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South West Carer & Respite Services Network

Who are we?

South West Carer and Respite Services Network (the Network) Member organisations provide essential carer and respite services to the carers of people who are frail aged, people who have a disability and people with a mental illness across South West Victoria.

Network membership is open to government and non-government organisations at all levels: health and welfare organisations, community support groups and agencies that support and provide carer and respite services across the five local government areas of Corangamite, Moyne, Warrnambool, Glenelg and Southern Grampians.

What is Respite? / Why is Respite important?

Respite provides an opportunity for Carers to have a “timeout” from their usual caring role and focus on their wellbeing.

Respite care may also assist the cared for in exploring different options and opportunities within the community.

Respite should be flexible and responsive to the needs of the carer and the person living with a disability.

Respite helps maintain a positive relationship between the Carer (family, friend, neighbour) and the individual which they care.

The Latest

Navigating the Mental Health System Online Workshop

Caring from someone with a mental health illness? Feeling lost and confused about how to access services? A FREE online workshop for carers by Carers Victoria. This workshop explores different aspects of the mental health system and how to access services, how to manage the carer role and looking after your own wellbeing. Who should

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Resource: Bushfire Planning for Carers

Carers Victoria has partnered with the CFA to develop resources and an e-learning module to support carers with bushfire planning. The resources are relevant to anyone who provides care or support to family members and/or friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic health issue or age-related condition and who lives in a bushfire-prone region. The

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How can we right the wrongs of abuse and neglect of people living with dementia in aged care.

Come along to a focus group or interview to explore the topic of redress in aged care. People living with dementia, their carers and family members of people living with dementia who have been abused or neglected in aged care, are invited to participate in a focus group or interview. Discussions will focus on people’s

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Recognising Carers in the Victorian disability system

Carers Victoria welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Review of the Disability Act 2006. Carers Victoria’s submission recognises that the disability ‘landscape’ has gone through significant changes over recent years with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, changes to quality and safeguarding frameworks and an increasing and welcome emphasis on

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EveryAGE Counts

Ageism Negative attitudes and beliefs about ageing and older people underpin and drive age discrimination in places like the workplace or the healthcare system. EveryAGE Counts is the opportunity to work with others in your community to create a society where every person is valued, connected and respected, regardless of age and health. Why Campaign

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Warm Safe Home

The Warm Safe Home Project is an elder abuse prevention activity. It uses art and story to start conversations about the right of older people to be safe in their homes.

Elder abuse prevention is about creating conditions that ensure that older people are respected and cared for, that they are safe from violence, and live free from fear. These simple and clear aims require us to understand the different beliefs, circumstances, and social conditions that enable elder abuse to happen. The Warm Safe Home project uses the home as a starting point for the conversations that build this understanding and help us to work together to create a world without elder abuse