Other events

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 2018. To find out more or register your interest, visit the MCA website. 


Green Gym for Carers

Green Gym is a free outdoor program for Carers hosted by Conservation Volunteers Australia in Newcastle’s Glenrock State Conservation Area. Activities include habitat hikes, tree planting and weed removal. Green Gym for Carers improves health and wellbeing by reducing stress, being active and providing you with valuable time out for yourself. Transport is available from a central meeting point.

The Green Gym for Carers program runs throughout 2018. To find out more information visit the Conservation Volunteers website.


Powers of Attorney Seminars

This free seminar, hosted by the Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) will talk about the process involved in preparing Power of Attorney documents.

Seminars run throughout the year from February to May 2018 in various locations across NSW, for more information, visit the COTA NSW website or contact COTA NSW on info@cotansw.com.au


Dementia Family Carer Education

Dementia Australia is holding group information sessions to assist families and friends caring for a person with dementia. Sessions will cover: 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.

Dementia Australia runs courses throughout the year. For more information, visit the Family Carer Education flyer


Events in April

Users Guide to the Mental Health System Training

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. 

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

When: 10.00am – 2.00pm, 20 April 2018

Cost: Carers/Consumers: $50.00, General: $100

For more information download the Users Guide to the Mental Health Training flyer or contact Mental Health Carers NSW on 9332 0777

Using MyGov: Free Tech Class in Penrith

Are you confused by MyGov or tired of waiting in line at Centrelink or wanting to start lodging your Medicare claims online? The Leep in Lab will be hosting this class on how to use MyGov and its connected online services, presented by the Department of Human Services.

Where: Leep in Lab, 688 High St, Penrith, NSW 2750

When: 10.00am-12.00pm, 20 April 2018

Cost: Free

For more information and to register, visit the Leep website or phone 4721 1866


Events In May

Youth Mental Health First Aid

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.

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

When: 9.00am – 5.00pm, 3 & 4 May 2018

Cost: $220.00

For more information and to register visit the Mental Health Carers NSW website or contact Mental Health Carers NSW on 9332 0777



Online workshops, training and support

Dementia Training Australia Online Courses

Dementia Training Australia (DTA)  e-learning courses are short, mobile friendly, and designed to support carers caring for someone with dementia.  DTA courses are cost free to the learner as DTA is funded under the Federal Government’s Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund.

DTA courses run throughout the year. For more information, visit the DTA website.


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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