In this issue

•  Victorian Carer Statement
•  Tandem are hiring
•  TheMHS Awards nominations
 Frankston Mental Health Expo
•  Young Carers Scholarships
•  Top Public Sector Women nominations
•  Grief in adolescents research
•  Experience with depression research

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Victorian Carer Statement

Consultation for Mental Health Carers at Tandem on 13 April

The Victorian Government is preparing to release a Carer Statement in Carers’ Week this year, and has commissioned Carers Victoria to conduct consultations and an online survey to ensure that there is an opportunity for a broad range of carers to have their say. You can read more about the Carer Statement and consultations here.

Tandem will host a specialist consultation at the 13 April Monthly Members’ Meeting. After a short ordinary meeting, the consultation will commence at 10.30am.

You can also help to ensure that the voices of mental health carers are heard by completing the online survey, available here.

Consultation for Peak Bodies and Organisations on 11 May

Carers Victoria will conduct a consultation in Melbourne's CBD for service and support organisations to provide input into the Carers Statement on 11 May, 9.00am12.00pm at William Angliss, 555 LaTrobe Street, Melbourne. Register
All Tandem members please note, as a consequence of the above, THERE WILL BE NO TANDEM MONTHLY MEMBER MEETING IN MAY.  

Carer Advocate

Tandem is seeking a highly motivated, skilled and qualified person with a sound knowledge of advocacy, the mental health system, and the issues that impact on families, friends and supporters. Applications close 5 May 2017. More

TheMHS Awards nominations extended to 19 April

Time is running out to submit your entry for The Mental Health Service Awards in 2017! TheMHS Awards celebrate great work in the mental health sector and we encourage you to submit an entry nominating a service/program/person that has contributed to best practice and excellence in mental health delivery. In 2017 there are 16 different awards which are offered under 4 umbrella categories: Programs and Services; Research and Evaluation; Exceptional Contribution; and Media (Media only deadline 26 April.) Click here to submit an entry for these awards.

Lets Talk About Mental Health

Mental Health Expo in Frankston

21 April 2017, 10am–2pm

Frankston Art Centre, 27–37 Davey Street, Frankston

This is a FREE event to provide information about mental health and other support services available to the Frankston and Peninsula communities. Listen to, and be inspired by, people’s real life experiences. More 

Young Carers Scholarships – applications now open

Carers Victoria's Young Carers Scholarship program gives young carers attending secondary school the opportunity to be acknowledged for their contributions to their family and the community, and to participate in school or community-based activities that enhance their skills, educational achievement and abilities, or that help them to participate more fully in their community. Applications close 19 April. More

Top 50 Public Sector Women – nominations open

Across Victorian Local and State Government and Statutory Authorities, the public sector has a significant number of exceptional female leaders building high performing teams and transforming their communities. The Top 50 Public Sector Women (Victoria) list will shine a spotlight on exceptional leaders, highlighting their work and creating role models for other females in the sector.

Do you have inspiring female leaders in your team that you would like to nominate? Or are you eligible and would like to highlight your own achievements? Nominations close 12 June, 2017. More


The VICSERV board is pleased to announce that Angus Clelland has been appointed to the VICSERV CEO position. Please see the media release for statements by Board President, Elizabeth Crowther, and Angus Clelland, on this appointment. Tandem congratulates Angus as he leads the organisation and its members into a new era for mental health in Victoria.

How do adolescents experience the death of a relative or a friend? 

A current study conducted by the Black Dog institute wants to learn about grief in adolescents, and how to better support bereaved adolescents. Should you wish to participate in this study, or learn more about it, please visit their website or Facebook page of the study.

Research: Experience with depression

Mental Health First Aid Australia and the University of Melbourne are conducting research to update the mental health first aid guidelines for depression. They are seeking to recruit people with a lived experience of depression, carers and/or those who provide significant support to someone with depression, and mental health professionals. More  

Housing, homelessness and mental health

Housing is a critical foundation for an individual’s journey to recovery. The National Mental Health Commission is working to build a better understanding of the connections between housing, homeslessness and mental health by a consultation process from 27 March to 24 April 2017. Consumers, carers, families and support people are invited to contribute to the consultation through the online survey. More   
Ready, Steady, NDIS


Concern grows about provision of mental health support services after the roll out of the NDIS

Momentum is growing around the impact for the majority of people with a mental illness and their families and carers after the NDIS is fully in place. High profile comments from Beyond Blue, Patrick McGorry and Frank Quinlan of MHA, have appeared in the last few days. More

Other news

Increasing recognition of carers in the NDIS in review of the NDIS Act

Ernst & Young completed an independent review of the NDIS Act 2013 in late 2015. The Council of Australian Government's (COAG), response to the review’s recommendations has recently been made public. COAG, which oversees the national Disability Reform Council, agreed with the three recommendations about increasing the recognition and inclusion of carers in the Act. More

Federal court rules NDIS must fully fund ‘necessary’ supports and services  

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is required to fully fund any supports or services it has deemed 'reasonable and necessary', according to a landmark decision handed down in the federal court on 28 March 2017.

2017 NDIS pricing review

Each year, the National Disability Insurance Agency reviews the price controls for NDIS services and supports. The agency is calling on stakeholders to provide feedback on the existing and proposed pricing arrangements. This is an opportunity for you to express your views on the NDIA’s approach to pricing, and ensure pricing arrangements are informed by the issues faced by participants and service providers. A discussion paper is provided on the NDIS website to explain potential changes and assist stakeholders to provide input. Responses to the discussion paper should be submitted by 13 April 2017, with price changes to by finalised by July 2017.

NDIS and housing

An article in The Conversation has detailed how the NDIS's approach to supported accommodation could be life changing for many people with disability. More


LGBTIQ strategy consultation 

The NDIA is currently developing an LGBTIQ Inclusion and Access Strategy that will guide their work in the coming years to help ensure that LGBTIQ people and communities can access and benefit from the NDIS. The Lived Experience Consultation Workshop that was planned for the 31 March 2017 will be held in May. The information gathered from this workshop will help to form a second workshop to be held in late May or early June with the ‘wider ‘sectors’. A small group of disability and LGBTIQ organisations will be invited to attend this workshop. More

NDIS information sessions for carers 

Carers Victoria NDIS information session 

Carers Victoria are holding an NDIS information session for carers on Tuesday 2 May 2017 from 10am–12pm at Carers Victoria in Footscray.

Expressions of Interest: Carers Victoria NDIS Learning Online Program

Carers Victoria have developed a seven-week online learning program to enable carers to take important steps to prepare for the NDIS at a time and place the suits them. The program will run from April to May and will be delivered through a facilitated online community. Places are limited to 50 participants.To register email

Carers Victoria Mental Health Program: Carers, Families and the NDIS

Carers Victoria is also running specific information sessions for carers and families who are caring for a person with a psychosocial disability commencing on 5 April and will run over 4 weeks

General information sessions

Pre-planning workshops

Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) are running workshops in North East Melbourne Area (NEMA) to help NDIS participants and their families and carers prepare for their planning conversation. Call BSL on 1300 275 634 or drop into an office to book a session.
BSL are also running workshops on how to understand and start your first plan. Contact BSL as above for more information.

Seminar: Self-direction and the NDIS 

Self managing NDIS funding and employing one’s own supports is a very empowering way to have control. However, people may be discouraged thinking that self-management is a difficult process. This seminar offers the opportunity to hear from a parent about their NDIS journey and to find out how and why they self-manage NDIS supports.Thursday 27 April, 9.30am–3.30pm, Kathleen Syme Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton. More

NDIS Info Van tour in Loddon NDIS LAC partner, Intereach, continue their ‘Info Van’ tour of the Loddon area in Victoria. This includes the City of Greater Bendigo and the Shires of Campaspe, Loddon, Central Goldfields, Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges. More

Workshops for people with disability and families in Warrnambool

Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) will run six half day workshops for people with disability and their families in Warrnambool between April 11–13. The free workshops will explain the NDIS in detail. More workshops will be run in other regional centres in 2017.

Service provider workshops

Workforce Planning Training for Community Mental Health

NDS and VICSERV are offering a Workforce Planning Training for Community Mental Health subsidised training course in 2017. Spaces are limited. More        

Setting the scene for the Scheme: Introduction to the NDIS for service providers

National Disability Services (NDS) is providing information sessions for service providers in areas where the NDIS roll out commences from 2018. For further details and to register for the sessions check the NDS website.

Victorian public health services workshop

National Disability Services (NDS), in partnership with the Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA), is offering a training module that will support Victorian public health services to understand the overarching principles of workforce planning and capacity building required for their organisation. The workshop is targeted to HR managers, senior managers, staff involved with workforce planning and service delivery. A workshop will be run in Warrnambool on 27 April. Register

National NDIS Mental Health Conference

Registrations are open for the National NDIS Mental Health Conference. The conference will be held in Sydney over two days in November 2017. Dates, venue and event program to be released shortly. Register to be notified of important event updates and when tickets become available.   

Topic Tuesdays in April

SANE's online forums provide social connection and support in a safe, anonymous and caring online community. Click here to join the events and register as a community member.

Lived Experience 7–9pm AEDT Tuesday 18 April
Staying safe while supporting others.
In this forum SANE will discuss how to self care and set boundaries in a way that values your sense of safety as well as the relationship when supporting others. More

Carers Forum 7–9pm AEDT Wednesday 26 April
Managing conflict. 
Though conflict is often unpleasant, it is a natural part of social interactions, and it can provide opportunities to work through and resolve issues within a relationship. In this forum SANE will talk about ways you can manage conflict. They'll also cover ways to prevent conflict, communication, and setting boundaries. More   

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic)

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

Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)

Saturday 13 May, 2–5pm. ACNEM is launching a series of public nutritional medicine education lectures in Melbourne. In the first program, Feed Your Brain, nutritional medicine experts will discuss the connection between nutrition, digestion and mental wellbeing. More

The Bouverie Centre

Fostering Realistic Hope. 21–22 April in Brunswick. This two day workshop is for carer families/partners supporting a family member with Borderline Personality Disorder. More

The Bouverie Centre offers an array of short courses for helping professionals. Download their 2017 calendar or for more course details and registrations, browse their range of workshops here.

Carers Victoria

Education Services Workshops. Carers Victoria offers carer workshops and educational programs to help carers and Carer Support Groups enhance their knowledge about how to best support themselves and the people they care for. You will be able to explore the impact of caring on your emotional and physical health, and also gain practical advice on how to navigate the health and community sector. More.

Mind Recovery College

Enrol in a course and learn about mental health and life skills that help you build a more positive, connected and meaningful life. Courses are designed for everyone; including people experiencing mental ill heath, family members, carers or professionals looking for new understanding and insights into themselves and others. Check out their courses page for more information about what's coming up near you. 

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.
Yarram 1–2 May; Moorabbin 4–5 May; Boort 11–12 May; Traralgon 24–25 August: Ballarat 14–15 September: Mildura 12th–13 October;  Wodonga 2–3 November; Swan Hill 9–10  October; Leongatha 23–24 October; Torquay 13–14 November. More


The VICSERV Training Calendar is available here.


Mental Health Education Programs Calendar: February – April 2017. These education programs provide an opportunity to learn about mental health and recovery. More   

4–5 May, Perth, Western Australia
Towards Elimination of Restrictive Practices 11th National Forum. Travel subsidies are available for lived experience delegates. To see if you are eligible click here.
The forum provides an opportunity for clinicians, practitioners, consumers and carers/family members from across Australia to come together to showcase innovations in practice, forge ideas and policy directions based on research, clinical practice and lived experience. 

13 May, Wantirna
Multicultural Gala Dinner.
Mental Health Foundation Australia's inaugural event aims to connect various community groups in Victoria. The proceeds of the dinner will assist mental health education and prevention programs to support people and their carers. More

29 May, Box Hill
Perspectives of Peer Work Forum. At this FREE event you will hear from people who are using their lived experience to make a difference, meet service providers who employ peer workers, learn about job and training opportunities for Peer Workers, and have the opportunity to participate in afternoon workshops and presentations. Register   

Mental Health Compass

A user-friendly guide for consumers, carers, service providers and professionals. Includes live links to websites, services and helplines. More

Pathways for Carers

Come relax and share a walk with other carers. The Pathway 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, supports available to carers. More


Wellways have a range of great community-based activities and events. Find out what’s happening near you. More

For Tandem's comprehensive list of Carer Support Groups please visit our website.   
29 August – 1 September, Sydney
TheMHS Conference 2017: Embracing Change through Innovation and Lived Experience.
Mental health services across Australia and New Zealand have undergone unprecedented change over the past 10 years. Adherence to the principles of recovery and recognition of lived experience as key to mental health reform are expanding the range of choices beyond traditional illness management.This conference will explore new directions and conversations that are based on building on the extraordinary strengths found in individuals, families, and communities. More

4–6 October, Adelaide
7th International Carers Conference – UPDATE. Carers Australia is pleased to announce confirmation of keynote speakers, Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski. Vickie and Al have been engaged as activists, teachers, innovators, entrepreneurs and writers in the world of caregiving and disability for more than three decades. More

11–13 October, Albury NSW
9th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium. 
Mental Health reform in rural Australia – Working Together, integrating care. More

19 October, Melbourne
National Carer Counselling Conference 2017
A conference where professional practitioners (counsellors, psychologists and social workers) from across Australia will come together to focus on the therapeutic and counselling approaches demonstrated to be effective with unpaid family and friend carers. Registrations open Monday 15 May 2017. Calls for abstracts now open. More  

Here's what others are saying.

Alfred Health Carer Services. More

Carers Victoria. March edition of Voice. More

Headspace. Happenings in April. More
Kids Matter. Families eNewsletter. More

Neami. Clear Thinking newsletter. More

Wellways. April eNews. More

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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: 28 April, 12 May, 26 May, 9 June, 23 June.  
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.
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