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Join the Carers NSW research community
The Carers NSW Research Community is an exciting new initiative that provides an avenue for carers to engage with relevant research. Carers NSW supports research undertaken by a broad range of partners and stakeholders to advance an evidence base for carer support and programs. Members will be sent invitations to participate in the latest research and be updated on relevant findings. Click here for more information.
Report on school readiness for Aboriginal children with additional needs
This report evaluates a school readiness program for Aboriginal children with additional needs, assessing the benefits for children, families, communities and service providers. Click here to download the report.
Website for carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) has developed a website to support carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children. Click here to view the website.
Paper on trauma and Indigenous Australian children
This resource sheet published by the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse looks at the effects of direct and inter-generational trauma on Indigenous children and how services can be 'trauma-informed'. Click here to download the report.
New multicultural carers group in Bonnyrigg
A new support group for multicultural carers has been launched in Bonnyrigg, with the support of Newleaf Communities and CatholicCare. Click here to read the media release.
Multicultural foster care service launched
Settlement Services International (SSI) has established a new service providing out-of-home care for children and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Click here to read the media release.
Survey on employment of youth from CALD backgrounds
The Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) is running a survey to gain feedback from CALD young people aged 15-24 about their experiences in finding sustainable work in Australia. Click here for more information.
Children, youth and young carers
Resources on working with children who have experienced trauma
The Australian National University (ANU) has a number of resources published online about the effects of trauma on children and young people. Click here to view the resources.
Report on the long-term effects of child sexual abuse
This paper by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) reviews research reporting on the long-term effects of child sexual abuse. Click here to download the report.
Survey on inlusion in schools
Include and Edith Cowan University are running a survey on the inclusion of students with disability in mainstream schools. For more information, contact Bob Jackson on email@example.com or 0407 667 108, or click here to complete the survey.
Consultation on advocacy for children and young people
The NSW Government is looking for fresh ideas about the work of children's advocates. The comments received will help the Government improve advocacy for children and young people. Click here for more information.
Extra distress for children whose fathers have cancer
Research by CanTeen reveals that psychological distress is higher among young people with a father with cancer, compared to if their mother has cancer. Click here to read the media release.
Young Carer E-News
The July edition of the Carers NSW Young Carer E-News is now available on the Carers NSW website. Click here to read the July edition, or click here to subscribe.
Chronic conditions and illnesses
Chronic pain and carers - video and audio resources
As part of National Pain Week (22-28 July), Chronic Pain Australia developed three clips on the impacts of caring for someone with chronic pain, including tips from carers and professionals. Click here and scroll to 'Day 2 - Carers' to view the resources.
Dementia: a resource guide for carers
This booklet explains dementia, provides ideas for carers and includes information about additional resources. Click here to download the resource.
Book on caring for someone with dementia
This new book published by researchers at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) provides a practical guide for families and personal carers of people with dementia. Click here for more information about the book or to order a copy.
Resources for promoting positive interaction with people with dementia
Alzheimer's Australia has released resources aimed at promoting positive interaction with people with dementia based on the Montessori educational method. Click here to view the resource book.
Randwick City to be made 'dementia friendly'
Randwick City Council and Alzheimer's Australia have agreed to partner together on initiatives like those undertaken in the UK to better respond to the needs of people with dementia. Click here to read the media release.
Diabetes and depression - a deadly combination
Evidence suggests that one in three people with diabetes will also develop depression. A new online program is being tested to treat and prevent depression in diabetics. Click here to read the media release.
Funding for workshops for carers of children with a disability
The Federal Government has announced a $900,000 investment to provide 300 'early days' workshops for carers across the country as part of the Better Start for Children with Disability initiative. Click here to read the media release.
Disability support services report
This Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) bulletin reports on the number and types of disability support services provided under the National Disability Agreement, as well as the number of service users with an informal carer, which has increased in the last five years. Click here to download the bulletin.
Report on involuntary sterilisation of people with disabilities
The Senate Community Affairs References Committee has released a report on the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia. Click here to read the report.
New complaints management tool for disability service providers
The NSW Government has created a Feedback and Complaints Management Log (FCML) for service providers to build the capacity of the NGO sector in the transition to a more person centred system. Click here to read the media release.
Research participation - Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Brain & Mind Research Institute has established the Autism Clinic for Translational Research (ACTr) Register for people interested in participating in studies on the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Click here for to register your interest.
DisabilityCare / NDIS
DisabilityCare Australia e-news
The first issue of DisabilityCare Australia e-news contains information about the rollout regions, staff, website and results of the Practical Design Fund projects. Click here to read the newsletter, or click here to subscribe to the updates.
Transitioning NSW to DisabilityCare
The NSW Government has published the Living Life My Way Framework, which outlines how disability services in NSW will transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Click here to read the document.
Evaluation of DisabilityCare
A consortium led by the National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS) and Flinders University has been commissoned to evaluate DisabilityCare Australia. It will monitor and evaluate the experience of participants, their families and carers, service providers and the disability sector workforce over the next three years. Click here for more information.
Resources for navigating DisabilityCare
The Endeavour Foundation has developed a suite of resources about navigating DisabilityCare, including a resource book and fact sheets for prospective participants and families and carers. Click here to view the resources.
Report on direct support personnel that are 'right for the job'
The NDIS Workforce Ready study investigated the possibility of national standards of practice in the disability sector, including the recognition and accreditation of direct support personnel who would be 'right for the job'. Click here to read the report.
Employment, finances and housing
Report on deep and persistent disadvantage in Australia
This Productivity Commission refers to carers as one group that experience particular disadvantage, including poverty, social exclusion and lowered wellbeing. Click here to read the report.
Paper on financial disadvantage of women in retirement
A new paper by the Australia Institute presents findings about the disparity between the retirement savings of men and women. One of the major contributors to this disaparity is caring responsibilities. Click here to read the report.
Report on parental joblessness and family wellbeing
The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has released a report on the impacts of joblessness on the financial situation and wellbeing of parents and children. Click here to read the report.
Resource to assist carers in hospitals
A new booklet has been launched by the NSW Government to assist carers in understanding their rights within the NSW health care system and community services. It comes in multiple languages. Click here to download the resource.
Patients' and carers' experiences of heart attack
A new report by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute presents findings on the perceptions and coping strategies of carers looking after someone who has a heart attack for the first time. Click here to read the report.
State of Preventative Health report
The newly released State of Preventative Health 2013 report provides a comprehensive overview of the health challenges facing Australians. Click here to read the report.
Feedback on rural health issues
A draft Issues Paper is available for comment until 30 September to inform the development of the NSW Rural Health Plan. The focus of the consultation is to identify key issues for rural, regional and remote health and innovative strategies to address these. Click here for more information.
After hours GP helpline
The After Hours GP Helpline provides reassurance and practical medical advice to people with an urgent health concern overnight or over the weekend who are not sure what to do. Click here to view the website.
New protections for LGBTI Australians
Recent amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 will make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identify and intersex status unlawful. Click here for more information.
Telephone counselling service for LGBTI Australians
The Federal Government has announced new funding to provide a telephone support service for people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. Click here to read the media release.
Report on stigma and mental illness
Sane Australia has published a report on the stigma faced by people with a mental illness and their families. Click here to download the report.
Paper on reaching hidden mental health carers
This paper reports on methods used by the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria (MIFV) to reach hidden carers. Click here to read the article.
New program eases burden on mental health services
A new program by beyondblue will enable many Australians to refer themselves to free early intervention services for depression or anxiety. Click here to read the media release.
Report on mental health and wellbeing in Australia
The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has published a strategic report containing articles from leading mental health sector professionals. Click here to download the report.
Mental health education package
Carers NSW has piloted sixteen interactive three hour Hope Education and Recovery Tools for Mental Wellness (HEaRT) workshops across NSW. The project aimed to improve the knowledge of consumers, carers and service organisations about the risks of untreated serious mental illness. Click here to find out more.
Support, training and advocacy for mental health carers
The CarerAssist website provides support, advocacy and education for carers and families of people with a mental illlness. Services are provided by Carer Advocates in certain Local Health Districts. Click here for more information.
Online OCD treatment effective
Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology have developed an online treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OBD). Click here to view the website.
Aged care reforms commencing 1 August
A number of changes under the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package commence on 1 August 2013. This includes the introduction of the Home Care Packages Program, new dementia and veterans supplements and increased powers for the Aged Care Commissioner. Click here for more information.
Better practice for handling aged care complaints
The Australian Government has developed a toolkit of customisable resources designed to support better practice in complaint handling in aged care services. Click here to view the resources.
Advance planning for quality care at end of life
The NSW Government has released an Advance Care Planning Action Plan to raise awareness of the importance of planning ahead for end of life care. Click here to download the Plan.
New manual for carers of older people
This comprehensive guide to caring is endorsed by the British Medical Association, and offers advice and solutions on a range of topics from adapting living spaces to safe lifting. Click here for more information.
One-stop-shop for planning retirement
The Australian Human Rights Commission has released a new manual to help people navigate the complex decisions, services and supports that are part of planning and managing their retirement. Click here to download the resource.
Staying active and healthy - online resources
The Active and Healthy website provides information about staying active and healthy for people as they grow older. Click here to view the website.
Take-up of new techologies among older Australians
This research discusses the lower usage by older Australians of computers and the internet, and raises resulting challenges related to providing information and services to older Australians. Click here for more information.
More training for tech savvy seniors
The NSW Government has announced that it will extend its popular Tech Savvy Seniors program, focussing on rural and regional areas. Click here to read the media release.
Free online course: Understanding Dementia
The University of Tasmania has developed a free 11-week course that draws upon the expertise of neuroscientists, clinicians and dementia care professionals to enhance people's understanding of dementia. Click here for more information.
New website for youth mental health professionals
ReachOut.com have combined their websites targeted at teachers and health professionals to produce a newly developed website for professionals working to promote mental health and wellbeing among young people. Click here to view the website.
New live theatre app for blind and vision impaired Australians
A cutting-edge app will enable people with a vision impairment to enjoy live theatre. The app will provide high-quality audio descriptions of the action on stage. Click here to read the media release.