Victorian Government Corona Virus Update 2 June 2021



Why should we wear a face mask?

Science shows that face masks provide an added layer of protection to slow the spread of coronavirus. This added layer is necessary because it’s not always possible to maintain physical distancing.

If you want to know more about face masks – the how, the why and the dos and don’ts? Take look at this article on Why should face masks be worn?

Alfred Health Carer Services COVID-19 update 27 May 2021

Dear Carers,

Alfred Health Carer Services remains open. You can phone us for support and respite.  However, the recent Victorian Government COVID-19 restrictions will change the way we work with you and the person you care for.


Our on-line events will continue as planned.

No face to face events will go ahead until government restrictions ease.

The following events scheduled from Friday 29 May up to and including Thursday 3 June are CANCELLED.

  • Getaway tour on Friday 28th May
  • Moksha Yoga on Tuesday 1st June
  • Movie at Frankston, Tuesday 1st June
  • Grief and Loss Workshop on Tuesday 1st June
  • Movie at Chadstone on Thursday 3rd June
  • Reconciliation day event on Thursday 3rd June

We will email carers about face to face events planned for after Thursday 3rd June, to advise if these events are able to go ahead.


We will continue to make sure respite we arrange is safe by asking health questions about you, your family and the person you care for.

If you have booked respite and you or someone at home is unwell, call us straight away. We need to act to keep you and the community as safe as possible.

We continue to work with respite service providers to ensure that their personal care staff are vigilant about their own and their families’ health.

How to access services:

There are multiple ways you can access services:

Call Alfred Health Carer Services on 1800 51 21 21, Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5.00pm.

Call Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737, Monday to Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm or

For an interpreter, call Telephone Interpreter Service on 131 450 to arrange a call to speak with us.



For emergency respite and after-hours support call Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737
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Archie Roach – Tell me Why


Hello from the Drum Theatre

We had the honour of presenting a wonderful show by the legendary Aboriginal musician, Archie Roach last Friday night to an almost full theatre. We know many people cannot get to the theatre for various reasons and we have been fortunate to secure a special filmed version of Archie’s show, about his life and music, that we would love to share with you. Below is a link to the film, with closed captions and a link to an audio described version. The video can be accessed between 1pm Friday 14 May – 1pm Sunday 16 May, for free and as often as you like.

Here’s a bit about the show:

Archie Roach – Tell me Why

Archie shares stories and songs from his new memoir and companion album in this special Reconciliation Week event.

Not many have lived as many lives – from stolen child, teenage alcoholic, seeker, lover, father, musical and lyrical genius, to social advocate and First Nations leader – but it took almost a lifetime to find who he really was.

His new memoir ‘Tell Me Why’ is an intimate, moving and often confronting account of his resilience and strength of spirit, and also of a great love story. It’s an extraordinary odyssey of love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and the healing power of music.

The companion album ‘Tell Me Why’ re-imagines eleven songs which have defined his extraordinary career, together with brand new songs and recordings.

Roach voices the joy, pain and hope he found on his path through these songs to become the legendary singer- songwriter and storyteller that he is today – beloved and respected by fans worldwide.

Duration: 83 minutes

“He condensed those emotions of the Stolen Generations into a few minutes of music that stands as one of the great Australian humanitarian artistic statements.” The Australian

How to watch the online concert
The button below will become active from Friday 14 May, 1pm to Sunday 16 May, 1pm

Watch the Virtual Concert
or copy this link to your website browser during this period:

(Audio Described version):

If you have any problems with the link, please contact the Box Office on 8571 1666 between 10am and 4pm, Monday-Friday.

We hope you enjoy this concert. If there is a group of you watching, please drop us a line to let us know how many in your watch party. We look forward to hearing from you

 If you want to stay up to date with what’s happening at the Drum Theatre you can subscribe to our enewsletter or like us on facebook.

Kind regards,

 Susan Strano

Coordinator, Drum Theatre, City of Greater Dandenong
Phone: 03 8571 1623 | Mobile: 0413 135 446


ProBono eNews May 2021

ProBono Budget Special Edition May 2021


Advocates slam government’s claims of an NDIS cost blowout

Disability groups have welcomed a $13.2 billion boost to the National Disability Insurance Scheme outlined in the federal budget, but say they are disappointed by the Morrison government’s messaging around a supposed blowout in scheme costs.


Mental health budget reflects the struggle of the last 12 months

Support for additional mental health facilities, suicide prevention programs, digital mental health services and an update to the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy were all announced in last night’s budget.

NDIS Latest News 6 May 2021

Scheme reform update

There has been a lot of focus on the NDIS in recent weeks. 

The Hon Linda Reynolds has been appointed the new Minister for the NDIS and is taking the opportunity to consult further on Scheme reforms, including independent assessments, ahead of releasing draft changes to legislation. 

I’ve recorded a short video for participants, their families and carers, and the sector, to let you know where we are in terms of Scheme reforms and set a clear picture of what we’re working towards – ultimately, an affordable Scheme that supports participants to have more control over their supports and their lives.

Watch it on the NDIS website.

Article from ProBono Newsletter 6 May 2021

Advocates perplexed over government’s independent assessments plan

Disability advocates say they are confused by the federal government’s messaging around independent assessments, after National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Linda Reynolds confirmed the controversial reform will proceed in “some form” despite widespread opposition.

What’s the issue? Advocates say the government has been sending mixed messages about independent assessments (IAs) – a reform that would drastically change the process for determining NDIS eligibility. After swift backlash to the reform from disability groups, Minister Reynolds said two weeks ago that the government would pause its plan to introduce IAs. While this made disability groups hopeful the policy could be dumped, Reynolds told Senate Estimates on Monday that the introduction of IAs were still set to go ahead. Disability advocates are now in the dark about exactly when and how IAs will be rolled out. They are calling for the government to reset relations with the sector and ensure people with disability are put at the centre of NDIS decision-making.

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

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 can access the complete newsletter via the link below:

Alfred Health Carer Services Free Getaway Tours for Carers

Free Getaway Tours for Carers

We are pleased to present  Active Getways for Carers. These offerings will be a chance to take a break from your caring role and an opportunity to re-charge and try something new.

We have limited places available.

Important Information:

You must be able to independently make your own way to the pickup and drop off points.

You are responsible for determining if the activities included on the tour are suitable for your interests and physical capabilities. Click the links above for more information.

You will need to be physically capable of travelling by bus/coach and comfortable with walking, stairs and steps.

If you do not wish to participate in a certain activity on the tour, you will be able to have free time in the same location.

A waiver will need to be signed if you wish to participate in the Trees Adventure activity. The courses have varying levels of difficulty from very easy to challenging.   You will be able to choose which courses you are comfortable with, or you can sit out this activity and watch the fun from below.

If you are successful in obtaining a place on the tour we will confirm via email on Wednesday 5 May with further details. We cannot guarantee everyone will be offered a place. Places will be prioritised to carers who have not attended a getaway before.
Express your interest online

I cant make these but would like to be on the waiting list for future Getaways

NDIS Newsletter 22 April 2021

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Participant First: Help shape the NDIS

Sign up to join the Participant First Engagement Initiative

Want to provide your feedback to shape the future of the NDIS?

Our Participant First Engagement Initiative helps us connect with participants, families and carers to get your ideas on creating a better participant experience.

If you’d like to work with us on delivering a better scheme for all, we’d love to hear from you.
Learn more.

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