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Tandem – a survey for carers 6 May 2021

Dear family ambassadors,

I hope you can catch some of sun out there today.

You might have seen our recent eNews with our survey Act for an inclusive mental health and wellbeing system’. As the finalisation of the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act approaches it’s important, we as families and supporters have our say. We would greatly appreciate your thoughts and feedback as the voice of our members is so valuable in the work that we do. It’s lengthy however, only answer what you feel comfortable with. Thanks for your continued effort and commitment to a more compassionate family inclusive mental health system.  

Kind regards,

Jennette Coffey
Policy and Project Officer

Tandem Inc.
Level 1, 37 Mollison Street Abbotsford Victoria 3067
P 8803 5555 F 8803 5599
E jennette.coffey@tandemcarers.org.au
www.tandemcarers.org.au

1800 314 325  Tandem Support and Referral Line

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Tandem eNews special edition 4 May 2021

Dear members and supporters,

Act for an inclusive mental health and wellbeing system

In 2019, Tandem made a submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. We produced this based on extensive consultation with you, our members.
We learnt that you support a mental health system that is Safe, Inclusive, Fair and Funded.
We now have the final Royal Commission report in our hands. We can hear your voices resonating throughout the 3000 pages informing the recommendations.
The final report highlights the need for a system that is safe and inclusive for family, carers and supporters. We now need to ensure that the reforms implemented reflect the intentions of the report.

We need to ask for your help again.

Please complete this survey by end of Monday 10th May to inform the implementation of:

  • Recommendation 42: A new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act
  • Recommendation 44: A new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission
  • Recommendation 54: Towards the elimination of seclusion and restraint
  • Recommendation 61: Sharing mental health and wellbeing

    Information In this eNews edition

      • Introduction: Act for an inclusive mental health & wellbeing system
      • Tandem Members Meeting – Thursday June 10
      • COVID-19 Mental Health Packages no longer available
      • Tandem Support & Referral Line
      • Other Mental Health Helplines and Webchats

    Thank you for your ongoing support. We will keep you informed of any consultation opportunities that arise.

    To join the Tandem register to take part in working groups and consultations, contact us at mhcregister@tandemcarers.org.auYou can access the complete newsletter via the link below:
    https://mailchi.mp/ba38611ed281/dfxn4oqrm0-4752256?e=34088e3417

Connect Health – Accessible Psychological Interventions (API)

Flexible support for people with mild to moderate mental illness

Connect Health is currently taking referrals for the Accessible Psychological Interventions (API) service in Bayside.

API services include a range of short term psychological interventions. These are available in individual and family formats and are matched to people’s needs.

Interventions include:

  • cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • skills training
  • psycho-education
  • relaxation strategies
  • other evidence-based interventions.

API services can be delivered by clinical psychologists, psychologists, mental health social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses.

Refer via SEMPHN Access & Referral (8.30 am-4.30 pm weekdays)

  • Ph: 1800 862 363
  • Fax: 1300 354 053

Referral forms (including medical software templates) are available on the SEMPHN Access & Referral page. Other referral forms are accepted if they contain the required information.

Consent is needed for clients to receive services.

HeadtoHelp Support Services

Mental health

HeadtoHelp: Share the Bear

Who is HeadtoHelp for?

The HeadtoHelp service is open to Victorians of any age who may be experiencing distress or mental ill health. This includes people who have never accessed mental health services before and their family and friends. It also is for family and friends of those in aged care.

Who can refer to HeadtoHelp services?

Anyone can refer to HeadtoHelp. Support/services are accessible to everyone, at no cost. A Medicare card, ID or Mental Health Care Plan is not required. The team at HeadtoHelp intake are clinicians who use the Initial Assessment Referral Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST) to make an assessment and refer people to the appropriate type of service, with their consent.

Anyone can call HeadtoHelp central intake on ph: 1800 595 212Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5pm. HeadtoHelp services do not provide after-hours or emergency mental health advice or support.  In case of emergency, call 000.

Share the Bear! 

A friendly and relatable bear was designed to promote the HeadtoHelp service. The bear’s worries, stresses and loneliness are relatable feelings for many Victorians since the pandemic started.

Share the bear with your patients through some of these helpful resources: