To deliver holistic services to carers, families, neighbours, parents, partners or siblings caring for someone with a mental illness, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.
ANQL’s Carer Support program work with Carers in the development of strategies that promote & enhance their own physical health & wellbeing, strengthens their relationships and maintains linkages within their communities. This program tailors flexible support which enables carers and/or significant others to find a balance in their own lives whilst maintaining their caring role.
To meet the individual needs of carers of those whom are at risk of a mental illness condition, have been diagnosed with severe & persistent mental illness and those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or an Acquired Brain Injury by:
- Long term planning for respite from care by sourcing appropriate & alternative options that increase opportunity for regular ‘time out’
- Determine appropriate supports & assistance, including brokerage for carers based on a needs assessment
- Offer information & referral to other community services, programs or activities that enhance personal capacity and support the carer to regain own ‘identity’ outside of the caring role
- Provide emotional, moral support and identify practical coping strategies by planning for self-care & effective decision making; including planning for & maintaining physical health, social and emotional wellbeing
- Deliver or facilitate educational workshops or projects, social & recreational activities and work collaboratively within the sector to maximise and strengthen linkages within the community which benefit ANQL, its stakeholders, Carers, families & significant others
- Support carers to strategically create and maintain sustainable strategies that focus on emotional wellness for themselves and the person they care for
- Identify & strengthen natural supports of carers that enhance their individual coping skills, develop sustainable self-management practices & improve problem solving ability in times of crisis
- Advocate for & provide information and referrals to other community supports such as indigenous, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) services
- Link carers to existing social and recreational activities aimed at increasing the carer and care recipients social participation and community connection
- Work collaboratively within the community though positive contribution, practical support whilst maintaining effective relations with all stakeholders, in alignment with ANQL’s Mission, Vision & Values
Mental Health Respite Carer Support meets the needs of carers and care recipients impacted by disability through incorporating a respectful and empathetic approach toward promoting growth, recovery and wellness in all service delivery options within Mount Isa.
We work in partnership with families, carers (and care recipients where appropriate) Health and Allied Health professionals, Government agencies and the community services sector to plan & deliver appropriate support options for carers.
We provide opportunities for carers to attain:
- Information & improved access to Community and Government Service Providers
- Targeted and evidence based education programs delivered to carers available in their community
- Crisis Support for carers and families in need including assistance with navigating the processes including, but not limited to service access and eligibility for support & assistance within the community services sector and government agencies, both State & Federal
- Referrals to professional counselling and resilience building that assists carers to manage and maintain their ongoing caring role
- Support Group activities in Mount Isa and a range of rural communities
- Negotiate flexible respite opportunities, maximising co-brokerage opportunities that provide long term benefits
- Offer targeted forums and workshops that benefit carers, the public and service providers increasing community awareness in the promotion of carers
Contact Name: Jodi Martyr – Program Manager
Postal: PO Box 79, Mount Isa QLD 4825
Address: 2/12 Miles St, Mount Isa QLD 4825