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Welcome to the Tandem eNews Bulletin 19 August 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 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
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. For more information and to lodge your form, please call our office during business hours on 8803 5555.

Tandem News 

Mental Health Regional Partnerships Dialogue
The DHHS Mental Health Regional Partnerships Dialogue was held in Bendigo on Monday 15 August. Along with representatives from the DHHS, Tandem and VIMIAC, more than 60 carers, consumers and organisations attended to collaborate their ideas on how to better support people experiencing the impacts of mental health in regional Victoria. Thank you to all who attended, it was a great turn out!

Amber Scanlon (DHHS), Maggie Toko (VMIAC) and Marie Piu (Tandem).

KPMG Focus Groups
The Department of Health and Human Services has engaged consultants KPMG to assist in the development of the Clinical Mental Health System Design, Service and Infrastructure Plan. KPMG will be convening a series of public consultations in August and early September, and preparing a discussion paper on the key issues which a clinical mental health system plan needs to address.

The dates for the public consultations are:

  • Shepparton – Wednesday 24 August, 10am1pm
  • Bendigo – Friday 26 August, 10am1pm
  • Geelong – Tuesday 30 August, 10am1pm
  • Melbourne – Thursday 1 September, 2pm5pm

A dedicated focus group session was conducted at Tandem last week, in which feedback was received from Tandem members who are working in, or have extensive dealings with, the clinical sector. The main message that the group were keen to included was the need to ensure continuity of support and transition between the sections of the service, and to design the system so that it better supports families and carers, and includes them more in its structures and systems.

The Victoria’s Clinical Mental Health System Plan Discussion Paper can be downloaded here.

Housing Forum for Mental Health
University of Melbourne have a new research partnership with Yooralla and Frasers, a building developer. The research focus is to identify a range of modifications that would assist people with disability to live in a private house.

You are invited to take part in a workshop that seeks your views on some design options for people with mobility, hearing or sight issues, that could be supported by some environmental modifications. The outcome will be to include these ideas in buildings as examples of how building developers can easily include these modifications in their stock housing. Click here for more information.

The next monthly meeting of members is on 8 September at the Tandem office. 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.

Ready, Steady, NDIS

Tandem NDIS webpage is currently being updated to ensure that families and carers of people with a psycho-social disability are receiving the most relevant and up to date information and resources about the NDIS. More

NDIS Project Officer has joined Tandem Carers
Emma McGoldrick has been appointed the new NDIS Project Officer for Tandem Carers. Her role is to work in partnership with mental health carers, consumers and service providers to ensure that mental health carers are informed, supported and empowered to achieve the best possible outcomes in the transition to the NDIS. She will be providing regular updates via Tandem’s eNews and the Ready, Steady NDIS webpage. She can be contacted via email at emma.mcgoldrick@tandemcarers.org.au if you have any questions, suggestions or ideas that you would like to discuss. 
Recently released report NDIS: Information for Victorian Mental Health Community Support Services
The Department of Health and Human Services recently released this document which outlines arrangements for the transition of current MHCSS consumers and consumers on the MHCSS Needs Register to the NDIS. Tandem is working in partnership with the department and MHCSS intake service providers to ensure a smooth transition for carers and consumers. Download a copy of the report here.
My NDIS Pathway has been translated into ten languages
The NDIA has translated the my NDIS Pathway brochure into ten languages which can be found here.

NDIA Provider Workshops
The NDIA will be running a series of Working with the NDIS: Provider Information workshops to support service providers in North East Melbourne in transitioning to the NDIS. The dates, time, venues and topics are as follows can be found here.

Save the Date 12 October 2016
NDIS World Café to be held during Mental Health Week. Details will be available soon.

SANE  Forums 

Topics Tuesday (Live chats in August)
Challenging psychosis: working with thoughts
23 August, 7pm–9pm AEST

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

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


MIND Australia - Carer Education Workshops
Challenging Behaviours, Saturday 20 August (Rosanna)
Recovery & Hope, Saturday 27 August (Rosanna)
See the full calendar of workshops

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 Mental Health Foundation of Australia to book on 9826 1422 or at admin@mentalhealthvic.org.au

Latrobe Valley Suicide Prevention Network: Mental Health First Aid Training
Course participants learn abut the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, and more.  
Dates: Tuesday 9, 16, 23, 30 August from 6pm to 9pm. Participants must attend all 4 sessions
Location: Lifeline Gippsland, 2
8 Fleming Street, Morwell
Cost: $50 or $20 concession
To register contact 5136 3500 or

Well Ways Snapshot
Date and time: Saturday 17 September 10am
This is a brief two session education program designed to assist family members, carers and friends to increase their knowledge of mental illness and access to ongoing support. More information contact Suzi Tsopanas on 8873 2509 or Catherine Vine on 8873 2510.
Well Ways' full schedule for July to December is available at the Well Ways (formerly Mental Illness Fellowship)

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria
Mindfulness for Anxiety: 5 Week Group Program Next available course commencing Tuesday 23rd August
27th September 2016
Developing a Toolbox of Coping Strategies for Anxiety 25 August at 1pm.

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 2016 9.30am
The Hearing Voices Approach 8 & 9 September 2016 & 23 & 24 November 2016 9.30am
More information and other courses can be found here.


Implementing Frontline Ice Training in community managed mental health services (Pakenham) 
Workshop: Monday 29 August 10am1.30pm

Care Coordination
This two day training course will enable participants to develop skills in care coordination, an emerging role in community managed mental health.
Day 1: Wednesday 31 August 9.30am4.30pm
Day 2: Thursday 1 September 9.30am4.30pm

Implementing Frontline Ice Training in Community Managed Mental Health Services (Ballarat) 
Workshop: Monday 5 September 10am1.30pm at Ballarat Community Health

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

Carers Vic 2016 Education & Workshop Overview
Caring Differently
 – Better Questions Tuesday 30 August. Registrations 9am. Workshop 9.30am3.30pm. Brooklands of Mornington, 99 Tanti Avenue, Mornington. Book by Wednesday 24 August.
click here to see Carer's Vic 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.

Job alerts

The follow jobs may be of interest to you:
Peer Project Officers in Mental Health, St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. Details can be found
Eastern Peer Support Network Coordinator, Eastern Health, Murong. Details can be found here.

Support Groups

Inner South Family & Friends
de Castella Run 2 Mend Minds 28 August 2016
The annual de Castella run is a fund raising event for Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre. Several of our members have entered.  For more information click

EACH 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 8870 5300 or Stacey Noble at Recovery Inner East in Box Hill on 8892 4201.

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.

Eating Disorders Victoria – Support Groups 
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 are held in Abbotsford, Camberwell, Dandenong, Footscray, Geelong, Lilydale, Mornington and Ringwood. Family and Friends Support Groups will be held in Abbotsford, Camberwell and Ringwood. To book, you can either: 

  1. Send an SMS with your first name, location and date of group to 0481 071 211 by 4pm on the same day of the group, or
  2. Contact the Helpline on 1300 550 236 Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5pm.

Conferences and Events

TheMHS Conference, Auckland, 23–26 August, click here

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.

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

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.

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. Tandem attempts to ensure that information published is up-to-date and correct at publication.

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