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Welcome to the Tandem ENews Bulletin, April 11th 2016
This issue is filled with information mental health carers and the carer peer workforce, for carer workers and mental health staff, and those with an interest in this area.  If you are not already subscribed, you can 
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Tandem advocates on behalf of mental health carers for:
  • Involvement in planning and care
  • Participation in system change
  • Support for families and carers
To do this, we need your voice. There is strength in numbers and your story, your experience and your recommendations count. You can join Tandem now by downloading the membership form for organisations or individuals here. For more information and to lodge your form, please call our office during business hours on P: 03 8803 5555

Tandem News

Tandem members meeting for April will be held at the Tandem office, Level 1/37 Mollison St Abbotsford, at 10am this Thursday April 14th.  New members are always welcome.
Please feel free to join on the day if you are not already a member.  
Presentations will be given from 4 organisations currently providing HELPLINES in Victoria that are directed to supporting people with mental health issues, and their families and carers.  Presentations will be made by:
MIND Australia
MI Fellowship
Carers Vic 
The presentations will be about 10 mins, covering how the HELPLINES operate, how they are staffed and how their personnel are trained and supported.  There will be time for questions.after the presentations.


The first Mental Health regional joint Carer & Consumer Partnership Dialogue for 2016 will be held on Tuesday April 19th in Bairnsdale at the Convention & Sporting Centre.  The Dialogue theme is Consumer, Family and Carer Connections for Change . if you are a mental health consumer or carer or working as a peer worker, advisory or consumtant with lived experience in the Gippsland region you are invited to apply for this event.  To book or enquire contact the Consumer & Carer Relations Unit, DHHS: Indigo Daya indigo.daya@dhhs.vic.gov.au OR Amber Scanlon at amber.scanlon@dhhs.vic.gov.au.



The COPMI programme supporting children in families where the parent has a mental illness has existed for 15 yrs, and is an important resource for people with a mental illness, for children caring for parents with a mental illness, for their family and friends and for professional working with them.

EMERGING MINDS (the parent body of the COPMI program) has announced that the Commonwealth government has announced that the COPMI program will not be funded after June 2016.  See the announcement here.  Help to support this service to continue.  Look on the COPMI website to find ways to show your support by using the website, linking to them on Facebook, or providing feedback.


Following on from a well-attended ILC Commissioning Framework Consultation workshop held for Tandem Members and carers on the 24th March, Tandem  continues to consult with carer members and member organisations, including in rural areas, to prepare a response to the draft framework of the ILC (NDIS). Tandem's objective is to ensure that carers' needs are reflected in the final framework adopted by the NDIS.  Anyone who would like to be part of this response is asked to email marie.piu@tandemcarers.org.au   For background information, and NDIS documentation  click here.

NDIS Provider Toolkit Workshops - North Eastern Melbourne

In the week starting April 11, the NDIS will host a series of workshops in the NEMA (North Eastern Melbourne area) for providers of NDIS services, 

These free 'hands on'' workshops are aimed at supporting North Eastern Melbourne providers use the Toolkit to evaluate and plan their transition to the NDIS. The workshop will highlight the features and benefits of the Toolkit and provide practical support to attendees. Registration for each workshop will be capped at 25 to keep numbers down.  For more information, click here.

MI Fellowship short clips  on how to access and utilise the NDIS
With support from the NDIA, MI Fellowship have produced a video resource developed by people with a lived experience of mental illness and their families. In  a short film, peers offer their tips on how to access and utilize the NDIS. These stories will provide helpful knowledge on accessing and making the most of the NDIS from the perspective of people with a psychosocial Disability. In the video people offer advice to potential participants of NDIS of what worked and what didn’t coming in to the agency and also make suggestions to make it easier for new participants. To watch the videos, click here

Consumer & Carer Forum South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health

"Have your say and help us improve mental health care - Tuesday 26 April at Autuar Dandenong; Cnr Doveton Ave & Princes Highway, Doveton

The South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN) is taking the lead on the need to better co-ordinate and integrate care in their local area and is keen to get input from community members on how we can improve service delivery and co-ordination. THE SEMPHN particularly want to hear from those who have experienced mental illness and their carers, providing a safe space to share your experiences, good and bad, and any ideas for improvement as we set a new vision and strategic plan.
The catchment area of the SEMPHN is an area from St Kilda to Sorrento and as far east as Bunyip, including the major population hubs of Monash, Dandenong, Moorabbin, Caulfield, Cranbourne, Frankston and Pakenham.  See the SEMPHN event details here.


Picture This exhibition

Picture This is the first national research project to investigate how mental illness is visually portrayed in Australia

A joint partnership between SANE Australia and Getty Images, the project surveyed more than 5,000 Australians to find out what they thought was a fair and accurate representation of mental illness.  Read the results of the survey and recommendations

Join the conversation about the difficulty of depicting mental illness.
View a selection of images
Upload your photos to join the conversation.


Practical Guide for Carers of People with a mental illness

MIND Australia and partners have developed a Practical Guide for Carers of people with a mental illness. The Guide is a national resource, for use in clinical and community mental health services throughout Australia.  The Guide was produced by the Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network, was funded by MIND Australia in collaboration with National ARAFMI

More information about the Guide is available on the MIND website.

View or download the Guide, here

MIND View - Autumn Edition

The most recent edition of MIND Australia's online publication, MIND view contains an article outlining the opportunities and pitfalls for carers in the upcoming change to the NDIS - Where Carers are Concerned.  The contents of this report include the results of recent MIND research on the impact on carers of the change to individualised funding packages.  Other articles of interest to carers in this edition include an update on the PULSAR project, Keeping our fingers on the PULSAR.

Training opportunities for Carers & Workers

 Learning about Borderline Personality Disorder: A workshop series for friends and families
Over four weeks starting on Monday 9th May 2016 6.30pm – 9pm
Spectrum |  Eastern Health  |  Spectrum Training Room, 4 Bona St Ringwood East
This workshop series is an opportunity to learn more about Borderline Personality Disorder and explore how to best support the person with BPD whilst also caring for yourself. 

The new calendar for the second half of 2016 will be available shortly.
The final workshops for this half year are:
Workshop Saturday 16 April - Nunawading is Recovery & Hope
Workshop Saturday 14 May at Williamstown is Getting off the Rollercoaster
Some things to note:
·         Workshops are open to all carers; parents, partners, offspring, siblings. All ages.
·         Refreshments offered at all workshops.
·         Bookings through the MIND Carer Help Line 1300 550 265
·         If organisations want these or other carer education please contact Sue Preece on 0422 202 554

MIND RECOVERY COLLEGE has opened a campus at Nunawading,which will be open to carers and families, with courses directly for carers and families, and carer only events.

MI Fellowship - upcoming Wellways sessions  Click here
Well Ways - peer education programs for people with a mental illness, their families and friends
The next delivery ofWellways: Building a Future starts on Saturday April 30th.Building a Future is a 12-session education program / 6 sessions for DUO delivered by peers and/or carers of someone with a mental illness. It gives participants up-to-date and accurate information about mental illness, Dual Diagnosis, treatment and support options as well as new ideas, problem solving skills and confidence to cope with the impact of mental illness / dual diagnosis and support recovery. It also provides an opportunity to share experiences with others who understand your experience. The Building A Future program is structured as 8 weekly sessions (3 hours) and 4 (3 hour) follow-up sessions throughout the year. Building a Future DUO is a structured 6 week program.Date: Saturdays 30th April to 18th June  10.00am—1.00pm  Box Hill Town Hall, Visual Arts Room For more information, contact Suzi Tsopanas 8873 2509  stsopanas@mifellowship.org

VICSERV - Community Managed Mental Health (CMMH) Leadership & Management Program

Registrations are open for this program, developed and delivered by VICServ in partnership with Leadership Victoria.  More information
 Course dates as follows:

  • Elsternwick - commencing 7 April 2016
  • Dandenong/Pakenham- commencing 19 April 2016
  • Bendigo - commencing 28 April 2016

VICSERV - Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515)
Registrations are open for the first five programs of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515). Click here to view a printable flyer about this announcement.
 Course dates as follows:

To view registrations forms, including program details, dates, pricing guides and registration requirements,  click here. To enrol in this qualification, participants must be currently working in a peer work role (paid or unpaid) at least one day a week, for the duration of the course. If you are not eligible for this course but are considering a future career in peer work, you may wish to read the pathway document entitled 'So you want to be a peer worker?'. Download the document here

Carers Vic 2016 Education & Workshop overview
click here to see Carer's Vic courses and events for 2016
Carers Victoria, Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray

PATS Program (Paying attention to self) Eastern Region PATS is a peer support group for 12 to 18 year olds who have a parent with a mental illness.
PATS is free for young people in the Eastern Melbourne suburbs
The PATS program will run for 8 weeks, on a Tuesday night, commencing on Tuesday April 26th, concluding on Tuesday June 14th, 2016. The Program will run from 4.30pm to 6pm at the Lilydale Lake Community Room,  Lilydale Lake,Swansea Road, Lilydale

Support Groups

EACH has started a new Carer Support Group at Maroondah Recovery, which is open to carers from the Maroondah & Whitehorse areas.  The group meets fortnightly on Wednesdays in the afternoon.  To join the group, or more information, contact Bronwyn Robinson at Recovery Eastern on 88705300 OR Stacey Noble at Recovery Inner East in Box Hill on 88924201.

LifeAssist Pathways for Carers Project offers carers of people with a disability or a mental health issue an opportunity to share walks in Maroondah and Yarra Ranges with other carers and to learn more about news, services and,support available to carers.  The Maroondah Walk is held every second Tuesday of the month, commencing 9:30am, sttarting at the Torrente Cafe in Ringwood.  The Yarra Ranges Walk is held every first Thursday of the month commencing 9:30am.  It starts at the Mount Evelyn Community House.  Further information can be found at :  www.facebook.com/pathwaysforcarers  or phone Felicity Preston on 92392500.

The next meeting of Inner South Family and Friends will be held on Tuesday 12 April.  7.30 pm, Tuesday 12 April 2016  Betty Day Centre, 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda
Speaker:   John Watkins, a mental health counsellor, educator & researcher with four decades of experience.   John's books include ‘Unshrinking Psychosis’, ‘Living with Schizophrenia’, ‘Hearing Voices: A Common Human Experience’, ‘Healing Schizophrenia, Using medication wisely’.  The book he is currently writing, ‘The Soul’s Perilous Journey’ has taken him on a fascinating journey, some of which he will share with us as part of his talk and discussion.
All welcome.    Supper Provided.    A gold coin donation towards supper is always appreciated.
There is no need to RSVP. Supper is available both before and after the meeting, so please come early, especially if coming for the first time thus enabling  committee members to welcome you and to introduce you to some of our other members. We are always there by 7 pm.
If having trouble finding the Betty Day Centre  please call Judi on 0425 723 746

Inner South Family & Friends Dining Group, 6.30 pm, Thursday 21 April 2016  Pho 55 -  55 Glenferrie Road, Malvern On Glenferrie Rd tramline, near Dandenong Rd trams, Malvern station & parking. If transport is a problem, call Judi 0425 723 746.Bookings essential by Monday April 18 -  Ph: 9076 4713.  Leave message if no-one answers.
Dining Group always meets in modestly priced venues. Meal account is generally shared or paid individually, but drinks must dealt with.

The May support meeting of Inner South Family and Friends will be held  7.30 pm Tuesday May 10, Betty Day Centre- 67 Argyle St, St Kilda SPEAKER: FELICITY (‘FLICK’) GRAY. Flick is a peer worker trained in Open Dialogue and trains others in Intentional Peer Support, an aspect of  Parachute NYC which is a pilot project developed to transform New York City crisis mental health services by providing integrated crisis intervention (http://recovery.rfmh.org/index.php?id=347). 

Eating Disorders Victoria - New Support Groups for 2016
EDV Support Groups will be doubled this year, with many new locations offered. EDV Support Groups give people who are affected by an eating disorder the opportunity to draw upon the support, experience and skills of others facing similar issues. 
Recovery Support Groups will be held in Abbotsford, Camberwell, Dandenong, Footscray, Geelong, Lilydale, Mornington and Ringwood. Family and Friends Support Groups will be held in Abbotsford, Camberwell and Ringwood. 
There is now a new booking system for Support Groups so they can let you know if the session is not going ahead. To book, you can either: 

  1. Send an SMS with your first name, location and date of group to 0481 071 211 by 4.00 pm on the same day of the group, OR
  2. Contact the Helpline on 1300 550 236 Monday-Friday between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm.

Carers Vic - latest issue of VOICE, magazine for carers.  Click here

MI Fellowship - latest edition of MI Voice click here

VICServ - latest edition of factsline, magazine for the mental health community support sector Click here

Conferences and Events

Celebrating LGBTI Carers in the West
Event details:  Wednesday 18 May 6:30 - 8:30pm.  Venue to be confirmed
Carers Vic

 A free community education forum for carers (family and friends), service providers nd the community in the City of Hobsons Bay as part of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex Stigma and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).  This will be a 2-hr evening information session with a panel of speakers, information about support services in the region, time for Q&A and light refreshments.

Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference
16  - 17 May 2016: Gold Coast

The Australian and New Zealand Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will continue for its 3rd year, as we come together to address effective Collaboration, Education and Innovation across the common domains of Eating Disorders and Obesity. Call for abstracts and registrations are now open. For more information, click here

The Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference
18 - 20 May 2016: Gold Coast 

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for The Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference being held on the Gold Coast in May.
The Program will include workshops, presentations and forums dedicated to sharing skills and understanding in the treatment of all addictive disorders, including alcohol and other drugs, behavioural addictions, and the emerging field of online compulsive behaviour in both adults and children.
The Conference promotes and encourages participation from all parts of the sector towards a shared appreciation of what medical, psycho-social and peer-based approaches can offer, through the experiences of service users, clinicians, and researchers alike. To find out more, click here

VICSERV Conference 2016: Towards Recovery
19 - 20 May 2016Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne.
Early Bird Registrations are open for the VICSERV Conference Towards Recovery: hope, innovation, co-design. At a time of significant change and development for mental health in Victoria and nationally this will be an event not to be missed. For further information visit the VICSERV conference website.

International Child Trauma Conference
6 - 10 June 2016, Melbourne Convention Centre

An International Conference on Innovation in Therapeutic Approaches with Children, Young People and Families. For more information click here.

2016 Calendar

 April 14 Tandem Monthly Members Meeting


If you have a new item, event or career opportunity, or other information that would be appropriate for this publication, please forward it to anne.finch@tandemcarers.org.au
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