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HELPING CENTRAL WEST FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH A DISABILITY ACCESS RESPITE CARE

Free seminar to be held in Dubbo to brief parents and carers on the range of services, support and options available

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DUBBO, WEDNESDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2015 – For families with a child with a disability, respite care can have immense benefits for the child and their parent or carer.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is stepping in to help ensure local families caring for a child with a disability are aware of the different respite options available to them, and the range of support and services available as their children grow.

A free parent seminar will be held in Dubbo on Wednesday 11 February to provide parents and carers with information about the different types of respite available from a range of service providers in the area.

Susan Knight from Cerebral Palsy Alliance said the seminar was designed to ensure parents of children with a disability were well equipped to make decisions about respite care when they needed it.

‘There are a range of different respite options available to families in the Dubbo area, and it is vital that parents and carers understand what it available and how it could assist them and their children’, Susan said.

‘Respite benefits children by giving them opportunities to develop independence and it benefits families by giving parents, carers and siblings the opportunity to rest and recharge’, she said.

The free seminar will include detailed information about what respite is and what’s on offer in the Dubbo region from providers including Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre Orana, the Department of Family and Community Services/Ageing Disability and Homecare, and Northcott.

‘I’d encourage all parents and carers of children with a disability living in the region, whether a pre-schooler, school-aged child, teen or adult, to register to attend this free seminar’, Susan said. ‘The information provided could be life-changing.’

The free seminar will be held at Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Dubbo centre, 140 Gipps St, from 10am-12pm on Wednesday 11 February. Morning tea and childcare are available.

Registration is essential by 6th February. To register, contact Melissa Brander on 6882 1077 or mbrander@cerebralpalsy.org.au

Released on 4 Feb 2015