In this issue

•  Register for the Tandem Conference & Awards Dinner
•  Nominate for the Tandem Awards
•  Be the new NDIS Project Officer at Tandem
•  Tandem advocate support and referral
•  Loddon Mallee Mental Health Carers Network launch
•  Equally Well National Consensus Statement launch
•  New Deputy Mental Health Complaints Commissioner appointed
•  Mental health treatment – know your rights
•  2017 Victorian Disability Awards

Regular features

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Ready, Steady, NDIS
SANE Forums
Training Opportunities
Carer Support Group Update
Have you heard?
Tandem welcomes mental health carers, those they support, and all those working in the mental health system, both community and clinical, to join us at our upcoming Conference – Supporting Relationships

The Supporting Relationships Conference will be an occasion for an important discussion, where we will highlight the personal and systemic advantages, and potential cost savings of embedding a compassionate culture of supporting relationships.

We will invite participants to explore what these relationships look like, and how we can work together to make supporting relationships the rule rather than the exception. 

We look forward to seeing you there. Register

NDIS Project Officer

Mental Health Families and Carers

This role will support the delivery of initiatives to support Victorian mental health carers and the person they care for transition to the NDIS. You will have responsibility for supporting and managing NDIS readiness networks and community partnerships across roll-out sites.

This position also supports Tandem’s role in influencing public policy, undertaking projects, and providing information to mental health service providers to uphold the rights, well-being and interests of people living with or caring for a person with a mental illness including psychosocial disability. Applications close 11 August. More

Advocate support and referral

Tandem is pleased to announce its new Mental Health Carer Support and Referral Service for members. Carer Advocate Robbert Roos is available to take calls from mental health carers who need independent and compassionate support and timely referral.

The Carer Support and Referral Service is a State-wide telephone advocacy service. There is also the opportunity for Robbert to come along to meetings with the carer as a support person. Carers and families can access this support and referral service by becoming a member of Tandem.

For more information please email Robbert or call on 03 8803 5501.

Loddon Mallee Mental Health Carers Network

 Several staff and Board members of Tandem attended the Loddon Mallee Mental Health Carers Network (LMMHCN) launch. At the launch there were several presenters including Philip Tune (Executive and Clinical Director of Bendigo Health Psychiatric Services) who spoke about the importance of carer and consumer participation. Morning tea was provided along with the opportunity for all the attendees to network and talk to each other about the different mental health services available. 
Tandem Board member Maurice Sheehan, Tandem Chair Colin Fryer, and Bev Fryer.

Equally Well National Consensus Statement launch

Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the the National Mental Health Commission made an address at the National Press Club on Tuesday 25 July 2017, to launch Equally Well – the National Consensus Statement on improving the physical health and wellbeing of people living with mental illness
Equally Well calls for better collaboration and coordination between governments, professional bodies, social and community services and other leaders in mental health to make the physical health of people living with mental illness a national priority. Equally Well ultimately aims to reduce the life expectancy gap that exists between people living with a mental illness and the general population. More information can be found on the Equally Well website.

Download the Statement

Appointment Deputy Commissioner

Mental Health Complaints Commissioner 

Deputy Commissioner, Ms Bee Mitchell-Dawson, will be taking extended long service leave from 7 August 2017 with a plan to retire from her position in February 2018. Ms Jennifer Black has been appointed to the role of Deputy Commissioner and will be assuming the responsibilities of the role during Bee's leave.

Ms Jennifer Black is an experienced mental health leader who brings extensive clinical sector experience including complaints resolution and incident management. She is looking forward to the opportunity to build on established relationships in relation to complaints resolution work, education, and engagement activities through her role as Deputy Commissioner.

While Ms Bee Mitchell-Dawson will be taking leave from her substantive position, she will continue to be involved in completing nominated pieces of work in relation to the sexual safety project.

Mental health treatment – know your rights

If you are receiving compulsory mental health treatment you have the right to be involved in all decisions about your assessment, treatment and recovery. Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) has added some new resources to their website to help make this process easier.

Making an advance statement
Making an advance statement is one way for you to have some control over your treatment. An advance statement sets out what your preferences are for treatment, if you become so unwell that you require compulsory treatment. More

Nominating a person to support you
A nominated person is somebody you nominate to receive information and support you while you are receiving treatment as a compulsory patient under the Mental Health Act 2014. The nominated person must be consulted about treatment and can: support you, help represent your interests, receive information, and help you to exercise any of your rights under the Act. More

Help in another language
If you don’t speak English or it is your second language, the IMHA has c​ards in different languages that provide information on how to get help. More

2017 Victorian Disability Awards finalists

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced the finalists for the 2017 Victorian Disability Awards. The Awards were established in 2011 and are now in their seventh consecutive year. The awards recognise and honour people who make an outstanding contribution to empower and include the lives of people with disabilities living in Victoria. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 16 August at Zinc, Federation Square. 

A complete list of the 2017 finalists can be found here. Congratulations to all finalists!

LGBTIQ Mental Health Carers Research 

Do you support an adult LGBTIQ partner, friend or family member with mental illness? Have you had contact with mental health services in Victoria in the past 3 years? Carers Victoria and RMIT are keen to hear about your experiences. More
Ready, Steady, NDIS
Ready, Steady, NDIS

MHA response to NDIS Costs Position Paper

Mental Health Australia (MHA) has submitted a detailed response to the Productivity Commission’s Position Paper on its NDIS Costs study. In this report, MHA has made recommendations for changes that would make the NDIS more tailored to the needs of people with a psychosocial disability. It also recommends that arrangements for systemic and individual advocacy be made to ensure that the intended outcomes of the scheme are delivered. MHA’s response can be accessed here

Mental health focussed NDIS forum

The EMHSCA Workforce development committee and the EMHSCA Strategic planning subcommittee are working together to provide a mental health focussed NDIS forum tailored to the needs of a range of service sectors (community and clinical mental health, AOD, homelessness/housing, Centrelink, family services, Aboriginal health and well-being, community health) who are often involved in providing services to people experiencing mental ill health and psychosocial disability with the key aims of providing clarity regarding their various roles and exploring the issues around maintain service partnerships.
The free event will be held at the Box Hill Town Hall on Thursday 31 August from 9am to 4pm and includes relevant peak body presentations, a discussion panel and a range of afternoon breakout rooms tailored to meet the needs of particular sectors. There will be a facilitated afternoon discussion for leaders from EMHSCA partner organisations as well. Registration essential.

Free NDIS information sessions for carers living in the Southern region 

Many carers are seeking information about how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will affect them. As a result, Alfred Health Carer Services has invited Carers Victoria to provide four separate information sessions throughout the Southern region, designed to answer your questions. Sessions will commence from 16 August and will be held in Moorabbin, Lynbrook, Mornington and Chelsea. More

NDIS Bulletin

VICSERV's NDIS Bulletin supports the engagement of the community mental health sector with issues and developments around the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). More

reimagine website launched

reimagine, a new, free national online resource to help people living with mental health conditions, their family, carers, and support networks to navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme is now live. Whether you’re planning on accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a family member or carer of someone living with a mental health condition, or a service provider will help you gain confidence working with and accessing the NDIS. More

Family & Friends Activities Coordinator

BPD Community

BPD Community seeks to engage an individual to co-ordinate and develop its Family & Friends Activities. Part time, fixed term to July 2018. Applications and inquiries to by close of business 15 August 2017. Position description

Topic Tuesdays in August

SANE's online forums provide social connection and support in a safe, anonymous and caring online community. To coincide with Men's Health Week, this month's Topic Tuesday focus is on men's mental health, featuring interesting special guests. Click here to join the events and register as a community member.

Carers Forum 7–9pm AEDT 1 August
Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. More   

Future Planning Seminar (Mind)

79pm, Thursday 27 July, Rosanna
Planning for the future when caring for someone with mental health issues has individual challenges, as compared to caring for someone with a physical illness. This seminar is run by a lawyer who will explore legal issues, wills, and various options to ensure your family member will be supported in the future. Also informative for carers of younger people. Bookings are essential. More

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic)

For a comprehensive list of ARCVic's upcoming events and seminars click here.


Carers Victoria

Disability Program: Carers, Families and the System
Commences 30 August

Are you caring for a person with a disability? This program consists of four sessions, each of three hours in duration. Participants must attend the first session to continue in the program and sessions are for carers only. More

Latrobe Regional Health, Alfred Health, Monash Health, Peninsula Health,
& Synergy (LAMPS)

Local training workshops for July and August. More

Mind Recovery College

Semester 2 courses. The Mind Recovery College semester 2 2017 course guide is now available. Learn about mental health and life skills that help you build a more positive, connected and meaningful life. Courses are led by people who have been on their own recovery journeys. More

Multicultural Centre for Women's Health

Community education for Chinese, Indian, Punjabi and Tamil families. Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) is running a unique project to support Chinese, Indian, Punjabi and Tamil carers and families in the City of Monash. As part of the project, they are conducting in-language health education sessions by highly trained bilingual health educators. More

SAFE in Oz

An introduction to working with individuals who have self-destructive behaviour. These workshops aim to give participants an insight into the headspace of a person who participates in self-destructive behaviours in order to better understand their ‘real’ world and life experiences. Traralgon 24–25 August: Ballarat 14–15 September: Mildura 12–13 October;  Wodonga 2–3 November; Swan Hill 9–10  October; Leongatha 23–24 October; Torquay 13–14 November. More



VICSERV's training courses have been specifically developed for those providing psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery servcies to people with severe and enduring mental illnesses. More

Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work in Elsternwick. Applications close Friday 28th July and commence August 2017. A qualification for existing peer workers, develop your skills and knowledge in this specialist work role. More


Voices Vic

Open Dialogue. 10 August, Prahran. Open Dialogue is a philosophical/theoretical approach to people experiencing an emotional crisis as well as a way of structuring mental health services to be more responsive to people’s needs. The emphasis is on being in dialogue, with people in crisis and with their social networks. More

Barwon Health Carer Support

Barwon Health Carer Support is committed to supporting and maintaining the quality of life of carers and those for whom they care. They provide a range of flexible and innovative support services that respond to the individual needs of carers and the community.

The mental health carer support worker assists carers of people with a mental illness to provide short term or occasional flexible respite, including short breaks and outings. For more information please call 1800 052 222.

Carer Support Groups in Caulfield, Noble Park and Nunawading

Are you supporting someone with mental health issues? Would you like to be part of a fortnightly friendly peer support group for Carers? Grow Better Together currently offers confidential and free support groups for carers in Caulfield, Noble Park and Nunawading areas and is looking to set up more support groups. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, Grow Better Together would be happy to hear from you. Please contact Melissa at Grow on 9528 2977 or 1800 558 268.


Psycho-education and support workshops

MIND Australia have partnered with St Vincent’s Mental Health Service to provide a series of three psycho-education and support workshops for the month of August. The workshops are free and open to anyone interested to attend. They will be run between 11am and 1pm at the Clarendon Community Mental Health Centre, 52 Albert Street, East Melbourne. Light refreshments will be provided.

1 August
A Family Affair.
 This workshop explores how to keep family relationships strong when a family member has mental ill-health. Parents, siblings, offspring and partners can all have different ways of relating and solving problems.

15 August
Challenging Behaviours.
 One of the more difficult areas for carers of people with mental health conditions is that of challenging behaviours and setting and maintaining limits and clearly defining personal boundaries.This workshop also provides an opportunity to enhance communication skills.

29 August
From Hospital to Home.
 Navigating the complexities of the journey from inpatient admission to discharge presents many challenges for families and carers. This workshop will focus on practical strategies and information pathways along with discussion around issues such as confidentiality and communication.

For any enquiries please contact Mind Carer Helpline on 1300 554 660.
Carer support groups in Victoria
12 September, Melbourne

Tandem Conference 2017: Supporting Relationships

The Supporting Relationships Conference will be an occasion for an important discussion, where we will highlight the personal and systemic advantages, and potential cost savings of embedding a compassionate culture of supporting relationships. We will invite participants to explore what these relationships look like, and how we can work together to make supporting relationships the rule rather than the exception. More

4–6 October 2017, Adelaide

7th International Carers Conference

Early bird registration closes 4 August!
Carers Australia is pleased to announce confirmation of keynote speaker, Professor Sue Yeandle. She is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE) at the University of Sheffield, UK. Sue’s research focuses on policies and practices which affect caring roles throughout the life course and includes carers and their support needs; the paid care workforce; the role of technology in systems of care and support; and comparative international analysis of policy on care, carers and caring. More

3–4 November, Wollongong

11th Annual Conference on the Treatment of Personality Disorders

The theme “Understanding narcissistic personalities and other relationship complexities” provides a unique opportunity to be updated with the latest research in Australia and internationally. Experts in the field will present a variety of papers and posters covering topics including the consumer and carers perspective, research, and innovative service developments. More
Full list of upcoming conferences

Here's what others are saying.

Alfred Health Carer Services . 21 July 2017. More

Carers Australia Voice. July 2017. More

Respite South Newsletter. 17 July 2017. More

Sane Express. July 2017. More

VICSERV Factsline. July 2017. More 

Wellways. July eNews. More

Be included in our eNews

If you are an organisation or support group, and would like us to spread the word about something that is happening in your area, please contact us to enquire about having your event included in eNews. Material deadline dates are: 4 August, 18 August, 1 September.  
This issue of Tandem eNews 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 do so here.

Tandem is the peak body for mental health carers in Victoria. Tandem advocates for carer involvement in planning and care, participation in system change, and 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 more information please call our office during business hours on 8803 5555.
Tandem Inc. acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia. Tandem is committed to working in partnership to support the principles of self-determination and ensure the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health carers are heard and considered.
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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