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Welcome to the Tandem ENews Bulletin 16 May 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 
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  • Involvement in planning and care
  • Participation in system change
  • Support for families and carers
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Tandem News 

May is a big month for Tandem, with the retirement of Julien McDonald after 8 years as Executive Director.   A farewell lunch was held last week at Tandem, following the monthly members' meeting.  The day served as a time to reflect on the changes to the system over the last decade and the contribution that Tandem has made to those changes.

Read Julien's reflections on the state of the sector, and the role of Tandem over the last decade here.

Tandem is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer - details of the position are on our website.


Australian BPD Foundation Information Evening

The Victorian Branch of the ABPDF is holding an information session at the Bouverie Centre this Tuesday night, 17 May at 6:30.   The evening will involve a conversation led by Rose Cuff, of the FaPMI program, and author and parent, Hannah Dee, about children in families where parents have a diagnosis of BPD. The event is free, but people are asked to register for catering purposes.  More
Australian BPD Foundation - volunteer needed
The  ABPDF urgently needs a volunteer to do administration work.  Good computer skills are needed.  Please call Julien on 0400 455993 if you are interested.

SANE Forums for this week

Tuesday 17 May 
To mark International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (Tuesday May 17), Forums partners Living Proud will join our online forums from 7pm to 9pm to discuss how to build resiliency as a response to discrimination. "Topic Tuesday” is a free online peer–to–peer discussion for people living with a mental illness. The discussion takes place on a 'special event' page within our Forums. The link is  http://saneforums.org/t5/Special-Events/Topic-Tuesday-Resilience-as-a-response-to-discrimination-Tues-17/m-p/67297#M1931 

Thursday 19 May 
To coincide with Schizophrenia Awareness Week, we are holding a special online discussion in our Forums on the misconceptions of living with schizophrenia, diagnosis and recovery. Joined by Mental Illness Fellowship QLD, "Topic Thursday” (May 19 – from 7pm to 9pm) is a free online peer–to–peer discussion for people living with a mental illness. The discussion takes place on a 'special event' page within our Forums. http://saneforums.org/t5/Special-Events/COMING-UP-Topic-Thursday-Thurs-19-May-Hearing-Voices-functioning/m-p/67293#M1930

The SANE blog also has some great information from MIFQ: https://www.sane.org/media-centre/the-sane-blog/1786-interview-with-mifq-s-alison-jansen 

Tandem will support the families/carers of people with a psychosocial disability as they move to the NDIS, and Tandem will keep carers informed on NDIS developments, information sessions, and useful resources.  
Ready, Steady NDIS Tandem website information & links More

The NDIA has arranged a Housing Showcase in Melbourne.  One was recently held in Sydney.  Upcoming Melbourne Showcase information, here.  Information from the Sydney session that has already occurred, here.

Our Choice Expo - 7 June, Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre
The Victorian League for People with a Disability [ VALID ] are holding an expo next month, with information & exhibits about the National Disability Insurance
Scheme (NDIS) for people with disability & their supporters. TANDEM will be there, with VMIAC & VicSERV to answer any mental health questions from carers, consumers and service providers. More

The National Disability Service [ NDS ] has resources and tools for providers, and for people with a disability to stay up to date about aspects of the NDIS.  They have also opened a register for members to report NDIS issues that they become aware of More

The Victorian state budget included a $9 allocation for the expansion of the Families where Parents have a Mental Illness (FaPMI) program, which was celebrated by an event at Bouverie Centre on 1 May, addressed by Minister Foley. In the light of the impending Federal election, we repeat our news item about the discontinuing of the Commonwealth COPMI program.  There is still a chance to show your support for the program.  

The COPMI program supporting children in families where the parent has a mental illness has existed for 15 yrs, and is an important resource for people with a mental illness, for children caring for parents with a mental illness, for their family and friends and for professional working with them.

EMERGING MINDS (the parent body of the COPMI program) has announced that the Commonwealth government has announced that the COPMI program will not be funded after June 2016.  See the announcement here.  Help to support this service to continue.  Look on the COPMI website to find ways to show your support by using the website, linking to them on Facebook, or providing feedback.

Australian Government - Department of Social Services - integrated Carer Support Service
Designing the new integrated carer support service
The Australian Government is developing an Integrated Plan for Carer Support Services to better support and sustain the work of unpaid carers. The first stage of the Plan included design and implementation of the national Carer Gateway (established in December 2015,https://www.carergateway.gov.au/). An important second stage of the Plan involves developing a new integrated carer support service system through a co-design process. A draft Service Concept was developed through research, co-design workshops with carers, and input from subject matter experts and the Carer Gateway Advisory Group. The draft Service Concept sets out the types of services that could be delivered under a future service delivery model.

Submissions to comment on this proposed Service Concept are invited before 2 June 2016.  
Make a submission.
View published submissions.
Read the discussion paper

Research - Volunteers needed

The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre [ MAPrc ] needs volunteers for their new study for individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and the effect of a gentle form of brain stimulation.  If you are a carer of someone with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and think they might benefit from this research, please contact Kirsten on 9076 6592 or kirsten@gainsford@monash.edu

VICSERV - The new half year calendar, with training opportunities from May 2016 - February 2017 is available here.
Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515) 
Commences in Ringwood on  7 June 2016. To 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, click here  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

EACH has started a new 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 88705300 OR Stacey Noble at Recovery Inner East in Box Hill on 88924201.

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, sttarting at the Torrente Cafe in Ringwood.  The Yarra Ranges Walk is held every 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 92392500.

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

latest edition of newparadigm Towards Recovery:  Hope Innovation & Co-design, click here

Conferences and Events

MI Fellowship -  Woodcock Lecture 2016
Room for everyone: Community connection and mental health’, will be delivered by Mark Salzer PhD, Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University and head of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion.
Date: Wednesday 18 May 2016  6:25 - 8:30
Location: Arts Centre Melbourne, Anz Pavilion - 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 
Bookings are essential here

Celebrating LGBTI Carers in the West
Event details:  Wednesday 18 May 6.00 - 8:00pm.  Williamstown Town Hall (The Chamber)  104 Ferguson St Williamstown
Carers Vic

A free community education forum for carers (family and friends), service providers and 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. More

VICSERV Conference 2016: Towards Recovery
19 - 20 May 2016Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne.   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 National Suicide Prevention Conference - 'Connecting Culture, Context and Capabilities' . The 2016 National Suicide Prevention Conference will take place 24 - 27 July at Hotel Realm, Canberra. - Earlybird registration for the Conference will close on 30 May 2016. 

2016 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.

2016 Calendar

June 9 Tandem Monthly Members Meeting


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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