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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:
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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

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.

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

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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:
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eNews Special Edition #163 February 28th 2022202

  • Introduction
  • Focus groups for families, carers and supporters
  • Focus groups for service providers
  • Join us for breakfast and a yarn on International Women’s Day 
  • Tandem Time dates for 2022
  • How to make a submission to the Disability Royal Commission
  • Lived Experience Supervision Project Lead position at CMHL
  • Lifting the lid on the experiences of family/carer workers in mental health
  • $250 energy bill bonus extended
  • COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Food support
  • Tandem Support & Referral Line
  • Other Mental Health Helplines and Webchats
  • Join the Tandem Family 

    You can access the complete newsletter via the link below:
    Tandem eNews #163

Alfred Health Carer Support Services Carer South March 2022 enews

Care South March enews 2022

Click on this link to access the complete newsletter Care South March enews 2022

Welcome to the March edition of eNews 

As we enter the Autumn months, our eNews includes many opportunities for carers to get out and about, as well as plenty of online activities to get involved in.
The beautiful kangaroo paw flower image in this month’s banner is courtesy of the Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne, which is a must visit if you are looking for a leafy outing!


Assistance with NDIS navigation
Are you scrambling to understand your NDIS plan, working out what supports are actually funded, searching for providers and support workers that suit your needs and struggling with the constant updates needed to stay in the loop?

MyCareSpace provide support for busy people and can manage three core areas for you to take a huge load off your back. This includes:
– A dedicated Connections Team to find the supports you need
– Vetted NDIS providers with capacity, skills and experience
– Simple easy to read resources to keep you in the loop
This is a free service
For more information, click here

Carers Victoria 30th Anniversary

Come and celebrate Carers Victoria’s 30th anniversary with us at our 2022 Members Family Day, a family-friendly event at the Melbourne Zoo on Saturday 19 March, exclusive to Carers Victoria members.

Join us for lunch and a fun day out with family at the zoo. Learn more about the supports available to you as a carer, enjoy time together with family and treat the kids to free face painting.

This is a free event for unpaid carers who live in Victoria and their families*.

Tickets are limited, so get in quick.

Register Now

When: Saturday 19 March
Time: 10.30am – 3.00pm
Lunch included between 12.00pm – 1.30pm
Where: Melbourne Zoo – Elliott Ave, Parkville

Each ticket includes one free entry to the Melbourne Zoo and lunch.

*Family groups are limited to three adults and three children.

All visitors to the zoo aged 18 years or older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid exemption. Please be ready to show your digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate or exemption to zoo staff on arrival.

A friendly reminder: please remember to carry a mask, use the hand sanitiser provided and socially distance whenever possible.

Carers Victoria will be making every effort to ensure this event is as COVID-safe as possible, however we understand that some families may not be comfortable with face-to-face events just yet. We will be offering more opportunities to celebrate our 30th anniversary with us later in the year.

Getting there

Parking is available at the Zoo at $2 for five hours.Trains run from Flinders Street Station on the Upfield line every day, stopping at Royal Park Station – just across the road from Melbourne Zoo’s rail gate entrance.

More information on public transport is available here.
Register Now

Moira Connect Laughter Yoga

You’ve heard laughter is the best medicine… so have we!

Laughter has been proven to not only reduce tension and stress, but also boost immunity and relieve pain. The practice of Laughter Yoga is an evidence-based exercise incorporating breathing techniques, stretching, and laughter, and you don’t have to be a comedian or a yogi to give it a go.

Join our Laughter Yoga specialist, Merv Neal, for a guided one hour session that will release your ‘happy hormones’ (endorphins), exploring how a positive mindset and a bit of fun can make you feel happier and healthier. You can expect to:

Improve your mindset & learn stress relief techniques
Create connections with others
Enhance your physical and mental wellbeing

Date: Tuesday, 22 February
Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm (AEDT)
Where: Online – Zoom (live and recorded)

Alfred Health Carer e-News February 2022

Are you a parent? 10 ways to make your life easier

1. Connect with other carers
2. Make an emergency care plan
3. Explore the payments you may be able to get
4. Get help at home
5. Find out what equipment or home changes might help
6. Think about what legal arrangements you will need to make
7. Get tips on how to work with health services
8. Think about how things will change as your child grows
9. Find out how you can combine work and caring
10. Find out what respite care you could get

To read more and access links to supports, click here


To express you interest for these events, click here