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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. 

 

Winds of Care - A Chance to Take a Break

Sailors With Disabilities invites anyone caring for a family member or friend with disability to join the SWD Winds of Care Days and take a bit of time out for themselves.

On  Winds of Care, carers are invited to go sailing on board SWD and experience respite while and being cared for by SWD’s volunteer crews. 

For more information and to register visit the Sailors With Disabilities website, or call 0421 725 170

 

Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre Self Care for Carers Workshop

Throughout May Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre are running an eight week group for carers to assist them with strategies for caring for themselves. Funded by Central Sydney GP Network, the workshop will focus on easy relaxation techniques for busy people, how food can be used as an effective source of energy and healthy ways to deal with stress. 

Where: Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre, 55 Thornley St Leichhardt

When: Mondays 15 May-10 July 2017 - 8 weeks (not including 12 June), 10.30am-12.30pm

Cost: Free

To register call Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre on 9560 3011 or email info@lwchc.org.au

 

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. 

 

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 June

Right Relationship Workshop

A free workshop on how to create a partnership between families and services that really works, presented by Family Advocacy and Resourcing Families.

Where: various locations (see flyer) 

When: Throughout June 2017

Cost: Free for carers

Find out more information on the Right Relationship flyer, or call 1800 774 764

 

Men’s Health Forum

Park’s Community Network is a forum to raise awareness and focus of some of the issues concerning men’s mental health issues. The forum is to encourage providers to look at the ways they engage men and ask do we need a men’s health network in the Greater South West Sydney. 

Where: St John’s Park Bowling Club, 93 Edensor Road, St Johns Park 2176

When: June 14, 9.00am

For more information and to RSVP contact Matthew from Parks Community Network on 96097400 or email operations@parkscommunity.org.au

 

Alzheimer's Australia NSW- Promoting Resilience in a Carer Support Group

For current, experienced carer support group leaders, this  workshop is designed to provide ongoing education about promoting resilience in a support group, peer supervision and support and networking opportunities

Where: Tuggerah

When: 14 June 2017

Cost: $125

Find out more on the Promoting Resilience in a Carer Support Group flyer 

 

Wesley Mission Carer Wellbeing workshops

For Carers living in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie looking to increase their well-being

Where: Westpac Rescue Helicopter Visitor Centre, Broadmeadow

When: 9:30am – 2.30pm, Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June or Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 June 

Monday: Understand the benefits of increasing your well-being, develop self-care goals and identify steps to make changes and explore tools to help you start or return to work or study

Tuesday: Experience tools to help you increase your well-being: Art Therapy, Music therapy, restorative yoga therapy

Cost: Free

To register, call Christina Sullivan on 0419448562, email Christina.sullivan@wesleymission.org.au or find out more on the Wesley Mission Carer Wellbeing workshop flyer


Alzheimer's Australia NSW- Advanced Group Leadership

If you are already facilitating a group, this one day workshop will give you the opportunity to develop and strengthen your leadership skills.

Where: North Ryde 

When: 26 June 2017

Cost: $125

Find out more on the Advanced Group Leadership flyer

 

A Caring Collective- Empowering Mental Health Families and Carers

The NSW Mental Health Commission invites families and carers of those living with a mental illness to attend a one-day workshop event in Sydney to focus on ways carers can make their voice heard where it counts most.

Where: Mercure Sydney, 818-820 George St, Ultimo 2007, NSW 2007

When: 30 June 2017, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm 

Cost: Free

For more information call Lisa Sandrk, on 9859 5228 or register on the Mental Health Commission of NSW website.

 

Events In July

This course, hosted by Mental Health Carers NSW, 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 and participants must attend the full 2 days to receive certification. 

Where: Mental Health Carers NSW, Suite 501, Level 5, 80 William St, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, NSW 2011

When: 20-21 July 2017, 9.00am - 5.00pm 

Cost: $220.00

For more information and to register visit the Mental Health Carers NSW website, call Caitlin Bambridge on (02) 9332 0777 or email caitlin.bambridge@arafmi.org


The 4-hour Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person Course is based on the revised Mental Health First Aid Guidelines for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours. This course is certified by Mental Health First Aid Australia. Learning Outcomes of the Course include: Understanding accurate information about suicide rates and risk factors in the Australian context, reviewing the first aid guidelines of how to intervene when someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours and practicing these skills in a safe environment.

Where: Mental Health Carers NSW, Suite 501, Level 5, 80 William St, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, NSW 2011

When: 28 July 2017, 10.00am - 2.00pm 

Cost: $20 for carers

For more information and to register visit the Mental Health Carers NSW website, call Caitlin Bambridge on (02) 9332 0777 or email caitlin.bambridge@arafmi.org


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 August

Illawarra Public Dementia Forum Dementia: Are We Listening?

This forum is for people living with dementia, their families and friends, and the community. Join local Dementia Advocates and industry leaders, who will bring insights into dementia, ageing, and cognitive wellbeing.

Where: The Fraternity Club, Fairy Meadow

When: 15 August 2017

Cost: FREE

Find out more on the Illawarra Public Dementia Forum Dementia flyer or email Alzheimer’s Australia NSW on nsw.education@alzheimers.org.au

 

Users Guide to the NSW Mental Health System Course

Users Guide to the Mental Health Sector is a four hour course that delivers an overview of the complex mental health sector from primary care through Medicare under General Practitioners, to involuntary hospital treatment under the supervision of Mental Health Review Tribunal. This course is suitable for consumers, carers, and those that are employed to support them. 

Where: Mental Health Carers NSW, Suite 501, Level 5, 80 William St, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, NSW 2011

When: 16 August 2017, 10.00am - 2.00pm

Cost: $50.00 (for carers)

For more information and to register visit the Mental Health Carers NSW website, call Caitlin Bambridge on (02) 9332 0777 or email caitlin.bambridge@arafmi.org

 

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

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

This course, hosted by Mental Health Carers NSW, 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. Participants must attend the full 2 days (9.00am – 5.00pm) to receive certification. 

Where: Mental Health Carers NSW, Suite 501, Level 5, 80 William St, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, NSW 2011

When: 26-27 October 2017, 9.00am - 5.00pm 

Cost: $220.00

For more information and to register visit the Mental Health Carers NSW website, call Caitlin Bambridge on (02) 9332 0777 or email caitlin.bambridge@arafmi.org

 

 

Events in November

Users Guide to the NSW Mental Health System Course

Users Guide to the Mental Health Sector is a four hour course that delivers an overview of the complex mental health sector from primary care through Medicare under General Practitioners, to involuntary hospital treatment under the supervision of Mental Health Review Tribunal. This course is suitable for consumers, carers, and those that are employed to support them. 

Where: Mental Health Carers NSW, Suite 501, Level 5, 80 William St, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, NSW 2011

When: 2 November 2017, 10.00am - 2.00pm

Cost: $50.00 (for carers)

For more information and to register visit the Mental Health Carers NSW website, call Caitlin Bambridge on (02) 9332 0777 or email caitlin.bambridge@arafmi.org

 

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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