Tandem Awards 202 2 for Exceptional Service to Family and Friends in Mental Health


The Tandem Awards are for people and services who have significantly improved the experience of family and friends of people in the mental health system in Victoria.

They are a chance for family and friends supporting someone with mental health challenges to nominate an individual, service or program that practices compassion and family-inclusive practice as part of their day-to-day work.

Award nomination categories

Individual Award

Clinical, community or private sector. A person who demonstrates compassion and family-inclusive practice.

Service/Program Award

Clinical, community or private sector. A mental health service or program that demonstrates compassion and family-inclusive practice.

Carer Lived Experience Workforce (CLEW) Award

A person in a carer lived experience role who demonstrates excellence in advocating for family/carer perspective within the mental health sector (Individual or Systemic Participation).


Nominations for the 2022 Tandem Awards are now open! Make a nomination by filling out the nomination form and returning it to [email protected] or by mail to:

Wurundjeri Country
70 Trenerry Crescent
Abbotsford Victoria 3067

Nominations close at 5pm on Monday October 31 2022.

To nominate for a Tandem Award, you must be a Tandem member and a family member, carer or supporter of someone with mental health challenges. Not a member yet? No problems - become a member today!

If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]

2022 Tandem Awards Guidelines

The Tandem Awards are made annually to celebrate exceptional service to family and friends in Mental Health.  The Awards recognise individuals and organisations whose contribution has had a significant effect on the lives of family and friends of people involved with Victoria’s mental health system.

Nominations can only be made by family and friends supporting someone with mental health issues (with the exception of the Chief Psychiatrist Award) for Victorian based services.

Nominations are made every year in the following categories:

  • Individual – Clinical
  • Individual – Community
  • Service – Clinical
  • Service – Community
  • NDIS Family Champion
  • Carer Lived Experience Workforce (CLEW)


  • The nominator is a carer, family member, friend or supporter
  • The nominator is a Tandem member
  • Nominees must be 16 years of age or over when nominations close.
  • Tandem staff and Board members not eligible to nominate (with the exception of the Board Chair who decides on the Chair’s Award) or be nominated during their term of employment or Board membership.


    Judging Panel

    The judging panel will meet in November 2022 and will consist of:

  • The Chair of the Tandem Board
  • A general representative of the Tandem Board
  • The Tandem CEO
  • Tandem staff Representative
  • A representative of the Office of the Chief Mental Health Nurse
  • A representative of the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner


Selection Process

The judging panel will select a winner from each category. The decisions of the panel are final.


All nominations are strictly confidential, and the information provided will be used only to assist with the judging process. Any publicity photos will only be used with the permission of the nominee.

How are nominee advised?

Nominees will be advised in writing that they have been nominated for an Award and invited to attend the Awards Ceremony.

Are nominators advised?

Nominators are advised that the nominations have been received and invited to attend the Awards Ceremony.

The winners of all Awards must remain confidential until announced at the Awards ceremony to be held at the Tandem office on Thursday 8th December, 2022.