Welcome to the latest edition of the Work 'n' Care newsletter. Each month we try and bring you stories that embody all aspects of a carers life. Our aim is to empower you in your caring role and to make your life a little easier. Contact us with your experiences and ideas as the process of sharing can make a carers life just that little bit easier. Read the latest edition below or use the links on the right to navigate our story archives.


Vacation Care Matters

other_icon.jpgWith less than a month to go before the school holidays begin, working carers with younger school age children may need to start organising holiday care. For many of us, it is not always possible to depend on friends, neighbours or family to care for them whilst we are at work. Vacation care programs provide creative indoor and outdoor activities that should keep the kids happily and safely occupied. Extra support may be available to help children with disabilities access these mainstream services.

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Family Relationship Centres announced

life_icon.jpgMaintaining a healthy relationship and being a good working parent can be a real challenge.  These difficulties often increase when parents separate.  Everyone needs help and advice on relationships from time to time. With this in mind, the Federal Government will open 65 Family Relationship Centres across Australia over the next three years.  The first Centres in New South Wales will be located in Lismore, Sutherland, Wollongong and Penrith and will be open by the middle of 2006.

Read more: Family Relationship Centres announced

Want to improve your financial situation?

Money MattersWith the end of the year looming and New Year resolutions not far away, now is a good time to consider your overall financial position – however dire you may or may not think it is! If you have a budget and financial goals, then it’s time to review where you are at. If you don’t, then maybe it’s time to set some goals and seek assistance. Here are some tried and true methods to help you plan for a financially prosperous New Year.

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Sleep Hygiene

As working carers we sometimes find ourselves operating on autopilot especially when lack of sleep is an issue. We’ve gone straight to the source on flying “blind” when overtired, Flight Safety Australia, the newsletter of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) that recently published an article, Sleep Hygiene containing tips on staying refreshed and alert.

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Welfare to work changes

Work MattersWorking sole parent carers who rely on Centrelink payments in between casual or short-term jobs may find themselves on lower payments and with stricter requirements for job seeking under proposed Federal Government welfare reforms. The Welfare to Work legislation is before Parliament this week and is expected to be passed before the end of the year.

Read more: Welfare to work changes