Edition 79
10 July 2019

In this issue

Royal Commission into Mental Health
Tandem Awards 2019
Ready Steady NDIS
Have your say
SANE Forums

Training Opportunities
Carer Support Groups update
Have you heard?

Submissions and Statements for the Royal Commission 

The Victorian Government submission to the Royal Commission was launched yesterday by the Premier Daniel Andrews, Lisa Neville, Minister for Health and Minister Martin Foley in a joint press conference.

Tandem welcomed the Victorian Government's submission in a statement issued by Marie Piu earlier today: “Carers are depending on the results of this Royal Commission. Many carers are at the end of their tether, and looking upon the Royal Commission and the Victorian Government to provide safe, funding, inclusive and fair mental health services and to truly change the culture of the system into one ruled by compassion.  Right now, the system is broken, and it's failing all of us. The Victorian government must take bold and decisive action that ensures people receive treatment and support in a way that includes families and carers and improves people's lives".

Over the last few months, Tandem has been in contact with and assisted over 96 families and carers to provide individual submissions to the Royal Commission. Thank you to everyone who contacted Tandem to work with us, and to all those who have made a submission on these important matters.

Tandem is particularly proud of having facilitated a video submission for Kali Paxinos, Kali is a longtime Tandem member and, after over 50 years of caring and many years of supporting families through NorthWest Area Mental Health Service and in Melbourne’s non-English speaking communities, a legend in the world of mental health family and friends. Kali was prepared to give evidence, however was not called so we went to her. We hope you enjoy hearing her story. To view Kali's video submission click below.


Tandem – Formal Submission to the Royal Commission

Tandem has released our submission highlighting the stories from our members around the state, and focusing on their demand for changes to the mental health system to end exclusion. Media Release. The submission is available on our website here.

Public Hearings – Carers and family day Friday 12 July
The topic on Friday at the Public Hearings in the Melbourne Town Hall is Carer and Family.  Tandem encourages all members and interested persons to attend, or to watch the live stream, which is available from the Royal Commission website. The witnesses to be called in the day include Dr Margaret Leggatt, founder of the Victorian Mental Health Carers Network, and SANE Australia, Board Member of Tandem, and author of Families As Partners in Mental Health Care. Four community witnesses will also appear.

On Monday, the Commission will travel to Maryborough to hear witnesses to be called on the topic of Rural and Regional.
Transcripts and witness statements that have appeared to date are available on the Royal Commission website. Of particular note is the evidence given yesterday by Janet Butler concerning her family’s experience of the system.  This was reported in The AGE by Melissa Cunningham under the headline “'He lost his human dignity': mother relives pain as son slipped into homelessness” 

For a full account of the hearings to date, see yesterday’s update from Tandem available on our website here. 
Public Hearing dates for next week
Day Five - Eight           8-11 July   Access to and navigation of the mental health system 
Day Nine                     12 July      Carers and family
Day Ten                      15 July      Rural
Day Eleven                  16 July      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Day Twelve -Thirteen   17-18 July  LGBTIQ+ and culturally and linguistically diverse communities  
Day Fourteen              19 July       Community resilience 

For a full schedule of the hearings please click

Share your story

Whilst the formal submission process may have closed, you are welcome to continue to have your say on the Tandem Share your story section of our website, which will continue to inform our response to the Commission for the coming months.  Share your story on our website here.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to demand a system with compassion at its core. A system that is SafeInclusive of family, Fair and well Funded

Tandem support

Tandem will keep you regularly updated on Royal Commission news, including via our regular eNews and on our website.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to shape a Victorian mental health system for the future. We thank you for taking the time to participate and for sharing your thoughts and personal stories.
Join us on Tuesday 14 October in celebrating family inclusive practice in the mental health system at our annual Awards Ceremony.
The Tandem Awards for Exceptional Service to Family and Carers are for persons and services who have significantly improved the experience of family and friends of people in the mental health system in Victoria. We encourage carers to nominate people and services from whom they have experienced exceptional service. Nominations close on Friday, 30 August 2019.

Tandem has increased the number of Award categories this year to provide an opportunity for us to showcase exceptional contribution in the areas of NDIS support, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, working with those over 65 years of age, and for people and services working with LGBTIQ, multicultural communities, and children and young people.
For more information about award nomination categories and to download a Nomination Form, please click here.
Video snapshot of the 2018 Tandem Awards
Inaugural International Safewards Day – 10 July
10 July 2019 is the inaugural International Safewards Day. The Office of the Chief Mental Health Nurse in partnership with VMIA continues to support Safewards across 18 mental health services in Victoria,  two Emergency Departments and soon, will be launching pilots in some general wards. See the Message from Minister Martin Foley for the day. 

New NDIS Price Guide released, valid from 1 July 2019

The NDIA has released the NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue 2019-20, effective 1 July 2019. The new price control arrangements aim to ensure a fair return to providers while encouraging ongoing delivery of services to the market, to ensure participants continue to have the access to the supports they need to achieve their goals. The NDIS Price Guide 2019-20 is now a single national price guide. It is to be used in conjunction with the NDIS Support Catalogue 2019-20. More here.

CALD- NDIA Readiness Bulletin
Read the latest editions of Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria Readiness Bulletin #35

Getting Ready for the NDIS 

Alfred Health Carer Services are hosting an evening session for local carers about the NDIS on Wednesday 24 July. Tania Curlis, Tandem NDIS Engagement Consultant will share NDIS Tips for NDIS access and planning supports. More information including how to register your interest here. 

Great Expectations “Where is the Good Life?” – 7 August in St Kilda

A day of challenging dialogue that questions current expectations we place on ourselves and those with lived experience of mental illness. This co-designed, coproduced and co-delivered conference is for those with a lived experience and their friends and families and for mental health staff. It will explore how we can achieve great expectations with available supports and the role we all play in how we get there. See flyer and the conference outline here.
Little Dreamers Australia is currently conducting young carer research for an exciting new project. If you're a young carer, you may wish to fill out the short survey for your chance to win a Gold Class experience for two. More info

Topic Tuesdays in July

SANE's online forums provide social connection and support in a safe, anonymous and caring online community. Click here to join the events and register as a community member.

Carer Forum
16 July, 7pm AEST
The next Topic will be What online peer support looks like. This is a joint forum with both the Lived Experience and Carer Form. More info to come soon here

Learning about BPD for Families & Friends Information Session

24 July, Shepparton More info
This workshop is an opportunity to learn more about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and explore how to best support the person with BPD whilst also caring for yourself. The group will include a combination of education and practical approaches to learning new skills as well as provide a safe environment to meet with other carers.

For enquiries, phone Rita on (03) 8833 3050 or email spectrumtraining@easternhealth.org.au

Community Mental Health First Aid Training

27 July & 3 August, Rosebud
22 & 29 October, Mornington

Mornington Peninsula Shire is providing free mental health first aid training to anyone working, volunteering with or caring for young people on the Mornington Peninsula. The training is a two-day course and both days must be attended to receive a certificate of completion. More info

SAFE in Oz

An introduction to working with individuals who have self-destructive behaviours
Two-day workshop, various locations and dates
SAFE in Oz aims to give workshop participants an insight into the headspace of a person who participates in self-destructive behaviour/s in order to better understand their ‘real’ world and life experiences. The training encapsulates their lifespan and is flexible and responsive to the workshop participants.The next workshop will be held on 25-26 November in Moe.

Outer Eastern BPD Carers Support Group

Coonara Community House- 22 Willow Road, Upper Ferntree Gully

Learn through the experience of others, sharing ideas, gaining insight into the disorder and meeting with experienced Carer Peers.
When: Every third Monday of the month 
Time: 1.00pm to 3.00pm. More info

Have the details of your carer support group changed?

Is it no longer running? Has it moved to a different day? Or perhaps you are a brand new group that was recently established. If you answer yes to any of these questions please get in touch so we can add or update your details on our web pages. Click on the button below to see if you are already in our system. Additions or changes can be emailed to Adele here at our Tandem offices.
Carer support groups in Victoria

Suicide Prevention Australia Conference

22-25 July, Melbourne
The 2019 Conference theme is all about collective action. Suicide Prevention Australia is keen to develop a program, grounded in lived experience, that embraces diversity in suicide prevention programs and services, encourages innovation and enhances their evidence-base. More info

20th International Mental Health Conference

31 July – 2 August 2019, Gold Coast, Queensland
Featuring Australia and New Zealand’s leading clinical practitioners, academics, and mental health experts, the 2019 International Mental Health Conference continues in its 20th year to network, share research, projects and formulate ideas for change for those living with mental health conditions. Register now at Super Early Bird prices (Closes 19 June 2019). More info

TheMHS Conference

27-30 August 2019, Brisbane
Building Health Communities: Stories of Resilience and Hope

Mental health treatment has undergone a momentous shift toward a recovery model and the promotion of good mental health and wellbeing for everyone. But, how do we build healthy communities that support people to withstand, adapt and cope with mental health adversity? 

TheMHS Conference 2019 brings people from across Australia and New Zealand to stimulate debates that challenge the boundaries of present knowledge and ideas about mental health care and mental health systems.
The conference will explore the important role of resilience in building healthy communities across all facets of the sector from the consumer experience to Non-Government Organisations, General Practitioners and public mental health services.

Early bird registration closes Tuesday 16 July More info

Compassion Revolution News From the Frontline
10-11 September 2019  
Compassion Revolution are bringing together people with lived experience; world class clinicians; storytellers; creatives; entrepreneurs and a room full of amazing humans who care at their conference in Melbourne . More info

Frontline Mental Health Conference

20-22 October, Townsville
This conference is for all professionals working on the frontline of disaster and emergency management – from paramedics, police and firefighters, through to defence force workers and volunteers.

Featuring lived experience speakers through to mental health professionals and emergency service professionals, the program is diverse, inclusive, and provides a platform for all opinions, experiences and insights, to help break the stigma of seeking support for mental health when working on the frontline. More info

International Single Session Therapy Symposium 2019

Single Session Thinking: Going global one step at a time
24-25 October, Melbourne

In October this year, The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University will present the 3rd International Single Session Therapy and Walk-in Services Symposium in Melbourne. This builds on the previous two Single Session Therapy and Walk-in Services symposiums held in Australia (2012) and Canada (2015). It offers opportunities to connect, share and collaborate with colleagues from your field and beyond in this stimulating and fast progressing space. Moving away from the tradition of a series of keynote presentations, this symposium promotes engagement and participation in panel discussions highlighting the implementation of Single Session Thinking in various contexts. More info
Full list of upcoming conferences

Here's what others are saying.

Alfred Health Carer Services. Weekly newsletter. 5 July

BPD Community. June newsletter. Read

Carers Victoria. June edition of Voice. Read

Emerging Minds. June newsletter. Read

Loddon Mallee Mental Health Carers Network. June Carers Corner. Read

Mental Health Australia. CEO Update. 5 July

Mental Health Victoria. Newsletter. 21 June

Be included in our eNews

If you are an organisation or support group, and would like us to spread the word about something that is happening in your area, please contact us to enquire about having your event included in eNews.
This issue of Tandem eNews is filled with information for family and friends (carers*  and former carers), regional carer networks and support groups, organisations with a significant mental health focus, and those working in the sector. If you are not already subscribed, you can do so here.

Tandem is the Victorian peak body representing family and friends supporting people living with mental health issues. We advocate for family and friend involvement in planning and care, participation in system change and support.

To do this, we need your voice. There is strength in numbers and your story, your experience, and your recommendations count. You can become a Tandem member here. For more information please call our office during business hours on 8803 5555.
Tandem Inc. acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia. Tandem is committed to working in partnership to support the principles of self-determination and ensure the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health carers are heard and considered.
Disclaimer. Tandem endeavours to provide a broad range of mental health carer-related information and other opportunities in this publication. This does not imply endorsement, recommendation or a direct reflection of Tandem's values and aims. Tandem attempts to ensure that information published is up-to-date and correct at publication.
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