Category Archives: Education

NDIS Information sessions: New computer system

Inner South Family and Friends Future Events 2023


ISFAF Monthly Meetings second  Tuesday of the month.
Speakers who are experts in their field on topics of local and current importance.

Oct 10: World Mental Health Day. A free lunch at 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. A busy day for us all. Please email if you plan to join ISFAF and AMAH staff for a free lunch AND no need to book to join us again in the evening for our monthly meeting with a treat tba

Nov 14: Associate Professor Simon Stafrace, Programme Director, AMAH Current innovations in mental health

Dec 12: Annual End-of-Year Dinner, venue tba


Film and lunch in honour of Carers Week details tba

Please review our website regularly for details and updates.

Working together helps everyone
If you have friends who:

are caring for a loved one with serious mental illness and need support, introduce them to ISFAF / ask them to leave a message on 9076 4722  or email or contact Judi directly on 0425 723 746  /,

are members of ISFAF but do not receive email and might be interested in our current news, please contact them and pass this message on to them.

We wish to thank:

  • the Victorian Government via Alfred Health Carer Services for their generosity funding the concierge for our monthly meetings and a drink for participants of our Walk and Chats.
  • Alfred Mental and Addiction Health for their continued generous support, including funding functions and providing us with office and facilities and venue for our meetings.

New GP Psychiatry Support Line


New GP Psychiatry Support Line

The GP Psychiatry Support Line is a free phone-in service available for GPs to help them manage the mental health care of their patients. GPs can call 1800 16 17 18 to speak directly with a qualified psychiatrist.

Their psychiatrists support GPs with information and advice regarding specific cases or general enquiries. Advice includes but is not limited to:

  • Diagnosis
  • Medication
  • Investigation
  • Treatment pathways and safety planning.

The service is available between 7am and 7pm, (AEST)Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Here are some examples of the topics discussed:

  • Following a traumatic experience, my patient has presented with PTSD.
  • I have a teenage patient showing early signs of suicidal ideation.
  • My patient has a history of opioid abuse and appears to be “Dr Shopping”.
  • I’m seeing a child, whose parents are recently divorced. She is struggling with depression and showing signs of self-harm.
  • My patient’s husband has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She is using alcohol to help her cope with her anxiety and depression.
  • I have reason to suspect that my patient’s parent is abusing the medication prescribed to her child.
  • My patient has severe anorexia, refuses to eat, and has almost halved their weight.

Please note, the support line is NOT a triage, referral, or emergency service.

Talking Point Free Seminar Series August to November 2023


Talking Point – August to November 2023 – save the dates

Talking Point is a regular series of publicly available lectures that aim to inspire, inform and challenge our notions of what we know about addiction and its impact across society. Health and social sector professionals and the general public are all welcome to attend.

16th August 2023, TODAY – 1pm – 2pm
Recovering Assemblages: Unfolding Sociomaterial Relations of Drug Use and Recovery, presented by Dr Aysel Sultan – for details and to register click here 

13th September 2023, 1pm – 2pm
Neuroplastic Wrap: The non-pathologising, ecological alternative to diagnostic labels, presented by Dr Hayley Packham – for details and to register click here

18th October 2023, 1pm – 2pm
Treating trauma & addiction: from innovation to implementation, presented by Associate Professor Shalini Arunogiri – for details and to register click here

15th November 2023, 1pm – 2pm
Young men’s anxiety: The blind spot in men’s mental health and why it matters, presented by Krista Fisher, PhD Candidate Orygen, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne – for details and to register click here

Talking Point presentations are recorded and available to view on the Turning Point websiteclick here to view previous Talking Point presentations

If you have enquiries regarding registration
please email or call (03) 8413 8413.

Mental Health Day October 2023

Alfred Health Carer News August 2023


AHCS June-August 2023 events

This program covers events scheduled from June – August 2023. In the program you will find all the information you need to know about the events, and how to join in.
Remember all our events are FREE!Lots of our events have availability, but some of our events have limited places.  Where places are limited, please register to express your interest and we will email you if we are able to offer you a place.   As a subscriber to our e-Newsletter you can find out about new events, updates or changes to the events program.Make sure you also keep an eye on the “What’s On” section of our website for any updates to the calendar (changes to the program or added events).If you have any further questions call us on 03 9076 6644.
To view the program or to register your interest, click here

You can access the complete newsletter via the link below:
Alfred Health Carer Services August 2023 News

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 8 August 2023



ALLIRA McCALL, Family Therapy Practice Lead, Occupational Therapist, St Kilda Rd Clinic, AMAH, will provide a short introduction to new family therapy services available at AMAH 

SPEAKER: SHAMUS GOBLE, Manager Family Led Carer Centres, Star Health
TOPIC: The Impact of Family Led Carer Centres in the South East Region
VENUE: Level four, AMAH, Spotless Building, 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 

The building is a little to the city side of Wesley College and is easily recognisable by white umbrellas in the forecourt.  There is free parking in the centre lanes of St Kilda Road, with many trams stopping at the door. 

If you are having trouble with transport, seek further information or just need a chat, about ISFAF and/or issues faced by carers please phone: Judi M: 0425 723 746 or Eleni M: 0412 018 722. Please come early to chat and to enjoy delicious food which will be available from 7.10pm 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.


VISIT TO  JUSTIN ART HOUSE MUSEUM 11am Sunday 10 September
Cnr Lumley Court and Williams Rd Prahran 

Enjoy two concurrent exhibitions and of course, as always – food, friendship, shared experiences, openness and camaraderie at ISFAF events. 

PAPER: The Permanence of the Temporary is showing in the main gallery, examining the temporal and fragile nature of paper and how this contrasts with the permanence associated with art. 

JAHM acquisitions, including challenging AI generated paintings, conceptual and media-based art and a range of works offer much food for thought in the upstairs apartment, where we will be offered delicious buffet ‘snacks’ in Charlie and Leah Justin’s delightful home designed by their daughter. 

Prompt booking is essential to secure your place. The museum has limited numbers which cannot be extended. Secure places will be allocated strictly in order of receipt of donation to: 

1. Westpac ISFAF Community BSB 033-169 A/c No: 258307, $8 pensioners, $12 non-pensioners 
2. ensure that your deposit shows your name, 
3. immediately after making the deposit, email with proof of booking. 
4. Look out for a response email, which you will receive by around 5 September. 
5. If you do not receive confirmation by 5 September, please email: