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2 September 2016

TheMHS Conference Awards 

Jenny Burger, Carer Consultant at North West Mental Health Service who has been a long time contributor to work with carers and was instrumental in the development of Tandem, received a TheMHS award for her lifetime contribution to mental health services, and particularly for her long term work in supporting families and carers. Tandem extends congratulations to Jenny, and is delighted at this recognition of her long term dedication and commitment to mental health services in Victoria. Jenny is seen here with the New Zealand Mental Health Commissioner, Kevin Allan who presented the awards at the TheMHS Conference in Auckland last week. 

Tandem also congratulates:

  • Orygen, the Youth Mental Health Service, on receipt of the TheMHS Medal 2016.
  • Professor Bernadette McSherry for her Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Service in Australia or New Zealand Award.
  • SANE Australia – SANE Forums for their Psychosocial Support Program or Service Award.
  • Monash University and St Vincent's Hospital (Melbourne) Area Mental Health Service for the Tom Trauer Research and Evaluation Award.

Tandem and Mental Health Week 

NDIS World Cafés
Tandem is partnering with a number of agencies to deliver two World Cafés during Mental Health Week. These sessions will provide information and advice around access and planning for NDIS supports.

Banyule and Nillumbik
For people living with a disability or mental illness, their families and carers from Chinese (Mandarin), Somali and Vietnamese speaking communities. Monday 10 October, 10am–1pm, Banyule Community Health Service.    
This session will focus on people living with a psychosocial disability, their families and carers who are from Greek, Italian and Chinese (Mandarin) speaking communities. Wednesday 12 October, 10am–1pm, Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre.

Official Launch
Mental Health Week aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health through a week of interactive events across the state including an official launch, community festivals, art exhibitions, music, theatre and seminars. The Launch will be held on Tuesday 11 October, 5–7.30pm at the Edge Theatre, Federation Square.


Ready, Steady, NDIS

Richmond Wellbeing NDIS and Mental Health Information Sessions
Emma McGoldrick, Tandem's NDIS Project Officer, attended two information sessions for consumers, carers and services providers that were run by Richmond Wellbeing. The sessions were designed to support a better understanding of how people with a psychosocial disability can access and navigate the NDIS effectively to achieve the best possible outcomes in their recovery journey. There was significant concern expressed about the access request process, including gathering evidence needed to support access to the scheme. The information from these sessions will be available on the Mental Health Australia website at the end of September.

Recently Released Reports  
Mental Health Carers and the NDIS This paper by Mental Health Australia and Carers Australia provides advice on issues arising for mental health carers in the context of the NDIS and offers recommendations to build the capacity of carers to participate in the NDIS (p.6). Link

Supported Decision Making, Psychosocial Disability and the NDIS This paper explores the concept of supported decision-making (SDM), its role in psychosocial recovery, the role of carers and family, and its potential to be used under the NDIS to support choice and control. Link  

Preparing for the NDIS in NEMA has been translated into 10 languages 
The NDIA has translated the Preparing for the NDIS in NEMA brochure into ten languages which can be found here. These resources compliment the 'My NDIS Pathway' booklet which is available on the NDIS website

Carer Respite and PHaMS programs confirmed to transition into the NDIS 
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has confirmed that Commonwealth disability programs, including Personal Helpers and Mentors Service (PHaMs) will transition to the NDIS by 2019–2020.

Service Provider Workshops
The NDIA have arranged two new Provider Information Workshops on 5 and 19 October. Following the main workshops an additional workshop will be held focusing on a specialist component of interest. 5 October will focus on Support Co-ordination, while 19 October will focus on School Leavers Employment Supports. Register here.

National Disability Services (NDS)
CALD Participant Readiness for Providers in NEMA on Wednesday 20 September at the Northcote Town Hall, 10am12pm. Register here.
NDIS and HACC in NEMA on Thursday 21 September at Northcote Town Hall, 10am12pm. Register here.

NEMA NDIS Implementation Group
Emma McGoldrick attended the North East Melbourne Area (NEMA) implementation group for service providers on the 31 August which provided the latest information on the transition in NEMA, and an opportunity to discuss issues and challenges experienced by consumers, carers and service providers. For the latest information for service providers regarding participant access and planning in the NDIS in NEMA go here.

Save the Date
Wednesday 19 October 2016
Mental Health and NDIS Implementation Forum
VICSERV will be holding a forum on Mental Health and the NDIS on Wednesday 19 October 2016. Tandem will be participating in the forum and will ensure that carer issues at local level are represented. More information will be available soon. 

For more NDIS information click here.

Tandem AGM  –  Save the Date 

Tandem's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 10 November at Tandem from 10am.

VMIAC Awards 

To mark the 20th anniversary of the beginnings of the consumer workforce, VMIAC, as the peak body for consumers, will sponsor an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of consumers and consumer workers. The inaugural VMIAC Consumer Awards will consist of 6 awards for consumers who have made a significant contribution to consumer work, either paid or voluntary, that raises the voice of consumers and contributes to improvement of consumers experiences in Victoria. Please see the nomination form for more details.
The inaugural awards night will be held at the Northcote Town Hall, on Friday 14 October at 6.00pm. Register for this free event here.

Volunteers Needed for Psychosis Research Project

Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (MNC) is undertaking leading clinical research in psychiatric illness. Their goal is to understand the biological basis of disorders that emerge in childhood and adolescence, including psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. For more information please click here.

SANE  Forums 

Special Live Series in September
Building on the popularity of our monthly 'Topic Tuesday' chats, SANE are excited to announce a special series of Live Webcasts in September. SANE will hold three events per forum, with a range of special expert guest professionals and people with lived experience participating in the panel discussions.

Carer forums in September
Carers Q&A 
 Tuesday 6 September. Part personal experience and part seeking help and sharing referrals including bipolar, BPD and schizophrenia.
RUOK Day Thursday 8 September. How to connect with someone who is unwell. An informational and practical session with psych nurse, psychiatrist and Lifeline. 
NDIS Information session Tuesday 13 September. Practical tips and advice around this complex issue currently impacting carers.

Join the SANE forums here.

The SANE blog also has some great information. Click here for the latest post.


MIND Australia – Carer Education Workshops
Building Carer Resilience Saturday 10 September. Carers will learn self-care skills and feel more confident when communicating in difficult situations. 
Challenging Behaviours Saturday 17 September. Setting and maintaining limits and clearly defining personal boundaries, and enhancing communication skills.
Recovery and Hope Sat 24 September. This workshop utilises personal experience and building skills to help carers maintain hope.  

See the full calendar of workshops here.

Mental Health Foundation of Australia 
The MHFA has many great events scheduled during Mental Health Week, 9
15 October. Click here for more details. Contact the Mental Health Foundation of Australia to book on 9826 1422 or at admin@mentalhealthvic.org.au

Building a Future
Wednesday 14 September to Thursday 30 November. A 12-week education program designed to increase the capacity of carers and family members to care for themselves and support their family member living with a mental illness.
Snapshot Saturday 24th September. Snapshot is an education program designed to assist family members and carers to maintain their own wellness and support the recovery of their family member or friend with a mental illness. More information contact Suzi Tsopanas on 8873 2509 or Catherine Vine on 8873 2510.

Wellways' full schedule for July to December is available here.

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria

OCD Cognitive Strategies and Recovery Workshop Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based treatment for anxiety and is the basis of the program. This group program consists of 6 x 1.5 hour workshops. Next program starts Saturday 24 September. Other dates are 1, 8, 15 & 29 October, 5 November, 11.00am12.30pm.

Bookings essential. For further information or to register, visit www.arcvic.org.au or call the ARCVic office on 9830 0566.

Voices Vic
Using your Story in Peer Work & other Consumer Roles 26 & 27 September. 9.30am–4.30pm
The Hearing Voices Approach 8 & 9 September.  23 & 24 November. 9.30am–4.30pm 

More information and other courses can be found here.

Implementing Frontline Ice Training in Community Managed Mental Health Services Ballarat – Monday 5 September. Heidelberg – Wednesday 14 September.

The full VICSERV Training Calendar May 2016 to February 2017 is available here.

Carers Victoria
Carer Support Group Facilitator Training
 Wednesday 26 October. A one-day comprehensive program suitable for new facilitators or for those wanting to start up a carer support group. 

Click here to see all Carer's Victoria courses and events for 2016.

Women Reclaiming their Lives
An 8 week group for women who have experienced or are experiencing violence in the home.
Monday 10 October 1–3pm. Clayton area. More information is available here.

Carer Support Groups Update

Mildura Family Connections – Free BPD Carers Support Program Commences Thursday 22 September 6.30–8.30pm for 12 consecutive weeks at Mallee Family Care. The Family Connections Program is a free evidence- based program that provides education, resources, skills training and support for those with a loved one who experiences Borderline Personality Disorder. To register complete the online form or email bpdfamilyconnections@gmail.com.

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, starting at the Torrente Cafe in Ringwood. The Yarra Ranges Walk is held on the 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 9239 2500.

For a comprehensive list of carer support groups in Victoria visit our website.
Conferences and Events

A Family Concern This week on Insight, we hear how severe mental illness is managed in the family. Tuesday 6 September 6, 8.30pm

Different Elephants, Same Room – Family Violence & Mental Health This mini-conference explores the especially challenging territory involving the intersection between family violence and mental health. 11 October, Brunswick. Details and bookings can be made on the The Bouverie Centre's Training and Professional Development page.

The Hume FaPMI Conference, Supported Families – Resilient Kids Thursday 13 October, 10am–4pm Lakeside Community Centre, Benalla. Practical evidence-based approaches to working with vunerable families. Register here.

12th Biennial Asia Pacific International Mental Health Conference (AsPac) in Brisbane on 24 – 26 October. The Conference Program highlights a focus on early intervention, suicide, cross cultural learnings and innovative service developments. Early bird registrations are now open until 12 September 2016. Visit www.aspacmentalhealth16.com.au for more information.

42nd International Mental Health Nursing Conference: Nurses Striving to Tackle Disparity in Health Care in Adelaide 25–27 October. This conference 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. Register here.

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 Subscribe here.

Tandem is the peak body for mental health carers in Victoria. Join Tandem because better mental health involves everyone.Tandem advocates on behalf of mental health carers for:
  • Involvement in planning and care
  • Participation in system change
  • Support for families and carers
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