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 is Carers Queensland’s monthly e-newsletter, which contains important carer information, Carers Queensland news and sector events. You can join our mailing list or read the current issue below. 

eFirst April 2017

Full Scheme Ahead: last chance to register for workshops

Carers Queensland is hosting free NDIS workshops in April and May for carers who care for a person with disability. Sessions include: the NDIS and you; your future with the NDIS; and caring beyond the now.

All carers are welcome but registrations are essential for catering purposes. The workshops run from 10am to 2pm and morning tea and lunch are provided. For dates and locations, click here. Phone 1800 242 636 or email ndis@carersqld.asn.au to register.


Caring for people with mental illness

Are you caring for someone with mental illness? Murdoch University needs your help. Researchers are conducting a study to establish whether a gratitude practice can influence your experience.

Studies have shown that feelings of being grateful can improve wellbeing, and the Murdoch researchers are now looking at whether this is something that applies to carers of people with mental illnesses. The study will lead to the development of a resource for carers to help look after their own mental health.

If you would like to contribute, please fill out the survey here.

People who identify as mental health consumers or carers are also invited to complete another short survey to evaluate the progress and achievements of the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum.

Click here to take part in this valuable survey.


Carers continue to enjoy $1 movies

We are so pleased to announce that Hoyts Cinemas has again renewed its agreement to offer discounts to carers in 2017. As before, carers accompanying the person they care for to the cinema will be admitted for the price of just $1. This offer is limited to one discounted ticket per day.

To take advantage of this offer, produce your Carers Queensland card or any other card with government-recognised carer identification, such as a Healthcare Card or Centrelink Pension Card. There is a maximum of one carer-concession admission per ID card.

If carers are not accompanying the person they care for, they are required to pay the appropriate rate for their category (concession, senior, adult, child etc).


Do you have a brilliant idea but don’t know how to make it happen?

Carers and care providers who are interested in the design and creation of new technologies for Community Care are invited to join a new initiative.

The Community Care Smart Assistive Technology Collaborative has been funded by the Queensland Government Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to provide an online collaborative space to work together on innovative projects, learn and access resources and expertise. This platform contains local, state, national and international links and resources.

Some examples of the range of this work include the role technology can play in ensuring families have peace of mind when their loved ones are home alone, or creating a set of ‘bionic legs’ that enable individuals to walk again.

Imogen Guiney from Community Resourcing says, “We are looking to support projects that showcase how individuals can work collaboratively with technologists, researchers and providers.

“You don’t need to be technologically savvy to be involved. Our project is based on helping people connect with professionals so they can achieve results they may never have been able to alone.”

To find out more, visit www.satcommunity.com.au.


Keynote speakers announced for International Carers’ Conference

Carers Australia has announced the keynote speakers for the International Carers Conference, held 4-6 October at the Adelaide Convention Centre. 

To secure an Early-Bird ticket before 4 August register now!  

Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski have been activists, teachers and innovators in the world of caregiving and disability for more than three decades. The pair co-founded PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network) in response to the question, ‘What happens to people with disabilities when their parents die?’ For the last 10 years, Vickie and Al have been blending social innovation with the traditional ingenuity of carers and people experiencing life challenges.

A former advisor to an Australian Prime Minister, Christine Bryden AM was diagnosed with dementia in 1995. She was the first person with dementia to be elected to the Board of Alzheimer’s Disease International. Three years after her diagnosis, Christine met and married Paul Bryden, a former diplomat. With his help, support and encouragement, Christine has been an active advocate for people with dementia. Paul is a Chaplain at Woodford Correctional Centre, as well as an enabler for Christine.

Christopher Hills is a 20-year-old video editor who has worked on projects for Queensland Health, the NDIS and Control Bionics in the US. He was born with athetoid cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic. As well as his work as an editor, Christopher is an Accessibility Ambassador. Christopher is joined by his father Garry, whose years as a primary carer, home-schooler and parent have been life-shaping. He too is an Accessibility Ambassador and is passionate about helping parents, carers, support workers and educators make the most of inclusive technologies. 

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