Carers Victoria e-learning project

Carers Victoria is developing an exciting new e-learning program to broaden the reach of the educational workshops we provide for caring families.

Carers Victoria e-learning project

Carers Victoria is developing an exciting new e-learning program to broaden the reach of the educational workshops we provide for caring families.

Our new online modules will complement and expand the reach of our face to face workshops, blending online and face to face supports to increase the choices available to caring families throughout Victoria.

As part of the planning process, the Victorian Department of Health, Ageing and Aged Care, funded us to carry out market research exploring what caring families want from educational programs and information resources.

Research findings

Our research showed that caring families look first for services that support the person they care for, and many do not identify with the term ‘carer’ or realise that they may be eligible for supports.

60% of new carers find it difficult to access the information and supports they need.

Families showed a clear preference for local services that are easy to find. In general, they do not look any further once they find something suitable.

“You struggle at first to find the help and information you need. Once you have it, the search is over. You can stop spending so much time on the phone”. A carer

E-learning

We confirmed that carers are very interested in education.

66% were interested in learning and skill development to help them in their caring role.

Carers want educational opportunities that:

  • Cover a range of practical, emotional, and medical themes.
  • Are available at a time and place to suit them - preferably online (79%) or within a 30 minute travel time radius of their home or workplace (64%)
  • Are provided in a format that is appropriate to the topic being covered – with more emotive and complex subjects being covered in a face to face environment, and more practical themes being considered suitable for e-learning.

Our first e-learning modules will be targeted to carers looking after somebody who is frail aged. We aim to develop 15 modules, reaching over 5000 carers by 2015:

  • A guide to caring, from beginning to end and all points between
  • A roadmap of services and supports
  • A compass guiding best use of face to face support time
  • Connecting families to professionals and fellow travellers with expertise to share
Carers Victoria acknowledges the traditional owners of this land and pays respect to elders both past and present.

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