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Carers & Consumers Forum

What is the Carers & Consumers Forum?

The Carers and Consumers Forum at Sutherland is an informal gathering of people with common interests and concerns who get together to share their experiences of using community services to live with a disability, the effects of ageing or caring for a family member or friend.

The Forum provides these people with the opportunity to let service providers know what they need to maintain a high quality of life.

Information is available about services that can assist people to live in their own homes in the community safely and independently. Guest speakers can address a range of issues.

 Who can attend?

The Forum is open to anyone who is currently using or eligible for Commonwealth Home Support Program services, Home Care Packages or the NDIS. These include:

  • people with disabilities (including people not eligible for the NDIS)
  • frail older people
  • the carers of both groups.

To assist in open discussion of concerns, representatives of organisations that provide services do not attend unless by invitation as guest speakers. Some other local support workers may attend, including the Carer Support Worker, the Sector Development Officer and the Aboriginal Sector Development Worker.

When does it meet?

The Forum currently meets four times a year, on the last Tuesday of February, May, August and November.  

Lunch and refreshments are provided. People who are unable to attend a Forum for any reason are welcome to contact the Forum Support Worker directly to raise an issue.  

Please contact us on 9542 6292 if you would like to receive regular notices for the Carers & Consumers Forum.