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Carers Support and Skills Development Program

The Multicultural Carers Support and Skills Development Program at Ishar is funded by the Department of Health Mental Health Division, and provides a range of free holistic services to CaLD Carers of people with a mental illness. This includes individual counseling, group therapy and group counseling, social support groups, psycho-education, information and referrals, short weekend retreats, conferences, community events and celebrations.

The program enables Ishar to provide a program for male and female carers aged 18 years and older, from CaLD communities throughout the metropolitan region who care for a family member or significant other with mental health problems.

Aims of the program

  • To provide a CaLD Carer Support Service that focuses on the emotional, social, cultural, religious and linguistic needs of the carer
  • To represent CaLD carers’ interests and strengthen networks and liaisons with key agencies in relation to carer support and skills development

Who can access our services?

  • Carers of family members with a mental illness.
  •  Carers from a migrant or refugee background.
  • Carers feeling low and in need of someone to talk to
  • Carers seeking the support and company of other people in similar situations

What programs are available?

  • Group programs – exercise classes, art, meditation, creative imagery and many more.
  • Personal counselling  – to talk about issues and get comfort during trying times
  • Information sessions – Monthly information sessions on mental health topics such as eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, autism and more. These information sessions are delivered by experts in the field.
  • Training – Regular training programs are provided to help carers learn new skills to carry out their caring role in a more effective manner. Bilingual workers are also trained to do outreach work with multicultural communities.

Where do we meet?

The program is a metro wide service and operates in the following locations:

Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre

21Sudbury Road, Mirrabooka.
Tuesday –Thursday, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm

Bentley Location- Richmond Fellowship

Tuesdays during school term, 10:30am-12:30pm. Richmond Fellowship, Unit 1 / 1159 Albany Highway, Bentley.

For more information please Contact Ishar.

Links

ARAFMI – www.arafmi.asn.au

MIFWA – www.mifa.org.au/mifwa  (Mental Illness Fellowship of WA)

Fremantle Multicultural Centre Inc. - www4.fmcwa.com.au

Richmond Fellowship of WA –  www.rfwa.org.au

Carers Self Education Links

Carers Recognition Act 2004 - www.disability.wa.gov.ay/publication/carers.html

Carers Advisory Council - www.disability.wa.gov.ay/publication/carers.html

Carer involvement Framework - www.disability.wa.gov.ay/publication/carers.html

Carer Involvement Framework Literature Review - www.disability.wa.gov.ay/publication/carers.html

Support for Carers -  www.disability.wa.gov.ay/publication/carers.html

A Review of Counselling Services Available to Carers in Western Australia - www.disability.wa.gov.ay/publication/carers.html


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