Office for Carers Newsletter Autumn 2010 by djwOO1l1


									         Office for Carers
         Autumn Newsletter 2010

                         Message from Cath
                         2010 is here, and it is with pleasure I realise I
                         have been with the Office for Carers for more than
                         a year.

1    Message from Cath   David Caudrey, Marie Farley and I would like to thank
                         so many people for their contributions to the various
                         committees and roundtables, and indeed to this newsletter.
2 CE’s Message           The commitment and sensitivity to carers has been phenomenal and really
                         helpful in shaping our work.
3 Mental Health
                         OFC welcomes Arne Breuer as Senior Project Officer to the team. Arne’s
  Carers Speak Out
                         work and study have had a major focus on disability, both in Australia and
                         overseas including in Germany, Israel and Ireland. Clearly he has a wealth
4 Stronger Together      of experience and ideas to contribute.

                         Michelle Martin has been successful in obtaining a place at Flinders
4 Office for Carers      University in a double degree Bachelor of Social Work and Social Planning.
  Arne Breuer            We wish Michelle all the very best on this next leg of her career, and are
                         thrilled that she will continue to work in OFC as she studies. Sounds like a
                         juggling act, but she has already demonstrated her abilities in this.
5 Newsletter Survey
                         In 2009, OFC put a lot of effort into employees who are also carers. An
                         outcome is the engagement of Cathy Humzy to undertake a Carers and
6 Carer Support          Volunteers Human Resources project. This is to make accurate
  Centre, Victor         information accessible to employees who are carers, DFC volunteers and
  Harbor                 their managers, on their entitlements and resources, and improvements
                         for the future. She has stopped by between Peru, the University of SA and
                         the next overseas adventure, and has already demonstrated what she can
6 Focus On:              do in a short time.
  Respite for Carers
                         A major focus for 2010 will be carer awareness. An additional staff
                         member will be joining us in March to progress this project. The Sector
7 Carers SA              Roundtable in April will be an opportunity to refine the directions and
8    Useful Links        The Commonwealth has now responded to the Parliamentary Inquiry into
                         better support for carers ‘Who Cares…?’ , and is yet to respond the
                         recommendations on carers in the Health and Hospitals Reform
                         Commission report. We look forward to further action for carers at the
                         national level this year.

                         So all the best for 2010 from the team, and may it be a good one for
                                                        Cath McGee, Manager, Office for Carers
Message from the Chief Executive

The start of the year is well and truly underway, and 2010 is
shaping up to be an important one for carers, particularly in
relation to the SA Carers Recognition Act 2005.

We have now reached five years since the Act was first passed,
and a review of its operation and effectiveness will be
conducted. As part if this, consultation will happen directly with
some of the services that provide support directly to carers, to
hear first hand of key issues.

Government Departments are also required to report annually to demonstrate their
compliance with the SA Carers Recognition Act 2005. This year marks the third year
of reporting, with the 2006/07 and 2007/08 progress reports available online and the
2008/09 report also available in the near future.

We know carer recognition is an ongoing process. It has been important to lead the
way within Government to influence how services and supports are provided to
carers. Over time we will see this reflected in more attention to carers who are our
customers, but also to our staff who are carers in their personal lives.

The Commonwealth Government has recently released its responses to the 50
recommendations made in the ‘Who Cares…’ report on the inquiry into Better
Support for Carers. This reflects carer recognition as a matter of national
significance, and will provide a pathway towards a national approach to the issue.

Finally, I would like to wish all carers, and those involved in supporting carers, all the
best for the year 2010. I would also like to acknowledge the additional hardship the
periods of extreme heat can place on many carers and the persons they care for. At
DFC we are aware of this in our planning and response at these critical times. I
would encourage those of you who have not already registered for the Red Cross
TeleCross Redi Service to do so, and to check regularly on your friends and

I look forward to a prosperous year for carers in South Australia.

Joslene Mazel

Chief Executive for Department for Families and Communities

       Autumn 2010 Edition                                                              Page 2 of 8
Mental Health Carers Speak Out
Over the past two decades, there have         The 15 key issues are listed below, in their
been numerous reports, plans and              barest form.
statements regarding the need for             1 Listen to, and respect carers
greater involvement of carers of people       2 Integrated recovery-based care for the
with mental health issues at all levels.          consumer
                                              3 More and better trained staff at all levels
In some areas, carers of people with          4 Knowledge and information for carers
mental health conditions are included         5 Carer and consumer education for all
and involved, however there are many              professional groups and agencies
areas though out Australia where the          6 Support systems, services and
reverse is true.                                  processes established for carers
                                              7 Acute care to be therapeutic and accessible
Currently, we have no national                8 Stigma, discrimination and isolation for
measurement which enables us to hear              carers and consumers
what mental health carers are                 9 Accommodation options for consumers
experiencing and no way of responding             at all levels of care
to their experiences.                        10 Financial costs to carers
The Mental Health Council of Australia       11 Physical and mental health of carers
(MHCA), with funding from FAHCSIA, is        12 Flexible respite options for carers
addressing this issue. Since 2008, the       13 Privacy and confidentiality issues
MHCA has held 116 mental health carer        14 Early intervention at each episode of care
workshops, two thirds of which were in       15 Employment options for carers
rural, remote and regional Australia.
                                             Of these 15 issues, almost half directly
The MHCA heard from more than 1500           involved the availability of services and the
carers and their message was loud and        quality of care for mental health consumers.
clear. Through the workshop process, 15      The report highlights shortcomings in the
major issues which seriously affect the      mental health ‘system’ of Australia.
lives of mental health carers emerged.
These issues were the same across            The MHCA will continue to follow up strongly
Australia: from Broome to Bega, Cairns       on Adversity to Advocacy. The voice of mental
to Carnarvon, with CALD, Aboriginal or       health carers and their key issues will grow
young carers. The differences lay            louder and stronger.
between differing groups only in the
intensity of the experience of each issue.   Each year carers will complete a simple survey
                                             related to the 15 key issues already identified.
You can read about the lives and hopes       The MHCA will then provide a report detailing
of mental health carers in Adversity to      the experiences of mental health carers across
Advocacy downloadable at:                    Australia. Over time, a body of evidence will be         built by the direct reporting of carer
lications/MHCA%20CEP%20webLR.pdf)            experiences.

                                             If you’re a mental health carer
                                             interested in being involved contact
                                             tel: 02 6285 0810

      Autumn 2010 Edition                                                           Page 3 of 8
Stronger Together                                   Arne Breuer
In 2004 a formal partnership called the             I recently joined the Office
Common Ground Agreement was established             for Carers as a Senior
between the Health and Community Services           Project Officer. I transferred
Sector, the Department of Health and the            from the Department of
Department for Families and Communities.            Health where I worked on
                                                    Chronic Disease Prevention
The agreement committed the parties to              Programs. I am very pleased
working together and interdependently to            to be here as this marks the
improve the health and wellbeing of all South       beginning of a new chapter for me.
Australians. The partnership was designed as a
means to pool resources and to identify issues,     So, this is me in a nutshell: Born and bred in
resolve problems and develop new approaches         Germany, the first half of my life was rather
to achieve mutually agreed goals.                   uneventful. After high school however I went
                                                    abroad, spending time in places such as the
The aims of Common Ground were to:                  Middle East and two years in an Irish hippie
 collaborate on matters of mutual interest.
                                                    commune. In 2002 I moved to Adelaide to
 lead improvements in policy development,          study Disability Studies at Flinders Uni, which I
   governance, consumer participation in            finished in 2003. Subsequently I took up an
   service planning, delivery and management.       offer for an employer sponsorship, which saw
 engage in public debate about policy, service
                                                    me spend the following years working on a
   delivery and governance                          petrol sniffing rehabilitation project on the APY
                                                    Lands and disability services in Darwin. Via
In 2008 a review of the Common Ground               Queensland I finally made my way back to SA,
Agreement was undertaken to examine the             and have been here ever since.
outcomes over the past four years, and identify
ways to move forward. The review resulted in        During many years in the disability and health
the development of the Stronger Together            sectors, I have met countless carers. I believe
Agreement, a reinvigorated approach to building     this has given me a good understanding of
on and strengthening the partnerships.              their issues, and an appreciation for the
                                                    remarkable effort they make. Consequently I
Stronger Together was signed in 2009 by the
                                                    am excited about my new role, as it gives me
Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse,
                                                    an opportunity to work on projects that can
Jane Lomax – Smith, Minister for Families and
                                                    make a difference to South Australian carers.
Communities, Jennifer Rankine, Minister for
Health, John Hill and the Chair, South Australian
                                                    Although much of my life has been rather
Council of Social Services, Simon Schrapel
(pictured left to right).                           transient, I have settled in Adelaide for good. I
                                                    try to be as active as possible to keep life
                                                    interesting, and spend most of my spare time
                                                    with my band “The Oscillators”. So whereas on
                                                    weekdays you will see me here at OFC, on
                                                    weekends you can find me out and about
                                                    playing shows. And of course always behaving

                                                    Thanks to everybody for the warm welcome. I
                                                    am looking forward to working with you!

            Autumn 2010 Edition                                                          Page 4 of 8
Office for Carers Newsletter Survey

Since July 2007 the Office has
distributed its newsletter quarterly
to an audience which includes
Government Departments, non
government organisations, carers
and other interested parties.

Given our varied audience, we are keen to hear
from you in relation to the information you look
for or find useful. This will ensure our newsletter
is relevant and valuable to all our readers.

We would appreciate your feedback of the
newsletter by completing this short online
      survey at the following link:;

      The survey will be open till 5pm Friday 9th April

  Autumn 2010 Edition                                Page 5 of 8
Clowning Around
There was cause for celebration at the Carer
Support Centre, Victor Harbor when the
                                                   F           CUS ON:
                                                   Respite for Carers: in June
Carer Clowns joined in the 2009 Victor
Harbor Christmas Pageant. Their entry, ‘The        Respite is intended to provide a break for
Clown Band’ shaped an all-round winning            carers – to enable batteries to be recharged
combination for the Centre’s Volunteers and        and for carers to be sustained. In recent
Carers. It started with the fun-and-friendship     discussions with service providers, and with
experience of making the brilliant costumes        carers we know however it can be a time of
and wacky instruments, and grew with               confusion and anxiety, and lend to a range of
satisfying liaison and sponsorship from local      emotions. For some it is too hard.
business. When the excitement of laughing
and engaging with the community on                 In our next newsletter, with your help, we will
Pageant night drew to a close, the thrill of       shine a spotlight on this whole topic.
discovering that their entry had won the
judges’ First Prize breathed new life into the     We encourage you, as a carer or as a service
little project, through the ongoing sharing of     provider, to share your experiences of respite.
positive experiences.
                                                   As a carer, what makes respite good – for you
‘Actively having fun’ is a theme which has         to feel reassured that you can leave the person
evolved at the Carer Support Centre. Given         you provide care for, and for the person you
the framework of anxiety, stress, guilt and        care for to accept this temporary change?
grief which can shape a Carer’s life, ‘having
fun’ is a potentially powerful tool. It can help   You might want to share experiences of the
protect the health and well-being of a Carer,      person who has had respite as the experience
whose own life is ‘marking time’ within their      of the person in respite will obviously impact
caring role.                                       on the likely future use of respite services.

                                                   What stops you as a carer from using respite?

                                                   As a service provider, is there something you
                                                   want to showcase? Indeed, what is available?

                                                   For both carers and service providers what do
                                                   you think the gaps are?

                                                   If you would like to contribute to the
                                                   discussion by providing an article please
                                                   contact Michelle Martin on (08) 8207 0424 or
   Carer Support Centre                           email Michelle
    63 Victoria Street Victor Harbor
   KI Carer Support Centre                        Half column articles are to be 200 words if
    20 Dauncey Street, Kingscote, KI.              accompanied by a picture, full page articles
                                                   400 words with a picture. Articles must be
Staff: Janis Haynes, Di Lewis, Anne Kendall,       submitted to Michelle by Wednesday 19th May.
Sue Cooper, Pat Hurdle, Jane Robinson
Ph 8552 7419 / Email

         Autumn 2010 Edition                                                           Page 6 of 8
WiseMove                                          Murray Bridge Hub for Carers

WiseMove offers information,                      When the Carers SA Commonwealth Respite
support and activities aimed                      and Carelink South and East Country Centre
at improving women’s health                       moved to new premises a year ago Carers SA
and wellbeing. Eight female                       CEO Rosemary Warmington predicted that it
Carers took part in a 2009 Carers SA 12           would become a hub for Carer services and
week pilot course facilitated by a fitness        community service meetings in the region.
trainer.                                          This has become the reality.

Two part sessions included:                       Over the past year various working groups
 Discussion on healthy eating, motivation,       have held regular meetings in the large
  managing stress, body image, barriers to        meeting room, with modern projection
  change and active ageing.                       equipment; Carers SA River Murray Mallee
 Physical activity such as stretching,           Carer Support has taken advantage of the
  walking and exercises: Individual abilities     outdoor BBQ facilities; the industrial kitchen
  were considered to make sure everyone           has served for breakfast and lunch meetings
  could benefit in some way from the              on many occasions and service providers have
  exercises.                                      taken advantage of the central location and
                                                  excellent facilities to provide Carer training.
The Carers highly valued the discussion
session. They felt it contributed to increasing   Providing a venue for the Aboriginal Elders
the group’s social cohesion and encouraged        Advisory Committee AGM was an indication
motivation and getting the most out of the        of relationships being developed with
physical activity and healthy eating.             members of local Aboriginal communities and
                                                  Aboriginal workers.
All the participants said that the course had
improved their emotional and social well-         Co-locating respite, information and Carer
being, and they had increased the time they       Support services has had a direct impact on
spent on physical activities, such as walking     the quality of support and care available to
and stretching exercises.                         Carers and other members of the public.
Carers SA is seeking to run more courses.         Staff are delighted that CR&CC services are
For more information call Fiona on 8291 5600      being showcased to increasing numbers of
or email                  Carers and service providers. The location
                                                  opposite the health service also lends itself to
                                                  Carers and service providers ‘popping in’ to
                                                  seek information about community supports
                                                  and respite services in a welcoming
                                                  atmosphere. Congratulations to all the staff for
                                                  a wonderful effort.

                                                                 1800 052 222
                                                   Toll Free 1800 052 222 is the new single number for
                                                     the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres
                                                                       across Australia.
   Having fun and getting fit: Carers SA             It replaces the old respite number 1800 059 059.
   Wisemove Lifestyle Group October 2009           For respite or information services you need only call
                                                                        1800 052 222.

        Autumn 2010 Edition                                                                Page 7 of 8
Useful Links
SA Carers Recognition Act: Reports of Compliance and Activity
SA Carers Recognition Act: Reports to the Minister for Families and Communities
outlining progress of applicable SA Government Departments in relation to the Act.

The 2010 Intergenerational Report Australia to 2050: Future Challenges
Australia faces a complex mix of long-term challenges — an ageing and growing
population, escalating pressures on the health system, and an environment vulnerable
to climate change. These challenges will place substantial pressure on Australia's
economy, living standards and government finances over the next 40 years. These are
challenges affecting developed countries around the world.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The Federal government has announced its intention to formally investigate the
feasibility of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
A NDIS would replace Australia’s current crisis-driven, welfare-based approach to disability
services. The scheme would provide funding for essential care, support, therapy, aids,
equipment, home modifications and access to the community, education and training.

Got something you would like to
                                                                   Office for Carers staff
If you have any carer related stories or events that you    David Caudrey, Executive Director
would like published in the Office for Carers newsletter,
please contact Michelle Martin on (08) 8207 0424 or         8413 9042
e-mail with details.          Cath McGee, Manager
                                                            8207 0418
Know someone who might be interested                        Marie Farley, Principal Project Officer
in receiving this newsletter?
If you know of anyone or any organisation who would         8207 0453
like to receive this newsletter,                            Arne Breuer, Senior Project Officer
please encourage them to contact                            8415 4245 to have their details
added to our mailing list.                                  Michelle Martin, Assistant Project Officer
                                                            8207 0424

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