Working Groups

Tandem Working Groups

Each year we work with our members on a variety of issues identified by carers and the priorities in our sector. To do this we form or join working groups, made up of members, to plan and advocate on these issues.  At present our current working group committments include:

  • MHCSS DHHS Senior Leaders meeting
  • MHCSS intake and assessment meeting
  • MHCSS AOD  Workforce Capability Advisory Group
  • Group  (HOI)
  • MHCSS AOD  Workforce Capability Advisory Group
  • Group  (HOI) lived experience working group
  • Mental Health Performance Management consultations (Paxton)
  • Statewide Education and Training Forum
  • DHHS Cluster Steering Committee Group
  • VICSERV Cert IV in Peer Work Advisory Working Group
  • Victorian Police Mental Health Portfolio Reference Group - 2015 Vic Police Report
  • Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative Consumer Carer Leadership Group
  • NDIS DHHS Mental Health Reference Group
  • NDIS VICSERV DHHS project reference group
  • NDIS Mental Health Australia Consumer Carer Advisory Group
  • Carer Experience Tool: Expert Advisory Committee
  • Victorian Dual Diagnosis Consumer Carer Leadership Group
  • Victorian Dual Disability Reference Group (VDD)
  • Regular meetings with the Victorian Mental Health Commissioner and the Mental Health Tribunal
  • Key Stakeholder Communications Forum
  • Regular liaison with National Mental Health Commission
  • MHCSS DHHS and Peak Liaison meeting
  • MHCSS AOD  Workforce Capability Advisory Group
  • (HOI) Lived experience working group
  • Mental Health Performance Management consultations (Paxton)


In addition, Tandem convenes the following working groups:

  • Mental Health and AOD Working Group
  • Tandem Communications Steering Committee
  • Mental Health Workforce Development:

Members of the Workforce Development group contributed to the National and State government discussions on workforce strategy and policy via participation in statewide roundtables, working groups , including a carer round table facilitated by Tandem. 

This group also oversees the development and/or delivery of training modules for undergraduates and mental health professionals:

Tandem's Working with Families Training Modules

Tandem's Carer Skills Bank Training - supporting effective carer participation in service development, delivery and evaluation

Carer Consultants Network of Victoria Carer Peer Workforce Training

National and State CertIV in Mental Health Peer Worker Training

Mental Health Workforce Victorian Mental Health Training Clusters Steering Committee


Carer issues are identified and worked on through monthly Tandem meetings and working groups. Carer issues and policy positions are taken to State and Federal government officers and Ministers via:

  • Regular meetings with the Mental Health Drugs and Regions Division of the Department of Health
  • Letters, submissions, deputations
  • Liaison and representation on government committees 

If you have an issue relating to our aims, please contact one of the member organisation representatives who will bring it to the Network. Alternatively, you can email us (

You can be informed of the Network's progress, working groups and research on carer issues by becoming a member and via this website which is regularly updated. Please see our membership page for more information on how to become an individual member or organisational member.