Supporting Carers in the South West

Who are we?

Carer Connect (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

Framing age messaging guide

This research and resulting message guide were commissioned by a consortium of multi-agency Elder AbusePrevention Networks led by Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership, Eastern Community Legal Centre,Merri Health and Barwon Community Legal Service.

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Aged care workforce wage rise – Home Care Packages Program

Care recipient fact sheet.
This fact sheet is to assist Home Care Package (HCP) Program care
recipients to prepare for the increase to award wages from 30 June 2023.

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Elder Abuse – Stories to Understand

This booklet contains three stories, with accompanying artworks that describe situations in which the rights of an older person have been violated by another person.
Storytelling enables us to imagine and think about the human side of challenging issues like elder abuse.
Importantly, each of the stories in this booklet describes services and support that can be accessed to intervene in these situations.

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Reforming Aged Care in Australia

The ‘Reforming aged care in Australia’ booklet was recently published (March 2023) by the Department of Health and Aged Care. The booklet is aimed at older people and their families. It features stories showing how older people are impacted by the aged care reforms, along with explainer information about the specific reforms mentioned in the stories and information on how to engage with the reforms.

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$250 Power Saving Bonus

On 24 March 2023, a new round of the Power Saving Bonus program commenced. Victorian households are now able to receive a new $250 payment, including any households that received a payment through previous rounds of the program.

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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