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Welcome to the 
November 2013 eBulletin


The Carers NSW eBulletin is a monthly electronic newsletter for professionals interested in carer-related issues. It features research, policy and best practice, plus news, publications and conferences, training and events.

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Carers Week 2013

Thank you to everyone who participated in Carers Day Out in Martin Place and the other Carers Week festivities in NSW from 13-19 October 2013.

To watch the television advertisements produced by Carers Australia for Carers Week, click here.
Congratulations to Carers NSW Carer Representative Anne Naylor on being named 2013 Carer of the Year at the NSW Carers Awards. Click here for more information.

Click here to read the highlights from the Carers SA 2013 survey, released during Carers Week.

Paper on carers rights published on Carers NSW website

A paper by Professor Luke Clements exploring the struggle by unpaid carers for recognition as 'rights holders' has now been published on the Carers NSW website. The paper, entitled Does your carer take sugar: the parallel struggles of disabled people and carers for equal treatment, was delivered to the Carers NSW Biennial Conference in March 2013. Click here to read the paper.

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.

New national carer data released

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released new data from the 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers. To view the data, including the new Carer Tables, click here.

In this edition...

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers
CALD carers
Children, youth and young carers
Chronic conditions and illnesses
Disability
Employment, finances and housing

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers

New resources on engaging with Indigenous communities

The Closing the Gap Clearinghouse has published new resources exploring the conditions for effective relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Click here to download the paper and here for the resource sheet.

New resources on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

Knowledge Circle is a portal for service providers, researchers and policy makers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Click here to view the resource.

CALD carers

Report on the mental health of CALD communities

Mental Health in Multicultural Australia has prepared a report on the mental health of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Australia. Click here to download the report. 

Translated resources for Aged Care Complaints Scheme

The Aged Care Complaints Scheme has recently published a number of translated resources for aged care staff, consumers and carers. Click here for more information.

Children, youth and young carers

Information and training on young carers for front line workers

Identifying and supporting young carers is a NSW Government website containing information, resources and an eLearning tool for front line workers who want to know more about young carers. Click here to view the website.

Young carer information and videos

The NSW Health Infant Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (ICAMHS) has a new section on their website about young carers that includes information, referrals, staff training and YouTube videos. Click here to view the website.

Information on carers for higher education institutions

The Disabilities & Carers Collective at the University of Sydney has produced a booklet to increase awareness about carers in higher education. Click here to read the booklet.

eBook of young carer stories

Carers Victoria has published We Care, a selection of narratives written, photographed and produced by young carers. Click here to view the eBook.

Young Carer e-Newsletter

Click here to read the latest edition of Carers NSW Young Carers e-News, or click here to subscribe.

Chronic conditions and illnesses

You're not alone: Videos for carers of people living with dementia 

Alzheimer's Australia has produced a set of videos to support carers of people living with dementia by providing information and advice. Click here to view the videos.

Evaluation shows success of dementia respite program

Brotherhood of St Laurence has published a preliminary evaluation of its Short Break Stay Program for people living with dementia. Click here to read the research summary.

Toolkit for communicating with a loved one with dementia

Bupa has published a toolkit providing advice on how to keep communicating with a loved one as dementia progresses. Click here to view the resource.

New palliative care resources for patients, carers and families

To celebrate Carers Week, CareSearch published a range of new user-friendly information pages for carers and families on palliative care. Click here to view the website.

Online tool to assist cancer carers

Canrefer is an online tool that helps GPs, cancer patients and carers find information on cancer diagnosis, treatment and care options. Click here to view the website.

Disability

Report highlights the need to care for carers

Anglicare's recently published report Caring for a Child with an Intellectual Disability and Challenging Behaviours notes the challenges for carers and the importance of providing adequate support. Click here to read the report.

Strengthening supports for children and families 0-8 years

Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) is implementing a series of reforms to improve support for children with disability and their families. Click here for more information.

Planning for the Future: booklet for families of people with disability

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has published a booklet to assist families with planning for the future of their family member with disability. The booklet is available in multiple languages. Click here to download this resource.

Report on the closure of three large residential centres

The Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has reviewed the process of closure of three large residential centres. The report refers to the impacts on the residents with disability and their families. Click here to read the report.

Emergency preparedness resource for people with disability and carers

The Red Cross has published a guide for people with disability and their families and carers on preparing for emergencies. Click here to view the resource.

Employment, finances and housing

Rising living costs for older people

The Productive Ageing Centre and National Seniors Australia have published a report entitled A squeeze on spending? An update on household living costs for senior Australians. Click here to read the report.

Housing assistance in Australia 2013

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has published their latest report on housing demand, housing costs, financial assistance to access housing and social housing. Click here to download the report.

Health

Possible solutions for GP shortages in rural Australia

The Grattan Institute has published a report on GP shortages in rural Australia that suggests a number of possible solutions. Click here to download the report.

Consultation on the health care of patients with cognitive impairment

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is conducting a project on improving the care of people with cognitive impairment in hospitals. To provide feedback, click here to complete the health care provider survey, or here to complete the consumer/carer survey.

LGBTI carers

The Gender Centre support for over 55's

The Gender Centre's new Over 55 Support Service offers non-medical support to older transgender persons as well as their carers and service providers. Click here for more information.

Mental health

New program for carers of people with a mental illness

Carers NSW has a new program for carers of people with a mental illness in the Hunter area and Randwick / Botany Bay. Mental Health Respite: Carer Support provides carers of people with a mental illness with one on one support and access to counselling, education, respite and opportunities to take a break. Call the Carer Line for more information.
A number of events are scheduled for the summer, starting with The Sunnyboy in Newcastle on 28 November 2013 (flyer). Other future events will be listed on the Carers NSW website.

Employment-focused carer support

Employment-focused Mental Health Respite: Carer Support provides intensive support to carers of people with a mental illness in Randwick and Botany Bay Local Government Areas (LGAs) to help them participate in employment, volunteering and education. Click here or contact 9540 3011 for more information.

Mental health services in Australia - in brief 2013

An overview of the key findings from the online data resource on mental health services in Australia has been published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Click here to download the report.

Communities Matter toolkit for suicide prevention

A new resource to help small communities work together and prevent suicide has been developed and is available online. Click here to view the resource.

Support for carers of people with OCD

The OCD Carer's Support Group is a website that aims to provide a supportive community for carers of people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Click here for more information. 

NDIS / DisabilityCare

NDIS Bill prepares NSW Government services for transition

On 20 November 2013, the NSW Parliament passed the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NSW Enabling) Bill 2013. The Bill facilitates the transfer of government-run disability services to the NGO sector by 2018. Click here to read the media release or here to view the Bill.

Housing shortfall projected in NDIS launch sites

The Summer Foundation and Price Waterhouse Coopers have released a report which indicates that housing supply issues may impede the re-housing of young people in nursing homes under the NDIS. Click here to read the report.

Findings from forum on mental health and the NDIS

National Disability Services (NDS) ran a forum in September 2013 to explore issues affecting people living with a mental illness under the NDIS. The findings of the forum have now been released. Click here for more information.

NDIS News Issue 4

Issue 4 of NDIS News was released on 31 October 2013. Click here to view the newsletter.

Older people

My Aged Care information services

My Aged Care is a gateway to the aged care system for older people and their carers that was introduced on 1 July 2013. Click here for a summary of its functions.

Legal information for older people

Legal Aid NSW provides a resources and education for groups of older people and community workers on legal topics like planning ahead. Click here for more information.

Understanding depression and anxiety in older people

beyondblue has developed a training program to increase the understanding of aged care staff of depression and anxiety in older people. Click here to read the media release.

EOIs sought for dementia long day care centre

advantagedcare is seeking expressions of interest for a planned Extended Hours Day Care Centre in south-western Sydney aimed at providing respite for carers of people living with dementia. Click here for more information or contact Georges Manor on 8713 0800.

Technology

Information for carers accessing government payments

The Department of Human Services website now has a page dedicated to carers, including news updates and information about relevant services. Click here to view the website.

Older people's use of technology

VicHealth has published findings from a study examining the use of technology by older people in Victoria. Click here to download the research highlights.

Technology and service delivery to families, children and young people

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) has released a paper on how technology can improve service delivery to families. Click here to download the paper.

Online decision making training tool

ThinkTwiceOnline is an online training tool designed to assist people with decision making around living skills and managing money. Click here to view the website.

Conferences and forums

Looking Forward Looking Back 4 Mental Health forum 27 Nov 2013, Sydney.

Imagine More Conference: An Ordinary Life 27-28 Nov 2013, Canberra.

Social Inclusion in Education conference 2-3 Dec 2013, Sydney.

Integrating Mental Health into the National Disability Insurance Scheme 2-3 Dec 2013, Melbourne.

The Promise of Inclusion...How can the current social policy reforms in Disability and Ageing get us there 6 Dec 2013, Sydney.

Child Aware Approaches conference 31 Mar-1 Apr 2014, Melbourne.

Helping Families Change Conference 19-21 February 2014, Sydney.

Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 9-12 July 2014, Melbourne.

Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference 30 Jul-1 Aug 2014, Melbourne.

Training and events

Carer Wellbeing: Talk-Link therapeutic group counselling, 1800 242 636 or nccp.admin@carersnsw.org.au:
      - for all carers in NSW, six Tuesdays from 7 Jan 2014
      - for carers of someone with dementia, six Thursdays 
        from 9 Jan 2014
      - for carers of someone with a mental illness, six 
        Thursdays from 9 Jan 2014

Carer Wellbeing Group for carers in Sydney, six Tuesdays from 7 Jan 2014, 1800 242 636, nccp.admin@carersnsw.org.au.

Ability Links NSW Aboriginal Community Consultations and Briefings Various dates 2013, various locations, (02) 9455 9243, abilitylinks@kpmg.com.au

Carer Anxiety Management Group Various dates 2013, Penshurst, (02) 9580 0688.

Caring for Carers free information forums Various dates 2013, Concord, (02) 9911 6210.

Consultations on the Strategic Plan for Mental Health Various dates 2013, various locations, (02) 9332 0700.

Family and carers mental health training program Various dates 2013, Nepean, Blue Mountains and Western Sydney, (02) 8842 8289.

Positive Directions for lives of meaning and fulfillment, workshops for families Various dates 2013, various locations, (02) 9869 0866, workshops@family-advocacy.com.

Yaraandoo respite retreats for mental health carers Various dates 2013, Northern NSW, (02) 6655 6223.

Are you ready for the NDIS? Introduction to a series of workshops 23 Nov 2013, Corrimal, and 30 Nov, 2013, Penrith, 0409 646 665, michaela@pathwaystoleadership.com.au.

An Introduction to Working With Individuals who have Self-Destructive Behaviours 26 & 27 Nov 2013, Riverstone, 0433 085 367, safeinoz@wideband.net.au.

Challenging behaviours collaboratively workshops 6 Feb-27 Mar 2014, Wollondilly, (02) 4683 2776.
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