Mental health communicator, Heidi Tweedie, takes a look at some of the issues around recovery facing carers of people with experience of mental ill-health. Click here for the article.
Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, has released a report that suggests eleven areas of reform that will value unpaid caring in Australia and remove the lifelong disadvantage experienced by many people who care.
Launching the Commission’s Investing in care: Recognising and valuing those who care report in Sydney, Commissioner Broderick said that the majority of caring in our community was undertaken by women and that the current superannuation, taxation and employment systems severely disadvantaged them. Click here to find out more.
Arafmi NSW's January Newsletter 'The Mind Reader' has just been released. Click here to download.
If you answered yes, then Mental Health Carers ARAFMI NSW (‘MHC ARAFMI’) is currently recruiting mental health carers to be part of ARAFMI’s NSW's Carer Peak Advisory Committee (CPAC). Would you like to be an ARAFMI CPAC representative? Click here to find out more.
Research Update: Reducing the psychological distress of family caregivers of home-based palliative care patients: short-term effects from a randomised controlled trial
Hudson P, Trauer T, Kelly B, et al. 2013, ‘Reducing the psychological distress of family caregivers of home-based palliative care patients: short-term effects from a randomised controlled trial’, Psychooncology, 2013
Abstract Palliative care is expected to incorporate comprehensive support for family caregivers given that many caregivers suffer psychological morbidity. However, systematically implemented evidence-based psychological support initiatives are lacking.
The objective of this study was to prepare caregivers for the role of supporting a patient with advanced cancer receiving home-based palliative care by offering a one-to-one psycho-educational intervention. We hypothesised that primary family caregivers who participated in the intervention would report decreased psychological distress (primary outcome), fewer unmet needs and increased levels of perceived preparedness, competence and positive emotions. Click here to find out more.
Research Update: From Assistance to Prevention: Categorizing Young Carer Support Services in Australia, and International Implications
Purcal, Christiane, Hamilton, Myra, et al, 2012, ‘From Assistance to Prevention: Categorizing Young Carer Support Services in Australia, and International Implications’, Social Policy & Administration, 46 (7), pp.788-806
Young people who provide unpaid care for a relative with chronic illness or disability are a growing focus of public policy and research in Australia and internationally. Support services for these young carers have emerged, but not enough is known about their effectiveness.
This article develops an analytical framework that categorizes young carer support services according to their goals and the types of intervention provided.
Click here to learn more.
ARAFEMI Victoria has signed up as a beneficiary of the Aussie Farmers Direct Community Fundraising Program. Aussie Farmers Direct deliver bread, milk, meat and vegetables to your door. Their community fundraising programs means that when you purchase from them, you can nominate to have 2% of the money you spend donated to ARAFEMI Victoria. It costs YOU no additional money. It is easy to nominate ARAFEMI as a beneficiary, from the fundraising page, just type ARAFEMI in Hawthorn as your chosen community partner. If you want more information, go to http://www.aussiefarmers.com.au/
As more than a thousand submissions have been made to the Senate Inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme legislation, the President of the Victorian Disability Services Board and systemic advocate for inclusive practices, Tricia Malowney puts her magnifying glass over the Bill. Click here for the full article.
Living with a mental illness can be tough enough, but does getting older exacerbate your symptoms and quality of life?
SANE Australia is asking consumers and carers to complete an online survey and share their experience of growing older with a mental illness.
The findings will be used to make recommendations for improved services and advocate on behalf of older people affected by mental illness.
* The survey is open to Victorian residents only.
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