Building skills for working with disabilites

TALK: Sam Tayeh.

TALK: Sam Tayeh.

MANY people who care for a loved one with a disability are oblivious to the safety hazards, says a disability support service.

That is why the service is hosting a forum for people with disabilities and their carers on Wednesday - to fill what it says is a gap in the market.

Care Beyond Measure will host a forum at The Capital in Bendigo on Wednesday, which will include talks by director Sam Tayeh, Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and disability organisation Grafton Australia's chief executive Daryl Lang.

Mr Tayeh said he hoped the forum would answer people's questions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme and provide them with general advice.

"While people receive the funds, they're not sure what to do next," he said.

"Whether you're a carer or a person with a disability, there's education that can assist you with your independence."

He said while professional carers often undertook extensive health and safety training about helping people with disabilities, relatives and friends often had no training.  

He said people helping loved ones with physical disabilities often suffered back problems as a result of using incorrect methods to move people.

"When our support staff (work) they have had enormous amounts of OH&S training," he said. 

"We want to provide support and training to the families - we can share our experiences with them.

"It's a combination of teaching the client some skills and the family some skills."

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