In this issue

•  Member consultation and celebration
•  Tandem Annual Report
•  Call for public comment: Fifth National Mental Health Plan
•  Draft model for future care support service system
•  Using implementation science to inform prevention strategies
•  Supporting behaviour change in family based interventions
•  Siblings Australia Creating Capacity Project
•  Changes at the Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS)
•  Like Crazy movie offer

Regular features

Ready, Steady, NDIS
Training Opportunities
Carer Support Group Update

Member consultation and celebration

The last 2016 meeting for members will largely be devoted to hearing from you and celebrating the year just past. We hope you can join us from 10am–1pm, including an end of year lunch, or for part of the time.
10am – 1pm 8 December, Tandem office, Abbotsford
Workshop for the Statewide Design, Service and Infrastructure Plan for Victoria’s Clinical Mental Health System (the Plan). Tandem has been requested by KPMG, the consultancy firm retained by DHHS to provide a blueprint for the re-design of the clinical mental health systems, and to assemble carers and members to respond to their draft mental health clinical service planning principles. Following consultations in August 2016, this is an update session on the development of of the Plan. The session will focus on testing some of the indicative directions and key ‘planning principles’ that should underpin service, design and infrastructure planning across Victoria’s clinical mental health system.

A copy of the original Discussion Paper developed for this work can be downloaded for your information and outlines some of the key issues which a clinical mental health system plan needs to address.

We encourage you to attend the session and look forward to your participation. Please RSVP to by close of business on Monday 5 December 2016.

Strategic planning.
 What should Tandem be doing for the next three years? Consultant Allison Hallahan from Birru Health will facilitate this discussion to form Tandem’s 2017–2020 Strategic Plan.

12.15 onwards
Let's celebrate. Please join us for an end of year celebration in appreciation of your committment and support throughout 2016.

Tandem 2016 Annual Report

We encourage you to learn more about our organisation from the information provided in our Annual Report. Download the PDF version of our 2016 Annual and Financial Report by clicking on the image to your left.

Call for public comment

Fifth National Mental Health Plan

The Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, has invited the community to have their say on the draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan. Minister Ley said the consultation draft for the Fifth National Mental Health Plan has been approved by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) on behalf of all Health Ministers and is now ready for public comment. 'This is an important document and has been widely anticipated by the mental health sector,' Minister Ley said. 'The Fifth National Mental Health Plan articulates national priorities for collaboration across states and territories, the Australian Government, the sector and consumers on mental health for the next five years.The National Mental Health Plan aims to improve the lives of people with mental health issues. More details on the consultation process here.

Draft model for future Carer Support Service System

Share your thoughts on a draft model for a future Carer Support Service System. The Australian Government is committed to supporting and sustaining the vital work of unpaid carers and has developed a draft Service Delivery Model for a proposed new Integrated Carer Support Service System. The Department of Social Services invites you to share your thoughts and feedback on a draft Service Delivery Model for a proposed future service by making a submission or by participating in the carer survey. Please visit to have your say before 5pm on 16 December 2016.

Using implementation science to inform prevention strategies

The latest GEMS (Gateway to Evidence that Matters) publication has just been released. Using implementation science to inform prevention strategies for families where a parent has a mental illness discusses how implementation science can support the improved uptake of prevention programs and strategies for children and families where a parent has a mental illness. The article, written by Bjørg Eva Skogøy a researcher from Norway, also summarises an implementation framework that has been used to evaluate the implementation of family interventions in hospital settings.

Supporting adult behaviour change in family-based interventions

The journal Advances in Mental Health: Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention is calling for papers for a special issue of the journal titled Supporting adult behaviour change in family based intervention. The issue will focus on innovations in prevention and early intervention in family-based interventions aimed at supporting positive mental health among children and parents. 

The journal is seeking papers including research articles, case studies and reviews of literature that explores how interventions involving parents and other carers in the family as change agents can influence the functioning of family members across diverse populations, with the aim of furthering the understanding of how to best support the mental health of children and adults. Learn about the process for making a submission.

Siblings Australia Creating Capacity Project

Survey for Adult Siblings

Creating Capacity: Support for Adult Siblings is a project funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Sector Development Fund. It is about adult siblings of people with disability. Adult siblings are brothers or sisters of people with disability who are 18 years of age or older. 

The project will develop online resources for adult siblings about the NDIS and the different roles that siblings might play in supporting their brother or sister with disability. It will also develop opportunities for peer support and mentoring between adult siblings.

This survey will help us make decisions about the project and let us know what you want, and gives you an opportunity to get involved in the project. Click here to learn more and to take part.

Changes at the Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS)

The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria has announced that Dr George Taleporos has decided to leave to pursue new challenges after 10 years’ dedicated service to the Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) and the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic). George has led YDAS to support and advocate for hundreds of young people across the state, creating and maintaining an invaluable service that is unique in Australia. Tandem wishes George well with his new adventures. YDAC has posted recruitment information on their website.

Movie offer

Like Crazy is a wonderful new Italian film by Paolo Virzì that takes a touching and unique view on friendship, freedom and mental illness. The film’s exceptional screenplay imbues its characters with honesty, humour, warmth and true emotional depth – rarer still, it does so without judgment or stigma. 
Like Crazy opens nationally in capital cities on November 24th for a strictly limited season. Tandem and Hi Gloss Entertainment have 10 x Buy-1-Get-1-Free passes to give away!

To receive your Buy-1-Get-1-Free pass to see the film, simply email Dan with your name and postal address and the subject line “Like Crazy Tandem ticket giveaway.”

Click on the image to view the trailer and here to find participating cinemas.
Ready, Steady, NDIS

Summary of MHCSS transition concerns

VICSERV has collated the unanswered questions from participants who attended the VICSERV NDIS Mental Health Forum in October. View them here.

NDIA Mental Health Sector Reference Group Quarterly Communique

The NDIA has developed a Quarterly Sector Communique from National Mental Health Sector Reference Group. This group provides expert advice from the mental health sector to the NDIA about mental health and the NDIS.

ILC Commissioning Framework

Program guidelines, FAQs and Outcomes Framework Discussion Starter for the ILC Toolkit have been released. These documents follow the recent release of the final version of the ILC (Information, Linkages and Capacity Building) Commissioning Framework outlining proposed ILC outcomes, how ILC will interact with NDIS and mainstream services, and how ILC grants will operate.
What is clear from the Commissioning Framework is that the focus for ILC will be on people with disability including people with psychosocial disability who do not have an NDIS plan. Families and Carers are expected to benefit from ILC activities for people with disability and from activities funded to build the capacity of mainstream services and community activities. The NDIA will fund some activities designed to support families and carers in their important role but these activities will need to be evidence based and deliver an outcome for the person with disability who they support. Activities that duplicate Local Area Coordination (LAC), NDIS funded supports or mainstream services will not be funded.
The Program Guidelines for ILC provide further detail on the funding application process. There are also some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Program Guidelines. The ILC Outcomes Framework Discussion Starter provides more detail about how outcomes from ILC funded activities will be monitored, measured, reported and evaluated. Click here to see the ILC toolkit.
The NDIA plans to stagger the ILC roll-out across the states, starting with the ACT on 1 July 2017.

Have your say: Every Australian Counts Survey

Complete a short online survey to let the Government and the National Disability Insurance Agency know what’s working and what’s not with the NDIS. Based on what you say, Every Australian Counts will release their Every Australian Counts NDIS Community Report Card in December which will be the first community report card tracking how the community thinks the NDIS is going as it is rolled out.  

Rocky start to NDIS transition period

The first quarterly report covering the NDIS transition phase was released recently. The report shows that the NDIS fell well short of its targets in terms of participant numbers. IT problems contributed to this but the numbers were still below expected after taking into account these issues. Though it remains high, satisfaction with the NDIA has also declined in the last quarter. During the trial phase 95 per cent of participants and their families and carers rated their experience as good or very good, whereas in the last quarter this dropped to 85 per cent of participants.

NDIA Annual Report

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has published its 2015-16 Annual Report: Towards an Ordinary Life, which provides a comprehensive overview of the Agency and Scheme and the progress of the scheme over the last 12 months.

Audit of NDIS transition management

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has released a report assessing how the NDIA and DSS managed the transition of the disability services market to the NDIS.

The report, entitled NDIS – Management of Transition of the Disability Services Market, has found that:
  • there has been a lack of clarity around roles and responsibilities, contributing to delay, risk and complexity
  • no strategic approach was used for the Sector Development Fund
  • Operational Guidelines fell short of an overall work plan with time frames and deliverables
  • despite high executive oversight, risk management could be better
  • the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework must be finalised to improve regulatory certainty
  • the NDIA and DSS need to invest in their monitoring capability going forward. 
Both the NDIA and DSS have acknowledged and agreed with the ANAO findings and have advised they will take the feedback on board.

Report on individualised housing assistance

New research by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) has found that, with the creation of new NDIS markets, by 2019 between 83,000 and 122,000 people will struggle to secure appropriate low-cost housing, eliminating consumer choice and control.

NDIS plan extensions

Some NDIS participants that have scheduled plan reviews coming up in November will have their plans extended. Learn more about plan extensions on the NDIA website.

A new National Disability and Carers Advisory Council

Council members include business representatives as well as disability and care sector advocates from all states and territories. The Council will contribute to discussions about disability and care sector reform, including looking at disability employment and carer support. It will also provide advice as the roll out of the NDIS continues and help drive the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020.  For more information click here.

Resources for carers

Psychosocial disability, recovery and the NDIS factsheet. This new fact sheet has been developed alongside carers and consumers and provides information on how the NDIS supports people with psychosocial disability.

NDIS information podcast in Arabic. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has worked with SBS to make a podcast of an NDIS information session for the Arabic speaking community.
Webinar for Mental Health Carers. In October Mental Health Australia and Carers Australia broadcast a national webinar to help Mental Health Carers understand the NDIS and provide them with information and resources to help them support the person they care for to engage with the NDIS.


Information sessions and events

30 November
City of Whittlesea Disability Service Provider Expo.
City of Whittlesea is hosting this Expo as part of International Day of People with Disability program this year.  Service providers will be providing information about what they offer people with a disability as well as information sessions by BSL and the Office of the Disability Services Commissioner.

Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) pre-planning workshops. Pre-planning workshops are being held across NEMA at all BSL offices and are designed to assist participants prepare for their planning meeting with a Local Area Coordinator. 

Locations, days and times
Whittlesea (1/1 Latitude Blvd, Thomastown), Wednesdays 10am–12pm, Thursdays 5.30pm–7.30pm.
Yarra (95 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy – Training Room 5), Fridays 10am–12pm.
Banyule and Nillumbik (65 Main Street, Greensborough), Tuesdays 10am–12pm, Wednesdays 5.30pm–7.30pm.
Darebin (293 High Street, Preston), Thursdays 10am–12pm, Mondays 5.30pm–7.30pm.
If you require any further information, please email Linkage Coordinator Maree Ellul, or call her on 9223 4208 or 0437 106 577.

NDIA events

NDIA are holding a range of information sessions in Central Highlands. Please click here for further details.

Service provider workshops

NDS and VICSERV are offering a Workforce Planning for Community Mental Health subsidised training course in 2017. Spaces are limited. For further details, click here.

Alfred Health Carer Services

The Alfred Health Carer Services website features a number of resources available for carers. They have developed a new promotional postcard for carers to see across the Southern region. Please contact Lindy on 9076 6204 or if you would like multiple copies of the postcard sent to you. Please list the number of copies required and address for postage.

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria

ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. 1 December. Surrey Hills. For further information or to register, visit the ARCVic website.

Carers Victoria

NDIS Information Session For Carers. 29 November, 10.30am–12.00pm. Come along to this information session if you would like to know more about NDIS and are a carer. Carers Victoria, Footscray. 

Click here to register and see all Carer's Victoria courses and events for 2016.

MIND Australia

Becoming a Peer Worker – Information session
This one-day workshop has been designed for people who would like to learn more about using their lived experience of mental ill-health and recovery in the peer workforce. This course is for consumer and carers. 1 December 2016, 10am3.30pm, Nunawading. Download the flyer for more information.


Certificate IV Mental Health Peer Work. VICSERV is pleased to announce that registrations are open for the 2017 program of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515), commencing in February 2017. More information can be found here.

The full VICSERV Training Calendar May 2016 to February 2017 is available here.
27 November, Tyabb
Peninsula Carer Council – End of Year Celebration.
Carers, families and friends are all invited to spend an afternoon at Eldon Park in Tyabb from 12.30–4.00pm. Please bring a plate of food to share with others. See flyer for details.

27 November, Ringwood
FaPMI Family Fun Day. A day for families where a parent or carer has a mental health concern. This is a multi-age event with lots of activities including a sausage sizzle, pony rides, card making, zorb ball and henna hand painting. Entry is free but bookings are essential. More information, registration and photo consent forms can be downloaded here.

13–21 December, Federation Square
'Diverse-CITY' Exhibition by ADEC’s ArtAbility.
 Now in its 12th year, ArtAbility® is an annual exhibition of visual art created by people living with a disability from multicultural backgrounds. This year’s theme is ‘Diverse-CITY’. Through the medium of visual arts, an individual can express him or herself, and the ArtAbility® program is designed to provide this opportunity to our participating artists. For more information and to download an invitation to the exhibition opening click here      
BPD Community Support Group
The next Information Night will be on Wednesday 8 February, 2017 at 7.00pm. The topic is Should we change the name? Presented by Prof David Castle, it promises to be an informative and engaging discussion. If appropriate, please print off the flyer in the newsletter and draw it to the attention of any who may be interested. Their Carer's Group continues to meet monthly. 

Information session for new carers
Have you recently been caring for someone with a mental health issue? Are you lost or confused by the mental health system? Attend a free information session on 1 December, 10am12pm at Ermha Ltd. Community Mental Health Services, Dandenong South. Download the flyer for more information.

Wellways (formerly MI Fellowship) runs a range of programs, activities and events all year round. You can meet people, try new things and learn new skills in your local area. We hold events for people living with mental illness and their family and friends. Find out more about what's happening near you here.

The Pathway for Carers project offers carers of people with a disability or a mental health issue, an opportunity to share walks in Manningham, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges with other carers and to learn more about news, services, supports available to carers. Further information can be found here.
23–24 Feburary 2017, Sydney
2017 TheMHS Summer Forum: Choice and Control, Personalising the Mental Health System.
This forum will investigate the impact of our evolving mental health system on people and services, and ask how citizenship for consumers can be achieved. Register here.
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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