Justice of the Peace community service at ACT Libraries

A justice of the peace is now available at:
Belconnen Library every Thursday from 11.00am – 1.00pm
Erindale Library every Saturday from 11.00am – 1.00pm
Dickson Library every Friday from 11.00am – 1.00pm

They are available to assist with the:
• administering of oaths or affidavits, witnessing statutory declarations and taking affirmations
• witnessing of signatures
• attesting and certifying of documents.
No appointment necessary. This is a free service for ACT residents. Click here for more information.  

beyondblue and MHiMA – Engaging CALD Communities Online Forum: Invitation to Participate

Are you working in the area of mental health providing services or support to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds?

beyondblue and MHiMA are pleased to invite you to participate in an online forum which will take place from April 10th – 30th 2013. This forum has been developed as a space to explore issues related to engaging people from CALD backgrounds to reduce the impact of mental health issues. The forum will also provide opportunities for information sharing and collective learning across a range of disciplines, workplace settings and locations within Australia.

As an online forum member, you will be invited to participate in various topics relevant to engaging people from CALD backgrounds in the area of mental health. Questions will be posted and you can also add your own forum topics. Your experiences, ideas and suggestions of how to best engage people from CALD backgrounds will be useful to inform future practice for people working in mental health.

Getting the right NDIS for carers and the people they care for

Flexibility, choice and accessibility were the key themes that emerged when policy experts discussed the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), at the Carers NSW 2013 Biennial Conference: Caring, Working, Living last week. Carers NSW CEO, Elena Katrakis said that the NDIS debate raised important issues that are relevant to all carers not just those who will be part of the NDIS. “The NDIS debate looked at whether the NDIS will do everything it needs to do and as part of the discussion the speakers considered the needs of carers as well as the potential opportunities and limitations of the NDIS,” Ms Katrakis said. On the affirmative side, Scott Holz, State Manager, National Disability Services and Carolyn Quinn, Carer and Member of the NSW Carers Advisory Council focused on the benefits of individual funding packages which can allow carers and the people they care for to tailor support plans to suit their needs.

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