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Stonnington Disability and Access Committee Film Screening 31 July 2021

Please join us in launching the very first Disability Forum-Film screening in partnership with Council’s Stonnington Disability and Access Committee.

Compelling and authentic. Two women on the opposite side of diagnosis, True Vision is an exploration of dealing with unexpected obstacles, and the perceptions that go hand in hand with diagnosis and disability. The film is written, directed and produced by documentary filmmaker Diana Fisk and executive produced by award-winning feature film and documentary producer Sue Maslin.

This special event includes a screening of the film (28 minutes) and a panel discussion facilitated by the fabulous Carly Findlay OAM, disability advocate and Australian writer. We will hear filmmaker and mother Diana Fisk, Australian Paralympian Jessica Gallagher, who both feature in the film and members from Councils Stonnington Disability and Access Committee.

When: Saturday 31 July, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Malvern Banquet Hall.  In event of COVID-19 restrictions the event will be moved on-line.

The session is free, and registration is essential. Book here.

For further information contact 8290 1333 or

Please register your interest and share with friends, colleagues and networks.  We hope to see you there!

Alfred Health Carer Services Events – Events for Carers 14 July 2021

Upcoming Motivational Mornings and DIY Classes
FACE to FACE Events are back, as well as ongoing ONLINE Classes
Please find following the details for the next round of events

In or out of COVID lockdown, our events continue to offer you an opportunity to connect with other carers, and take some time out. 

Express Interest in Motivational Mornings Events Here
Express Interest in Gentle Yoga & Meditation Class Here
Express Interest in the Greek Feast Cooking Class
Express Interest in the Mosaic Class
Express Interest in the DIY Hand Painted Planters Class
Express Interest in the Stained Glass Painting Class

Stonnington Disability and Access Committee Seeking New Candidates

Stonnington Disability and Access Committee

Applications are still open-closing July 31

The Stonnington Disability and Access Committee (SDAC) has a brand-new name and renewed vision and is looking for new candidates to join its 12-member committee.

The SDAC play an important role in advising Council as we create an inclusive community with access for all.

We are keen to have representation from a disability service provider so if you would like to throw your hat in the ring, please consider nomination.

For more information contact our Access and Inclusion Officer on 8290 3224 or visit our website to apply.

Alana Lucas
Disability Access and Inclusion Officer | Community Support and Diversity
T: 8290 1192

Please note I work Monday-Thursday.

Building Homes for People Living with Mental Illness 6 July 2021

6th Jul 2021

Building Homes For People Living With Mental Illness

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $49.2 million to build 162 new supported independent living homes, ensuring Victorians living with mental illness have the security and stability of a home.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Housing Richard Wynne today announced $21.1 million to build 62 supported independent living homes across regional Victoria, as part of the nation-leading Big Housing Build.

The 62 new homes are being built in four priority regional areas – Seymour, Ballarat West, Drouin and North Bendigo.

It adds to the 100 supported independent living homes already announced, with 84 under construction in Pakenham, Mooroopna, Epping and Laverton – including 16 homes that have been completed in Highton.

In total, the investment in independent living homes will create around 450 jobs during construction, including almost 100 direct jobs.

The homes will provide safe, stable accommodation for people who require support to live independently. Each home will include self-contained kitchens, bathroom and laundry facilities along with a private courtyard or balcony.

By delivering tailored care, closer to home, the Labor Government is strengthening its commitment to rebuild our mental health system from the ground up.  Ensuring Victorians living with a mental illness get the right support, when they need it.

The homes are being delivered in partnership with the Haven Foundation, which is contributing almost $1.2 million towards the new homes. Mind Australia will provide supported independent living services, to help residents live as independently as possible, while building their skills.

The Labor Government’s historic Big Housing Build is delivering more than 12,000 new homes across Victoria, while creating an average of 10,000 jobs per year over the next four years.

The Big Housing Build will deliver 2,000 homes for Victorians living with mental illness, ensuring provision of adequate housing – one of the recommendations in the final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. The Labor Government will implement all recommendations of the Royal Commission and has invested a record $3.8 billion in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 to begin implementation.

Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“We’re committed to building a mental health system that is tailored to the needs of Victorians. That means delivering more services and care that supports Victorians at every stage of living with an illness.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Housing Richard Wynne  

“Victorians with a mental illness are more likely to experience homelessness and our unprecedented investment in social and affordable housing will change lives.”

Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

“Our investments in Geelong are ensuring our most vulnerable community members have they support they need.”

Quote attributable to Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman

“Our Big Housing Build is investing $1.25 billion in regional Victoria – including a minimum of $180 million in the greater Geelong area.”

TheMHS Melbourne Conference 12-15 October 2021

TheMHS Consumer & Carer
Conference Bursaries

Applications Now Open!


The upcoming TheMHS Melbourne conference will bring the mental health community back together to share our learnings, insights and innovations.

The voices of people living with mental ill-health, and carers and families, will be at the core of this event.

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


Alfred Health Carer Services Carer eNews June 2021


Upcoming online courses from City of Stonnington

Reskilling in the Digital Age
Want to stay across the basics of workplace tech, but not sure where to start?

ReadyTechGo have agreed to offer a series of free sessions for Stonnington residents to keep up with the skills required to succeed in the digital era.

These sessions will include:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Utilising the Cloud
  • Staying safe online

Tuesday, 22 June 2021  – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, 29 June 2021  – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, 06 July 2021  – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, 13 July 2021  – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

To register, click here

Click the link below to access the complete newsletter:

Tandem eNews 8 June 2021

Dear members and supporters,

Happy Pride Month and welcome to the rainbow edition of eNews!

This edition creates an opportunity to share some of the recommendations in the Royal Commission final report that are specific to the LGBTIQA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer or questioning and asexual) community. We have profiles of some of our partners in the community – particularly Switchboard’s Rainbow Door service, which has been funded to play a significant role as an entry point into the mental health system for LGBTIQA+ people and their families moving forward.

We’ve collated a selection of resources that may be helpful for family and friends of LGBTIQA+ people, as well as our usual resources for all families and friends – including an update on the COVID-19 vaccination program, some ‘Pop Up’ wellbeing sessions for carers, new programs for young people from the Satellite Foundation and more.

Don’t forget to come along to our June Members’ Meeting this Thursday from 10am-12pm, which will include a presentation on the Royal Commission’s final report and an important consultation session; ‘What do we want to see included in the new ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing Act?’

We hope to see you there!

      • Introduction
      • The Royal Commission final report: What’s in it for our LGBTIQA+ community?
      • Next Tandem Members Meeting – this Thursday
      • Introducing Rainbow Door
      • Introducing queerspace
      • Resources for families and friends of LGBTIQA+ people
      • Update on the COVID-19 vaccination program
      • Free tickets for Mental Health Victoria’s ‘Preparing for Reform’ symposium
      • Pop Up wellbeing sessions for carers
      • At Home with Satellite – plus Satellite Slam postponed
      • Tandem Support & Referral Line
      • Other Mental Health Helplines and Webchats
      • Join the Tandem Family


    Your story is powerful

      • .  Join Tandem’s community of family and friends to advocate for a safe, inclusive, fair and funded mental health system in Victoria.


    The Royal Commission final report: What’s in it for the LGBTIQA+ community?

    The final report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recognised what many other reports have also found – that Victoria’s LGBTIQA+ community experience significantly worse mental health than other members of our community. Most frighteningly, La Trobe University’s recent Private Lives 3 study found that 74 per cent of LGBTIQA+ people have experienced suicidal ideation over their lifetime (compared to roughly 16 per cent of the general population), and that 40 per cent have experienced suicidal ideation recently (compared to just 5 per cent of the general population).

    It’s important to note that these mental health struggles don’t have anything to do with being LGBTIQA+ itself: they relate directly to the stigma and discrimination experienced by this community, including from mental health services.

    There are two recommendations within the report that are specific to the LGBTIQA+ community:

    1. To provide recurrent funding to Switchboard Victoria to deliver its Rainbow Door program, at scale, to support LGBTIQA+ people to navigate and access the mental health and wellbeing system (part of recommendation 34 – ‘Working in partnership with and improving accessibility for diverse communities’ – which you can find in Volume 2 of the report) and
    2. To co-produce an aftercare service for LGBTIQA+ people following a suicide attempt (part of recommendation 27 – ‘Facilitating suicide prevention and response initiatives’ – which you can find in Volume 3 of the report)

    Recommendation 34 contains other aspects that will impact the LGBTIQA+ community too. These include a recommendation to collect and report data on diverse communities and to support community-led organisations to design and deliver mental health and wellbeing information and awareness campaigns, and to assist their communities to navigate the mental health and wellbeing system.

    Numerous recommendations mention ensuring that people from LGBTIQA+ communities are included and represented.

    Recommendation 41 aims to address stigma and discrimination, and recommendations 16 and 17 focus on creating mentally healthy schools and workplaces, including through anti-stigma and anti-bullying programs.

    It’s important to note that the publication of the final report is only the beginning of the process of mental health reform: we are now entering a period of intense discussion and consultation that will determine how each of the recommendations are implemented, and where the inclusion of LGBTIQA+ voices will be important.

    If you’re part of the LGBTIQA+ community and care for or support someone with mental health issues, we would like to encourage you to join our carer register as one way of participating in consultation sessions as part of the mental health reform process. If you’re interested, please email

    You can access the complete enews via the link below: