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23 February 2017 

Welcome to February 2017 edition of Voice.   

Carers Australia released their Pre-Budget Submission, outlining recommendations for the Federal Budget. The main focus for 2017-18 is the funding of the proposed Integrated Carer Support Services model. The Pre-Budget Submission is available on the Carers Australia website.
Carers Victoria will be forwarding a Pre-Budget Submission to the Victorian Government later this year for 2018-19.  We are currently concentrating on conducting Carer Statement consultations in partnership with Government. 

On Wednesday 8 March we will be launching the Victorian Carer Statement Survey, in partnership with the Government. 

We were delighted to launch the ‘Sweet Treats for Carers 2017 Events Calendar’ at our offices in Footscray with some of our carers joining with Carers Victoria staff. In creating the Sweet Treats Calendar, our carer support team combined a fun, social activity, with the creation of a calendar of educational and social events for carers, planned at Carers Victoria in 2017. 

Carers were invited to participate by cooking a family favourite recipe and having their dish styled and photographed.


Closing the Gap Report 2017  
The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet have just released Closing The Gap Report 2017.
Closing the Gap aims to reduce Indigenous disadvantage.  All Australian governments have committed to achieve Indigenous health equality within a generation. For further information see the online video and report


Carers Victoria Education Services Workshops  

Carers Victoria offers carer workshops and educational programs to help carers and Carer Support Groups enhance their knowledge about how to best support themselves and the people they care for. For more information on our upcoming workshops, please see our website

Disability Program: Carers, Families and the System
Are you caring for a person with a disability? Do you want to know more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? This program explores changes in the disability support system and discusses future planning with a family-centred approach.
The program consists of four sessions, each of three hours in duration. Participants must attend the first session to continue in the program and sessions are for carers only.

Part 1  10.00am – 1:00pm, Thursday 2 March, quote #4247
Part 2  10.00am – 1:00pm, Thursday 9 March, quote #4247
Part 3  10.00am – 1:00pm, Thursday 23 March, quote #4247
Part 4  10.00am – 1:00pm, Thursday 30 March, quote #4247 

Where: Carers Victoria, Footscray. 

If you are interested in attending the program, or if your Carer Support Group wishes to host the program please email: or call 1800 242 636 and quote event number #4247. 

Mental Health Program: Carers, Families and the NDIS 
Are you caring for a person with a psychosocial disability?  Do you want to know more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? 

This series of four workshops will focus on the rollout of the NDIS and explore the practical aspects of the scheme for potential participants, their families and carers. The key aims of the program are to increase NDIS readiness for carers with regard to plan preparation, and to understand the role of mental health carers and their rights in the NDIS.

Part 1  10.00am – 1:00pm, Thursday 5 April, quote #4256
Part 2  10.00am – 1:00pm, Thursday 12 April, quote #4256
Part 3  10.00am – 1:00pm, Thursday 19 April, quote #4256
Part 4  10.00am – 1:00pm, Thursday 26 April, quote #4256

Where: Training Room, Carers Victoria, Footscray. 

If you are interested in attending the program, or if your Carer Support Group wishes to host the program please email: or call 1800 242 636 and quote event number #4256. More

Better Start Workshops 
The Better Start Moving Forward workshops* have been developed 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 during this transition period. The workshops will provide information on resources, funding, transitioning to school, and support services for families at the end of the Better Start initiative.

For more information and to book please call 1800 242 3636 or email: More


Stroke and Carer Optimal Health Program
The Optimal Health Program is offering support to both stroke survivors and their carers, through a free nine week program.  This will include personalised support with a healthcare professional, self-care plans, how to navigate health care services, face to face, telephone and home visits.  For more information call 03 9231 3779 or email:

Mental Health Week Art Competition is Now Open 
The 2017 Mental Health Foundation Art Competition is now open. For information on entrance details please see. The competition will be showcasing entrances in Mental Health Week (8 – 14 October 2017). More


NARI Research: Are You Caring for Someone with Dementia? Would You Like to Participate in a Research Study?
The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) is undertaking a project to investigate whether a program delivered via video conferencing is helpful for carers of a person with dementia to better understand and respond to the behaviours of the person they care for.
To participate in the study you will need to be 18 years of age or over, be caring for and living with someone with dementia and live within 100 km radius of Melbourne. For more information call Ellen Gaffy 03 8387 2296 or email:

University of Melbourne: Dementia in the Public Domain Study: Attitudes and Interventions 
This research study aims to investigate public perceptions of dementia. With the information gathered in this research they are aiming to provide guidance for future public campaigns to foster greater understanding and empathy towards people living with dementia and their carers.
Participants will be invited to interview (30 – 60 mins). In the interview they will ask you about your personal views on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and public campaigns in relation to dementia.
As a thank you for participation, you will be given a $40 gift voucher. You can request a copy of the main findings to be sent to you when they are available. Your privacy and confidentiality will be protected to the fullest possible extent, For more information please contact Professor Simon Biggs on 03 8344 5970 or email:

University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney:  
Eye Care Practitioners and Patients’ Perspectives on Age-Related Macular Degeneration Study  
Researchers at the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney are seeking volunteer research participants to learn about the factors that promote or prevent good care of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) in Australia.  They would like to identify any particular barriers and enablers for carers in caring for people with AMD in order to provide better pathways to support.
They are looking for participants who will be able to attend a one off 30 - 60 minutes interview or focus group.
All information is anonymous and confidential. Participants will be provided with a $30 Coles Myer gift voucher as a thank you for their time. Focus groups will include morning/afternoon tea or lunch and they will also be able to reimburse any associated travel costs to attend the session.  Alternatively phone interviews or home visits maybe possible.
For more information please contact Dr Isabelle Jalbert on 0447 139 798 or email:

Monash University: Study of Young Carers Looking After Someone with Mental Health Issues
Monash University are seeking the opinions of young people aged 16-21 years who live with (or have lived with) a parent who experiences mental illness. This study aims to explore and reach consensus about peer support and education for young people in families where a parent has a mental illness.
The survey will take about 10 to 15 minutes. It asks about the inclusion of different features, functions and content in online interventions for young people who have parents with a mental illness. Young people will receive a $20 electronic gift voucher for completing the survey. If you are young person interested in participating:
1. Access the online survey.
2. Read the ‘Explanatory Statement’ and hit the 'I agree' button.
3. You'll be redirected to the survey where you can follow the prompts.
Any questions about the research should be directed to Associate Professor Andrea Reupert or call (03) 9902 4587.

Carers Australia and Heart Support-Australia: Study of Carers of People with Heart Failure
Carer Australia has teamed up with Heart Support-Australia to participate in a four nation study of carers of people with heart failure, to determine the impact on family and friend carers and better targeted related support services.
For the purpose of this survey, heart failure is a clinical syndrome in which a person may experience symptoms such as breathing difficulties, gathering of fluid in the lower limbs or stomach and extreme lethargy or tiredness. When the heart either fails to pump efficiently or it fails to relax and fill efficiently, this is heart failure. More.

Don't Play Politics with National Disability Insurance Scheme 
The Age, 16 February 2017 

National Disability Insurance Scheme Becomes Latest Victim Of Partisan Politics
The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 February 2017

Carers Australia Condemns Taking Funds From Vital Supports to Sustain the NDIS 
Carers Australia, 14 February 2017  

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