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Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Manual Summary and Changes

The updated CHSP Manual is available from the Department of Health and Aged Care’s website. It outlines the program, service types, requirements, as well as a separate document summarising the most recent changes made to the manual. 

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WSCF Community Care News Digest Feedback Survey

WSCF is continuing our survey on the Community Care News Digest. The News Digest is primarily focused on disseminating information about aged care and older people. It also shares information that is useful to people working with people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, LGBTIQA+ communities, and other areas that may intersect with aged care and the older population. We would love to know how you use the News Digest, whether the information distributed has been valuable for your work, and if there is anything else you would like to see added into the Digest. The survey will remain open for ongoing feedback.

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Community Development Grants Program

There are two grant rounds of the Community Development Grants Program available for not-for-profit community organisations located in and/or serving the Fairfield Local Government Area. The grant will provide funding of up to $3,000 to applicants. Applications for this grant program will open on 1 September 2023 and will close on 30 September 2023. This round includes aged and disability, art and culture, Harmony Week (20-26 March 2024), Youth Week (11-21 April 2024), and Community Capacity Building. For more information, please contact The Grants Team on 9725 0222 or email grants@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au.

Apply here

Data Exchange Training Resources

Quick Start Guide is a handy step-by-step guide to help service providers to get started on Data Exchange. It contains fact sheets, task cards, webinars, and e-learning modules that will help to perform on Data Exchange.

Read the Quick Start Guide Manual

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Western Sydney Care Finder Program Official Launch

The Care Finder Program in Western Sydney has been officially launched. The Program is for people who are eligible for aged care services and do not have a support person who they are comfortable acting on their behalf, or who is willing and able to support them to access aged care services via My Aged Care.

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Have Your Say: COTA NSW Consumer Survey

COTA NSW is conducting a consumer survey across the state which focuses on key issues people are experiencing while navigating or obtaining services from organisations. It will take 10-15 minutes and will remain open until 10 September 2023. A focus group will also be organised in late September and early October. Confidentially will be maintained. For more information about this survey please contact COTA NSW on (02) 9286 3860 or email: info@cotansw.com.au

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LiveUp Campaign Launched

LiveUp launched a campaign “It’s in Your Hands” to promote independent healthy ageing. This campaign hopes to bust myths and explain the science behind healthy ageing as well as raise awareness of helpful assistive technology and exercises. For more information about healthy ageing call 1800 951 971.

Visit LiveUp website

The Carer Gateway: First Nations Carers

The Carer Gateway Government website has a section for First Nations Carers with real-life stories to get free help for themselves. This support is available for all unpaid informal carers. The single message for these carers is, “our community is strongest when everyone is strong”. Carer Gateway provides information, support, and services in every area or online which is based on phone counseling, peer support, an online forum, free courses, and support package.

Visit Carer Gateway official page

For First Nation stakeholder kit

Carer Gateway First Nations Fact Sheet


WSCF Affordable Translation Services

Western Sydney Community Forum offers a trusted document translation service for small and large organisations and businesses. We use NAATI-accredited translators with expertise in translating a range of documents to assist with your service delivery, from simple brochures to complex and sensitive publications. Members can access this service at a subsidised cost.

For more information, contact info@wscf.org.au.

My Aged Care consumer resources

The My Aged Care website features a range of resources for you to share with consumers about how to get started with My Aged Care.

These resources include new case study videos for:

  • people who speak other languages
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • You can view or download all of these resources from the My Aged Care website.

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Directory of Western Sydney Services for Commonwealth Home Support Program

The updated Directory of Western Sydney Services for Commonwealth Home Support Program is now available.
Please contact Sora Machida, Multicultural Access Project Officer
Ph: 8838 2173 Sora.Machida@health.nsw.gov.au

Free guide: Adding value to governance in aged care

The Governance Institute of Australia has refreshed their free guide, ‘Adding value to governance in aged care’ to help providers manage their governance responsibilities.

The free guide addresses a broad range of issues including:

  • the role of governance and a director
  • the unique challenges facing the sector
  • factors to consider before taking a board position
  • issues the board should consider when appointing a new member
  • the relationship between the board and management
  • risk management
  • interaction with stakeholders.

Download the Guide

WSCF Further Services
Did you know that WSCF can provide your organisation with a range of subsidised needs-based and customisable training and facilitation opportunities? Read below to find out more.
WSCF members are entitled to subsidised services.
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