Join a community of people who are supporting someone with mental health challenges and use their lived experience to improve the Mental Health and Wellbeing System and the experience of families and carers within it.

What do Tandem Participation Register members do?

When you join the Register, you will have the opportunity to share your lived experience and represent Tandem in:

  • focus groups
  • committees
  • advisory groups
  • project development working groups and evaluations, and
  • at conferences and events.

You will be provided with induction and ongoing training and support, as well as opportunities to connect with other Register members. We encourage family, friends and supporters from a range of ages, family roles and backgrounds to apply.

Play a part in Victoria’s mental health reform 

Joining the Register also gives you an opportunity to play an active role in shaping the direction of Victoria's mental health reforms. Many upcoming opportunities for Register participants relate to recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System.
The Royal Commission recommends that people with lived experience as a family member or carer of someone with mental health challenges or psychological distress be involved in the co-design and co-production of the new Mental Health and Wellbeing System and its services.

Eligibility to join the Register

Applicants must be over the age of 16

To join the Register, you are expected to:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have lived experience of supporting a person with mental health challenges
  • Have lived experience of the mental health system or other systems of support, such as the NDIS, preferably in Victoria
  • Be able to provide a carer/family perspective at a system advocacy level, or be willing to acquire these skills.
  • Have communication and interpersonal skills, capacity, and willingness to learn new skills such as conflict resolution, or advocacy skills
We recognise that you may have a busy life and won't be able to engage with every opportunity that comes up. How much you do is up to you. Once you join the Register, you can leave at any time, or you can remain on it during periods when you're not active.


Fill in our Participation Register new member application form or send us an email with your name and contact details, and someone from Tandem will be in touch to talk through what’s involved.

Email: [email protected]

Contact us

For more information, contact the Tandem Participation Register:

Email: [email protected]
Call: 03 8803 5555