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Learn more about events for carers in NSW.

Events throughout the year

ARTFUL: Art and Dementia

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. 


AD HOC Group 2017

Alzheimer’s Disease Help Our Carers (AD HOC) provides lunch every month on a Saturday for people with dementia, their carers and family members at the Family Visiting Centre of AlzNSW at North Ryde. A lovely way to meet others in the same situation in a supportive environment to enjoy a meal together. 

The ADHOC lunches run throughout the year. To find out more or register your interest, download the event flyer, call 02 9888 4268 or email nsw.vffrcreception@alzheimers.org.au 


Mental Health Workshops for Carers of People with a Mental Illness

One Door Mental Health Carer Services Bankstown are hosting mental health workshops for carers of people with a mental illness. 

You do not need to be on a Centrelink carer’s payment to attend these workshops, however numbers are limited and bookings are essential.

Mental health workshops run throughout the year from March through to June 2017. 

For more information, download the event flyer or call 02 9708 2670.


Council for Intellectual Disability Online Peer Support Forum 

NSW Council for Intellectual Disability, works with and for people with intellectual disability to speak up about the big issues and to change things for the better.

CID Connect is an online peer support forum for people with disabilities and those who care for and support them.

On the CID connect forum you can: Ask experts and peers direct questions and receive factual and clear answers, join in discussions and share experiences with our online community and access the latest info and resources on things that matter in the world of disability, NDIS, rights and inclusion.

For more information visit the CID Connect website. 


Alzheimer’s Australia Information Sessions

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW invites people recently diagnosed with early stage dementia and their care partner to join a group information session to find out about the support, services and programs available.

Sessions run from April to May in various locations across NSW. 

For more information visit the Alzheimer's Australia website 


Your Wellbeing, Your Plan

If you are aged over 60 or or caring for someone over 60, then you are welcome to book in to attend COTA NSW’s free information session: Your Wellbeing, Your Plan. Sessions are designed to identify what is wellbeing for you in the three areas of body, mind and social, provide tools to help you identify what is important to you and assist you to think about goal setting and the steps to take to making these changes. 

Sessions run twice a month up until June 2017. 

For more information see the Your Wellbeing, Your Plan flyer


Events in April

If you would like to further develop your skills in supporting members of your community, register for CADRE Connect Training today. 
Learn how to: 
  • Broaden your understanding of mental health needs of people you already know or support
  • Develop insights and practical skills needed for the diversity of people in our communities
  • Be able to identify needs, issues and possible responses for people and additional supports
  • Be clearer about the role of mental health 'recovery' for people experiencing mental health problems
  • Learn effective coping and support strategies for mental health consumers and their families and supporters
Where: Mental Health Carers NSW, Suite 501, Level 5, 80 William St, Woolloomooloo, NSW, 2011

When: 28 April 2017,  9.00am - 4.30pm

Cost: Professionals/Clinicians - $100 (7hrs CPD), Concession/Carers/Consumers - $50

To find out more, visit the CADRE Training website 

Events in May

ATSA Independent Living Expo

The ATSA Independent Living Expo will have over 100 exhibitors displaying a wide range of products and services in assistive technology, mobility solutions, pressure care, employment support, accessible recreation/holiday ideas, modified motor vehicles and a lot more.

Where: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park

When: 10 – 11 May 2017

Cost: Free

Find out more on the ATSA Independent Living Expo website


Positive Partnerships Free Two Day Workshop 

Join Positive Partnerships for 2 days of learning with other parents and carers of school aged children on the autism spectrum, designed to help you foster productive school, family and community relationships to provide the best kind of support for your child. Positive Partnerships workshops are for parents, carers and grandparents wanting to understand more about autism and learn practical strategies using evidence based resources to help maximise their young person’s learning.

Where: Dee Why RSL, 932 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 

When: 10 – 11 May 2017

Cost: Free

Find out more on the Postivie Partnerships flyer or visit the Postivie Partnerships website


3rd National Eating Disorders Conference for Families & Carers

Best evidence treatment for eating disorders clearly shows that the close involvement of families and carers in the care of their loved ones is key to improving early detection of eating disorders, restoration to a healthy weight and maintaining long term wellbeing. For parents and carers, however, the journey can be confusing, challenging and difficult to navigate.

This conference directly addresses the need for families and carers of people with eating disorders to have access to better information and to be given training in skills that will directly impact on the way they carry out their caregiving role.

Where: Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park

When: 12 – 13 May 2017

Cost: $225 (Early-bird rate)

For more information, visit the conference website or email admin@athomewitheatingdisorders.com


PossABLE Expo

PossABLE is an Expo that provides the opportunity for people with a disability, their families and carers to see, hear and try the best options to assist their life choices.

These Expo’s bring together people and organisations from everywhere to help people with disability live a full and independent life of their own choosing. The event brings out fun, smiles and laughter in everyone!

Where: Albury Entertainment Centre

When: 12 – 13 May 2017

Cost: Free

For more information, visit the PossABLE Expo website


Events In July

How should we care for the elderly, and be cared for?
Ageing 2017 will bring together senior level experts with extensive experience in multiple areas - from advocacy to education, and policy to clinical practice. Hear insights from those responsible for how we grow old and join the conversation to discuss future challenges and opportunities.

Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park

When: Saturday 29th July, 9.00am-5.00pm

Cost: $85.00 public rate

To find out more, visit the Ageing 2017 – A Conversation website

Events in October

7th International Carers Conference

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.

- 7th International Carers Conference


Online workshops and training

enableme podcasts

The Stroke Foundation enableme podcasts bring together stroke survivors, health professionals and researchers with practical advice for reclaiming your life after stroke.

Each month you can download an episode dedicated to a specific topic in stroke recovery.


My Learning Matters

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,

  • Choosing a service provider
  • Community Connections
  • Speaking up and rights
  • Managing a budget

To get started, visit the My Learning Matters website



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