Australian National Carer Conference opens on Gold Coast

Australian National Carer Conference opens on Gold Coast

Posted November 16, 2014

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The Australian National Carer Conference begins on Sunday 16 November on the Gold Coast, bringing together national and international experts and advocates in the carer sector to discuss the future of caring in Australia, building the capacity of carers and the community to address the challenges ahead.

The Conference will be opened by Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, and attended by national and international experts in a variety of fields which touch on the experience of caring in Australia.

Ms Madeleine Starr MBE, Director of Business Development and Innovation at Carers UK, will deliver a keynote speech on the importance of combining unpaid care with paid employment; Mr Bruce Bonyhady AM, Chair of the National Disability Insurance Agency, will speak on connecting carers to services and supports.

Several panel discussions will take place throughout the Conference, addressing wide-ranging topics such as ‘The Diversity of carers’, ‘Caring in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities’, ‘Young Carers and their future’; and ‘Falling through the gaps of major reforms.’

Panel Members will include Mr Patrick McClure AO, former CEO of Mission Australia and Chair of the Federal Government Reference Group on Welfare Reform; Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of Australian Council of Social Services; and representatives from organisations such as Mental Health Australia, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, and Alzheimer’s Australia.

A range of presentations and discussions will also be held on a number of carer-related issues, and the Conference will close with a lively and informative debate on the topic ‘Living to 130, can we cope?’

The Australian National Carer Conference will explore the diverse needs of the 2.7 million Australians who provide unpaid care, and contribute to the ongoing work of improving their lives and the supports available.

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