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•  Tandem members' meetings resume for 2017
•  Join our Facebook community
•  Be included in eNews
•  Parliamentary Advocacy Day
•  Low Intensity Psychological Services Forum
•  SANE slams recently-released movie
•  Mental Health Compass website
•  Call for clinicians to boost patient safety
•  Discount cinema tickets

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Tandem members' meetings resume for 2017

Tandem montlhy members’ meetings resume on Thursday 9 February. Members are encouraged to join us at Level 1, 37 Mollison Street, Abbotsford on the second Thursday of every month for an update on Tandem advocacy work for Mental Health Carers. 

The first meeting of the year will provide an opportunity to farewell Ellen-Jane Browne from Department of Health and Human Services. Ellen-Jane has headed up the Carer and Consumer Portfolio for the last three years, and will be very much missed by people who have met her and seen her commitment to hearing from consumers and carers around the state.   

Join our Facebook community

Our new Facebook page is up and running and we're happy to see we're steadily increasing our community. This is a place where we will share all family and friend (carer) related news that we hope will help keep you informed and up-to-date. If you haven't done so yet, please visit our page and press the like button to see our regular posts.   

Be included in eNews

At Tandem we always invite you to keep us up-to-date on what is happening in the community, so 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 for the first quarter are: 10 February, 24 February, 10 March, 24 March and 7 April.   

Parliamentary Advocacy Day

Thursday 23 March
Mental Health Australia: Parliamentary Advocacy Day at Parliament House in Canberra
Mental Health Australia invite everyone to participate in the Parliamentary Advocacy Day at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 23 March. Input on this day will help to push for the real reform needed in the mental health sector. More

Frank Quinlan’s open letter to the new Federal Minister for Health, Hon Greg Hunt. More

Greg Hunt has been appointed to replace Sussan Ley. Here he brings a personal experience of how mental illness affects families. More   

Low Intensity Psychological Services Forum 

Late last year Tandem participated in a Forum held by the Eastern Metropolitan Primary Health Network for health professionals to contribute to a service design for Low Intensity Psychological Services that EMPHN will procure. The emphasis was on innovative service programs that target hard to reach groups of the community. Read the report.   

SANE slams recently-released movie Split from Universal Studios

National mental health organisation SANE Australia has condemned new Hollywood horror film Split which trivialises complex mental illness and depicts people living with dissociative identity disorder as violent villains. More   

Mental Health Compass website

Mental Health Compass is an online resource designed to help consumers and carers navigate Victoria’s mental health service system. Compass was developed with the help of mental health consumers and carers who feel that informed involvement in treatment, as well as supported recovery can mean better results, faster. More   

Call for clinicians to boost patient safety

Doctors, nurses and other health clinicians are being urged to play their part in an overhaul of Victoria’s hospital quality and safety system with expressions of interest for the new Victorian Clinical Council now open. The establishment of the new Victorian Clinical Council is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s reforms to strengthen quality and safety and drive down avoidable harm in Victorian hospitals. The Council will put clinicians front and centre in providing clinical expertise to the Government, the Department of Health and Human Services, and health services on how to improve quality and safety, and provide better, safer care to all Victorians.

For more information on how to register interest for the new Victorian Clinical Council click here, or email VCC@dhhs.vic.gov.au or phone 9096 2159.   

Discounted cinema tickets for Carers

Hoyts Cinemas, in conjunction with Carers Australia, is offering discount cinema tickets for the benefit of all carer members of the Carers Associations in Australia. The offer gives an adult movie ticket for the price of one dollar (maximum of one ticket per day) and is valid until December 2017. Eligibility applies. More   

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. Abstracts of 200250 words due 1 March, 2017. Full manuscripts of no more than 6000 words 1 May, 2017.   
Ready, Steady, NDIS

Tandem activities

2017 is sure to be another busy and challenging year as the Tandem NDIS team continues to engage with Mental Health Carers and families across Victoria in preparation for the NDIS.
 
2016 was a milestone year, seeing the NDIS go live across the country, with NEMA the first area to transition to the NDIS in Victoria and Barwon continuing to roll out. While the launch was fraught with issues relating to the volume of participants transitioning to the NDIS, the online portal and payments, there were stories of hope and success emerging from people with psychosocial disability and their families and carers accessing the new model of supports.
 
2017 will see the continuation of one of Australia's most significant social reforms, with the Central Highlands region covering Ararat, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool and Pyrenees beginning roll-out on 1 January 2017. According to a Victorian Government Media Release on 1 January, an estimated 4516 people within the Central Highlands are expected to transition into the NDIS including 1358 new clients. The Loddon region will follow from 1 May 2017. Consumers who are receiving Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) are expected to transition across approximately five months following the general roll-out date.
 
The NDIS is still far from a perfect fit for people with psychosocial disability and their families and carers, and as the Scheme expands we have hope that it will also evolve and improve. Tandem welcomes the Joint Standing Committee inquiry into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities to draw attention to the key areas in need of change in order for the NDIS to meet the holistic needs of people with psychosocial disability and their families and carers and will be contributing a submission for the inquiry.
 
As we face a new year Tandem will continue to advocate for positive change to improve outcomes from the NDIS for people with psychosocial disability related to a mental health condition and their families and carers while ensuring people who are experiencing mental health issues and their families and carers are able to access the range of supports needed in the community in their recovery outside the NDIS.
 

Other news

NDIS Joint Standing Committee – inquiry into psychosocial disability

The Joint Standing Committee inquiry into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities provides a much-needed opportunity to feedback the many challenges that families, friends and significant others who care for people with psychosocial disability related to a mental health condition have been experiencing with the NDIS and how improvements can be made around NDIS supports for people with psychosocial disability and their families and carers.
 
Tandem will be drafting a submission on behalf of families and carers of people experiencing mental health challenges. 
 
Should Tandem members wish to contribute to Tandem’s submission we would welcome your perspective regarding the following:
  • Issues regarding eligibility criteria for the NDIS for people with a psychosocial disability for themselves or people they care for.
  • Issues arising regarding the transition to the NDIS of all current long and short term mental health Commonwealth Government funded services.
  • Concerns regarding the transition of current long and short-term mental health state and territory government-funded services to the NDIS.
  • Feedback or concerns regarding the planning process for people with a psychosocial disability, you as the carer or family member, and the role of primary health networks in that process.
Submissions for this inquiry are due on 27 February, please email your feedback to readysteadyndis@tandemcarers.org.au
 
If you wish to make your own submission, information on how to submit can be found here
 

NDIS Evaluation Report released

The NDIS Evaluation Intermediate Report is the second of three reports evaluating the NDIS and includes findings from an evaluation of a number of NDIS trial sites around the country from May 2013 to June 2016.

The reports draw on both in-depth interviews of people with a disability who are NDIS participants, their families and carers, disability service providers, and representatives from peak disability organisations as well as the initial findings from a longitudinal study. 

The reports reveal:
  • Poorer outcomes for people who were unable to effectively advocate for services on their own behalf, including some people with psychosocial disability.
  • The qualitative evidence suggests that support for carers (within and outside of the NDIS) has diminished since the NDIS roll-out.
  • While Families and carers often reported an increased sense of positivity and wellbeing as a result of their loved one being more involved in activities they enjoyed and having more interests outside the home, many families were finding the ongoing paperwork requirements of the NDIS a new source of stress.
  • Lower levels of satisfaction for supports from people with psychosocial disability.
  • People with mental health and psychosocial disability are more likely to report less choice and control over supports since becoming NDIS participants.
  • People with psychosocial disability record a mean measure of wellbeing that is considerably lower than that recorded for other disability groups.
  • A lack of NDIS funding for supports such as respite, support coordination, behaviour management, employment skills, and psycho-social support for families.
Many of these findings are consistent with the information Tandem has been hearing from our consultations with mental health carers and meetings in the Victorian mental health sector. 
 

NDIS and Mental Health in the media

Recent weeks have seen a series of articles highlighting the concerns being felt in the mental health sector about whether people living with a mental illness, who are not eligible for the NDIS, will be adequately supported, both in the immediate ­future and as the scheme ­matures.

An article in The Australian ('100,000 mentally ill lose NDIS cover', 19 December 2016) reported that NDIA's modelling has under-counted the number of people with a mental illness who require a service. The NDIA has allowed for 64,000 people with a severe mental illness to be included in the scheme. However, this figure is based on people who have accessed service, not based on the actual number of people who require services.

More recently, the ABC (7 January 2017) and Pro Bono (9 January 2017) reported on the not-for-profit and community sectors' call for government action to ensure adequate supports are provided so as to remove any pressures on the state's health system. 

Responsive action is needed to ensure there is adequate support for people who are experiencing mental challenges and are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). A loss of adequate supports outside of the NDIS will have a devastating impact for those who are not eligible and their families and carers. The senate inquiry established to investigate the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities provides mental health carers with a vital opportunity to highlight the challenges in these areas and influence change.
 

Psychosocial Supports Design Project 

The final report from the Psychosocial Supports Design Project developed by Mental Health Australia alongside the NDIA has been released. The aim of the project was to investigate what kind of supports would best benefit participants with psychosocial disability related to a mental health condition. The Project began in response to concerns expressed by mental health providers operating in NDIS trial sites about the applicability of the NDIA Price Guide to the types of support services, likely to be chosen by participants with psychosocial disability.
 

ILC National Readiness Grants Open 

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced the opening of the first funding round for the ILC National Readiness Grants and the ILC Jurisdictional Grants in the ACT. Up to $13.1 million is available as part of the ILC National Readiness Grants funding round. The NDIS will provide ILC grants (money for projects) to successful organisations. Applications must be submitted by 2.00pm AEDT on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

According to the NDIS, the National Readiness Grants aim to:
  • Build the capacity and readiness of organisations and the community to operate within a nationally consistent approach to ILC.
  • Build the foundations required to deliver ILC activities on a national scale. 
The NDIA has released an application pack for the funding founds. This pack includes:
  1. A funding round summary – which outlines eligibility criteria and the selection criteria which will be used.
  2. A copy of the CICD Program Guidelines – Implementing ILC.
  3. A copy of our standard terms and conditions for grants.
Further information about the respective rounds are available on the DSS Community Grants Hub website.

For further information about ILC please see the NDIS ILC Toolkit, Program Guidelines, FAQ and Outcomes Framework Discussion Starter and the NDIS ILC Commissioning Framework. You can check out the NDIS ILC page and check out the ILC FAQs for organisations page on the NDIS website.
 

Criticism of the ILC and LAC roles

In an article titled ILC: Kneecapping the NDIS, Disability Services Consulting raises serious concerns about the design and funding of the ILC and LAC roles.
 
Tandem notes the lack of recognition of the individual needs and support requirements for families and carers within the scope of the ILC. Earlier indications of the purpose and scope of the ILC suggested that supports for families and carers may be available under the ILC framework. Since the recent release of the NDIS ILC Toolkit, Program Guidelines, FAQ and Outcomes Framework Discussion Starter and the NDIS ILC Commissioning Framework it is apparent that families and carers may only be eligible for supports that directly relate to a participants outcome.
 
Tandem is disappointed that the understanding of ‘community’ within the ILC framework is not inclusive of the participant’s families and carers. We believe this is unnecessarily exclusionary, and unreflective of people’s reality to the detriment of the participants, carers and families alike.
 
Tandem will be raising these issues in our submission to the Joint Standing Committee inquiry.

 

Department releases new NDIS FAQs for service providers

The Department of Health and Human Services has released its latest FAQ document on service agreement variation process for NDIS service providers. The document covers the process and timing for State funding withdrawal.
 

DHHS updates its NDIS policies

DHHS has amended several of its policies and registration forms for NDIS service providers, including: Service providers will need to familiarise themselves with these updates to ensure compliance with NDIS requirements.
 

NDIA FAQs for service providers

The NDIA have released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Providers, to assist service-providers in transition. This document covers information on the provider portal, registration, service agreements, the Price Guide and more.

The NDIA has also created several FAQ resources covering the following additional topics:

Productivity Commission review of the NDIS costs

The Government has announced a Productivity Commission review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme costs.

Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP, confirmed on Friday that the review is intended to inform the final design of the full scheme, prior to its commencement, by focusing on updating initial cost projections estimated by the Productivity Commission and by providing advice on longer term projections and overall sustainability issues.

The ABC reported that the review was expected and consistent with the Heads of Agreement with the states and territories and the Commonwealth, but was brought forward with a broadening of terms. 

It is intended that community mental health supports will be part of this review.
 

Announcement of new NDIS board members

On the last day of 2016, Minister for Social Services Christian Porter sent out a media release announcing the new board overseeing the NDIS. Chaired by Dr Helen Nugent (AO), Minister Porter described the expanded board as having "the disability service, financial management, corporate governance and insurance-based expertise needed to guide the $22 billion scheme through its critical three-year expansion.
 
Tandem particularly welcomes the appointment of new board member Ms Robyn Kruk – Deputy Board Chair of Mental Health Australia and previously CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, however shares concerns with disability advocates across the sector about the lack of lived experience with disability on the board.
 
Prior to his departure, the outgoing Chair, Bruce Bonyhady took not so subtle issue with the new board’s lack of lived experience with disability. In a 10 page letter leaked to the ABC the day after it was sent to Minister Porter, Bonyhady takes pains to highlight how his Board’s performance was driven by having director’s with lived experience. Bonyhady celebrates that his board “has included six directors with lived experience of disability, while the two other directors previously were involved with disability service organisations. This direct knowledge of disability has been an essential contributor to the effective governance of the NDIS”
  
In a letter to Minister Porter, outgoing NDIS Board Chair, Mr Bruce Bonyhady outlined some of the ongoing and foreseeable challenges that face the NDIS and disability sector in the years to come, particularly:
  • The finding from the National Institute of Labour Studies evaluation that people with psychosocial disability are not benefiting from the NDIS 'as much as others'.
  • The insufficient funding to support people who fall outside of the Scheme and the need to increase funding for the ILC role.
  • The significant increase in the disability workforce and the need to ensure the workforce has the appropriate skills and values required.
  • The need for a strong and independent quality and safeguarding framework.

Information for Young People in aged care

Young people currently residing in nursing homes may become eligible for supports through the NDIS as it rolls out across Australia. The Department of Health has recently published new information on the NDIS for young people in aged care on its website.
 

Criticism on transfer of funds into the NDIS Savings Fund

A number of news articles, including in news.com.au (13 January 2017) and Pro Bono (16 January 2017) have reported that a plan by the Federal Government to transfer $3.7b from the Education Investment Fund (EIF) into the NDIS Savings Fund is unlikely to succeed, as it would require approval from the Senate.

The plan has been criticised by advocate from the Disability Sector, who argue that funding for the NDIS should be “off limits to these kinds of ad hoc funding decisions”; while the Higher Education sector have reaffirmed their support for the NDIS, but have argued that it is inappropriate for money to be removed from the EIF.
 

Resources

NDIA resources

New NDIS Videos
If you are new to the NDIS, you may have questions about the access and planning processes or how you go about starting your plan. New NDIS animations have been released to help respond to some of the more common questions about getting access to the NDIS, developing your first plan and putting it into action. You can watch these new videos on the NDIS YouTube channel.

To help participants, their families and carers understand NDIS partners, The NDIA have also developed videos on the role of LACs and community partners available on their website. They have also released a video explaining plan reviews.
 

NDIS information in Auslan

To help build awareness and understanding of the NDIS in the Australian Deaf Community NDIA in collaboration with Vicdeaf and Deaf Auslan users and NDIA has recently produced NDIS communications materials as Auslan videos, which are now available on the NDIS website. The videos explain what the NDIS is, the way people and providers interact with it and introduce some key concepts regarding how the NDIS works. You can see each new sign in a series of videos available on the Auslan page of the NDIS website.
 

Advocacy support for NDIS participants 

The Australian Government has announced continued funding for the National Disability Advocacy Program and NDIS Appeals advocacy services. The extension of the NDIS Appeals Program will provide funding for support persons and legal services to help NDIS applicants navigate the process of seeking a review of decisions through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.” The extension in National Disability Advocacy Program funding will allow providers to continue to deliver services under the current NDAP model until 30 June 2018, while a review of the program is completed. Click here for more information.
 

New information on Support Coordination

The NDIA has developed further resources and information on Support Coordination for service providers. They have just released updated lists of Support Coordination organisations in NEMA and Loddon. These lists and other information for Support Coordination providers can be found on the VICSERV NDIS Links page
 
NDIA representatives will offer participants a choice of Support Coordinator to work with them to implement their plan. In some cases, it won’t be practicable to offer participants a choice of all Support Coordinators. If a participant requests a Support Coordinator that is either not mentioned by the NDIA representative or is not on the Support Coordination lists, that choice can be facilitated, so long as that provider is appropriately registered.
 

Consumer and Carer NDIS stories

Kylie, who has a psychosocial disability related to a mental health condition shares her story about how the NDIS has provided certainty and continuity of funding for the supports she needs to help her and her family live a contributing live, as well as her experience of having more choice and control over who provides support.
 

National mental Health Sector Reference Group Quarterly Communique

The NDIA National Mental Health Sector Reference Group Quarterly Sector Communique October 2016 has been released. This group provides expert advice from the mental health sector to the NDIA about mental health and the NDIS. 
 

NDIS resources in languages other than English

AMPARO Advocacy in Queensland has produced two fact sheets to provide information on the NDIS to culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Click here to access these fact sheets in Amharic, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, French, Greek, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Italian, Karen, Kirundi, Korean, Macedonian, Nepali, Samoan, Somali, Spanish, Serbian, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tongan, Turkish, Vietnamese, and AUSLAN.
 

Information sessions

NDIS information session in NEMA

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in partnership with Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) are holding an information session in NEMA on the 9 February 2017. The session is designed to help people find out more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). For more information and to register see the NDIS website.
 

NDIS information session in Central Highlands

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) Disability Loop project is running six NDIS Understanding workshops directly for people with disability and families in Bendigo. The half day workshops will be held over 3 days (20, 21, 22 February) at the Quest Bendigo Central. These workshops will be facilitated by people with disability. For more information and to register see here.
 

NDIS information sessions for Carers

Carers Victoria is running an information session for carers about the NDIS on Thursday the 2 February at their office in Footscray. Go to their website for more information and to register.

Carers Victoria is also running specific information sessions for carers and families who are caring for a person with a psychosocial disability commencing on the 5 April at their Office in Footscray. Further details can be found on their website/
 

Service provider workshop

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.   

Aboriginal Family Carer Advisor – Child and Youth Mental Health Service

Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and a parent /carer of a child or adolescent who has used public mental health services and is passionate about supporting other parents and carers? An exciting new opportunity exists for an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander person to work at Eastern Health, Child Youth Mental Health Service as a Family and Carer Advisor. The successful applicant will work across two programs the Adolescent Inpatient Unit and the Specialist Child Team. 2 days per week (0.4 EFT). Applications close 5 February. Apply   

Topic Tuesdays in February

SANE's online forums provide social connection and support in a safe, anonymous and caring online community. Moderated 24/7 by mental health professionals through our partnership with SANE Australia, each month we host special events on topics of interest to our members. Click here to join the events and register as a community member.

Lived Experience 7–9pm AEDT Tuesday 14 February. Dealing with the mental health reform – staying calm during change. More

Carers 7–9pm AEDT Tuesday 21 February. Having a partner with BPD. We look at BPD and share information, experiences and tips on the illness and how you and your partner can create and maintain a healthy relationship. More   

Alfred Health

Mindfulness Workshop in Highett on 16 Feburary. An introductory session for carers of someone with a mental illness. Bookings by 6 February. More

Mindfulness course in Berwick. For carers supporting an older person, or someone living with dementia, a disability or mental health condition. This six week course commencing 23 February has been specifically tailored for carers to reduce the stress which can sometimes feel overwhelming. More

Effective Communication in Mornington. This series of 3 x weekly workshop sessions commencing 1 March aims to provide carers with practical tips and strategies to help you communicate more effectively with friends, family and professionals. 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 thier range of workshops here.


Carers Victoria

NDIS Information Session For Carers. Thursday, 2 February 2017 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 Carer's Victoria courses and events for 2017.


MIND Australia

Mind offers a range of training and education courses for clients, their families and the broader community. Click here to learn more.
 

Mind Recovery College

The Mind Recovery College 2017 course guide is now available. Enrol in a course today and learn about mental health and life skills that help you build a more positive, connected and meaningful life. Courses are led by people who have been on their own recovery journeys. 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.
 

Spectrum

Learning about Borderline Personality Disorder. Spectrum is offering places on 7, 14, 21 and 28 February for friends and families of someone with Borderline Personality Disorder. This workshop series is an opportunity to learn about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and how to best support the person with BPD whilst still caring for yourself. More
 

VICSERV 

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. Enrolments close Friday 3 February. More information can be found here.

The full VICSERV Training Calendar to February 2017 is available here.
 

Wellways

Snapshot is an education program designed to assist family members and carers to maintain their own wellness and support the recovery of their family member or friend with a mental illness. The next program is on 11 February. More   
22 February, St Vincents Hospital
FREE film screening: Chasing Asylum. From Academy Award winner Eva Ormer, Chasing Asylum gives us documentary insight into the lived experience of asylum seekers in offshore detention. This film does more than invite us to imagine the lives of others. It shows the stark realities of life in offshore detention. This is a special FREE screening of Chasing Asylum. A film about Human Rights. A film about Mental Health. A film about collective responsibility. It will be followed by a panel discussion. Wednesday 22 February, 2017 at 2.30pm.  
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. 

Mind Australia
Melbourne East Family and Carer Respite has some new activities in 2017. In additional to their monthly activities they will also be providing two carer support groups, a carer fitness program and a mindfulness program. Enquiries to Alicia on 9872 2221 or alicia.delley@mindaustralia.org.au or Mignon on 9872 2220 or mignon.tucker@mindaustralia.org.au

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.

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   
23–24 Feburary, Sydney
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.

4–6 October, Adelaide
Carers Australia is proud to host the 7th International Carers Conference. The conference aims to re-imagine caring into the future, providing a catalyst for innovation and collaboration; sharing improvements in the way we support unpaid carers, care-recipients, their families, networks and communities. For more information click here.

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