“Caring in the Aboriginal Community” Awareness Training Package

We are excited to share the details of the “Caring in the Aboriginal Community” learning package which was developed by the Aboriginal Support team (Daphne Rickett, Wendy Casey and Claudine Buckskin (past employee)) under the guidance of Regional Manager Margaret Potts and Executive Manager Mandy Toczek McPeake with the expert help of Colourblind Films.

This project was funded by a Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (SA) grant. The aim of the project was to develop a training package for use by urban and rural community agencies in training their staff to understand the role of the Aboriginal family member who is an unpaid carer for relatives or friends.

Carers and other members of the Aboriginal community kindly agreed to participate in the filming and development of the package. We are sincerely grateful in particular to the carers who were filmed and for their openness and willingness to share their experiences, thoughts and ideas, which can be difficult to express, and at times a challenge to accept for those without Aboriginal heritage.

The project has provided the Carer Support Aboriginal Support team an opportunity to develop something which fills a gap in people’s knowledge and understanding. During the development of the package we (Carer Support staff) learned so much about the Aboriginal experience, as well as their needs and expectations.

The team was thrilled to present the package at the 7th International Carers Conference which was held in Adelaide in October.

You can view the package on our website and on the sa.gov.au website.

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NEWS RELEASE: State Government extends vital funding for carers

Just recently, the State Government announced that vital funding has been extended until June 2020 to ensure that services which support carers continue as the roll outs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Commonwealth aged care reforms take place.

“Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Zoe Bettison says South Australian carers will not be left behind as the Commonwealth moves disability and aged care funding to individualised care packages.”

The continued funding will provide $6.2 million to the Carer Support Network SA over a period of two years so that respite care, support and advocacy can be delivered to South Australia’s ~245,000 unpaid carers. It’s estimated that these carers provide support which is worth more than $5 billion.

“Carer Support is delighted with and applauds the State Government’s decision to extend this crucial funding. This is an important decision to be made at a time when recognition of and support for carers is being challenged nationally. It will provide stability to the many thousands of carers currently being supported across the state and also to those members of the Carer Support Network who are funded to provide dedicated specialist carer services. Additionally, it comes at a time when there is a level of uncertainty about the future directions in how carers are supported into the future, from the Federal Government,” says Peter Sparrow, Carer Support CEO.

Read full news release.

Photo caption: Meeting of the members of the Carer Support Network SA and Minister Bettison following the recent announcement by the Minister of the extension to current funding for carer services (in SA) to June 2020.

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Carer Support at the 7th International Carers Conference

There’s been an air of excitement and anticipation around Carer Support as staff prepare to attend and present at the 7th International Carers Conference. It’s a wonderful thing for Adelaide to be hosting this high profile international event, not only because Adelaide is a great city to live in and visit, but also because it presents an excellent opportunity for us to share some of Carer Support’s most recent key initiatives. There are plenty of other enlightening sessions from which to choose throughout the duration of the Conference.

On Wednesday at 2:00pm, Carer Support will be running its newly released, stand-alone “Caring in the Aboriginal Community” training session to a limited group of 40 conference attendees. This learning package is now available to community agencies in South Australia who work with Aboriginal carers. It has been developed by Carer Support and the State Government of South Australia with the aim of educating community agencies and support workers about the various roles of, and issues faced by, Aboriginal family members who are unpaid carers for relatives or friends with mental illness, disability, complex health issues or issues related to ageing.

Carer Support will also be doing a poster presentation on Wednesday at 1:15pm to share the successful outcomes of our Glandore Carer Garden project. Carer Support’s Carer Garden was launched in November 2015 as a project to make use of an otherwise bare space at the rear of the centre. We now have a thriving garden managed by volunteer carers with the enthusiastic support of a carer garden group and staff of the centre. The poster, which will be on display, demonstrates the dynamic and collaborative partnerships between Carer Support, local business, community agencies, and carers, who have all contributed to this wonderful initiative.

And last, but certainly not least, two young carers from our Raw Energy program will be speaking at 11:30am on Thursday morning about their experiences with Raw Energy and the Inside Out retreat. These young carers have attended every Inside Out retreat, from its inauguration in 2013 to the most recent of the retreats, and they will tell the audience about their caring roles, about their involvement with Raw Energy and about their “Inside” and “Outside” retreat experiences and how these experiences have made a difference to their lives.

It’s not too late to register and get along to the conference to benefit from all the great content on offer. Visit the website for more conference details.

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Medical alarms and the NBN

The nbn™ network is Australia’s new landline phone and internet network. It is currently being rolled out across the country and is designed to give Australians access to fast and reliable phone and internet services.

The nbn™ network involves new technologies, which means it will replace most of the existing landline phone and internet networks.

This means that some existing devices may not be compatible with the new network, for example, medical alarms. If you have a medical alarm, it’s important that you register it with nbn and call your medical alarm provider for advice and to find out if your service will work on the nbn™ network. Make sure you do this well before your existing landline phone network is disconnected.*

Important steps to take with regards to Medical Alarms and the nbn™:

  1. Register with your Alarm Call Provider to check if they are ready to convert.
  2. Test your Medical Alert alarm to ensure that it is working once the change has happened.
  3. Speak with your Service Provider for alternative solutions such as a battery back-up device**.

*Please refer to this brochure for more information.
**Devices connected to the NBN will not work during an outage and therefore people are encouraged to have an alternative means of contacting (i.e. mobile phone).

You can also refer to the COTA SA website for more information about the nbn.

More information about the NBN can be accessed here.


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