any heroic efforts’…We could just make sure that he was settled… We then got to spend three days and nights, 24 hours a day with him holding his hand, telling him we loved him.”

Ask the person you care for the questions that matter most during National Advance Care Planning Week, and develop your advance care directives together. Help your loved one make their future treatment their choice – now and always.

Remember advance care planning is not only about dying. It gives us the opportunity to think about, discuss and record our preferences for the type of care we would like to receive and the outcomes we would consider acceptable.

It’s a powerful statement about who we are, how we want to live and what we value most about living. It’s also one of the most important gifts we can offer our family, carers and loved ones who might otherwise be left to make difficult decisions.

See Heather and Sue’s story along with other families’ stories in the new ‘Questions that Matter Most’ video. Visit to access a free email starter pack and other information.

You can also find face to face and online awareness raising events Australia-wide during National Advance Care Planning Week.

For free, personalised advice, call the National Advance Care Planning Support Service on

1300 208 582
from 9am – 5pm (AEST) Monday to Friday

Advance Care Planning Australia is funded by the Australian Government and administered by Austin Health.

Carers Victoria The Voice 22 March 2022

to The Voice March

It was great to meet so many carers at our sold-out Member Family Day event at the Melbourne Zoo this month. Check out the wrap-up and some snaps from the day below.

If you missed out on a ticket to our Member Family Day and are keen to re-connect in person, tickets are now available for our 2022 Mingle program. Scroll down to find your closest event and register your place today to avoid missing out.

Applications for our Young Carer Scholarship Program 2022 are now open. If you’re a young carer currently attending secondary school in Victoria, or know someone who is, we encourage you to find out more below. Applications close Friday 15 April.

To celebrate our 30th anniversary year, we are collecting 30 carer stories to celebrate the diverse experiences of Victorian carers. This month, we share Laura’s story. Laura is a mother and carer to Christian, who was diagnosed with autism as a young child. Now he is 18 years old, Laura is learning to step outside her comfort zone as a carer to encourage Christian’s independence as he transitions to adulthood.

Happy reading

The Carers Victoria Team

Let’s Celebrate
Mingle 2022

Carers Victoria is turning 30 this year, and to celebrate we’re launching an exciting new season of Mingles for carers.

Join us at Mingle 2022 for a live performance from Elvis tribute artist Damian Mullin, delicious morning tea and lunch. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about carer services in your local area, reconnect with other carers and take a break to prioritise your wellbeing.

Mingles are free events for carers.

Mingle 2022:

Preston: Thursday 5 May

Ringwood: Tuesday 10 May

Ballarat: Thursday 12 May

Geelong: Tuesday 17 May

Frankston: Thursday 19 May

Bendigo: Tuesday 24 May

Traralgon: Thursday 26 May

Taylors Lakes: SOLD OUT

Register now

You can access the complete newsletter via the link below:


Tandem eNews #164 March 8th 2022

Dear members and supporters,

Happy International Women’s Day!

It’s been an exciting day here at Tandem. We hosted around 70 members, guests, and staff at our first International Women’s Day (IWD) breakfast in the Event Space in our new Trenerry Crescent home.

It was an honour to host Thirrili CEO Annette Vickery, who joined us to convene a Yarn with Tandem’s own CEO, on the rise of Lived Experience leadership.

Depending on where you look, the theme for International Women’s Day in 2022 is either ‘Break the bias’ or ‘Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’.

Both celebrate working to end gender bias and inequality, and the harms that they bring to women, non-binary and gender diverse folk – as well as to men whenever they step outside of stereotypical male roles, e.g. taking on carer roles.

In Australia in 2022:

While some women in Australia feel like they don’t experience the effects of gender bias in their everyday life, progress hasn’t been equal.

Please read on through our IWD edition of eNews to find some great resources on financial wellbeing for women, as well as some IWD and International Transgender Day of Visibility events that are coming up over the next few weeks.

A quick note on our Family and Carer-led Centres focus groups

Get in quick! We still have 11 focus groups for families, carers and supporters for the Family and Carer-led Centres coming up with spaces available – but if you would like to register, please move fast as the positions are filling.

You can access the complete newsletter via the link below:
Tandem eNews #164