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The NSW Carers Advisory Council held its second formal meeting for 2019 on 24 June 2019 at Parliament House, Sydney.

The Council was briefed by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) on relevant matters including the establishment of the Ageing and Disability Commissioner and the appointment of the Commissioner to be announced prior to 1 July 2019, and by NSW Health on NSW Health’s Recognition and Support for Carers: Key Directions 2018-2020.

The Council welcomed Paula Gleeson from the University of Technology Sydney, Centre for Carers Research who presented on providing a platform for cross disciplinary and cross institution research involving and with carers.

The Council also welcomed Kate Epstein, Acting Director from the NDIS Reform team at Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) to update them on the proposed National Disability Data Asset.

The Council welcomed Tracy Duncan, Manager, Life Journey Project from the NSW Department of Customer Service, who presented on The Retirement Years, Life Journey project. This is a partnership project with the Australian Government Digital Transformation Agency and Digital NSW.

The Council members also discussed Council’s major projects:

  1. Conversations with regional and remote carers
  2. Understanding the social and emotional wellbeing of carers
  3. Are some carers being left behind?
  4. Communications Strategy

On 25 June 2019, Council members are joining members of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing and the NSW Disability Council at Parliament House for an introductory workshop on Aboriginal Cultural Capability.

The next Council meeting will take place Monday 16 September 2019.

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019