Carers Australia welcomes new CEO

Liz Callaghan has been announced as the new CEO of Carers Australia.

Ms Callaghan was a Director in the Aged Care Royal Commission Taskforce in the Department of Health’s Ageing and Aged Care Group. She has previously served as CEO of Palliative Care Australia and held roles in Catholic Health Australia, the South Australian and Victorian Departments of Health, Metropolitan Domiciliary Care, the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and the Department of Management at RMIT University Melbourne.

Ms Callaghan said she is excited by the challenge of joining Carers Australia.

“I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves from day one, at a time when the very significant role of carers during the COVID-19 crisis has been under pressure. Carers have had to quickly adapt to changes that are not likely to be eased for some time,” she said.

“I am excited by the opportunity to work with our state and territory colleagues in building a new strategy for Carers Australia that ensures the voices of carers are being heard and that their needs are being met”.


Cate and Bronte Campbell and Carer Gateway

Olympic champions, Cate and Bronte Campbell, joined us this month to talk about the supports available to Australia’s 2.65 million unpaid carers on Carer Gateway.

The Carer Gateway website connects carers with online supports and information. These supports can help carers manage daily challenges, improve their health and wellbeing and plan for the future. Whether you’re new to caring or have been doing it for years, you’ll find the help you need at the Carer Gateway. Although some of the in-person services have been impacted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), a range of other support services are still available.

Check out Cate and Bronte’s videos here and then visit the Carer Gateway here or by calling 1800 422 737 Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm.


National Disability Research Partnership welcome but needs to include carers

The National Carer Network and Carers Australia welcomes this month’s announcement of a National Disability Research Partnership.

The approach, put forward by Ministers Roberts and Ruston, highlights a new approach that progresses a research agenda, research capability roadmap, and practical guides for disability-inclusive research to strengthen the disability research sector.

CEO of Carers Australia, Ms Liz Callaghan said the partnership should include, where relevant, family members and carers of people with disability within the scope of the research principles.

“With the expiration of the National Carers Strategy in 2014 there has been less focus on the needs of carers. One of the key priority areas for carers should be coordinated investment into research for and about carers. A focus on carer research could be based on this new model,” she said.


Young Carer Bursary 2021

The 2021 Young Carer Bursary is coming soon!

The Young Carer Bursary assists eligible young carers aged between 12 - 25 years to continue or return to study. Young carers across Australia can apply for a $3000 bursary to assist them in achieving their study goals. 

Applications will open from 9am 28 July and close at 5pm 8 September AEST.

If you would like the Young Carers Team to send you a promotional poster, merchandise and social media tiles please contact us via email [email protected].


Temporary NDIS measures set to end

Some of the temporary measures put in place by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to help ease the burden of COVID-19 are set to end by 1 July.

From 1 July, the following will apply as measures are suspended:

• The temporary 10 percent price loading on certain core and capacity building supports will be removed.
• The definition of the cancellation period will be reduced from 10 days back to levels under the previous policy.
• The medium Team Accommodation (MTA) period will be returned to the original policy of 90 days, which is rolled back from 180 days.

Participant focused measures, including alternatives to face-to-face meetings, plan extensions of up to 24 months and flexible use of funds to purchase low cost assistive technology, will remain in place until additional reviews are completed.


Crisis resilience in MS study

What has the COVID-19 pandemic and the Australian bushfires meant for the MS community?

Academics at the University of Melbourne and Murdoch University are researching the impact of crises on people with Multiple Sclerosis and their carers to develop a toolkit for healthcare-based disaster management for people with MS.

They are seeking MS carers to participate in a survey to help understand the effect the bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the health and lifestyle of the people they care for, and what can be done in the future to lessen the impact of crises.


Young carer story

This month we’re featuring another young carer story from our Young Carers Network.

Amelia is a 22-year-old young carer from Victoria who cares for her mother. Amelia’s mother has bipolar disorder, and needs help with monitoring her moods, organising her medical appointments, keeping the household running, and cooking meals.

“I care for my mum because I am her daughter,” said Amelia. “In my culture and my own personal beliefs, I need to look after her because she brought me into this world, she is also my sole parent whom I love very much.”

To read more of Amelia’s story, and other amazing young carers stories, head to the Young Carers Network.

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