Education Services for carers 2017

Scheduled calendar of workshops at Carers Victoria, Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray VIC. Enquiries and RSVP – Register online or call 1800 242 636. Online registration form is at the bottom of this page. Note: Participants need to attend without the person they care for.

Education Services for carers 2017

Scheduled calendar of workshops at Carers Victoria, Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray VIC. Enquiries and RSVP – Register online or call 1800 242 636. Online registration form is at the bottom of this page. Note: Participants need to attend without the person they care for.

Mental Health Program: Carers, Families and the NDIS

Are you caring for a person with a psychosocial disability?  Do you want to know more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? 

Carers Victoria is running a four part program: Mental Health: Carers, families & the NDIS.  

This series of four workshops will focus on the rollout of the NDIS and explore the practical aspects of the Scheme for potential participants, their families and carers.  The key aims of the program are to: 

• increase NDIS readiness for carers with regard to plan preparation, and 

• understand the role of mental health carers and their rights in the NDIS.

When:
Part 1  10.00am – 1:00pm, Wednesday 5 April, quote #4256.
Part 2  10.00am – 1:00pm, Wednesday 12 April 
Part 3  10.00am – 1:00pm, Wednesday 19 April
Part 4  10.00am – 1:00pm, Wednesday 26 April 

Where: Training room, Carers Victoria, Footscray.  

Aged Care Information Session

The aged care system is complex and can be confusing. Further reforms will be introduced in February 2017.

Be prepared! Don’t wait for a crisis to start your research!

This two-hour introduction covers:

  • Aged care reforms – how do they affect me?
  • What support is available and who provides it?
  • What is Consumer Directed Care (CDC)?
  • What does it cost – home and residential care?
  • Information on Carers Victoria Aged Care Program.  

When: 10am – 12pm, Thursday 20 April 2017, quote #4239. 

This introduction will help participants better understand if they wish to continue to participate in the Aged Care Program below.

Aged Care Program: Carers, Families and the System

Do you want to understand more about aged care?

This practical, interactive four-part program includes specialist guest speakers and is ideal for carers or potential carers who want to know more about the aged care system.

Session 1: Support at Home
When: 10am – 1pm,Tuesday 21 February 2017, quote #4202. 

When: 10am – 1pm, Wednesday 3 May 2017, quote #4239.

Eligibility for support, the process, organisations that provide services and costs involved.

Session 2: Residential Care
When: 10am – 1pm,Tuesday 28 February 2017, quote #4203.

When: 10am – 1pm, Wednesday 10 May 2017, quote #4240.

How to access residential care including eligibility for entry into a care home, how to find an aged care home and the cost of residential care.

Session 3: Tools to Navigate the System
When: 10am – 1pm, Tuesday 7 March 2017, quote #4204.

When: 10am – 1pm, Wednesday 24 May 2017, quote #4241.

Essential skills such as: research to find information you need, organisational skills to manage paper work and personal skills to ensure your voice is heard.

Session 4: We need to talk about…
When: 10am – 1pm,Tuesday 14 March 2017, quote #4205. 

When: 10am – 1pm,Wednesday 31 May 2017, quote #4242.  

Provides up to date information on powers of attorney; advance care planning and gives useful tips on how to have those difficult family discussions.

How does the program work? 

The four sessions each run for three hours. There is no cost and participants may attend every session or selected sessions. 

Dementia Program: Carers, Families and the System

Are you caring for a person living with dementia?

Our free and interactive program will provide information and practical strategies to assist you in your caring role.

What will the program cover?

Session 1: Dementia – Myths and Realities

Expose myths; explore realities; and understand the impact on carers of some of the changes in the brain of the person with dementia.

Session 2: Behaviours of Concern

Identify some of the triggers for behaviours of concern; learn practical strategies that carers can use daily to avoid some of these triggers.

Session 3: Communication Techniques

Identify and practice effective communication skills to use when communicating with the person living with dementia; investigate the importance of self care for carers and services available to assist.

Session 4: Problem Solving and Activities

Problem solving for carers to assist with behaviours of concern; meaningful activities carers can do at home with the person with dementia.

How does the program work?

Each session runs for three hours and builds on the previous content. Carers must attend the first session to continue in the program.

To participate, the person you are caring for must have had a diagnosis of dementia.

Carers need to attend without the person they care for.

2017 Dates

Quote Event no: #4253

Friday, 3 March 2017

Friday, 10 March 2017

Friday, 17 March 2017

Friday, 24 March 2017

Sessions run between 10am – 1pm.

Quote Event no: #4254

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 

Sessions run between 10am – 1pm.   

Disability Program: Carers, Families and the System

Are you caring for a person with a disability?

Do you want to know more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? This program explores changes in the disability support system and discusses future planning with a family-centred approach.

The program consists of four sessions, each of three hours in duration. Participants must attend the first session to continue in the program and cannot bring the person they care for.

If you are interested in attending the program, or if your Carer Support Group wishes to host the program please email education@carersvictoria.org.au or call 1800 242 636.

Program Overview

Session 1: Preparing for Change

Learn about changes in disability support system.

Explore future planning with a family-centred approach.

Session 2: Adapting to Change

Explore challenges and concerns in relation to change.

Make a start on future plans that work for you and the person you care for.

Session 3: Managing the Change

NDIS plan management options – what are they?

Identify skills and build capacity to plan manage.

Session 4: Making your Voice Heard

Understanding your rights and the rights of the person you care for. Tips for communicating effectively with professionals.

2017 Dates

Quote Event no: #4247.

Thursday 2 March 2017

Thursday 9 March 2017

Thursday 23 March 2017

Thursday 30 March 2017

Sessions run between 10am – 1pm.

Quote Event no: #4251.

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Tuesday 13 June 2917 

Tuesday 20 June 2017 

Sessions run between 10am – 1pm.    

Communicating with Family and Friends Workshop

We all communicate every day, but what happens when things go wrong?

Confident communication is a skill that can be learnt. This workshop looks at the building blocks of communication and can help you develop confidence to communicate clearly and without guilt.


Key messages:

  • understand the elements of good communication
  • identify what causes communication breakdown
  • develop strategies to improve communication. 

When: 10am – 12pmWednesday, 22 March 2017, quote #4244.  

Communicating with Professionals Workshop

Talking with professionals can be overwhelming.

This workshop provides practical skills to help you clearly state your needs and wishes when working with services. Build your confidence to communicate effectively and efficiently!

Key messages:

  • Identify barriers to good communication
  • Work as part of a team
  • Develop strategies to overcome communication difficulties.

When: 10am – 12pm, Wednesday, 29 March 2017, quote #4245. 

NDIS Information Session

Do you want to know more about the National Disability Insurance (NDIS)?  

This session will cover:  

  • What is the NDIS
  • How will the NDIS differ from the current system
  • Who is eligible for support 
  • What does it mean for carers 
  • Feedback from the Victorian NDIS pilot site. 
  • Where to now... what can you do.  

When: 10am – 12pm, Tuesday, 2 May 2017, quote #4252.  

 

Carer Support Group Facilitator Training

The program is suitable for: 

  • New facilitators 
  • Those starting up a new Carer Support Group 
  • Current facilitators who want to refresh. 
Cost: $50 for carers, $100 for workers  

When: 10am – 3pm, Thursday, 1 June 2017,quote #4364.

LGBTIQ Carer Support Group Facilitator Training

The program is suitable for: 

  • New facilitators
  • Those starting up a new Carer Support Group
  • Current facilitators.
Cost: $50 for carers, $100 for workers. 

*This session is suitable for LGBTIQ carers and carers of LGBTIQ. 

When: 10am – 3pm, Thursday, 29 June 2017,quote #4475.

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