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Welcome to the Tandem ENews Bulletin 3 June, National Reconciliation Week 2016
This issue is filled with information for 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 

The Acting Executive Director of Tandem until a permanent appointment is made is Marie Piu, who has worked with Tandem as a senior advisor for the last 6 months.
The next monthly meeting of members is on June 9th at the Tandem office, with a presentation from the Community Engagement Manager NDIS-Victoria North, as well as a presentation from the Manager Transformation & NDIS Reform, North Division, Client Outcomes and Service Improvement DHHS NDIS team.  This will be followed by a Focus group to discuss the DSS new Integrated Carer Support Service concept.  If you would like to join us at this meeting, email us a membership application before the date.  We look forward to welcoming new members at the meeting.

Mental Health Australia - the Federal Election

MHA has called on federal party leaders  to commit to long term goals for the improvement of mental health in Australia, and to act to reduce the suicide rate.  Read their letter to federal politicans here.
Australians for Mental Health - advocacy campaign
Please support Australians for Mental Health advocacy campaign -  those affected by mental illness and those that support increased mental health resources are asked to contact their local MP. 
 www.australiansformentalhealth.org.au. There is text on the website that you can copy and paste into an email to your local member and also an online petition for signing and sharing on social media platforms. Let's get mental health on the national agenda this election!

SANE Carer Forum for June

Topic Tuesday 28th June
Building & maintaining hope.  This month the special guest from Eating Disorders Victoria will join to discuss building & maintaining hope for the person you care for.  "Topic Tuesday” is a free online peer–to–peer discussion for people living with a mental illness. The discussion takes place on a 'special event' page within our Forums. The link is  http://saneforums.org/t5/Special-Events/Topic-Tuesday-Resilience-as-a-response-to-discrimination-Tues-17/m-p/67297#M1931 

The SANE blog also has some great information from MIFQ: https://www.sane.org/media-centre/the-sane-blog/1786-interview-with-mifq-s-alison-jansen 

Our Choice Expo - 7 June, Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre
The Victorian League for People with a Disability [ VALID ] are holding an expo on Tuesday 7 June, with information & exhibits about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for people with disability & their supporters. TANDEM will have a booth  there, with VMIAC & VicSERV to answer any mental health questions from carers, consumers and service providers. More

Tandem will play a role in supporting the families/carers of people with a psycho-social disability as they move to the NDIS, and keep carers informed on NDIS developments, information sessions, and useful resources. Ready, Steady NDIS Tandem website information & links More

The National Disability Service [ NDS ] has resources and tools for providers, and for people with a disability to stay up to date about aspects of the NDIS.  They have also opened a register for members to report NDIS issues that they become aware of More

What does the Federal Budget Mean for Carers?
Carers Australia have put together an overview of what the 2016/17 Budget will mean for carers. Access this document here.

Australian Government - Department of Social Services - integrated Carer Support Service
The date for submssions to comment on the new concept for integrated services has been extended to June 17.  Tandem invites input and comment from members as we put together our response.  
There will be a short forum after the monthly meeting this Thursday June 9 to develop responses - from 12 - 2pm.  All are welcome.

Designing the new integrated carer support service
The Australian Government is developing an Integrated Plan for Carer Support Services to better support and sustain the work of unpaid carers. The first stage of the Plan included design and implementation of the national Carer Gateway (established in December 2015,https://www.carergateway.gov.au/). An important second stage of the Plan involves developing a new integrated carer support service system through a co-design process. A draft Service Concept was developed through research, co-design workshops with carers, and input from subject matter experts and the Carer Gateway Advisory Group. The draft Service Concept sets out the types of services that could be delivered under a future service delivery model. 
Make a submission.
View published submissions.
Read the discussion paper

Research - Volunteers needed

The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre [ MAPrc ] needs volunteers for their new study for individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and the effect of a gentle form of brain stimulation.  If you are a carer of someone with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and think they might benefit from this research, please contact Kirsten on 9076 6592 or kirsten@gainsford@monash.edu

VICSERV - The new half year calendar, with training opportunities from May 2016 - February 2017 is available 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

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.

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

latest edition of newparadigm Towards Recovery:  Hope Innovation & Co-design, click here

Conferences and Events

June 7 - Kingston Town Hall - EXPLORE…your guide to employment and vocational pathways - organised by the Inner South/Bayside Mental Health Network (ISBMHN). The ISBMHN is a collaborative group of Mental Health families/carers and service providers who aim to provide information and support to people and families affected by mental illness.  The Expo will be held at the Kingston Town Hall from 4pm - 7pm on Tuesday.  Registration details are available here.

2016 National Suicide Prevention Conference - 'Connecting Culture, Context and Capabilities' . The 2016 National Suicide Prevention Conference will take place 24 - 27 July at Hotel Realm, Canberra. 

2016 Mental Health Nursing Conference, Nurses Striving to Tackle Disparity in Health Care, will be held in Adelaide on 25–27 October.
It will look at how disparity in health care impacts on mental health consumers, carers and their families. The conference will offer opportunities for collaboration and partnership within the mental health and nursing sectors.

2016 Calendar

June 9 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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