Supporting Carers

Introducing Mpower | Supporting Carers

New collaborations

Collaboration between healthcare services in the region is important to provide optimum health and wellness to our community. TDHS has joined forces with MPower Warrnambool to provide a range of one-off or short-term supports for carers.

Introducing Mpower

Caring can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be demanding, challenging and sometimes overwhelming. Recognising that all carers are different and that each care relationship is unique, Mpower aims to provide flexible support that works for you and the person you care for.

The Support for Carers Program is funded by the Victorian Government. In addition to facilitating support groups Mpower can offer one-off or shortterm funding for in home or residential respite or for goods and equipment to assist carers in their caring role. The overall aim of the program is to support carers to maximise their own health and wellbeing.

Mpower holds monthly Carer Support Group Meetings in most areas of the Southwest and now provide this service at TDHS. Timboon Carers Group meet on the 1st Tuesday of every month at Aberlea Timboon in Baxter Street at 11am followed by a free lunch.

The Group is a peer support group for people in Timboon and district who are in a caring role and would like to connect with other carers for friendship and peer support. Being a carer can be rewarding, but it can also be frustrating, challenging, stressful and isolating. The group provides an opportunity for carers to meet others who understand what it means to be a carer, to speak openly and honestly about their experience, to increase their social connections and enjoy some time out from being a carer.

Judi Mutsaers is the Senior Carer Services Coordinator with Mpower’s Carer Support Team. Judi’s role is to support unpaid carers of people who are frail, aged, have a disability, a mental illness or an ongoing medical condition. Judi loves being able to help participants navigate the challenges and celebrate the rewards of their caring journey. Outside of work Judi enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Judi has worked in community development for a long time, focusing on inclusive communities, social connectedness and on increasing access to services and supports for people in rural and regional communities. Being a carer can be challenging for anyone, living in the country often makes it even harder. Mpower is excited to be working with TDHS to improve the lives of Timboon and district carers and the people they care for. Judi can be contacted via TDHS on 5558 6000.

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