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Tandem eNews 8 December 2021


Dear members and supporters, It’s now only two days until the 2021 Tandem Awards and opening of our new offices, and there’s a definite atmosphere of excitement at Tandem this week!

It’s really wonderful to bring the Tandem community together – whether you’re attending in-person or via the livestream – to celebrate those doing great work providing compassionate, family-inclusive mental health care.

We’re delighted that the Hon. James Merlino, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education, Minister for Mental Health and Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers will be able to join us to open our beautiful new offices at 70 Trenerry Crescent, Abbotsford and present the Lifetime Achievement Award for Exceptional Service to Family and Friends in Mental Health.

We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a wonderful occasion, and an uplifting end to an otherwise challenging year for most of us.

If you haven’t done so yet, please register for the livestream so that you don’t miss out!

Marie Piu

In this eNews edition

    • Introduction
    • Do you get confused about mental health and the NDIS?
    • Supporting Recovery, Strengthening Reform: Mental Health Victoria’s budget submission
    • First national guidelines for the lived experience workforce
    • The Mind Australia Lived Experience Strategy launch
    • Lived Experience Workforce Grants Program
    • Do you support a young person who has stayed in (or tried to access) a Youth PARC service?
    • The FaPMI Family Fun Day
    • Frankston Young Carer School Holiday Program
    • Satellite Foundation January programs
    • Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide begins
    • Suicide Prevention Australia 2022 LiFE Awards: Nominations now open
    • Food support during lockdown
    • Tandem Support & Referral Line
    • Other Mental Health Helplines and Webchats
    • Join the Tandem Family

Do you get confused about mental health and the NDIS?

Last Friday December 3 was International Day of People with Disability, and a great opportunity to build a better understanding of psychosocial disability. is a great site that explains mental health & the NDIS in six steps. We particularly love their video, ‘What does psychosocial disability mean to you?

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is featuring three weeks of content on disability across iview and radio – including a number of radio stories on mental health and stigma.

Click on the link below to read the complete eNews:
Tandem eNews 7 December 2021


Carers Vic Australia COVID-19 and You: Understanding the Impacts for Carers

COVID-19 and You: Understanding the Impacts for Carers
Have your say for your chance to win a $100 voucher

You’re invited to share your views about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on you and your caring role.

By completing a brief survey about your needs as a carer, you will help inform a platform that will set out the actions the Victorian Government can do to support, recognise and celebrate the essential role of all carers.

All carers can complete the survey which takes approximately 7 minutes.

Survey closes Thursday 28 December 2021.

We encourage you to share the survey link with others carers across Victoria. The more responses collected, the stronger the voice of carers.

If you cannot access the survey online, please contact Carers Victoria on 1800 514 845 or email

After completing the survey, you can enter a random prize draw to win a $100 gift voucher.  

Your responses will remain anonymous and not be connected to the contact information you provide for the prize draw.

Complete the Survey

E-Newsletter from COTA For Older Australians 8 December 2021




When I think about all the different problems in Aged Care found by the Royal Commission, and all the different solutions that need to be implemented, some should get a higher priority than others. They’re not more important, or necessarily more urgent, instead, they’re the proposals that will have the most impact. One of those is the engagement with and empowering of older people in designing a transformed system, … and on that, I have some excellent news…


Kind Regards,

Ian Yates AM
Chief Executive
COTA Australia

ResetLife Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Treatment Program

Referrals open for free outpatient alcohol/drug treatment program

Funded by SEMPHN, ResetLife is an evidence-based Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) treatment program based on the Matrix Treatment Model.

It involves 16 weeks of structured intensive outpatient treatment, followed by 36 weeks of continuing care. During the intensive phase, clients attend formal treatment three days per week and informal treatment the other days.

The program is available for adults (18 years and over) and young people (aged 11–25).

How to refer

The ResetLife program for adults is available in Frankston (through Peninsula Health), St Kilda (through First Step), and Cranbourne (through Taskforce).

ResetLife Youth is available in Moorabbin (through Taskforce).

Call SEMPHN’s Access & Referral team to refer:
1800 862 363 (8.30am–4.30pm, Monday–Friday)

Assistance to vaccinate people who cannot leave home to receive a COVID-19 vaccination

Do you have patients who are homebound and unvaccinated?

SEMPHN is now accepting referrals for in-reach home visits from healthcare agencies, providers, GPs, and health communities within the SEMPHN catchment to vaccinate people who cannot leave home to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

The South Eastern Melbourne (SEMPHN), North Western Melbourne (NWMPHN) and Eastern Melbourne (EMPHN) Primary Health Networks have partnered to deliver the vaccination program to homebound clients within their specific regions.

The Vulnerable Peoples Homebound Vaccination Program (VPHVP) is an Australian Government initiative to provide vaccinations to vulnerable populations. Homebound people may include but are not limited to the frail aged, elderly, and people living with a disability or a mental health condition that prevents them from leaving their homes.

Once the referral has been received, a vaccination provider will contact the homebound person (or nominated contact person) to schedule a time for the in-reach home visit.

If you have a patient or know of someone in the community who cannot leave the home to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, please send a request for vaccination using the link provided below.

SEMPHN Vaccination Referral

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at

Mental Health Australia – Celebrating International Day of People with Disability 3 December 2021

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Celebrating International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with Disability is next week, on Friday 3 December. It’s an important day to celebrate the contributions and achievements of people with disability.

This year’s theme is: “Leadership and Participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world”.  For more information see:

This theme resonates with our strategic goals at Mental Health Australia to promote a national voice for people with lived experience of mental ill-health and those who love and care for them. Lived experience participation and leadership is vital to building the mental health system we need: one that’s truly person-led.

Although their strides have not always been fully recognised, lived experience leaders have accomplished so much. Waves of advocacy have exposed abuses in the mental health system, called for greater human rights protection, promoted the idea of recovery, challenged stereotypes and assumptions about mental ill-health held by those within the system and the general public, and have built resources for peer-based care and grassroots supports.

As we celebrate International Day of People with Disability, we also acknowledge the work that still needs to be done to support our communities. One area Mental Health Australia has been active in is advocating for the rights of people with psychosocial disability to be recognised and better reflected in National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) policy.

One of our recent policy submissions highlights concerns regarding insufficient availability of psychosocial supports outside the NDIS; interface and boundary issues between the NDIS and clinical mental health, employment and housing service systems; and points to ongoing reforms required to improve the delivery of recovery-oriented psychosocial support services through the NDIS.

More broadly, we all need to work together to remove barriers for the 4.4 million Australians with disability so that everyone can participate and feel included in our community. For those looking to become allies, you can educate yourself on disability and ableism. Learn about why accessibility is so important and what you can do to make your organisation and community more accessible. This TED talk by the incredible, late Stella Young is a good place to start.

We encourage everyone to get involved and join the celebration. Together, we can all take action to challenge stereotypes, remove barriers and promote inclusive and respectful attitudes and behaviours in our community.

Have a great weekend.

Dr Leanne Beagley

Psychiatric Times 23 November 2021

Web Version

November 23, 2021
A Fresh Look at Schizophrenia

Tips for using a psychologically and psychodynamically approach to improve the care of patients with schizophrenia.

Psychosis: Pure Madness

Can a philosophical investigation of psychosis provide a better and less prejudicial approach than mainstream psychological and psychiatric accounts?
Have something to say or a submission to share for consideration? Write us at

Discovery College Course Timetable

Hi there!

We are nearly at the end of November which feels pretty wild.

We just wanted to drop you a line with our final courses for the year.

Coming up soon, a BRAND NEW mini-panel, How do we ride the waves? exploring stories from different people who are part of a mental health support network. We’re going to talk about how complicated it is, and hear about different ways to support ourselves when we are supporting others ESPECIALLY during a pandemic.

Just after that, another BRAND NEW mini-course, Presents or Presence? exploring theory and lived experience around Mindfulness particularly in times of stress, fatigue and overwhelm.

Feeling curious?

We’d love to welcome you into a course to learn and share about mental health topics alongside people from all walks of life. Our co-produced courses are open to everyone and we value lots of different kinds of ideas and knowledge. And it’s free!

Want to learn more? Visit us online or follow us on instagram.


Tandem eNews 19 November 2021

November 19th 2021

Dear members and supporters, We’ve been receiving some really exciting nominations for the Tandem Awards this year.

We’ve decided to extend the deadline for nominations until 5pm next Thursday 25 November.

This is the absolute latest date that we can extend nominations until, so do all you can to get your nominations in!

If you work in mental health or with NDIS participants, we’ve also updated our Tandem Awards poster with the new date, so please print it and put it up in your workplace if you can.

If you know someone who may want to nominate but isn’t yet a Tandem member, forward them your copy of eNews!
To nominate, simply download the nomination form from our website, complete it and return it to before 5pm on Thursday.

We encourage you to nominate those who have made an exceptional contribution in the areas of NDIS support, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people over 65 years of age, LGBTIAQ+ people, multicultural communities, children and young people, and in regional areas.

Nominations must be received before 5pm on Thursday November 2021.

In this eNews edition

  • Introduction: Tandem Awards deadline extended!
  • Do you support a young person who has stayed in (or tried to access) a Youth PARC service?
  • November Tandem Time our last for 2021
  • Place-based consultations for the first six Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services
  • The Victorian Government’s roadmap for the next 18 months of mental health reforms
  • Food support during lockdown
  • Tandem Support & Referral Line
  • Other Mental Health Helplines and Webchats
  • Join the Tandem Family

Do you support a young person who has stayed in (or tried to access) a Youth PARC service?

We are looking for family members who have supported a 16-25 year old who has been admitted into one of Victoria’s three Youth Prevention and Recovery Care Services (YPARCS) to join the Participation Register.

The Department of Health is seeking to engage with families to develop a new statewide model of care for YPARCS. Participants will be invited to take part in an online focus group, and will be paid for their time.

A YPARCS for young people aged from 16-25 is being established in every region of the state as part of one of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. As part of recommendation 21, ‘Redesigning bed-based services for young people’, these must be “supported through a common and consistent model of care.”

Register or find out more at

November Tandem Time our last for 2021

Our last Tandem Time for 2021 is planned for Thursday 25 November 10am -11am

  • Day: Thursday 25 November
  • Time: 10am-11am
  • Where: online via Zoom.

Our guest speaker will be Robyn Aitken, Family Relationships Support for Carers program coordinator at EACH.

Place-based consultations for the first six Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

The first six Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services (Local Services) recommended by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System will open by the end of next year in Benalla, Brimbank, Frankston, Greater Geelong, Latrobe Valley and Whittlesea.

People and services in these communities are now invited to register to participate in place-based engagement forums to provide input on how to make each of the Local Services relevant to their local community.

Place based consultations will be facilitated by Capire Consulting and take place via Zoom at the following times and dates:

  • Benalla (including Wangaratta and Mansfield Shire): 22 November 2021 3-5.30 pm
  • Greater Geelong and borough of Queenscliffe: 23 November 2021 3-5.30 pm
  • Latrobe Valley: 24 November 2021 10am-12.30 pm
  • Frankston: 24 November 2021 3-5.30 pm
  • Brimbank: 25 November 2021 10am-12.30 pm
  • Whittlesea: 25 November 2021 3-5.30 pm

Please register via the Local Services Engage Victoria website.

The Victorian Government releases its roadmap for the next 18 months of mental health reforms

To help Victorians learn more about mental health reforms and how they will be delivered, the Department of Health’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Division has produced a digital publication called Mental Health and Wellbeing in Victoria: Our priorities and progress in system reform and delivery.

This document provides an overview of the initial priorities that will be addressed over the next 12 to 18 months, and includes a summary of what has been delivered so far.

It provides a roadmap of how the Victorian Government is approaching reforms and how Victorians will be engaged in the design, development and delivery of the new mental health and wellbeing system.

It also includes details of some upcoming opportunities for Victorians to contribute to the design and delivery of the new system.

Food support during lockdown
If you or your family need food support, there are over 700 organisations across Victoria who are providing food relief and other support.

Find one near you at

Tandem Support and Referral LineCall Tandem on our FREE Support and Referral Line at 1800 314 325 on Mondays-Fridays between 9am-5pm. We offer free interpreting through the Language Loop telephone translation service.Tandem can support you with:

  • Navigating the mental health system
  • Individual advocacy with the mental health system
  • Accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • Someone to talk to who cares and understands

Please leave us a telephone message or send us an email with:

    • Your name
    • Your mobile phone number
    • How we can support you
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.

Enough is Enough


Kieren Carroll is a well recognised playwright, son of Frank and Judy Carroll, whose current play is to be performed next weekend. What a wonderful way to return to live theatre. If you go on Sunday, you’ll meet friends in the audience.

Enough is Enough Landscape

Commissioned by the City of Kingston, Enough is Enough is a new, locally produced theatrical production that examines the harmful effects of gambling. Utilising a response from a community call out and supported by three experienced actors, Enough is Enough is written and devised by award winning Edithvale playwright, Kieran Carroll (Sons of Sun, The Truth is Longer Than a Lie, NEWK – The John Newcombe Story).

Enough is Enough is set around a bayside hotel which has both the TAB and the pokies. Dangerously, the hotel is open until 5am. Four addicted gamblers from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds find themselves trapped inside the worlds of the hotel. Their lives unravel over the course of the play. One heads towards criminal activity, one seeks counselling and finds hope and support, one falls ill but still cannot stop gambling, one knows no other life after so much grief. All lose relationships and real connections with those they care about.

The four characters are watched over by a bar worker, a non-gambler, who herself is torn emotionally with the work of seeing other lives ruined by gambling. She needs a job but feels complicit in their suffering.

A narrator and counsellor complete the casting giving the audience insights into a Victorian government history of gambling, coping techniques and ways the general public can recognise when people are gambling and suffering privately.

The debut performances of Enough is Enough are free community awareness events. With one event being in the afternoon and the other in the evening, City of Kingston is aiming for a wide cross-section of people to attend to discuss this crucial and highly vexing community problem.

Tim Costello

Following the performance we will be joined by Tim Costello AO, Chief Advocate for Alliance for Gambling Reform who will share about the history of gambling reform and what we can do about this issue that continues to have a devastating impact on our communities.

Chelsea Activity Hub – Sunday 28 November, 2.30pm

Shirley Burke Theatre – Monday 29 November, 7.30pm

Chelsea Activity Hub & Shirley Burke Theatre,

75 + Post Show talk with Tim Costello AO

General admission

FREE – Bookings Essential

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