Category Archives: Education

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting change of speakers for Tuesday 9 February 2021

SPEAKER:   TANIA CURLIS,   Grad. Cert. BA (Exec.) MSW MAASW, Clinical Director, Clarable

TOPIC:      ‘Finding and connecting to the right support that you and your family need’

VENUE:      Level 4, 549 St Kilda Rd Melbourne and/or ZOOM

Please note:  The current situation enables us to meet as ‘in the good old days’
From  7.15pm  we will enjoy refreshments provided by our hard working committee while chatting and sharing our experiences

You can also join via internet or phone line (even land line)

Join Zoom meetings from a warm, comfortable spot at home, with some healthy nibbles

A pen and some paper might also be handy to jot down notes.  A chat session will commence at 7.15pm, so please join early as Christine will start at 7.30pm.

Please phone Eleni on  0412 018 722 or Judi on 0425 723 746 or 9528 2820 for Zoom link details.


TheMHS Learning Network Perth Virtual Conference 9-12 February 2021

Get Ready for Our Marvellous Monday! 
A fresh start, a clean slate, and a lot of potential for great things to come. That’s what Mondays really are, and that’s precisely what our pre-conference Monday looks like!
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You can access more information via this link:

Inner South

December 14, 2020

Healthy Money Mindset
Offering Carers the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge to improve their relationship with money and feel more in control of their finances.

Are you a carer with financial stressors?
Is your income reduced due your caring role?
Do you want help with your finances?

Alfred Health Carer Services and Good Shepperd Australia New Zealand are partnering to offer Carers the opportunity to be connected with a qualified Financial Capability Coach.

This innovative project will offer you the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge to improve your relationship with money and feel more in control of your finance.

Your Coach will:

•Support you to set your own goals

•Empower you to experiment with safe, small steps towards achieving your goals

•Provide feedback and a listening ear on your progress

•Focus on your strengths

•Identify and refer to specialist supports, if needed.

Your Coach won’t:

•Provide financial advice

•Provide therapeutic counselling

•Sell or recommend financial products/services.

Free of charge to eligible carers

See flyer or contact Alfred Health Carer Services on 1800 521 121 for more information.

Financial Capability – AH Carers Flyer_

Increasing choices and participation in community for people with disability.


Increasing choices and participation in community for people with disability.

The Southern Region Disability Alliance (SRDA), a local government initiative, want all people with disability to participate in community life.  Empowerment, choice and control to support peoples economic, social and cultural wellbeing.

To achieve this vision, we need to work with service providers, community organisations and the broader community.

You are invited to workshop to explore and work through the challenges and opportunities to strengthen and support participation in community life.

Who should attend

People with disability, carers, family, community service organisation, disability sector staff and volunteers within community facilities (Neighbourhood Houses and Community Learning Centres), council staff and Disability Advisory Committee members, sport and recreational providers (community, private), NDIS and LAC, disability employment services, advocacy/self-advocacy agencies for people with a disability, students studying community services.

 What to expect

During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to:

      • Learn from service providers and organisations already making positive changes in disability access
        and inclusion.
      • Meet and network with others working or volunteering in
        the community and disability sector.
      • Promote your services to others within the Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and Cardinia Shire.

 About the SRDA

The SRDA currently involves City of Greater Dandenong, Cardinia Shire, the City of Casey, has been working to support the access and inclusion of people with disabilities in community life.

Workshop Details

Date:   Tuesday 15 December 2020

Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Register by: 9:00 am 15 December at

 ZOOM: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 971 3627 0132

*If you require support to access the workshop please contact Sue Wood:

Session Outline

Session 1: Rethinking ability

Stories and experiences from those working within the field, across the areas of employment, service provision and private enterprise.

Session 2: Rethinking the future

Explore how we can destigmatise disability both for the individual and the community.

How do we support people with disability to thrive and reach their full potential?

Session 3: Changes we can all make

Shape the work of the SRDA to strengthen and increase access to community life for the individual with the disability.

This event is supported by:

City of Casey, City of Cardinia, City of Greater of Dandenong

Choice and Medications Information Session for Carers and Families 2pm, 17 December 2020

An educational session with Christine Culhane, Clinical Pharmacist, Psychotropic Drug Advisory Service

Families and carers please bring your general questions for Christine and learn about the new Choice and Medications Leaflets Database at the Alfred.

This promises to be a very informative session and we are grateful that Christine will share her knowledge with us.

Topic: Choice and Medications information Session for Carers and Families

Time: Dec 17, 2020 02:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 999 1073 8014

International Day of People with Disability Thursday 3 December 2020

International Day of People with Disability

Celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) with us on 3 December.

IDPwD aims to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. It’s a day to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

This year’s theme for International Day of People with Disability is about creating conversations to challenge common perceptions of disability and help create a more inclusive Australia.

We can work together to see all abilities and create an inclusive Australia.

Ahead of the day, check out our website where you can find a poster to display at home, your workplace or within your community.

More information is available on the official IDPwD website including an event calendar and event planning kit.

Pronia Caring for Carers program

We invite you to take a little time each week for self-nurturing and support.   Join PRONIA’s four week connection and meditation program for Carers

This program is for you if:
You are a primary carer of a loved one
COVID restrictions and isolation has impacted your sense of wellbeing You would like to slow down a little

Caring for the Carer
Who cares for you when you are caring for others?
Group 1:
Every Monday 3pm – 4pm 23 November – 14 December

Group 2:
Every Thursday 11am – 12pm 26 November – 17 December
This program is presented free by PRONIA for Carers, as part of its community engagement programs in alleviating the negative impact of COVID-19.

Sessions will be conducted in English and will be facilitated by Lucy Louca*, Community Engagement Officer at PRONIA.
*Lucy holds Counselling qualifications and is a registered meditation teacher with Meditation Association of Australia.
For more information call (03) 9388 9998 or email

Carer South eNews November 2020

Social Prescription
Are you feeling lonely or disconnected?
Social Prescription is a holistic way of addressing health and wellbeing and is particularly helpful for those feeling lonely or disconnected. Similar projects in the UK have demonstrated positive results with participants reporting improvements in self esteem, confidence, reduced social isolation and loneliness.

A Community Connector will chat with the participant to design a wellbeing plan to connect them to community activities and services that are right for them.

The trial is being run by Highett and Hampton Community Centres and is available to residents of Bayside, Kingston and the Glen Eira. For more information click on the link below:

Mental Health – Federal budget 2020

The Federal budget was brought down in October and outlined more funding to various mental health services and some new initiatives.

Mental Health Carers Australia have summarised the key measures from the budget.

To view this summary click here

Motivational Mornings are Back!!!

During National Carer’s Week, we launched our Motivational Mornings. Due to popular demand and carer feedback, we will continue these events until Friday 18th December.

Express Your Interest in Events Here

Please click on the link below to read the complete Carer South newsletter:


Accessing grief and trauma support during COVID-19

Free, live webinar presented by  

Wednesday 28 October, 3pm-4pm AEDT

There’s no question COVID-19 has made life challenging for so many of us – and older Australians, their families, and those working in aged care have been some of the worst impacted.

In response, the Federal Government has invested $12.4 million in a Grief and Trauma Response package to provide support for older Australians, their families, and aged care staff who have been affected by COVID-19.

That’s why we’re holding this webinar – we want to make sure everyone who needs this support knows what’s available and how to access it.


Join guests from each of the organisations charged with the delivery of the support services, who will talk you through the support their organisation can offer you.  They will also discuss training and resources available to aged care facilities, and how these can be accessed.

And, as always, you will have the opportunity to ask the expert panel questions in a live Q&A.

Meet our panel 

    • Marie Alford, Dementia Support Australia
    • Associate Professor Andrew Phelps, Phoenix Australia
    • Chris Hall, The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement


We look forward to your joining us for what is set to be an extremely useful webinar.

World Mental Health Day: Shining the light on the mental health pandemic


This year, World Mental Health day is more important than ever. That’s why we are delighted to invite you to join four of our mental health research leaders as they discuss mental health over a webinar on Friday 9 October. The panel will explore what makes our brain resilient or vulnerable, how isolation and stress impact us, and how this will affect us for generations to come.

This pandemic is a chronic stressor with no clear ending yet in sight. We have had to say goodbye to many simple rituals, such as handshakes, that are a source of reward and belonging. We are challenged with the pressure of increased caring responsibilities and financial uncertainty.

While we’ve all been hit by the same storm, we’re not in the same boat. What determines our ability to cope in the moment and our recovery after this pandemic has subsided? With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health issues, how will these stresses exacerbate already debilitating symptoms? Are we facing a mental health pandemic?

As we wait for a COVID-19 vaccine, the value of medical research is inarguable. We must also invest in a deeper understanding of mental health and in developing treatments.

We hope you are well, and able to join us for this all-important conversation.

Warmest wishes,

The Florey Fundraising Team

For details click on the link below:

Shining the light on the mental health pandemic