Get Involved

Open Opportunities

Surveys, Consultations and Representative roles – your voice makes a difference!

By speaking up about your experiences, you can inform decision making and service design, and create positive change for you, other carers and the whole community.

Carers ACT and our mental health peak body MHCV invite you to have your say in the following open opportunities.  If you wish to raise a specific issue, you can email the Advocacy team below.

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Requested by
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Topic Charter for Carers
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Foster and kinship carers are being invited to have their say on the draft Charter for Carers, which will set out the rights and responsibilities of carers interacting with ACT Child Protection Services. Foster and kinship carers can participate in the consultation by completing the survey on the YourSay Charter for Carers Page or contacting charterforcarers@act.gov.au.

Requested by ACT Government, Community Services Directorate
Closing August 2, 2024
Status Open
Details

Australian research company Catalyst recently conducted a large-scale consumer study on home care. Over 5,000 Australians gave their views, including 200 carers.  However Catalyst is seeking more carers to be involved in its annual home care, retirement living and aged care surveys. If you’re interested in being part of this data collection, you can register to receive the surveys.

Requested by Catalyst
Closing Not specified
Status Open
Details

ReachOut are conducting an online research survey for parents/carers in Australia to tell us (confidentially) about the key issues you are concerned about, how they might impact the health and wellbeing of your child/ren, and how you might like to be supported to tackle these issues.

Requested by ReachOut
Closing Not specified
Status Open
Details

ADACAS and Advocacy for Inclusion have started a project to find the best ways to support parents with disabilities. The project will also look at the things that make it harder to be a parent with a disability.

Requested by ADACAS Advocacy
Closing Not specified
Status Open
Details

Researchers at University of Queensland’s Centre for Clinical Research are working to improve neuropsychological assessments for earlier and more effective diagnosis of dementia in Parkinson’s disease.

In the first stage of the research, they are hoping to engage as many people as possible with Parkinson’s disease or who are caring for someone with Parkinson’s, that have taken part in cognitive or neuropsychological testing related to Parkinson’s disease.Reimbursement for participation will be provided by the researchers.For more information, visit https://clinical-research.centre.uq.edu.au/pdcognicare

Requested by University of Queensland’s Centre for Clinical Research
Closing Not specified
Status Open
Topic Are you an older person taking antidepressants, or caring for someone who is taking antidepressants?
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Would you be interested in taking part in a public health research project?

The Health Care Consumer’s Association, in partnership with Sydney Health Literacy Lab, is researching how they can help older people who are prescribed antidepressants. Your experiences and opinions could make a difference for others.

HCCA would like to talk to people who are:

  • older people prescribed an antidepressant currently, or in the past 12 months
  • carers of older people prescribed an antidepressant currently, or in the past 12 months
  • carers of older people in residential aged care facilities prescribed an antidepressant currently, or in the past 12 months
  • based in Australia and over 18 years of age.

To sign up for an interview, or to find out more, fill in your details here: https://sydney.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3NK3ZlAbaASUYCi

Requested by
Closing Not specified
Status Open
Topic Early-Onset Dementia Research opportunity with University of Canberra
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University of Canberra is looking for people who have had a diagnosis of any form of dementia prior to the age of 65, currently living within the community, OR aged 18 or older and currently a carer for an individual diagnosed with any form of dementia prior to the age of 65 to participate in a research project investigating their beliefs, barriers, and enablers regarding physical activity.

Involvement will include the screening of eligibility for the requirements of the research, along with questionnaires and one-on-one interviews

Please contact Mr Nicholas Lawlis on Nicholas.Camacholawlis@canberra.edu.au for further information.

Requested by University of Canberra
Closing Not specified
Status Open
Topic Share you thoughts on how co-occuring needs are supported by CHS
Details

The Mental Health, Justice Health, and Alcohol & Drug Services (MHJHADS) Division of Canberra Health Services (CHS) are reviewing how they currently support and treat people with co-occurring moderate to severe substance use disorders and moderate to severe mental illness, or co-occurring needs.

To inform this work, MHJHADS want to hear from people who may be experiencing, or have previously experienced, co-occurring needs, including their carers and/or family members.

Please provide your input via the survey: Co-occurring Needs Work Plan: Public Consultation (office.com)

 If you would prefer to talk someone, please contact the Service and Transformation team at chs.mhjhadsserviceandtransformation@act.gov.au.

Requested by Canberra Health Services
Closing Not specified
Status Closed
Topic Diversion and Therapy Services Model of Care
Details

The Canberra Health Services has undertaken a review of the Diversion and Therapy Services Model of Care. If you would like to provide feedback on this Model of Care, please contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au

Requested by Mental Health, Justice Health and Drug and Alcohol Services (MHJHADS)
Closing July 8, 2024
Status Closed
Topic What would make Canberra a great place to grow old?
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ACT Government want to hear from you about what can be improved to enhance the lives of older Canberrans.

Your feedback will help them to develop the next Age-Friendly City Plan.

You can share your experiences, feedback and suggested improvements by responding to an online survey or making a submission at: yoursayconversations.act.gov.au/agefriendlycityplan

Requested by Office for Seniors and Veterans
Closing June 28, 2024
Status Closed
Topic 2024 Carer Wellbeing Survey
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Your story, your impact!
Carers, don’t miss the chance to share your experiences through the Carer Wellbeing Survey. Your valuable insights shape the future of support for unpaid carers. Your input will help Carers Australia and the Australian Government better understand your needs and provide the support you deserve. The survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous.
Let’s create positive change together! Click here to complete the 2024 Carer Wellbeing Survey

Requested by
Closing June 19, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Canberra Health Services is consulting on the Eating Disorders Residential Treatment Centre Operational Procedure
Details

If you wish to contribute feedback to Eating Disorders Residential Treatment Centre – Operational Procedure,
Please email mhcarers@carers.org.au for further details.

Requested by Canberra Health Services
Closing June 3, 2024
Status Closed
Details

Developed as part of the co-design process between DSS and the National Autism Strategy Oversight Council along with feedback from more then 2000 people, the draft National Autism Strategy is now open for public feedback. To have your say visit Developing the National Autism Strategy | engage.dss.gov.au

Requested by Kamla- Carers ACT
Closing May 31, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Caring as unpaid work
Details

The ACT Government want to hear about the experiences of Canberran’s providing unpaid work, including caring responsibilities. They would like to understand how this relates to participating in paid employment and how they can better recognise the economic contribution of unpaid work in Canberra.
Carers ACT will be lodging a submission directing the committee to the policy and advocacy work that we have already undertaken on this topic. Carers can lodge their own submission via the inquiry website, or share feedback with us at carer.advocacy@carersact.org.au, and we will include it in our submission.

Requested by ACT Government
Closing May 17, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Aged Care
Details

Aged Care Steps (ACS) is exploring how older Australians, and their families access financial advice to support their aged care decisions through a stakeholder survey.
In particular, they are interested in who is providing the advice and how it is provided.


For more information, visit Consultation — Aged Care Steps

Requested by Aged Care Steps (ACS)
Closing May 10, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Mental Health Justice Health Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) Custodial Mental Health – Child and Adolescent Operational Procedure
Details

Mental Health Justice Health Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) are reviewing the Custodial Mental Health – Child and Adolescent Operational Procedure. If you are interested in providing feedback, please contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au 

Requested by Mental Health Justice Health Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS)
Closing May 9, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Disability Health
Details

People with disability and carers of people with disability who live in the ACT are invited to apply to become a member of the Disability Health Reference Group (DHRG).
The group will provide advice to the ACT Government and Canberra healthcare system on disability health related issues.

For more information, visit ACT Disability Health Strategy – ACT Government

Requested by ACT Government (ACT Health)
Closing May 6, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Raising children in the ACT
Details

The ACT Government is seeking to understand the factors that influence raising children in the ACT – including cost of living, housing suitability and availability, education, social factors, access to health and paediatric specialists, and any other related issues.
Carers ACT will be lodging a submission highlighting the additional factors that influence raising children with disability.

You can contribute to the Carers ACT submission by emailing carer.advocacy@carersact.org.au with your feedback or lodge your own submission via the Inquiry website or by completing their online form.

Requested by ACT Government
Closing April 26, 2024
Status Closed
Details

listening report has been released based on community feedback regarding the Curtin Dementia Village Site. A draft Place Development Brief has also been released and is open for public comment on YourSay until 16th April 2024.

Requested by
Closing April 16, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Restrictive Practices for people NOT detained under the Mental Health Act 2015
Details

Canberra Health Services is seeking feedback on “Restrictive Practices for people NOT detained under the Mental Health ACT 2015”.

If you are interested, please contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au for more information.

Requested by Canberra Health Services
Closing March 26, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Welcome to Dhulwa Information Booklet
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Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drugs Service is seeking feedback on “Welcome to Dhulwa Information Booklet”.

If you are interested, please contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au for more information.

Requested by Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drugs Service
Closing March 21, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Dhulwa Mental Health Unit- Operational Procedure
Details

Currently open is the review of the Dhulwa Mental Health Unit – Operational Procedure.

If you would like to contribute to this review please contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au for more details

Requested by The Canberra Health Services (CHS) Division of Mental Health, Justice Health, and Alcohol & Drug Services (MHJHADS)
Closing March 11, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Dhulwa Mental Health Unit – Visitors to Dhulwa under the Mental Health (Secure facilities) Act 2016
Details

Currently open is the review of the Dhulwa Mental Health Unit – Visitors to Dhulwa under the Mental Health (Secure facilities) Act 2016

If you would like to contribute to this review please contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au for more details

Requested by The Canberra Health Services (CHS) Division of Mental Health, Justice Health, and Alcohol & Drug Services (MHJHADS)
Closing March 11, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Dhulwa Mental Health Unit – Prohibited items under the Mental Health (Secure facilities) Act 2016 and Restricted items in Dhulwa
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Currently open is the review of Dhulwa Mental Health Unit – Prohibited items under the Mental Health (Secure facilities) Act 2016 and Restricted items in Dhulwa

If you would like to contribute to this review please contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au for more details

Requested by The Canberra Health Services (CHS) Division of Mental Health, Justice Health, and Alcohol & Drug Services (MHJHADS)
Closing March 11, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Justice Health Operational Guideline Alexander McConochie Centre
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Consultation is open on the Justice Health Operational Guideline – Alexander McConochie Centre.

If you wish to read and comment on the document please email mhcarers@carersact.gov.au for details.

Requested by The Canberra Health Services (CHS) Division of Mental Health, Justice Health, and Alcohol & Drug Services (MHJHADS)
Closing February 21, 2024
Status Closed
Details

Join in shaping the future of aged care. The Department of Health and Aged Care invites feedback on the new Aged Care Act. This significant legislation, with its exposure draft released on 14 December 2023, is open for public consultation until 16 February 2024. Your insights are crucial, especially if you’re connected to aged care as a carer or family member. Learn more about how to participate in surveys, webinars, workshops, and send your submissions at Consultation on the new Aged Care Act | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Requested by Department of Health and Aged Care
Closing February 16, 2024
Status Closed
Topic ACT Legislative Assembly Loneliness and Social Isolation Inquiry
Details

The ACT Government is holding an inquiry into the prevalence of loneliness and isolation in the ACT community. Go to Inquiry into loneliness and social isolation in the act for more information.

Carers ACT is writing a submission to the Inquiry, looking at the impacts of loneliness and social isolation on carers. If you want to provide input to our submission, please get in touch via  carer.advocacy@carersact.org.au by Friday 9th February 2024.

Requested by ACT Government
Closing February 9, 2024
Status Closed
Details

The ACT Government has identified a large block of land in Curtin suitable to build into a village style dementia care facility. Carers of people with dementia and other stakeholders are being invited to provide their feedback on the various design features of the proposed dementia care facility. Focus Group sessions will be held in November and December, and a survey is available until 7 February 2024. Visit Curtin Dementia Village Site | YourSay ACT for more information.

Requested by
Closing February 7, 2024
Status Closed
Topic CHS is consulting on the draft Eating Disorder Residential Treatment Model of Care.
Details

If you wish to contribute feedback to Eating Disorder Residential Treatment Model of Care, please contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au by 1 February for further details.

Requested by The Canberra Health Services (CHS) Division of Mental Health, Justice Health, and Alcohol & Drug Services (MHJHADS)
Closing February 1, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Nous Interview | Evaluation of Discharge Accommodation Program (DAP) and Safe spaces
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A 1-hour group virtual interview with seeking  your views on challenges, successes and lessons learnt regarding DAP’s service delivery and your views on strengths, opportunities and gaps in community-based mental health ‘crisis’ support services.

ACT Health Directorate Nous Group has been engaged by the ACT Health Directorate to evaluate the Discharge Accommodation Program (DAP) and conduct a broader review good practice, opportunities and gaps for community-based mental health ‘crisis’ support services in the ACT. Contact Carers ACT for more information.

Requested by ACT Health Directorate Nous Group
Closing February 1, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Expressions of Interest to join the National Carer Strategy Advisory Committee
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Australia is getting a National Carer Strategy to provide a framework for coordination of carer policy across Commonwealth portfolios including aged care, disability, veterans’ affairs and mental health. Carers from across the country are being invited to join the National Carer Strategy Advisory Committee, which will contribute to developing the strategy.

The Department of Social Services are seeking nominations for carers to join the Advisory Committee through an open EOI process until 29 January 2024. For more information, or to apply visit:

https://engage.dss.gov.au/national-carer-strategy-advisory-committee-expression-of-interest/

Requested by Department of Social Services
Closing January 29, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Canberra Health Services are undertaking an evaluation of the discharge accommodation program (DAP).
Details

Nous Group has been engaged by the ACT Health Directorate to evaluate the Discharge Accommodation Program (DAP) and conduct a broader review good practice, opportunities and gaps for community-based mental health ‘crisis’ support services in the ACT.

Nous Group are asking for three representatives who have experienced DAP to attend a focus group.  Contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au if you have current experience of this program as a carer and wish to contribute.

Requested by Canberra Health Services
Closing January 15, 2024
Status Closed
Topic Adult Community Mental Health Model of Care
Details

The Canberra Health Services (CHS) Division of Mental Health, Justice Health, and Alcohol & Drug Services (MHJHADS) has undertaken a review of the Adult Community Mental Health Model of Care.

 If you wish to provide feedback on the Model of Care, please contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au for further information.

Requested by Canberra Health Services
Closing December 15, 2023
Status Closed
Topic Searching of a Consumer or their Property Consultation
Details

If you wish to provide feedback on this policy, please contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au for further information.

Requested by Canberra Health Services
Closing December 15, 2023
Status Closed
Topic External Dhulwa Forensic Mental Health Inpatient Services Model of Care
Details

The Mental Health, Justice Health, and Alcohol & Drug Services (MHJHADS) division of Canberra Health Services has revised the Dhulwa Forensic Mental Health Inpatient Service Model of Care and is now welcoming your feedbackIf you wish to contribute to the feedback please email mhcarers@carersact.org.au for details or provide direct feedback via  Dhulwa Forensic Mental Health Inpatient Service – Model of Care – Feedback Form or emailing chs.mhjhadsserviceandtransformation@act.gov.au 

Requested by Mental Health Carers Voice
Closing December 8, 2023
Status Closed
Topic Consent for Healthcare Treatment Guideline
Details

Quality, Safety, Innovation, and Improvement division of Canberra Health Services are currently reviewing this guideline and invite you to provide feedback on this guideline.  

Please email mhcarers@carersact.org.au for details if you wish to participate in this. 

Requested by Mental Health Carers Voice
Closing December 8, 2023
Status Closed
Topic Be part of designing ACT’s newest Safe Haven
Details

As a carer representative, you will play a vital role in providing oversight and leadership in the design, development, and implementation of the project. Your expertise and experience will contribute to establishing the Canberra Hospital Safe Haven and assessing the need for future expansions.

If you’re interested in this work, we would love to hear from you. Please reach out to us at mhcarers@carersact.org.au by Friday, December 8th. Applicants with experience of the Safe Haven in Belconnen are particularly welcome.

Requested by Mental Health Carers Voice
Closing December 8, 2023
Status Closed
Topic External Review of the mental health needs of the ACT multicultural community: Reference Group
Details

The Reference Group is seeking a lived experience carer to contribute to the Review of the mental health needs of the ACT multicultural community (the Project). 

If you are interested, please contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au for further details.

Requested by Mental Health Carers Voice
Closing December 8, 2023
Status Closed
Details

The Australian Government is creating a Disability Employment Centre of Excellence to improve employment outcomes for people with disability. A number of options for how the centre will operate have been developed and feedback is being sought from the community, including people with disability and carers.

Requested by
Closing November 30, 2023
Status Closed
Details

The ACT Government is seeking input into the types of services that should be included in the new South Tuggeranong Health Centre to be built near Lanyon Marketplace in Conder. You can provide your feedback by attending one of the pop-ups in November or completing the YourSay survey.

South Tuggeranong Health Centre | YourSay ACT

Requested by
Closing November 30, 2023
Status Closed
Topic
Details

A committee is examining the proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2023 and is welcoming feedback via submissions until December 8th.

The Bill will regulate voluntary assisted dying (also known as VAD) in Canberra. VAD refers to a medical process that gives an eligible person the option to end their own suffering by choosing to administer a medication that causes death.

Carers are welcome to review the proposed legislation and share their views on how this may impact carers with our Policy and Advocacy Team, who will be lodging a submission representing collective carer voices. Please email carer.advocacy@carersact.org.au or phone 02 6296 9900 to share your feedback with the team before November 27th 2023.

Carers can also make their own submission directly to the committee before December 8th by visiting The ACT Legislative Assembly website.

Requested by
Closing November 27, 2023
Status Closed
Topic Seeking a Lived Experience Carer Expert
Details

The Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing is seeking a Lived Experience carer expert for mental health and support needs of people from multicultural communities reference group: The reference group will provide oversight and leadership in this area.For further information please reach out to mhcarers@carersact.org.au by Monday 13th November 2023

Requested by The Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Closing November 13, 2023
Status Closed
Topic Representative Position Open
Details

Representative position open: Safe Haven Expansion Steering Group. Are you a mental health carer looking for an opportunity to get involved in service planning? ACT Health currently has an open position for a lived experience carer representative on the ACT Safe Haven Expansion Project. For further information please reach out to mhcarers@carersact.org.au by Monday 13th November 2023

Requested by Safe Haven Expansion Steering Group
Closing November 13, 2023
Status Closed
Topic For Comment
Details

For comment: Canberra Health Services Guidelines: Forensic Consultation and Intervention Service.  If you wish to comment on this guideline, please reach out to mhcarers@carersact.org.au by Monday 13th November 2023

Requested by
Closing November 13, 2023
Status Closed
Details

The Department of Social Services is inviting people with autism, and their carers, to help develop a National Autism Strategy. The Strategy will be for all Autistic Australians. It will cover key reform areas including access to services, healthcare, education and employment. It will help to guide a more coordinated, national approach supporting Autistic people at each stage of life.
There are a variety of ways for people to participate, including submissions and in person forums, with one taking place in Canberra on October 10.

Requested by
Closing October 30, 2023
Status Closed
Details

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) has been commissioned to support the shaping of the National Mental Health Lived Experience Consumer and Carers, Families, and Kin Peak Bodies. The purpose of these peak bodies is to involve those with lived experience in shaping policies and programs that impact them.

Requested by
Closing October 27, 2023
Status Closed
Details

The ACT Health Directorate is currently calling for people to assist them with the Healthy Canberra: ACT Preventive Health Plan 2020-2025. The Plan aims to prevent chronic diseases by supporting people to choose lifestyle behaviours that reduce their risk of developing preventable diseases.

They want to hear about what action you think government can take to reduce chronic disease in the ACT and get your input on the second ACT Preventive Health Action Plan 2023-2025.

You can find out more HERE.

Requested by ACT Government, Have your Say
Closing July 28, 2023
Status Closed
Details

Are you a young Canberran who needs some extra support?   Maybe you have used services such as youth drop-in centres, mentoring, counselling or family therapy?

Or are you a parent or carer of a young person in need of support? Or a frontline worker providing family or youth support?

Tell us about your experience of services and programs in the ACT in a short survey.

Requested by Your Say, ACT Government
Closing July 5, 2023
Status Closed
Details

Join Carers ACT new consultation group and attend when it suits you.

Come along to our first Carers Collective! A chance to bring your caring experiences, ideas, and opinions on a range of topics. Cake and Coffee will be supplied to keep the ideas flowing.

Register by June 12 for our first Carer Collective on Friday 16 June 2023.  Read more. 

Requested by Carers ACT
Closing June 12, 2023
Status Closed
Topic Paid research / interview opportunity
Details

Canberra Health Services (CHS) are seeking carers in the ACT and surrounding region to preview draft creative concepts and share their thoughts through a 1-on-1 interview.

The individual interviews will be conducted over video conference (Zoom) and will be up to 45 mins. You will be paid $80 each for your time and effort. The interview slots will be between between Monday 29 May to Friday 23 June 2023, conducted by CHS’s research agency Bastion Insights.

To register your interest or get more information, please contact Paula.Lang@act.gov.au by Monday 12 June 2023.

Requested by Canberra Health Services
Closing June 12, 2023
Status Closed
Details

Ministerial Advisory Council for Multiculturalism are now open, closing at midnight on 29 May 2023.

The Council will advise the ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs on the aspirations, needs and concerns and linguistically diverse backgrounds. People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with a deep and active connection to community are encouraged to nominate.

Requested by ACT Government
Closing May 29, 2023
Status Closed
Details

Volunteers are an important part of the aged care system freely giving their time, companionship, care, and support.

Requested by Department of Health
Closing May 26, 2023
Status Closed
Details

In 2021 the ACT Government introduced three new laws to make it an offence to:

  • abuse a vulnerable person
  • fail to protect a vulnerable person from a criminal offence
  • neglect a vulnerable person.

To ensure these new laws are effective, the ACT Government is consulting with the Canberra community and key stakeholders on the three offences against vulnerable people to see if the offences are effective and if they can be improved.

Requested by Your Say, ACT Government
Closing May 24, 2023
Status Closed
Details

Are you interested in changing the Mental Health Act 2015 (ACT)?

Join our consultation forum on April 13th, 2023 from 10:30am-12:30pm in meeting room 2 at 80 Beaurepaire Crescent Holt ACT or online via Teams.
Meet Chief Psychiatrist Dinesh Arya and his team, who will discuss the Act and answer questions.

A discussion paper with proposed amendments to the Act will also be available. These changes include Mental Health Act Order contraventions, transportation assistance for assessments, initial assessments after detention, and conditional release orders by ACAT. Contact mhcarers@carersact.org.au for a copy.

Requested by Mental Health Carers Voice (Carers ACT)
Closing April 13, 2023
Status Closed
Details

The Multiculturalism Act 2023 was recently established to support the Territory’s continuous growth and improvement as an inclusive city, celebrating our multiculturalism and diversity. Part of the Act enshrines a new Ministerial Advisory Council for Multiculturalism in law. Terms of Reference are now being developed.

Requested by ACT Government
Closing April 10, 2023
Status Closed
Details

The ACT Government believes all Canberrans should have end of life choices that align with their rights, preferences and values.

Consultation is now open to inform the development of a voluntary assisted dying model for the ACT.

Requested by ACT Government
Closing April 6, 2023
Status Closed
Details

Each year, the Carer Wellbeing Survey calls on current and past carers across Australia to tell us about their experiences of being a carer.

Requested by Carers Australia
Closing March 31, 2023

Systemic advocacy aims to make positive, long-lasting change for a whole group of people or a community.

Carers ACT undertakes systemic advocacy in all areas that impact a carers life. We work with government, committees, industry groups to make changes across a whole system.

Some examples of our recent advocacy work include;

  • Successfully lobbied for and receiving funding for the ACT Carers Strategy
  • Working with Access Canberra to make services more accessible to carers and the people they care for
  • Worked actively with government and working groups to ensure carers were considered during the Covid-19 response and recovery effort, and advocate for clear advice, support and vaccines for carers
  • Developed a mental health respite policy using carer feedback which is now being used to scope a pilot respite service
  • Conducted a workshop highlighting the impact of caring and the needs of carers with the policy officers in Health and Community Services Directorates who are involved in commissioning processes. In this way we have been able to have input into the 16 sub-sectors being commissioned to ensure that carers needs are considered in all.
  • Actively supporting the participation of carers in the formation of the ACT Disability Strategy.

Open Consultations

Raise An Issue

Caring for a person with a mental illness can vary from day to day and from person to person.  People living with a mental illness can experience periods of wellness and periods of illness, so the caring role can vary greatly.  

This can make caring for someone with a mental illness more difficult because it is hard to predict and plan.

As the peak body for mental health carers in the ACT, Mental Health Carers Voice work closely with carers to help make positive changes to the mental health service system ensuring that the perspectives, concerns and ideas voiced by mental health carers and their families are heard by decision-makers. 

We support mental health carers to participate in creating positive change in mental health and facilitate their involvement in consultations, media engagement and other advocacy efforts.

Visit MHCV

 

Caring for someone with a disability is a unique challenge. Carers ACT works with you to make this challenge easier through systemic and individual advocacy, service and supports for you as a carer, and services for the person you care for.

Representing Your Voice – Individual Advocacy

Through our Carers Advocacy program, we can help you negotiate complex bureaucracy, provide links into financial or legal service supports and access services such as the Human Rights Commission and Ombudsman.

Even if you are unsure whether you need advocacy support or if you would just like some advice to tackle a situation for yourself please feel free to contact the service on (02) 6296 9900.

Changing disability systems for the better – Systemic Advocacy

We work with government, the community and health sectors and induvial to make sure your voice as a disability carer is heard and contributes to change.

To get involved in systemic advocacy and have your say, see our open opportunities or contact us carer.advocacy@carersact.org.au.

Have your Say

Our Foster and Kinship Carer advocacy team provide free and independent advocacy support to foster and kinship carers experiencing difficulty, and empower carers to navigate systems and resolve issues related to their caring role.

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