When somebody sustains a severe injury in a workplace incident or motor vehicle accident, the impacts are often felt by the person’s whole family.
As a family member or carer, we understand you might need help managing and adjusting to the changes in their life.
We’re working on delivering a higher level of support not only for the injured person, but also the people around them. We do this through programs such as wecare and Strength 2 Strength.
Support for families
Our support programs are designed for the families and carers of people who have sustained severe injuries in either a workplace incident or motor vehicle accident in NSW.
The wecare project seeks to build the knowledge, wellbeing and resilience of family members and carers.
wecare has been developed in partnership with Carers NSW.
Carers NSW is a state-wide peak organisation that supports and advocates for family members or friends who care for people with a disability, chronic condition, terminal illness or are frail.
wecare includes the Mentoring Carers Program and the Children and Young People Program. These programs are available to carers and family members of participants in the Lifetime Care and Support Scheme, and workers in the icare Workers Care Program.
The Mentoring Carers Program
The Mentoring Carers Program for adult family members, is delivered as six to eight mentoring sessions over twelve weeks at a time and location that is convenient to family members.
Topics covered include carer’s experiences, health and wellbeing, building and maintaining relationships, self-advocacy and accessing resources and referrals.
The Children and Young People Program
The Children and Young People Program is for family members aged 5 to 18 years who are children or siblings of participants and workers.
The program is flexible and is tailored to the needs of the child or young person and is delivered over four to eight weeks. The sessions involve establishing a connection, goal setting and casework and referrals.
Consent for participation in the program is needed from a parent or guardian. All staff working with children and young people have completed Working with Children checks.
Flexible delivery options such as Skype are available for both programs .
For more information about the wecare program, family members can speak to their icare coordinator or contact the wecare team by email at email@example.com or phone 1800 242 636 and ask to speak to the wecare team.
Strength 2 Strength program
The Strength 2 Strength program provides information, support and strategies for families dealing with changes and challenges following traumatic injury.
The program is a full day group workshop run in different locations. It’s available to carers and family members of participants in the Lifetime Care and Support Scheme, and workers in the icare Workers Care Program.
To register your interest to attend a Strength 2 Strength workshop, email Backontrack@icare.nsw.gov.au.