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.
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, 10am–
12pm. Register here
NDIS and HACC in NEMA on Thursday 21 September at Northcote Town Hall, 10am–
12pm. 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.
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
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
Tuesday 6 September. Part personal experience and part seeking help and sharing referrals including bipolar, BPD and schizophrenia.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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, 11.00am–
Bookings essential. For further information or to register, visit www.arcvic.org.au
or call the ARCVic office on 9830 0566.
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
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.
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