Corporate education

Many working carers experience conflict in their desire or need to work more or less in order to balance caring responsibilities, finances and career progression [i]. Carers NSW offers a range of education and training options to assist in identifying and supporting carers in the workplace.

Training sessions are run by experienced facilitators and aim to raise awareness and understanding of carers and their needs.

Education and training modules can be tailored to meet the unique needs of your organisation, alternatively Carers NSW has developed a series of one hour modules for two target audience groups; employers and carers.

For employers

All employees have their own work/life equation which will fluctuate and change at different stages of their working life. Employers who create a work environment in which individuals can successfully negotiate this balance will reap the rewards. Providing greater awareness of and support for carers to enable them to combine work and care is therefore not just about ‘doing the right thing’ for carers, it also has positive flow-on effects for employers (Carers Australia 2015).

An introduction to carers and Carers NSW

Australia has an ageing population [ii] and in the future, identifying and supporting carers will become crucial to sustaining a healthy workforce.

By the end of this module, participants will be able to;

  • understand the role and value of carers in the community
  • understand the impact of caring
  • recognise hidden carers and have the ability to seek support for them
  • understand how Carers NSW programs and services support carers

Awareness of staff with caring responsibilities

Anyone at any time can become a carer, however people between the ages of 45-64 are most likely to find themselves in a caring role [i]. Of the carers not in paid employment, one in two had left their previous role to provide care for a loved one [i]. Employers who are aware of carers and understand their role are better equipped to provide supports that enable carers to balance paid employment and care responsibilities.

By the end of this module, participants will be able to;

  • understand the role and value of carers in the community
  • recognise hidden carers and have the ability to seek support for them
  • recognise when someone is in need of support
  • implement and promote inclusive workplace practices

Managing staff who have caring responsibilities

This module equips managers with the knowledge and skills to identify and support carers in the workplace.

By the end of this module, mangers will be familiar with practical approaches to supporting staff who have caring responsibilities. The implemented approaches will supplement existing strategies within the organisation. 

Tailored training sessions

Carers NSW develops tailored training sessions to meet your organisations unique needs. Contact the Carers NSW Education team on education@carersnsw.org.au or 02 9280 4744 for more information.

For carers

Carers NSW provides education sessions for carers which provide information, knowledge and skills that will enhance a caring role, help strengthen resilience and improve overall health and wellbeing.

Health and wellbeing

Many carers put their own health and wellbeing low on their list of priorities and four in five carers report below average wellbeing [i].

This workshop provides carers with practical tips and strategies to support their own health and wellbeing.

By the end of this workshop, participants will;

  • understand the impact of caring on their own health and wellbeing
  • be familiar with strategies that will support their own physical and emotional wellbeing
  • understand how Carers NSW supports carers
  • know how to access support
  • have the ability to develop their own self-care/action plan

Getting prepared: When someone you know is ageing

Australia has an ageing population [ii] and increasingly Australian’s in the workforce will be called upon to help support ageing parents, grandparents and friends.

This workshop provides an introduction to caring for an ageing loved one and includes information on how to access services and the process of transitioning into aged care.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to;

  • understand the nature and practical implications of caring for an ageing person
  • have an understanding of how to prepare and plan for becoming a carer for an ageing person
  • be aware of the role and services of Carers NSW

Future planning

The demands of a caring role can make it difficult to find time to plan ahead. This workshop provides carers with information on estate planning and some of the legal considerations that carers may face when managing health, finance, asset and lifestyle decisions on behalf of a loved on.

By the end of the workshop, participants will;

  • understand the importance of planning ahead
  • identify available tools and resources that can support future planning
  • identify personal needs that need to be considered when planning for the future

The Future Planning session also contains information on;

  • Advanced Care Directives
  • Advanced Care Plans
  • Emergency Care Plans
  • Enduring Guardianships
  • Enduring Power of Attorneys
  • Guardianships
  • Power of Attorneys
  • Special Disability Trusts
  • Trusts
  • Wills

[i] Carers NSW 2014 Carer Survey

[ii] Australian Demographic Statistics, Jun 2014

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