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World-renowned pianist David Helfgott and his wife and carer Gillian will be joined by reporter, presenter and TV personality Chris Bath, to raise awareness of carer issues at an exclusive event An Afternoon with the Helfgotts: Shining a Light on Carers, hosted by Carers NSW. On Sunday 17 August ticket holders will partake in a conversation about carers, their role in the community and the workplace, have a delicious afternoon tea and be treated to an intimate, 20 minute piano recital by David. Tickets on sale now at http://carersnsw.eventbrite.com.au.
Carers Week 2014 grant applications
National Carers Week will take place from Sunday 12 â€“ Saturday 18 October this year and National Carers Day Out will be held on Tuesday 14 October. Applications for grants of up to $250 are now being accepted from carer support groups or organisations for events held for carers during Carers Week. Click here for more information.
UK Carers receive greater recognition
The (Care Act 2014) (UK), passed in May 2014, has given carers their strongest rights yet in the UK. Click here for the UK Government fact sheet and here for a briefing by Carers UK.
Carers NSW is offering free workshops to carer support group coordinators and facilitators. Click here for details or contact the Education & Training Team on (02) 9280 4744 or email@example.com.
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.
Report on impact of Federal Budget for Indigenous programs
The Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney has analysed the Indigenous provisions in the Federal Budget in their report Impact of the 2014-15 Federal Budget on Indigenous Programs and Services. Click here for more information.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has produced the report Cultural and linguistic diversity measures in aged care to raise awareness that research and data collection methods should accurately reflect the cultural diversity of those from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in the aged care data. Click here for more information.
Research presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) in the UK has shown the START (STrAtegies for RelaTives) programme reduced caregiver's anxiety and depression for at least two years. The eight-week programme is delivered by psychology graduates and is a cost-effective way to improve the mental health and well-being of carers. Click here for more information.
New resource help for dementia carers
A new resource put together by Care UK helps carers communicate with people with dementia. Listen, talk, connect recognises the need for meaningful conversations that family members and carers should have with anyone living with dementia. Click here for more information.
Parents and caregivers of a child with a disability or developmental delay aged 2 to 10 years, and professionals working with families are invited to share their story in a survey by the Stepping Stones Triple P Project. Click here for more information and here to access the survey.
Feedback on ADHC behaviour support policy
The Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) invites stakeholders to provide feedback in relation to a person-centred review of the ADHC Behaviour Support Policy and Practice Manual. The manual recognises the importance of the carers role and has referenced it in various aspects. More information and the survey for providing feedback are available here. Submissions are due Wednesday 6 August 2014.
Videos to help access the health system
The NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) has produced video resources that can help health professionals improve care for people with intellectual disability. Among other topics, they refer to the importance of communicating with carers. Click here for more information.
Running or setting up a carer support group?
The together program provides opportunities for carer support groups to link with each other and a Regional Assisting Organisation to receive assistance, including some potential small grants to assist in the running cost of the group. Click here for more information.
A number of media reports have reflected on the potential impacts of the proposed welfare changes recommended in the McClure review for carers. Click here to view an ABC report and here to read an article in The Conversation.
Focus groups about Powers of Attorney
Researchers from the University of Western Sydney and the Council on the Ageing are looking to investigate any issues experienced with Power of Attorney documents or Financial Management Orders and how these issues could be improved. Click here for more information and here for the Expressions of Interest form.
Inquiry into the social housing tenancy management
The NSW Parliament Public Accounts Committee has begun an inquiry into the current tenancy management for NSW social housing assessing the range and effectiveness of support services provided to tenants of social housing. Submissions are open till Friday 8 August 2014. Click here to read the media release.
Home fire safety audit
The NSW Fire Brigade has launched the online Home Fire Safety Audit to help reduce the occurrence and impact of fire emergency incidents in the community. The audit is interactive and customised for each user in helping them identify fire risks and provides recommendations to minimise these risks. Click here for more information.
Older LGBTI Australians who have experienced depression and/or anxiety are invited to participate in confidential interviews as part of a project to educate service providers to better understand their strategies for managing depression and anxiety. Click here for more information.
SANE Australia has launched a video offering carers of people with a mental illness an opportunity to participate in an online community. Click here to watch the video.
New national website launch
Our National Voice is the new website created by Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Australia, giving mental health carers an opportunity to share their personal stories and in the process help other carers on their caring journey. Click here for more information.
New college opens
The NSW Recovery College has opened at the WentWest Learning Centre in Blacktown offering courses for individuals, carers and families living with a mental illness, delivered by Peer Facilitators. Click here for more information.
Resources to support people who have attempted suicide
beyondblue and the Hunter Institute of Mental Health have created new resources to support people who have attempted suicide. They include stories from people who have attempted suicide as well as people who have supported loved ones. The resources also contain suggestions for family and friend carers. Click here to read the media release.
Progress report on the implementation of the NDIS released
The Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS has released its first progress report. The report considers the evidence that the committee has gathered from public hearings in the trial sites including the Hunter in April and May 2014. This evidence has provided the committee with a range of views on the Scheme's achievements and challenges in its first nine months of operation. Click here for the full report.
NDIS interim report released
KPMG has released its interim report Review of the optimal approach to transition to the full NDIS. The report examines key issues that have emerged in the NDIS trial sites and the implications of these for the full rollout. Click here for the media release and here for the full report.
NDIS support for people with disability
The NDIS has implemented programs to help Indigenous people with disability and their carers understand and use individual packages effectively. Programs have also been implemented to help people with severe and persistent mental illness and their families and carers understand the choices available to them through the NDIS and build their capacity to participate in planning and manage their support. Click here for more information.
The Australian Ageing Agenda has raised concerns that carers may be overlooked in the proposed changes to the Commonwealth Support Program (CHSP). As the proposed changes will only deliver basic-level respite, clients with high care needs and their carers will be transitioned out of the system. Click here for more information.
Grants available to support ageing rural Australians
The annual Caring for Ageing Australians (CARA) grants are open to support older people living in rural, regional and remote communities. Click here for more information. Applications close midnight 15 August 2014.
New website helps navigate the aged care system
UnitingCare lifeAssist has launched a new website which helps anyone looking for support within the aged care or disability sectors find out about all options relevant to the individual and their personal circumstances. Click here to view the website.
The Australian Ageing Agenda has reported that the use of internet-enabled technologies by aged care providers will allow aged care clients to have greater social interactions with their carers and families. Click here for more information.
The National Public Toilet Map, as part of the National Continence Program, has been created to improve quality of life by providing details of toilet facilities across Australia. Click here for more information and here to download the free app. Information about the Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK), a system that enables people with disability and their carers to access public toilets 24/7, is also available here on the
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) website.