Local Government's Role
Events and Resources
Aged and Disability Forum 2018
LGNSW is holding a one-day forum to bring together local council ageing and disability staff and sector support officers. The forum is an opportunity to develop strategies for councils’ role in service delivery in light of current aged and disability care reforms. The forum is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and NSW Family and Community Services.
The Forum will be facilitated by Jenny Bray from Jenny Bray Training and Consulting and provide:
- Updates on the aged and disability reforms
- Case studies and best practice of local councils in aged and disability service provision
- Scenario planning – preparing for June 2018 and beyond
- Community development – what does this mean for councils and how to best measure its impact
- Networking sessions with other councils – what is working and what can we do better?
Download the draft program here (pdf)
The Forum will be on Friday 16 March from 10am to 4pm and will be held at the Portside Centre, Symantec House, 207 Kent St Sydney.
The venue is conveniently located within walking distance to Wynyard Station, Wynyard buses, Kent St car parks and is about a 20-minute drive from Sydney airport. Travel assistance is available from LGNSW if required.
Aged and Disability Forum 2017
LGNSW hosted an Aged and Disability Forum for NSW councils on 14 March 2017.
The forum was funded and supported by the Department of Health and Family and Community Services.
The forum was used as a platform to inform and support councils on the aged and disability care reforms and to discuss the implications for their services.
Forum presentations are available for download:
- Sector Support and Development Workers Network - Dee Dee San Jose, San Jose Training & Coaching (PDF, 530KB)
- Changes to Home Care - Peter Wojtowicz, Department of Health (PDF, 1.6MB)
- NDIS Readiness - Karen Stace, NDS (PDF, 1MB)
- Workforce Planning - Jenny Bray (PDF, 922KB)
- Change Management - Dee Dee San Jose, San Jose Training & Coaching (PDF, 450KB)
To further prepare councils for the sector reforms, LGNSW offered the following training:
Many councils have developed Ageing Strategies to address the needs of older people in the community. These strategies identify the impacts of an ageing population and provide a framework for the council to respond.
LGNSW has developed the Integrated Age-Friendly Toolkit to help NSW councils link their Ageing Strategies to the broader council Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program and Operational Plan as well as the State Government's NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020.
Seniors across NSW are being encouraged to take part in an exciting new low impact sporting initiative to help them stay active and connected in their communities. Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies and Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres launched the Modified Sports Program in August 2017, a partnership between the NSW Government, Football NSW, Netball NSW and Gymnastics NSW.
Increasing Social Connection for Older People in Marginalised Communities
Social isolation can be a major problem for older people and can contribute to poor physical and mental health. Conversely, social connection is an important protective factor, significantly increasing a person’s wellbeing.
NCOSS conducted a round table exercise in June 2017 to bring together members and sector stakeholders to explore the barriers and enablers to social connection for older people from marginalised communities. This Scoping Paper outlines some planning strategies for systemic response to this issue.
Grants & Tenders
NSW Carers Investment Program
The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) is providing $5.6m over three years for projects that will improve the well-being of carers through the NSW Carers Investment Program. FACS will fund projects that best align with the five focus areas identified in the NSW Carers Strategy and will consider applications from a wide range of organisations.The program is a redesign of the former Carers Grants.