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Welcome to the Tandem ENews Bulletin, March 30th 2016
This issue is filled with information 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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  • Involvement in planning and care
  • Participation in system change
  • Support for families and carers
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Tandem News

Tandem members met last Thursday to prepare a response to the draft framework of the ILC (NDIS), with attendance from individual members and service providers.  For the next fortnight, Tandem will continue to consult with carer members and member organisations, including in rural areas. Tandem's objective is to ensure that carers' needs are reflected in the final framework adopted by the NDIS.  Anyone who would like to be part of this response is asked to email marie.piu@tandemcarers.org.au 
For background information, and NDIS documentation  click here.

The first Mental Health Carer Partnership Dialogue for 2016 was held on March 24th .  The Dialogue topic was Contemplating Carer Rights and Best Practice in Mental Health . The dialogue included a presentation about Carer Confidentiality from Matthew Carroll, President of the Mental Health Tribunal), and on the implications for Identifying Carers from the provisions of the Mental Health Act from John Hickey, Principal Policy Advisor, Mental Health Branch, DHHS. Matthew Carroll spoke about the importance for the Tribunal that Mental Health Carers are identified by services, making it possible for the Tribunal to then notify all relevant persons in advance of a hearing.  The presentations were followed by a panel discussion, with questions from the assembled members.

NDIS news

Announcement of the Local Area Co-ordinators for Victoria.  Three organisations appointed as local area co-ordinators of NDIS provision in the 2016/7 NDIS areas in Victoria were announced last week. To see the announcement, click here.  For the North East Melbourne area, in which NDIS will commence in July 1st 2016, the co-ordinating organisation will be the Brotherhood of St Laurence. The Brotherhood statement is on their website

Interreach and LaTrobe Community Health Services have been appointed to the Central Highlands (due to commence in January 2017) and Loddon (July 2017) respectively.  Some preliminary planning activities will commence in both those areas shortly, which will involve the Local Area Co-ordinator.

See the VICServ announcement and information, click here
The Age writes:  NDIS: Landmark disability reform a step closer after funding pledge

Several other NDIS information and consultation events are scheduled for the next few weeks.  For further information about Tandem's work to ensure that carers' are benefited by the coming of the NDIS, and to contribute to our response to the draft framework of the ILC, please,contact Marie Piu at Tandem at marie.piu@tandemcarers.org.au on P: 8803 5501

NDIS Provider Toolkit Workshops - North Eastern Melbourne

In the week starting April 11, the NDIS will host a series of workshops in the NEMA (North Eastern Melbourne area) for providers of NDIS services, 

These free 'hands on'' workshops are aimed at supporting North Eastern Melbourne providers use the Toolkit to evaluate and plan their transition to the NDIS. The workshop will highlight the features and benefits of the Toolkit and provide practical support to attendees. Registration for each workshop will be capped at 25 to keep numbers down.  For more information, click here.

NDIS Webinar for Early Childhood Early Intervention.  

Early intervention for a child with a developmental delay or disability is important in maximising benefit for the child and family. Providing quality intervention early in a child’s life reduces the possible need for longer term intervention and improves the functionality, inclusion and wellbeing of a child.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has worked with some of Australia’s leading early childhood intervention practitioners and researchers to design a best-practice approach that is family-centred and importantly, supports children to achieve good outcomes on a case-by-case basis.

Join the discussion by sending your questions before or during the webinar. To send a question, find out more about the webinar, or to join the webinar in April 5th,  click here

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

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.


Practical Guide for Carers of People with a mental illness
MIND Australia and partners have developed a Practical Guide for Carers of people with a mental illness.

The guide is a national resource, for use in clinical and community mental health services throughout Australia.  The guide was launched by the CEO of MIND Australia, Gerry Naughton.  Colin Fryer, the Chair of Tandem, spoke at the launch, providing powerful examples of the need for such a resource.

More information about the Guide is available on the MIND website.

View or download the Guide, here

MIND View - Autumn Edition

The most recent edition of MIND Australia's online publication, MIND view contains an article outlining the opportunities and pitfalls for carers in the upcoming change to the NDIS - Where Carers are Concerned.  The contents of this report include the results of recent MIND research on the impact on carers of the change to individualised funding packages.  Other articles of interest to carers in this edition include an update on the PULSAR project, Keeping our fingers on the PULSAR.

Bang the Drum for Carers
MIND Australia's Bang the Drum for Carers tour to all their sites to provide an opportunity for all MIND employees to learn and appreciate more about carers and the caring role continues into  April, with the next stop on the tour being March 31st in Wangaratta.  For the full calendar, click here.

Training opportunities for Carers & Workers

Click here
Workshops in April are Recovery & Hope
Saturday April 2 at Rosanna
Saturday April 9 - Williamstown
Saturday April 16 - Nunawading
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

MI Fellowship - upcoming Wellways sessions  Click here
Well Ways - peer education programs for people with a mental illness, their families and friends

VICSERV - Dual Diagnosis training for the community sector
Thursday 31st March & Friday 1st April 2016

VICSERV - Community Managed Mental Health (CMMH) Leadership & Management Program

Registrations are open for this program, developed and delivered by VICServ in partnership with Leadership Victoria.  More information
 Course dates as follows:

  • Elsternwick - commencing 7 April 2016
  • Dandenong/Pakenham- commencing 19 April 2016
  • Bendigo - commencing 28 April 2016

VICSERV - Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515)
Registrations are open for the first five programs of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515). Click here to view a printable flyer about this announcement.
 Course dates as follows:

To view registrations forms, including program details, dates, pricing guides and registration requirements,  click hereTo 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

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

The next meeting of Inner South Family and Friends will be held on Tuesday 12 April.  See the Inner South website for details.

Conferences and Events

Celebrating LGBTI Carers in the West
Event details:  Wednesday 18 May 6:30 - 8:30pm.  Venue to be confirmed
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.

Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference
16  - 17 May 2016: Gold Coast

The Australian and New Zealand Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will continue for its 3rd year, as we come together to address effective Collaboration, Education and Innovation across the common domains of Eating Disorders and Obesity. Call for abstracts and registrations are now open. For more information, click here

The Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference
18 - 20 May 2016: Gold Coast 

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for The Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference being held on the Gold Coast in May.
The Program will include workshops, presentations and forums dedicated to sharing skills and understanding in the treatment of all addictive disorders, including alcohol and other drugs, behavioural addictions, and the emerging field of online compulsive behaviour in both adults and children.
The Conference promotes and encourages participation from all parts of the sector towards a shared appreciation of what medical, psycho-social and peer-based approaches can offer, through the experiences of service users, clinicians, and researchers alike. To find out more, click here

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 Calendar

 April 14 Tandem Monthly Members Meeting
March 30 World Bipolar Day


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
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