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Welcome to the Tandem ENews Bulletin, February 5th 2016
This issue is filled with information mental health carers and the carer peer workforce, for carer workers and mental health staff, and those with an interest in this area.
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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

Carer Involvement and Participation

If you or your organisation would like more information on Tandem's opportunities to:
  • further develop effective carer involvement and participation policy for your organisation, or
  • to train your staff for increased and effective carer involvement in assessment, care planning and treatment, or
  • to train your carers/families to participate effectively in service development, delivery and evaluation,
please call Tandem on P: 03 8803 5555 


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Some things to note:
·         Workshops are now offered at Rosanna, Nunawading and Williamstown
·         Workshops are still primarily on Saturdays so most carers can attend.
·         They are open to all carers; parents, partners, offspring, siblings. All ages.
·         Refreshments offered at all workshops.
·         Bookings through the Carer Help Line 1300 550 265
·         If organisations want these or other carer education please contact Sue Preece on 0422 202 554

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

Carers Vic - latest issue of VOICE, magazine for carers.  Click here

MI Fellowship - latest edition of MI Voice click here

VICServ - latest edition of factsline, magazine for the mental health community support sector Click here


Support for Young People
Reach Out.com operates a website to provide support for young people
ICE Helpline to support families and treatment for users
Turning Point will operate this 24/7 Help Line, drawing upon its extensive experience in providing phone-based support.
The 1800 ICE ADVICE phone service is now taking calls, coinciding with the launch of the new www.ice.vic.gov.au website.
To find out more about this Turning Point operated support service, click here
SANE Carers Forum
The Carers Forum is an Australian service for families, friends and other carers of someone living with mental illness. It provides a safe, anonymous online space for us to share our stories and help each other.
For more information and to register to participate on the carer forum, click here

Other News
Victorian Disability Awards now open Click here  

he Victorian Disability Awards recognise people and organisations who make outstanding contributions to empowering people with a disability and creating an inclusive community.
Nominations close at 5pm on Thursday 24 March 2016

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

MI Fellowship - Wellways sessions in February & March Click here
Well Ways - peer education programs for people with a mental illness, their families and friends

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. 

Carers Vic 2016 Education & Workshop overview
click here to see Carer's Vic courses and events for 2016

Carers Victoria, Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray


Conferences and Events

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

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.

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 2016Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne.
Resistrations and 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 Volunteers


2016 Calendar

11 February Tandem Monthly  Members Meeting


If you have a new item, event or career opportunity, or other information that would be appropriate for this publication, please forward it to Karen.Fraser@tandemcarers.org.au
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