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Tech help for Ballina seniors

Tech help for Ballina seniors

Ballina Shire Meals on Wheels is supporting older people to increase their knowledge about digital technology and develop tech skills, in order to improve their access to communication services and participate in the online world. They are running free ‘Technology help’ sessions for over 65s on Tuesday mornings at Ballina Hockey Club, in Bentinck Street, Ballina.

A volunteer will work one-on-one for 25 minutes to help people understand and better use their devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

To make a booking or for further information please contact Program Development and Activity Officer Kristen Forster on 0419 679 719.

2020 National carers survey: summary report now available

2020 National carers survey: summary report now available

In 2020, the Carers NSW Carer Survey was conducted nationally for the first time, with the support of the National Carer Network. This report provides an overview of high-level national findings from the survey regarding caring relationships, carers’ experiences accessing services, carer health and wellbeing, and carer employment.

Read the full report here

CALDWays Conference 2020 Online

CALDWays Conference 2020 Online

Diversity and Inclusion: Less Talk More Action

29 to 30 October

Wanting to increase your cultural intelligence? Learn from leaders who have transformed their organisations to be genuinely inclusive of CALD communities, older people, Indigenous Australians, LGBTIQ+ and other groups that are too often misunderstood and ignored.

If you work in aged care, disabilities, community services CALDWays 2020 is for you. You’ll gain tools, tips and practical strategies to create genuinely inclusive and culturally intelligent care services.

Click here to see the program or register

Assessing the Standards free online workshops

Assessing the Standards free online workshops

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has scheduled a new round of Assessing the Standards online workshops, running throughout October. These workshops will enable participants to:

  • Understand the principles that inform the Commission’s approach to performance assessment
  • Understand and describe how they and other staff contribute to the achievement of quality outcomes for consumers
  • Use the self-assessment tool to gather and analyse information to evidence performance against the Quality Standards and/or identify opportunities for improvement
  • contribute effectively to their organisation’s continuous improvement systems

Click here to find out more about the workshops and to register.

Upholding the rights of older workers – employer training

Upholding the rights of older workers – employer training

The Human Rights Commission, with support from the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, has developed an online training package for employers on upholding the rights of older workers. This online training package is available free of charge.

The training package aims to increase an understanding of the benefits of employing older people and a multigenerational workforce and highlights practical ways of working with older employees to promote engagement and retention. Participants gain a deeper awareness of the nature of age discrimination in employment and learn practical ways of working within a multigenerational team.

Click here to find out more.

Free online healthy lifestyle program for older people

Free online healthy lifestyle program for older people

Healthy and Active for Life Online is a FREE 10 week healthy lifestyle program for adults aged 60 years and over.

  • Being part of this program provides
  • Access to weekly online healthy lifestyle modules and two online exercise programs
  • Weekly handouts and an exercise manual
  • Weekly telephone support to keep you motivated
  • Ongoing access to the online modules and exercise programs for 12 months

Click here for more information or to register for the program

Rethinking aged care: emphasising the rights of older Australians

Rethinking aged care: emphasising the rights of older Australians

New Report from the Grattan Institute

This report identifies five principles which should shape system design: Independence, self-fulfilment, and participation in community; Informed and supported choice and control; Universal access to reasonable and necessary supports; Equity and non-discrimination; and Dignity, including dignity in death. A rights-based approach to aged care would also recognise the rights of carers and staff.

Click here to read the full report

New Ageing & Disability Commission Collaborative Hub

Real- Life Stories from Carers

As a Carer, it’s important to know that you are not alone. There are more than 2.65 million Carers in Australia. They all experience hopes, challenges, happiness, sadness, frustration and success in their role. Some amazing Carers have shared their stories on the Carer Gateway website.

Find out about their lives and journeys as Carers here

National Carers Week 11-17 October 2020 – Join us for a range of Online events

National Carers Week 11-17 October 2020 – Join us for a range of Online events

To celebrate carers and recognise the significant contribution carers make each and every day, Carers NSW is hosting a range of online wellbeing workshops and webinars during National Carers Week, 11 – 17 October 2020.  

Carers from across NSW are invited to join a range of free online webinars and self-care and wellbeing workshops for carers during Carers Week 2020.  

Workshops will include mindfulness meditation, tai chi, strength and balance and an art workshop which will be available online through Zoom conferencing for carers across NSW.  

Webinar sessions will include a carer panel discussion with television and news presenter Georgie Gardner, a Carers + Employers webinar for developing carer friendly workplaces and other webinars during the week to raise awareness of the incredible work carers do.  

For more information and to register to attend any of these events visit www.carersnsw.org.au/national-carers-week 

Phine: 02 9280 4744



Upcoming Dementia Australia online sessions

Upcoming Dementia Australia online sessions

Family Carer Workshop: Understanding & Responding to Behaviour During Covid 19 Tuesday 13 October

Coping with Changes in Behaviour Thursday 15 October 1:30pm -3pm

Grief, Loss & Dementia Wednesday 21 October 10am-12

Click here for more information or to register

New free online training from Social Futures Community Aged Care Sector Support

New free online training from Social Futures Community Aged Care Sector Support

Bushfire season is now! Many older people have not thought about what they will do if affected by bushfire, floods or other emergencies.

Learn how to use the ACT Collaborative Toolkit to help vulnerable older clients prepare for emergencies.

This training session will empower home care staff and volunteers to work with clients to improve their readiness and capacity to cope with an emergency.

•             We will show you how to do this easily as part of regular home care or social support visits

•             Link you to a range of great resources that you can use with clients

•             Provide a quick and simple tool to record the outcomes for each client

We can present this 60-minute training at your regular team meeting or other staff events.

Email [email protected] to find out more or book a session.

This training is free.

CALDWays Conference 2020 Online

Achieving an Amazing Ageing Experience – community, commitment, collaboration

LASA invites you to join Ten Days of Congress 12-23 October 2020 – for an online event to help the Aged Care Services industry drive amazing ageing experiences.

Designed for every member of the age services industry – from managers to carers – this vital professional development opportunity will provide a full schedule of quality sessions. Customise your Ten Days of Congress experience to make it work for you, to suit your needs, your agenda and your timetable.

Click here for more information or to register

Upholding the rights of older workers – employer training

ACSA Regional, Rural and Remote Providers Online Seminar

December 2 –save the date!

Regional, rural and remote aged care providers are some of the most important in Australia, ensuring that older people can be looked after in the communities where they have lived all their lives. This one-day online seminar will focus on the challenges, opportunities, issues and solutions for organisations providing aged care services in regional, rural and remote areas. Hear from expert speakers from around the country, connect with other like-minded organisations, share stories and explore collaboration opportunities. The event will provide practical insights and advice that you can start implementing in your organisation straight away. 

For more information click here

Free online healthy lifestyle program for older people

Ageing and Disability Commission launch new data dashboard

The ADC collects valuable data related to the abuse, neglect and exploitation of older people and adults with disability in NSW. They are now sharing this key information on reports to the ADC, including the parties involved, and the types of alleged abuse, neglect and exploitation, in a range of formats including downloadable and accessible PDFs.

New data will be updated on a quarterly basis. This data can further your knowledge on how to improve local service operations to better protect older people and adults with disability in their family, home and community.

Click here to see data for 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2020