Celebrating Mental Health Carers Achievements In Hawthorn Electorate

Media Release

John Kennedy, Member for Hawthorn, proudly celebrates the achievement of Tania Curlis, who was recognised for their commitment providing care and support of Victorians with mental health issues at the Tandem awards, attended by the Minister for Mental Health, James Merlino.

The Tandem Awards celebrate exceptional services to families and friends in mental health – recognising individuals, programs or services that practice compassion and family-inclusive practice.

Hawthorn constituent Tania Curlis received the Jackie Crowe Memorial Award, for her time and energy spent on helping families access NDIS support.

Celebrating its fourth year, the awards remind us all of vital role of the 60,000 mental health carers and the life-changing work they do every day.

The Royal Commission found that carers did not have the support they need, and often were left out of the care management and planning for their loved ones.

As we implement every recommendation from the Royal Commission, the Victorian Government is committed to ensuring families, carers and supporters will be involved in designing our services and systems like never before.

Examples include families and carers being embedded in key roles throughout the system, eight new family and carer-led services across Victoria, with access to respite services and ways to identify carers needs. The Government will also deliver additional support for young mental health carers, who we know make up a significant part of Victoria’s caring population.

A new independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission will be established, which includes a commissioner with carer lived experience, and a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Framework, monitored by the Premier, will create the accountability we need across the sector.

Change will take time, and we acknowledge the important role that Tandem is playing in shaping the next stage of this reform as the Government gets on with the new initiatives recommended by the Royal Commission.

For more details on the Tandem awards and supports services available for carers visit tandemcarers.org.au


Quotes attributable to Member for Hawthorn John Kennedy

“Tania Curlis receiving the Jackie Crowe Memorial Award is recognition of the dedication and hard work that it takes to help others and the importance of having these voices help shape our new mental health system.

“The Victorian Government is committed to having carers at the table as we design and implement the vital reforms recommended by the Royal Commission.”

“Congratulations to all those recognised that have dedicated so much of themselves for people with lived experience of mental health.”