Events

Christmas Island 2012

Between 27 and 30 March, HaDSCO visited Christmas Island to implement a community outreach project in partnership with the Island Administrator, Brian Lacey and the Christmas Island District High School.

During the four days on Island, HaDSCO worked with year six pupils to produce educational leaflets that explain how complaints can be made about health and disability services. Students worked both in groups and alone to create the artwork and wording to feature in HaDSCO publications.

It was the aim of the project to provide important information to the community that empowers them when raising a complaint. HaDSCO’s Director, Anne Donaldson, said: “The health and disability services on Christmas Island are excellent. That said, there can be times when an individual has a concern about the service and it is important that individuals understand how to effectively raise a complaint and resolve issues.”

Ms Donaldson and HaDSCO’s Communication Officer, Bobbie Everitt, also met with a number of community groups including the Chinese Literary Association, Malay Committee, Islamic Women Group and Seniors Group. In addition, they also met with the Health Service Manager and Community Services Team.

Ms Donaldson added: “During our meetings, a variety of issues were discussed. It was clear from conversations that the health services available to the community are excellent – they offer an approach that promotes wellbeing and healthy lifestyles.”

Once back in Perth, the final brochure was produce by importing the children’s images into the brochure design. In addition, posters were created to include copies of all the images made by the school children.


Mental Health Week 2011

Mental Health Week raises community awareness about mental health issues and is held every October to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

In 2011, Mental Health Week ran from 9 to 16 October 2011 and, with the aim to raise awareness of its services, HaDSCO lent its support to activities by attending a number of events including:

  • The Mental Health Week Official Opening at Hyde Park (9 October 2011)
  • The Mental Health Expo on the Mandurah foreshore (10 October 2011)

During these events, HaDSCO staff spoke with members of the community about a wide variety of issues, including how consumers can work effectively with service providers when they have a concern about the services they are receiving. They also discussed the importance of the Carers Recognition Act and the Carers Charter.


Carers Week 2011

Carers Week 2011 was conducted across Australia from 16 to 22 October 2011. The Carers Week ‘Anyone, anytime can be a carer' campaign aimed to increase recognition, support and celebration of carers amongst the community.

The 2011 campaign was formally launched by The Hon Mark Buter MP, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, at Parliament House on Friday 14 October 2011.

HaDSCO lent its support to activities by attending a number of events including the Carers Week Expo in Cannington (20 October 2011).

During the events, HaDSCO staff spoke with members of the community about a wide variety of issues, including how carers’ complaints can be reviewed under the Carers Recognition Act and the Carers Charter.

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