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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 17.


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 


Alzheimer’s Australia Family Carer Education

This program incorporates an understanding of dementia, strategies for maintaining effective communication and ways to promote independence, self esteem and enjoyment for you and the person with dementia.

Where: Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, Dementia Memory & Community Centre 120 Cox’s Road North Ryde

Cost: Free

The Family Carer Education programs run throughout the year. For more information download the Family Carer Education flyer or contact Alzheimer’s Australia NSW on 8875 4640 or email nsw.education@alzheimers.org.au 


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.

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Retirement Villages Community forum

The NSW Government Inquiry into the retirement village sector, led by Kathryn Greiner AO, is examining retirement village business practices and protections for residents. Fair Trading NSW are inviting retirement village residents and interested community members to attend a community forum to have their say on retirement village living.

Where: Community forums will be held in Sydney CBD, Hornsby, Ballina, Port Macquarie,

Newcastle, Wollongong and Wagga Wagga

When: Various dates in October

Cost: Free

For more information, download the Retirement Village flyer, visit the Fair Trading website or call 13 32 20.


Alzheimer’s Australia Carer Education Activities at Home

This practical workshop will assist carers looking after someone at home to plan engaging activities that promote independence and wellbeing.

Where: Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, Dementia Memory & Community Centre 120 Cox’s Road North Ryde

When: October 12, 9.30am

Cost: Free

For more information download the Activities at Home flyer or contact Alzheimer’s Australia NSW on 8875 4640 or email nsw.education@alzheimers.org.au 

Walk of Pride

As part of Mental Health Month in October, Woolongong’s Walk of Pride is about the community coming together to show support for those who live with mental illness and their families.

When: Thursday 12 October 2017, 9.30am

Where: Meeting outside the IPAC Theatre, Civic Plaza, Burelli Street, Wollongong at 9.30am

Cost: FREE

For more information download the Walk of Pride flyer or to RSVP contact ARAFMI on 0425 416 99


Mental Health Reform in an NDIS World

Aftercare’s CEO Dr Andrew Young is bringing together a panel of leading experts in mental health to discuss sector reforms, managing client needs and strategies for recovery-oriented pathways in the NDIS world.

Where:  Collective Purpose, 501/80 William St, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011

When: 16 October 2017, 10.00am-12.30pm

Cost: Free

For more information download the Mental Health Reform in an NDIS World flyer, call aftercare on 1300 00 1907 or visit the Aftercare website to register 


Glebe Carers Get-together

Chat about navigating the NDIs and self-care strategies with presenters from Carers NSW and Mental Health Carers NSW.

Where: Glebe Town Hall, 160-162 St Johns Rd, Glebe

When: Thursday 19th October 2017

Cost: Free

For more information, download the Glebe Carers Get-together flyer or email the Glebe Community Development Project on glebecommunitydp@gmail.com


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


Staying Connected When Emotions Run High

Dr Annemaree Bickerton (Child, Adolescent & Family Psychiatrist) & Toni Garretty (Clinical Coordinator) Family & Carer Program Illawarra & Shoalhaven Mental Health Service) are holding a free workshop to provide information on communication skills to support someone (12+ years) who experiences any of the following: Has relationship difficulties, demonstrates changing emotions and strong overwhelming feelings that can make communication difficult, sometimes behaves in a way that makes them a danger to themselves or others. Diagnosis is not necessary as the frameworks and relationship strategies introduced should be helpful to all.

Where: Clovelly Bowling Club, 1 Ocean Street, Clovelly

When: 14 November 2017, 9:00am to 3:30pm

Cost: Free

For more information download the Stay Connected When Emotions Run High flyer, contact Aftercare on (02) 8287 6810 or email smita.koirala@aftercare.com.au


International Day of People With Disability Art Exhibition 2017

Bayside Council are running an Art Exhibition to celebrate this year’s International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD) which is held on 3 December each year.

Bayside Council are engaging with local disability organisations and schools in the area to submit artworks which celebrate the achievements and contributions of people living with a disability.

Entries Close: 5pm on Wednesday 29 November, 2017

Exhibition Dates: Friday 1 December to Sunday 17 December, 2017

Cost: Free to enter

For more information, download the IDPwD Art Exhibition flyer email Bayside Council on caroline.cortes@bayside.nsw.gov.au or call Caroline Cortes on 0447 097 502


Online workshops, training and support

Intellectual disability mental health e-Learning

Intellectual disability mental health e-Learning provides free eLearning about intellectual disability to professionals, carers, and consumers.

The goal of the resource is to improve knowledge, skills and confidence, leading to better mental health and wellbeing for people with an intellectual disability.

Find out more on the Intellectual disability mental health e-Learning website. 


Understanding Dementia

Understanding Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest in dementia research and care. This free 9-week course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of an international community, without requiring exams or assignments.

Enrollements are open between 24 July and 18 August 2018. Find out more on the University of Tasmania’s Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre's website.


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


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. 



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