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A RESOURCE developed by
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
is encouraging consumers
to consider the role of
transport when making
decisions about self-
directed care packages.
booklet, Planning for
Transport in Self-Directed
Care, along with the
information sheet, sets out
transport options available
for people with dementia
and aims to help people to understand the
value of transport in staying connected and
Research funded by the NSW
Department of Family and Community
Services into dementia and transport,
carried out by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW,
found that many people were unaware of
the move towards individual funding and
self-directed care and didn’t understand
how to plan for and make choices about
service options, including
transport, under this
NSW CEO John Watkins
said the resources were a
reminder for people not to
overlook transport when
making decisions about care.
“People tend to think
about personal care and
domestic care that can help
them, but we don’t want
them to forget the benefits
they’ll get from transport,
especially in the early stages of dementia.
Transport is particularly important in
maintaining social connections.”
Mr Watkins said the information would
help equip people with dementia to make
more informed choices and use their
package funding wisely.
For a copy of Planning for Transport in
Self-Directed Care phone the National
Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or
Support for older people to
A SUITE OF resources have
been developed for aged care
providers and registered training
organisations to support the
provision of culturally appropriate
aged care training to Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander students.
Developed by HK Training
& Consultancy, with funding
from the Department of Social
Services, the free resources cover
14 units of competency as part
of the Certificate III in Home and
Community Care and Certificate III
in Aged Care qualifications.
The resources include student
and trainer workbooks, Power Point
presentations and student activities,
as well as training DVDs that can be
ordered upon request.
The 15 supporting DVDs cover
topics such as duty of care, pain
assessment and management,
working with carers, and experiencing
disability in a remote community.
HK Training & Consultancy
director Kate Lee said she hoped the
resources improved the skill base
and learning experience of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander students in
aged care and contributed to positive
outcomes for care.
Aged care providers, RTOs and
training providers can download the
package of resources by registering
with HK Training and Consultancy’s
Training Resource Centre.
Visit hktc.com.au or contact admin@
hktc.com.au for further information.
New information gateway
available for carers
THE FEDERAL Government has launched
Carer Gateway, a resource for carers to
access practical information and advice and
connect with services in their local area.
The information gateway is made up of
a national telephone service, website (www.
carergateway.gov.au) and an interactive
service finder to help carers locate their
nearest existing support services.
Assistant Minister for Social
Services Alan Tudge said he
hoped the resource would help
to reach out to carers who might
not currently identify as carers or
know that support is available to
them. He said the gateway was
the first step toward an integrated
carer support service.
On the website carers can find
information on legal rights, carer payments
and tips on self-care, as well as support on
life after caring.
Carers can call the national phone
service on 1800 422 737, Monday to
Friday between 8am and 6pm.
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