Senior Rights Service now available in Lismore

Seniors Rights Service now has an advocate/educator operating from The Community Legal Centre in Carrington Street, Lismore. Seniors Rights Service is a community legal service that protects the rights of older people, providing telephone advice, advocacy, legal advice and educational services.

Seniors Rights Service provides free, confidential advocacy, advice, education and legal services to older people in New South Wales.
Advocates assist recipients of all Commonwealth funded aged-care services, their carers’ or family members to understand their rights under the Aged Care Act 1997. The service helps them to advocate for themselves to resolve issues and complaints with aged care providers to ensure optimal care is achieved.
The legal service provides advice, assistance and education to older people in NSW. Issues include: consumer issues (debt management, unfair contracts), human rights (elder abuse including financial, discrimination), planning ahead (wills, power of attorney, guardianship), accommodation issues (granny flats) and other issues.

Phone: 1800 424 079 or see more at


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When life gets too much and you find it hard to talk, text Lifeline on 0477 13 11 14

A new trial service Lifeline Text is available 6pm-10pm (AEDT), 7 days a week, offering support with a little bit of space to think, to feel safe, and to be heard.

If you are struggling to cope or thinking about suicide, support is available. You don’t need to face your troubles alone. Lifeline’s Crisis Supporters are available via text message to listen and keep you safe.

Lifeline Text is a trial service. When using the service, you will have the option to provide feedback as part of the service evaluation.

The purpose of the trial is to determine the feasibility of a national text-based crisis support service, including the extent to which such a service may improve the provision of mental health services to Australians. The service is being delivered by Lifeline’s trained Crisis Supporters, providing the same compassionate, non-judgmental support as Lifeline’s other services but delivered via text message.

To access the service, text 0477 13 11 14 (available between 6pm-10pm (AEDT), 7 days a week).

More information on the website:


Post expires at 10:35am on Saturday December 15th, 2018

New free app helps with early autism detection

ASDetect is a free app that empowers parents and caregivers to assess the social attention and communication behaviours of their children younger than 2½ years (between 11 and 30 months).

The video-led self-assessment app is based on comprehensive, rigorous, world-class research conducted at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre. The research underlying the app is 81% accurate in the early detection of autism and other related developmental conditions.

ASDetect guides parents through each assessment using a combination of videos and questions, as well as activities that you can do with your child. Each assessment will take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete.

Once you have completed an assessment, you receive both an on-screen result of either ‘low’ or ‘high’ likelihood of autism, as well as a comprehensive formal assessment results email.

See more on the autism screening app ASDetect


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Give your child a healthy start in life with Go4Fun

Go4Fun is a free healthy living program for kids aged 7-13 who are above a healthy weight. It’s on at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre on Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm.

The fun and interactive program helps children and their families adopt a long-lasting healthy lifestyle. 

The program focuses on improving:

  • Eating habits
  • Fitness
  • Teamwork
  • Overall health

Go4Fun has It has been running in NSW since 2009 with exceptional results. The programs are led by qualified health professionals and take place after school, running parallel with school terms. Children and their families become fitter, healthier and happier as they have fun, meet new friends and learn new skills.

To register, phone 1800 780 900 or visit


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Parents not Partners course for separated parents

Interrelate’s ‘Parents not Partners’ course provides information and support to separated parents, in order to focus on the needs and best interests of their children. The next course commences in October and runs for three consecutive Thursdays.

This is a three-session program for separated parents in conflict over their children. It is designed to improve emotional and developmental outcomes for children in separated families by:

  • raising parents’ awareness of the impact on their children of the ongoing conflict in their family
  • providing them with knowledge, tips and strategies to be able to focus on their children rather than on their issues or conflicts with the other parent.

Separated parents attend the course individually.  

This course is run each Term. Cost: $150 full fee / $90 Concession rate (Pension card holders).

The next course commences in October and runs for three consecutive Thursdays (18 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov). Another course will commence on Thursday 29 November.  Both held at Interrelate, 5 Anzac Close, Lismore. 

Additionally, on-going case management and support for separated parents can be accessed through the Parenting Orders (Building Stronger Families) program at Interrelate. Please contact Don or Rebecca – 6623 2700. 


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Free workshops for family and friends supporting a loved one with a mental health condition 

Mission Australia is offering free workshops on Communication for Carers (Grafton, 15 November) and Understanding the Carer Role (Yamba, 28 November) for mental health carers.

Communication for Carers 

This workshop explores and practices the skills of effective communication, including interpreting and using non-verbal cues, as well as techniques for assertive communication.

It will also look at the benefits of good communication for relationships and our own wellbeing. There will be plenty of practical resources to take home.

Grafton: Thursday 15t November 10am-12pm, mental health carers support group
CRANES Centre, 11 Kemp St, Grafton

Understanding the Carer Role

The purpose of this group is to offer carers a foundational understanding of their role. The role of the mental health carer is put into context along with some insight into the challenges, losses and gains. Boundaries will also be a focus, as carers are in a position of constantly giving and as a result can lose sight of who they are, their rights, and their sense of self. This course will also give carers the chance to meet others in a similar situation.

Yamba: Wednesday 28 November, 10am-1pm
Treelands Community Centre, Treelands Drive, Yamba
For further info or to RSVP please contact Leanne Gilchrist, Education and Training Coordinator Ph: 66237403 Email: [email protected]



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