Authors: Patricia Berrutti & Sotha Suos, NSW
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Including Culture, CREATIVITY AND THE ARTS,CULTURAL ISSUES,FAMILY/CARER ISSUES,HEALING AND RECOVERY, LOSS AND GRIEF, PROMOTION OF MENTAL HEALTH
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Through carer education programs offered by SSW (Sydney South West) Carer Information & Support Service, we have created strong connections to several CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) communities, but this paper focuses on the extension work with the Khmer community, which is now a “Tapestry”. How did the Tapestry begin? With a Khmer carer reaching out and connecting to carer education programs being offered in Sydney South West by our Carer Information & Support Service with funding provided through the Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre. They were in English, but they helped this carer to learn how to manage her own caring role, and for her to encourage other family members to access the carer education. They felt that these programs should be offered to other Cambodian families and so the tapestry grew. The carer decided to enrol in a counselling diploma and train to facilitate the programs. She has eventually encouraged over 60 Khmer carers, male & female, to participate in the different programs offered. The carer facilitates carer programs in Khmer utilising translated resources. She has now assisted SSW CISS to develop carer packages “Navigating the MH System” and “ Khmer Caring Package” in Khmer. The “Tapestry” is still growing!