Welcome to the latest edition of the Work 'n' Care newsletter. Each month we try and bring you stories that embody all aspects of a carers life. Our aim is to empower you in your caring role and to make your life a little easier. Contact us with your experiences and ideas as the process of sharing can make a carers life just that little bit easier. Read the latest edition below or use the links on the right to navigate our story archives.


Carers NSW 2018 Carer Survey

Do you care for a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness or health condition? Help speak up for carers by sharing your experiences and getting involved in the Carers NSW 2018 Carer Survey.

Information collected helps Carers NSW advocate for better support for carers across NSW and raise awareness about issues in caring that matter the most.

The online version of the Carers NSW 2018 Carer Survey is available until 30 June 2018, have your say today! For more information, visit the Carers NSW website: http://www.carersnsw.org.au/research/survey

To request hard copies of the survey, or for questions regarding promotion, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Carers NSW Research Team on 02 9280 4744.

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Working Carers Gateway Project Ending

On 30 June 2018, the funding agreement between Disability and Aged Information Service Inc (DAISI) and Family and Community Services (FACS) for the Working Carers Gateway will reach its completion date. 

FACS will commence funding projects through a new Carers Investment Program valued at $5.6m over three years.  The Program will complement the focus areas in the existing NSW Carers Strategy 2014-2019 and encourage innovation and collaboration. FACS used a competitive tender process to seek and select projects proposed by organisations across NSW.

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Read more: Working Carers Gateway Project Ending

Carer Information Sessions: Permanency Support Program, Guardianship and Adoption

Tweed Heads 29th May @10am-12pm @ Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club

Under the Permanency Support Program reforms, FACS out of home care is changing. Foster, relative and kinship carers will be more important than ever, but their roles will change with the increased emphasis on permanency for children who enter care.

Come along to a presentation from the FACS Permanency Coordinators and Regional Adoption Coordinators for your region to learn more about the PSP reforms and how they will impact you. Connecting Carers are supporting these sessions.

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Read more: Carer Information Sessions: Permanency Support Program, Guardianship and Adoption

Supporting Choice Workshop for Carers

This free event will include the Supporting Choice workshop to raise awareness of:

- Understanding and supporting self determination or our loved ones

- Finding that balance between the dignity of risk and duty of care and guiding a balance of risk

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Respite review raises calls for more funding

New research has formed the backbone of a submission made by a leading aged care provider to the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) on the topic of respite, and the lack of it for older Australians and their carers.

The submission by HammondCare, made as part of the ACTA's ongoing review of respite care and funding arrangements as tasked by Federal Ministor for Aged Care Ken Wyatt, reflects on the providers own research findings as well as research conducted by Carers Australia.


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