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Welcome to the Tandem ENews Bulletin 2 May 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 is the peak body for mental health carers in Victoria.
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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 May will be held at the Tandem office, Level 1/37 Mollison St, Abbotsford, at 10am on 12 May 2016.  This meeting will be a chance to say farewell to Julien McDonald, who is standing down as Executive Director after 8 years of service with Tandem.
The meeting will be followed by a lunch for members.  Please RSVP to Tandem if you are able to attend the meeting.
New members are always welcome. Please feel free to join on the day if you are not already a member.  

Tandem has been funded by the Victorian Government to deliver a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Transition support package. Tandem will support the families/carers of people with a psychosocial disability as they move to the NDIS, and Tandem will keep carers informed on NDIS developments, information sessions, and useful resources.  Tandem's Ready, Steady NDIS campaign, with resources and information to keep you up to date can be found on our website More

Australian BPD Foundation Information Evening

The Victorian Branch of the ABPDF is holding an information session at the Bouverie Centre on 17 May.  The evening will involve a conversation led by Rose Cuff, of the FaPMI program, and author and parent, Hannah Dee, about children where parents have a diagnosis of BPD. The event is free, but people are asked to register for catering purposes.  More
Australian BPD Foundation - volunteer needed
The  ABPDF urgently needs a volunteer to do administration work.  Good computer skills are needed.  Please call Julien on 0400 455993 if you are interested.

The Victorian state budget included a $9 allocation for the expansion of the Families where Parents have a Mental Illness (FaPMI) program, which was celebrated by an event at Bouverie Centre on 1 May, addressed by Minister Foley. In the light of this commitment to young carers from the Victorian government, and the impending Federal election and the Federal Budget next week, we repeat our news item about the discontinuing of the Commonwealth COPMI programme.  There is still a chance to show your support for the programme.  

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.


Ready, Steady NDIS Tandem website information & links More

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

The Ernst & Young Independent Review of the NDIA Act has been released. While the review recognised the “perceived inadequacy of the concept of permanency in the context of mental illness,” the review found that “there is currently not a case to amend the NDIS Act to address concerns about the concept of permanency in the context of mental illness.  More

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

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

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.


Training opportunities for Carers & Workers

 Learning about Borderline Personality Disorder: A workshop series for friends and families
Over four weeks starting on Monday 9 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 workshop for this half year is:
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 of Wellways: 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 - Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515)

Commences in Ringwood on  7 June 2016

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


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 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

MI Fellowship -  Employment forum for Mental Health Awareness Week
The Wellways to Work Employment Forum, with Richard Baron, will include discussion on the important role of peers in addressing barriers to employment, working with community to be inclusive and create employment opportunities, the role of families, friends and other supports in improving employment outcomes, and enhancing the Individual Placement and Support model to include peers, family and community.
Date: Monday 16 May 2016  Time: 2–4pm
Location: Melbourne Metropole Hotel, 44 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
RSVP: Sandra Nugent at snugent@mifellowship.org or (03) 8486 4242 (spaces are strictly limited)

Celebrating LGBTI Carers in the West
Event details:  Wednesday 18 May 6.00 - 8:00pm.  Williamstown Town Hall (The Chamber)  104 Ferguson St Williamstown
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. More

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 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. - Earlybird registration for the Conference will close on 30 May 2016. 

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

May 12 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
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.
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