ARTFUL, run by the Museum of Contemporary Art, is a free program for people living with dementia and their carers, which focuses on creating new connections and providing life enriching experiences through creative engagement with contemporary art.
Program participants are engaged through gallery explorations and hands-on creative artmaking sessions. Over the course of 10 weeks, intimate groups are invited to find their own meaning and connections with contemporary art.
The program includes a fortnightly ARTFUL At Home pack for participants and their carers to extend creative engagement beyond the museum. Each program is individually tailored by our Artist Educators and responds to the specific needs and interests of the participants.
ARTFUL also incorporates a 3-year research initiative which is conducted in collaboration with the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. This research focuses on exploring how art can enhance well-being and markers of neuroplasticity in people with dementia.
The ARTFUL program runs throughout 2017. To find out more or register your interest, visit the MCA website.
This course teaches mental health first aid skills to adults to give initial help to adolescents and young adults experiencing mental health problems, in mental health crisis situations or in the early stages of mental illness.
This is a 2 day course and is accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia.
Where: Mental Health Carers NSW. Suite 501, 5 / 80 William Street, Woolloomooloo
When: 2nd - 3rd February 2017
For more information or to book, visit the trybooking website
Better Health Workshop Leader Training
Central Coast Local Health District invites carers and people with chronic health conditions to train as peer leaders for the local Better Health Self-management workshops. Training is free.
You will learn how to lead, with a second leader, a Better Health workshop for small groups of people with chronic illness and their carers.
Where: Hamlyn Terrace Community Centre, 80 Minnesota Road, Hamlyn Terrace
When: Thursday 16 - Friday 17 February and Thursday 23 – Friday 24 February 2017
For more information or to register, visit Eventbrite or call Therese Wellsmore on 02 4320 9416.
Do you care for a family member or a friend who has a chronic or mental illness, disability or is frail aged?
This three day workshop, organised by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Carer Program, will help you learn how to manage stress, meet other carers and find out about services that can help you.
Where: The Disability Trust, Level 1 11A / 75 Cygnet Avenue, Shellharbour
When: Tuesday 28 February 2017 – Day 1 (Day 2 – Tuesday 7 March 2017, Day 3 – Tuesday 14 March 2017)
Carers Australia is proud to host the 7th International Carers Conference in Adelaide, South Australia, from 4-6 October 2017.
The conference aims to re-imagine caring into the future, providing a catalyst for innovation and collaboration; sharing improvements in the way we support unpaid carers, care-recipients, their families, networks and communities.
Where: Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia
When: 4 – 6 October 2017
For more information, visit the Carers Australia website.
My Learning Matters is a free online planning tool designed to help people with disability and their families get the most out of the changing disability support system. It's fun and interactive with lots of opportunities to write, choose pictures, tick boxes and have a think about making your life the best it can be.
There are lots of different topics to choose from including,
To get started, visit the My Learning Matters website
Carers NSW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, Elders past and present and all Aboriginal people.