My Friend Fox – a message from Heidi the author


My new book ‘My Friend Fox’ lands globally on September 1, but if you live in Melbourne, please support your local booksellers by ordering through them – a lot of them are going through a hard time in lockdown. Here’s a few in Melbourne:

ReadingsCarlton, Doncaster, Hawthorn, St Kilda, Malvern, State Library:

Bourke St Melbourne
(Hill of Content Bookshop):

Albert Park, Elsternwick, Richmond
(Avenue Bookshop):

Please support my book. It’s taken over eight years from go to whoa to bring My Friend Fox to bookshops, and I’m indebted to good people who have and are supporting its journey. When you get your copy, I hope you like the little drawings I’ve put in the book, they are my photographs.


Heidi Everett

NOTE FROM WEBSITE MANAGER: My Friend Fox is also available from Benn’s Bookstore, 437 Centre Road, Bentleigh Telephone 9557 3969,

Yarra Drug & Health Forum (YDHF) 6 September 2021

The Yarra Drug & Health Forum (YDHF) is a dynamic, adaptive and educative local network committed to identifying and responding to the health and social needs of the community in Yarra.

The Forum aims to ensure health and community relationships are minimally harmed by drug use in the City of Yarra – this includes the impact of drugs on individuals, families and friends, residents and visitors to the area and local businesses.

Our next community forum is:

International Overdose Awareness Day 2021

September 6, 2021 | 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

WATCH HERE NEW DATE – Live event postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, we will now be hosting our IOAD event on Monday the 6th of September at 7:30pm. We’re inviting you to join our live stream on International Overdose Awareness Day,…

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Have your say on Victoria’s new mental heath system

Have your say on Victoria’s new mental health system

Victorians are being invited to have their say about the local mental health services they want to see as the Andrews Labor Government delivers a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. The development of new Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services is at the heart of the mental health reform ? allowing Victorians to get the care they need much sooner, and closer to their families and communities. Read more

Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

RUOK Day via Zoom

Sip with us, let’s talk! Grab yourself a cuppa, wear a splash of yellow and join our community for a chat via Zoom to celebrate RUOK Day!

About this event

A conversation could change a life…

RUOK’s mission is to inspire and empower people to meaningfully connect with those in their world and lend support when they are struggling with life.

Now more than ever we recognise the importance of connection, so we’re inviting our whole City of Stonnington community to grab a cuppa, have a chat and reconnect… via Zoom!

You may see some familiar faces, reconnect with old friends or meet some brand new neighbours! We’ll provide some conversation starters, you just need to bring your cuppa, wear a splash of yellow and be ready for a yarn! Everyone is welcome!

A simple chat can mean everything to a friend or loved one who might be struggling. Even if they seem fine, it doesn’t mean they are. Those in need of support might not always ask for it. That’s why you need to trust your instincts and, if you’re worried about someone in your world, reach out and ask, “Are you OK?”

Further information on RUOK can be found here:

Online event
Organiser Active Stonnington

Active Stonnington


RUOK Day – Community Cuppa & Chat
Please click on the link below to register for this event:

  • Sept 9

Vaccination support for people with a disability

Vaccination support for people with a disability

It can be difficult for some people with a disability to get a vaccination through a standard clinic.
Disability Liaison Officers help people with a disability or special requirements get the Covid vaccine.

Carers may also be vaccinated at the same time.

if your child, or someone you care for has a disability that makes getting a vaccine hard you can call on one one of these numbers for support.

Disability Liaison services: 
Alfred Health – 0428 950 038 
Monash Health – 9792 7888
Peninsula Health – 0434 819 268

Alfred Health Carer Services Carer South September 2021 eNews


Welcome to the September edition of eNews
And welcome to Spring

In this month’s eNews we continue to bring you a range of supports available to carers, as well as some activities and courses to get involved in whilst spending more time at home.

We encourage you to stay socially connected as much as you are able to during this extended lockdown and perhaps give an online activity a try. Our staff are happy to help you if you have any queries about our activities.

Please click on the link below to read the complete edition of enews:

COVID-19 Vaccination information for people with a disability

Vaccination information for people with a disability, carers, volunteers and disability support workers

Information about the COVID-19 vaccines for people with a disability, carers, volunteers and disability support workers.

How to get the vaccine

Vaccination centres are open to people who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Information about the COVID-19 vaccines for people with a disability

Everyone aged 16 years and over is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine

  • Young people aged 12-15 years are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine if they:

Learn more about the who can get vaccinated including information for people with a history of blood clots.

Visit the Australian Department of Health website for more information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability

Where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine

People with disability living in residential accommodation can receive a vaccination at their residence if they prefer to. The Australian Government manages vaccination teams who visit disability residential accommodation to provide these vaccinations.

You can also access a COVID-19 vaccine at:

  • Doctors’ clinics including General Practice Respiratory Clinics
  • Pharmacies
  • Community health services
  • Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services
  • Vaccination centres.

Book at a vaccination centre

All vaccination centres:

  • are wheelchair accessible
  • have accessible car parking and toilets nearby,
  • can provide information in Easy English
  • welcome assistance animals

Find out more information about each vaccination centre here.

If you can come to a vaccination centre and have a disability please make a booking first by calling 1800 675 398.

If you need an interpreter, call the Victoria Coronavirus Hotline 1800 675 398 and press 0.

If a person with a disability needs assistance getting a vaccination that their existing support network cannot provide, or they can’t attend a community-based setting, Disability Liaison Officers can assist.

If you or the person you are booking for needs additional support to receive a vaccination or can’t attend a community-based setting, Disability Liaison Officers can assist you.

The Australian Government has produced COVID-19 vaccination – Patient resources  to help you make a decision about getting vaccinated.

COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance


Taxi voucher assistance for vaccination appointments

Funded taxi travel to COVID 19 vaccine appointments at vaccination centres will be available to anyone who receives a government benefit through Centrelink (except the Family Tax Benefit).

Providing funded taxi travel to and from vaccination appointments will help to remove travel costs as a barrier to vaccination. This is a trial service for both first and second dose appointments.

The taxi booking will be made at point of vaccination booking, and the individual will be provided with a return trip ID so they can book their paid return trip following their vaccination.

People can access this service by calling the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.