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December 2015 eBulletin


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In this edition...

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers
Disability
Employment, finances & housing
Health

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers

Report on Social Justice and Native Title

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice and Native Title Report 2015 has dedicated a chapter to disability and has an overview of the NDIS in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Click here for more information.

Disability

Active support videos 

The Active Support Approach encourages disability support workers to support people with disability to participate and engage in meaningful activities in their daily lives. The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has produced three videos to highlight the importance of this approach. Click here to view the videos.

New NDIS resources 

New resources on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are now available for Aboriginal people with disability (click here for more information) and people from CALD backgrounds (click here for more information).

Carers NSW NDIS e-Newsletter

Click here for the latest edition of Carers NSW NDIS Update, or click here to subscribe.

Running or setting up a support group for carers of people with disability?

The together program provides opportunities for disability carer support groups to link with each other, Carers NSW and a Regional Assisting Organisation to receive support. Support can include education and training and small grants to assist in the running costs of the group. Click here for more information.

Employment, finances and housing

Housing affordability

A recent story in the Sydney Morning Herald highlighted the importance of housing affordability for carers and the importance of being able to stay near health services and social networks. It also explored how caring responsibilities, employment difficulties and housing costs can contribute to financial instability. Click here for more information.

Have your say on renting

The law that sets up rights and obligations for landlords and tenants is currently being reviewed. Click here to read the Discussion Paper and have your say about how the current law affects carers.

Monitoring system survey

Carers WA are conducting an online survey to assess the viability of a monitoring system designed to assist carers who are working or looking to return to work and are worried about their family member during their absences. Click here to access the survey.

Hidden Carers in Social Housing Project

Over the next twelve months Carers NSW will be visiting several locations in NSW to run events for carers living in social housing. Carers living in social housing in NSW are encouraged to register their interest. Click here for more information.

Health

Research into the physical activity and mental wellbeing of partner carers

Researchers from The Institute of Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University are conducting a study to better understand carers' overall activity levels and their health needs. If you are 50 years or older and a primary carer for your partner, you are invited to complete an online survey here. If you have any questions about the project please contact Chenhong Xu at Chenhong.xu@acu.edu.au.

Dementia care

An article in the Guardian (UK) has reported that the guide What can I expect from good quality services if have dementia? aims to improve care for people with dementia and their carers. Click here for the article and here for the guide.

LGBTI carers

Survey needs and experiences of older LGBTI carers

La Trobe University and Carers Australia have produced a guide to support older LGBTI carers as these carers experienced 'an extra degree of difficulty'. Click here for the media release and here for the guide.

Mental health

Medication and mental health

The Mental Health Commission of NSW has published a paper entitled Perspectives on medication and mental illness and an accompanying short film. The paper explores the challenges and opportunities for medication as a treatment for mental illness and shares the perspectives of consumers, carers & families, GP’s, psychiatrists, pharmacists and others to promote dialogue and change. Click here to access the paper and here to view the film.

Reform of mental health system

The Australian Government has released their response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, promising bold reform that offers person centred care for people with mental illness. Their response recognises carers as ‘key partners in achieving better outcomes for people with mental illness’. It is available on the front page of the Department of Health website. Click here for the media release and here to access the website.

Research into the nature of carers' relationships

Researchers at the University of Wollongong are studying carer’s experiences within their relationships and coping styles. If you care for someone with a mental illness and would like to participate in this project, please fill out this 20 minute survey. Click here for more information, or contact Elly Bailey on 4221 5605 or elb997@uowmail.edu.au.

Mental health innovation fund

The NSW Government has launched the Mental Health Innovation Fund encouraging collaboration between government and non-government agencies to support people with mental illness and their families lead a better life. Click here to read the media release.

Older people

Survey in consumer engagement

COTA Australia are inviting participants to have a say in the Consumer Engagement in Aged Care project to build upon the reforms brought about with the introduction of the Consumer Directed Care (CDC) in aged care.Click here to access the survey.

Young carers

Young Carers e-Newsletter

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Training and events

Early Days workshops for parents of children with Autism. Various dates 2015, various locations, (02) 8977 8377, customerservice@autismspectrum.org.au.

Morning tea group for people grieving the death of a loved one Various dates 2015, Lewisham, (02) 9649 6423, patriciat@catholiccemeteries.com.au.

Free training for mental health workers in the Inner West, Various dates 2016, info@sharedreadingnsw.com.

Carers NSW Carer Line

The Carers NSW Carer Line is a National Toll Free* number offering specialised information, support, referrals and access to counselling and support groups, for carers and service providers.

The Carer Line is available 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday by calling 1800 242 636.

*Mobile rates apply.

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