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Welcome to the Tandem ENews Bulletin.
In this Issue you will find useful information for mental health carers, the carer peer workforce,
carer workers and other mental health practitioners, and those with an interest in this area.
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Tandem News
Tandem Memberships Now Available - because mental health involves everyone TM
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 here. For more information and to lodge your form, please call our office during business hours on P: 03 8803 5555

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.

Although most groups will recommence in February, they are holding a Recovery Support Group in Abbotsford on January 20th that you are welcome to attend.

Mindfulness - Aspire Group Programs - Newport - February
Aspire Health and Psychology will now be offering ongoing group therapy and support classes to clients and the general public.  Please see attached our group flyer for immediate upcoming events. Mindfulness Level 1 and Level 2 workshop will be held on the 13th and 14th of February which will be run by psychologist Marianne Love and Clinical Nurse Specialist Mathew Shields. To download the flyer, click here

SANE Carer Forum - Topic Tuesday - The Role of Music in Wellbeing and More
‘music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing'
The most recent Topic Tuesday presented on the SANE Carer Forum explored the role of music on wellbeing. It turns out that you don't need to be a highly trained musician to benefit or to participate. Additional topics that would interest or be of benefit to carers include: discussion and information sharing on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Fostering hope, many people, including those who have the lived experience of these illnesses and recovery, have also contributed to the carer discussions in a very supportive and encouraging way. As always, these discussions are professionally supported and moderated.  To register and join the conversations, click here

Other News
Australians for Mental Health Campaign 
Australians for Mental Health, supported by Prof. Pat McGorry and Prof. Alan Fels, wants adequate attention and funding attributed to mental health care. The campaign is advocating for complete mental health system reform, which includes ensuring:

  1. Equality between mental healthcare and physical healthcare - Australians will receive the same level of care for our mental health as we do for our physical health
  2. Increased access to services - Australians will be able to access appropriate mental healthcare when needed irrespective of where they live and how much they earn. 
  3. Better quality, smarter mental healthcare - Health services will provide higher quality, recovery-oriented mental healthcare. 
  4. Rights and humanity respected in care - The rights, humanity and dignity of Australians experiencing mental ill health will be respected, and the care they receive will do them no harm. 
  5. Expanded prevention and early intervention - Prevention and early intervention measures will be expanded to reduce the incidence of mental ill health and maximising recovery rates. 
  6. Contributing, rewarding and included lives - Australians who experience mental ill health will live rewarding lives, free of stigma, and participate in society as valued members of it. 
To find out more and support this movement, click here

TheMHS Awards 2016
TheMHS Awards celebrate outstanding performance, best practice, excellence and innovation across a broad spectrum of disciplines relating to mental health services both in theory and in practice. To submit an entry, make a nomination or access more information click here.

Distributed Advocacy Day
Mental Health Australia (MHA) is calling for all those who are passionate about mental health to meet with their local federal politicians to highlight the local and national issues being faced in relation to reform, transition and sustainability. MHA has developed some key, overarching messages to complement discussion with your local federal politician on the direct impacts these issues are having on your local area. For more information click here.

Save the date: NDIS Forum for mental health Carers in the Northern region
March 23rd, Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre

The focus of the forum will be to support and resource carers, ensuring they are prepared and well informed when the roll out commences  on July 1.
Watch this space for further details or  Contact Marie Piu at Tandem on P: 8803 5501

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. short film where peers offer their tips on how to access and utilise the NDIS. These stories will provide helpful knowledge on accessing and making the most of the NDIS from the perspective of people with a Psycho Social 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 any suggestions to make it easier for new participants. To watch the videos, click here

Education and Training
The SANE Mental Illness and Bereavement Workshop
Melbourne Monday 8th February 2016 / 9:30-1:00pm / CBD location 
Warrnambool Tuesday 23rd February 2016 / 9:30-1:00pm / Central Warrnambool

The SANE Mental Illness and Bereavement Workshop explores how health professionals can better support the family and friends of people with mental illness who have died by suicide, exploring issues that may arise during this process. The workshop draws on the personal experiences of people bereaved by suicide.
Mental health workers (case-workers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, counsellors, peer-workers, social workers), Mental health managers and executives responsible for organisational change and policy development can attend. Contact samara.gray@sane.org (group bookings) or for more info or to book, click here

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. 

Caring for Yourself 
Carers Victoria, Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray
10.00am - 12.00 pm, Tuesday 15 March 2016 quote #3374
Do you take better care of the person you are caring for than yourself?  If the answer is yes, you are invited to this workshop where we will explore why your health and wellbeing are important. We will also discuss and share strategies to help you care for yourself. Bookings are essential. P:1800 242 636 or E: education@carersvictoria.org. To find out more, click here

Carer Support Groups Run Well with Good Facilitation –   Learn More About Group Facilitation at This Workshop
Carers Victoria, Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray
A one-day comprehensive program suitable for new facilitators, a refresher for current facilitators or for those wanting to start up a carer support group, a refresher for current facilitators. 
  • When: 10.00am - 2.30pm, Wednesday 23 March 2016 quote #3328 
  • When: 10.00am - 2.30pm, Wednesday 20 April 2016 quote # 3329
  • When: 10.00am - 2.30pm, Wednesday 15 June 2016 quote #3330  
Fee per carer is $50  / Fee per worker is $100. Book are essential. To book P: 1800 242 636 or E: education@carersvictoria.org.au. Download the flyer here 

WIRE - Dealing With Difficult Calls PD workshop
March 30th 2016 9.30am – 12.30pm
3-hour workshop | Cost: $88* (incl. GST) |  WIRE 372 Spencer St, West Melbourne | Book online. For phone-based workers who are the first point of contact for service users and customers, including phone intake and response workers, reception and call centre staff. 

Enduring Powers of Attorney 
May 31st, 
10:00am – 12:00pm,
This is an information session only, and does not provide legal advice. The term legal capacity will be defined as well as the types of Enduring Powers of Attorney.   Administration and Guardianship of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) will be outlined.  The information provided in this session is sourced from the . Written resources will be provided. Bookings are essential: Call 1800 242 636 or email: education@carersvictoria.org.au quote #3366

Conferences and Events
THeMHS Summer 2016 Forums: Cracks in the ice? Illicit Drugs and the Mental Health Impact on our Communities.
February 18th - 19th, Mecure Hotel, Sydney

One of the most pressing issues in mental health is the impact on our communities of illicit drugs. The mental health consequences of these drugs present new challenges for consumers, families and carers, governments and mental health services. To register, or for more information, click here

VICSERV forum- Leadership and Innovation
February 24th, 2016, Victoria University Conference Centre, Flinders St, Melbourne

A forum where you will hear about and discuss the opportunities and challenges facing mental health providers, workers, consumers and carers this year and beyond. The forum will feature stimulating and thought provoking presentations, preparing us for what is shaping up to be a big 2016. Speakers will include: Luke Giuliani  - Innovation in and by the community sector and Dale Renner - Leadership in a time of change. This forum will provide a solid start to the year and we look forward to seeing you there. For more information and to register click here

An Evening with Sisters Day Out
March 5th, 6:30pm - 11:30pm

FVPLS Victoria invites you to join us at this great event to celebrate Aboriginal women and the successful story of the Sisters Day Out® program, which is part of FVPLS Victoria’s early intervention and prevention initiatives. ‘An evening with Sisters Day Out®’ will showcase a range of innovative speakers and great entertainment, including music performance by Casey Donovan and Anita Heiss as the MC for the event. The event will provide an opportunity to reflect on the importance of early intervention and prevention initiatives to breakdown barriers to safety and access to justice for Aboriginal women. It will also include fundraising activities for the Sisters Day Out program which is currently facing funding uncertainty. If you require more information, please contact Sam Nixon at snixon@fvpls.org or on 03 9244 3333. Or top buy tickets, click here

6th VMIAC Consumer Workforce Conference: A Changing Landscape
March 21st and 22nd, 2016 - Mantra Bell City, 215 Bell Street, Preston
VMIAC is delighted to announce that Mary O’Hagan has agreed to be our keynote speaker. As an initiator of the service user movement in New Zealand, the first chair of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, an advisor to the United Nations and World Health Organization and a Mental Health Commissioner for New Zealand, Mary is uniquely placed to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of working for increased consumer participation in a changing landscape. Enquiries about eligibility to attend, or other issues, can be made via email to david.mithen@vmiac.org.au 
Call for papers: Guidelines for submissions of abstracts will be available on VMIAC’s website. Presentations can be either one hour workshops or 20 minutes papers with an additional 10 minutes for questions from the floor. The closing dates for abstracts is Friday 29th January, 2016, and successful applicants will be notified in February.

No Bullying Conference
April 18th - 19th - Gold Coast
If you would like to present at the No 2 Bullying Conference abstract submissions are open. Submit your abstract by COB 18 January 2016 
 at http://no2bullying.org.au/submit-abstract/ .The Conference, an initiative of the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association, a non-Government 'not-for-profit' organisation will focus on key principles and best practice for creating a generational change towards bullying. To find out more, click here

Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference
16th -17th 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
18th - 20th 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
19th -  20th May 2016, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne.
The call for Abstracts is open for the VICSERV Conference 'Towards Recovery: hope, innovation, co-design' are now open. 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.

Call for abstracts: International Child Trauma Conference
June 2016, Melbourne, Victoria.

Abstracts related to the theme 'Tracing new developments in relational, body-oriented and brain-based approaches to recovery and change' are invited, closing 16 November 2015. For more information click here.

Careers and Volunteering
Consultant (Carer Support Ageing)
UnitingCare lifeAssist (formerly UnitingCare Community Options) is seeking an individual who is highly skilled in case management and knowledgeable in frail aged care and / or carer support ageing and who demonstrates creativity, flexibility and adaptability in their work practice.  You will acknowledge the client as an expert of their own situation and ,and, and utilise your expertise and knowledge of the the sector to explore different options with the client to achieve the best possible outcomes. This role offers you the opportunity to make a positive difference and be part of an innovative and supportive organisation. In return, you will be rewarded with a competitive remuneration package and flexible working conditions.
Applications close COB Thursday, 28/01/2016.For further information or for a confidential discussion please call Zana Basic on 9239-2500.To view the position description and apply for the role, please go to our website: https://careers.lifeassist.org.au/recruitment/For assistance in applying for this role via the portal – please the Recruitment Coordinator (Judith Larkin) in the People and Quality team.

Senior Trainer (Mental Health Peer)
Full time, part time or job share, Elsternwick, Victoria.
Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV) seeks applicants with extensive experience as a mental health peer worker, together with solid education and training experience. Relevant qualifications, including Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work or equivalent competencies, and the Cert IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) are also required. Excellent oral and written communication skills, together with excellent training facilitation and delivery skills, are a further requirement of the role. For more information click here.

Please forward employment and volunteer opportunities that might be appropriate for this publication to comms@tandemcarers.org.au

2016 Calendar

26 January Australia day
9 March Labor Day Victoria
25 March Good Friday
28 March Easter Monday
26 May National Sorry 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 comms@tandemcarers.org.au
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