Care Matters: Wellbeing and Learning for Carers

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Implementation of the new national Carer Learning and Wellbeing Resource Service

The Ministry of Health has implemented a new national Carer Learning and Wellbeing Resource Service. The new service provider is SAMS (Standards and Monitoring Services) and Parent to Parent who are working in partnership to deliver the new Care Matters service.    

Care Matters has been designed for carers by carers. It will provide resources and avenues for learning and empowering people who care for a person with a disability.

The new service offers:

  • A new Care Matters website
  • A range of web based resources for carers
  • A freephone, information and support service
  • Help to put carers in touch with others who have a similar experience, for support
  • Provide a range of nationwide workshops
  • An Advisory group and Carer e-leadership to advise and guide the design and delivery of the carer learning and wellbeing resources and workshops

Who can attend Care Matters face-to-face learning opportunities?

  • People who are eligible for disability support services as determined by the Ministry funded NASC.
  • Carer(s) of people who are eligible to access disability support services as determined by the NASC.
  • Relief carers who want to provide supports to disabled people and/or their carer(s).

These face-to-face learning opportunities are not available to full-time employees of disability service provider organisations, and people and their carers who do not have disability support services allocated through the NASC.

To contact Care Matters phone 0508 236 236, or e-mail rebeccawalton@xtra.co.nz (Rebecca Walton – Development Manager, SAMS), samsmb@xtra.co.nz (Mark Benjamin – CEO, SAMS) or annew@parent2parent.org.nz (Anne Wilkinson – CEO, Parent to Parent).

Feala Afoa is the Development Manager from the Ministry of Health supporting the implementation of the new service and he can be contacted on (09) 580 9053 or Feala_Afoa@moh.govt.nz