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Running or setting up a carer support group?
Carers NSW is offering free workshops to carer support group coordinators and facilitators across NSW in 2014. For further information, click here or contact the Education & Training Team on (02) 9280 4744 or email@example.com.
Talk-Link counselling groups Apr-May 2014
Carers NSW Talk-Link groups provide carers with the opportunity to explore the emotional impact of caring, identify ways of managing everyday life and share experiences with people who are in similar situations. For further information, click here or contact 1800 242 636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research at Carers NSW
Click here to join the Carers NSW Research Community. Members will be sent invitations to participate in the latest research and be updated on relevant findings.
Click here to see the latest Research Snapshot. The Research Snapshot overviews recent research publications relating to carers.
Review of early childhood programs for Indigenous families
The Closing the Gap Clearinghouse has published an issues paper reviewing parenting, education and health intervention programs for Indigenous children and families in Australia. Click here to read the paper.
The National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum has produced an advocacy briefing on the mental health of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Click here to read the briefing.
Mind matters for young people from diverse cultural backgrounds
The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) has published a report on the mental health of young people from CALD backgrounds, covering policy, research, service barriers and risk factors. Click here to read the report.
Nominations open for excellence in CALD aged care
The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing is now taking nominations for community organisations, aged care providers and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in supporting older people of CALD backgrounds. Click here for more information.
Online continence resources for speakers of diverse languages
The Continence Foundation of Australia has set up 27 new web pages exhibiting information about continence in different languages. Click here for more information.
The Carers NSW Young Carer Leadership Program aims to give young carers a stronger voice in the community. Selected applicants will be invited to Sydney for a 2 day workshop in April 2014 to learn leadership, media and presentation skills and meet other young carers. Click here or call 1800 242 636 for more information.
Giving a voice to young carers of people with dementia
Researchers from the University of Sydney are conducting a study on young people caring for someone with dementia. Click here to read about their findings so far.
Young Carers e-Newsletter
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Report on end of life care for people with dementia
Alzheimer's Australia has published the final report on a survey of family carers and care professionals caring for people with dementia. The report identifies barriers to accessing appropriate end of life care. Click here to read the report.
Best practice guide to carer inclusion in dementia care
A consortium of UK organisations has produced the guide The Triangle of Care - Carers Included: A guide to best practice for dementia care. Click here to read the guide.
Participants sought for research on proxy decision makers
Researchers at La Trobe University are examining how proxies make decisions on behalf of people with dementia. The study aims to identify strategies and assistance that may support them. Click here for more information.
Participants sought for research on protecting people with dementia from financial abuse
Alzheimer's Australia NSW is conducting a study the financial abuse of people with dementia and is seeking people with dementia and their carers to share their experiences. For more information, contact Kylie Sait on 8875 4641 or email@example.com.
Greater availability of individualised funding arrangements
In preparation for the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the NSW Government is expanding the availability of individualised funding arrangements in NSW. Click here for more information.
Parenting support for carers of children with disability
The University of Sydney has recently launched a project offering free parenting support to parents and caregivers of children with a disability in NSW. Click here for more information.
Moving forward workshops for families accessing Better Start
Carers NSW is running Moving Forward workshops for parents and guardians whose child is preparing for, or has recently entered, primary school and who are looking at how to best support their child after their Better Start funding concludes. For more information, click here or contact 1800 242 636 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Parents of children with a hearing impairment share their stories
Deaf Children Australia has published a collection of real life stories written by parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing to show parents of newly diagnosed children they are not alone. Click here to download the stories.
Families and service providers working together
This occasional paper by the Victorian Disability Services Commissioner proposes principles and strategies to support families of adults with a disability and disability service providers to work together more effectively. Click here for more information.
Participants sought for research on parents of children with a genetic condition
Researchers at the University of Newcastle are conducting a study on carers of children with a genetic condition, how they disclose this condition to their child, their psychological wellbeing and the support they access. Click here for more information.
In July 2014 the Department of Human Services (DHS) will launch a pilot program that provides an income and assets test exemption for pensioners (include those receiving the Carer Payment) over age pension age who 'downsize' their home. Click here for more information.
Accessibility needs in strata dwellings
The City Futures Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has released its final report on a study examining the accessibility needs of people living in strata dwellings and the challenges that can be faced by strata residents in having home modifications undertaken in their properties. Click here to download the report.
Innovation fund for older parent carers
The Queensland Government has partnered with a community finance lender to launch the Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Fund. The fund will provide innovative accommodation options for people with disability once their elderly parents are unable to look after them at home. Click here to read the media release.
Events for carers of someone with a mental illness
Carers NSW Mental Health Respite: Carer Support team is holding consulations with carers of people with a mental illness who live in the Randwick or Botany Bay areas to hear about how we can best support them. The next event is on Friday 28 March, 10-12:30pm in Mascot. A film festival event will also be held on Saturday 22 March. For more information, please call the Carer Line on 1800 242 636 or email email@example.com.
Carers invited to share their stories
The Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (ARAFMI) invites carers of people with a mental illness to share their stories online for a new awareness raising project. Click here for more information.
Online education for carers of people with an eating disorder
The Butterfly Foundation invites carers of people with an eating disorder to participate in a free interactive webinar series. Click here for more information.
Guide to caring for a person with anxiety or depression
beyondblue has produced a new guide for carers of people with anxiety and/or depression. It is based on carers' real experiences and offers advice and tips on caring for others and oneself. Click here to view the guide.
Wanted: carer representative
Eastern Sydney Medicare Local (ESML) is seeking a carer with experience caring for a person with anxiety or depression, or who has experienced mental health issues themselves, and has been referred by a GP to primary mental health services such as ATAPS or Better Access. The carer representative will sit on the ATAPS Program reference group. For more information, please contact Trish Goodlet on 9020 7007.
The second quarterly report for the NDIS was released in February 2014 and provides data about the rollout of the Scheme in the trial sites. Click here to view the report.
Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS
A Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS was established in December 2013. The committee will review the implementation, administration and expenditure of the NDIS, among other matters. Click here for more information.
First hand experiences of the NDIS
Life Matters on the ABC broadcast interviews with two mothers whose children are NDIS participants in the trial sites. Click here to hear their stories.
Survey of parents of children with additional needs
Researchers at the University of Western Sydney are conducting a study into the information needs of families regarding the NDIS. Click here to complete the survey.
Alzheimer's Australia has published a report on the concerns about the quality of care in a minority of residential aged care facilties and puts forward strategies to address them. Click here to read the report.
Working with nominated and legally appointed representatives
The Department of Health has published a report on working with nominated and legally appointed representatives for aged care providers and aged care workers. Click here for more information or to access the resource.
A new website with information on the Companion Card has been launched. Click here to view the new website.
Free online training for carers
Carers Victoria has developed a series of free interactive online workshops to help carers understand the benefits of taking a break, explore the barriers and think about how to best use their time off from caring. Click here for more information.
Blog for carers of people with a spinal injury
The mother of a young woman with a spinal cord injury has started a blog to help carers with little time or who are socially isolated to access information. Click here to view the blog.