Current Activities

The Carers’ Program is involved in activities across the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD).  The current activities are:-

Implementation of the NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010:

The Carers Program plays a key role in the implementation of the NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 and the NSW Carers Charter.

Carer Consultancy Program:

Using the Carer Consultant Model, the Carers Program provides managers with access to a range of viewpoints on service development and quality activities. The Carers Program Coordinator manages a register of expert consultants from a diverse range of caring circumstances. The consultants provide important information on the impact of service activities on carers and consumers. This information helps managers to ensure the success of the services they manage.

Service Development Consultancy Program:

The Carers Program offers a consultancy service to managers and senior clinicians regarding the introduction of strategies to improve a service unit’s response to carers. Recent activity includes the Emergency Respite Pathways Project, Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Carers Initiative and the Top5 Project.

Staff Education Program:

Through a range of activities the Carers Program seeks to improve the awareness of staff on the issues that are essential to working with carers as a part of the care team. The Carers Program provides in-services to Nursing Units and presentations at staff education days and Assistant in Nursing training days. These activities are often conducted in partnership with external organisations and carers representatives. The Carers Program also utilises electronic and print media opportunities to raise the profile of carers across the LHD.

NSW Health and Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC) Joint Guidelines:

The guidelines aim to ensure that staff in hospitals and disability accommodation support services, are aware of their respective roles and responsibilities for people with a disability before, during and after transfer of care from hospital. It is intended that staff will develop the capacity to identify areas of risk that could compromise a person with the disability’s capacity to; ) achieve the best health outcomes and their safety and/or dignity during a hospital stay, 2) agree on what additional supports are required to reduce identified risks and 3) negotiate responsibility and resources for the provision of agreed additional support.

NSW Carers Strategy Implementation:

The Carers Program will take a lead role with the LHD’s implementation of the key components of NSW Carers Strategy.

Disability Action Plan and the Implementation of the Disability (Inclusion) Act 2014:

The Carers Program is currently involved in discussions with peak organisations regarding Disability services on the North Coast and is preparing to play a key role in the implementation of the Disability (Inclusion) Act 2014.