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, autodiallers, or emergency call buttons.

If you have a medical alarm or other device, 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**.
  4. Register your medical alarm (monitored and unmonitored), autodialler and emergency call buttons with nbn’s Medical Alarm Register by calling 1800 227 300 or visiting the nbn website.

*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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Launch of Carer Gateway Facebook page

The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, recently released a media statement encouraging carers to connect to services through Carer Gateway.

As part of this announcement, Mrs Prentice also noted the recently launched Carer Gateway Facebook page.

The Carer Gateway Facebook page is designed to provide information that is useful to carers, including the supports and services available to assist them in their caring role.

Please share this page with family and friends and help to raise awareness of this useful resource by:

  • Liking the page; and
  • Sharing posts that may be relevant or of interest to you and your family and friends.

Join the Carer Gateway community today!

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