COVID-19 Translated Resources

The Six Steps to Stop the Spread information has been translated into 63 different languages other than English. The information sheets available are for aged care residents, families and visitors, and aged care workers. Some of the available languages include Assyrian, Hindi, Samoan, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

Free Mental Health Online Assessment Tool

Black Dog Institute had developed an Online Clinic for anyone over the age of 18 who is worried they may be developing a mental health problem, or who is looking to understand their mental health better. The Online Clinic will ask you a series of questions, and then present you with a personalised report with suggested services to contact for assistance. It is completely anonymous, and can be printed or downloaded to take to your family or doctor.

The Black Dog Institute Online Clinic is not a substitute for professional clinical advice.

Access the assessment tool 

Dementia Support Services

There are a number of services available from registered Carer Gateway provider Dementia Australia, designed for supporting people living with dementia and their families. These services include counselling services and in-person peer support

Applications Invited for Seniors Connected Village Hubs National Grants Manager

The Australian Government is inviting applications to deliver services under the Village Hubs National Grants Manager Activity from February 202 to 30 June 2024. The grant will appoint a Village Hubs National Grants Manager to establish at least ten additional Village Hubs across Australia which have already been proven to have social, physical, learning, arts and cultural benefits from other Village Hubs in existence. These Hubs will be specifically for older Australians 55 years and older, or Indigenous Australians 50 years and older. Applications close on 4 November 2020.

More information and to apply

Health Connectors are Back in Seven GPs in the Hawkesbury

Health Connectors are trained nurses who will provide information on local services based on the client’s needs. Health Connectors are for people over 75 years of age living in their own homes or in independent living in the Hawkesbury area. Appointments can be made at local general practices.


TAD’s Freedom Wheels Enable People with a Disability to Ride for the First Time

TAD is a not-for-profit organisation and NDIS provider who works to create personalised assistive technology. One of these creations is the Freedom Wheels bikes, which enable people with a disability to ride a bike for the first time. These bikes are tailored based on the person’s height, weight and disability. Free, no-obligation custom bike assessments will be offered by TAD’s occupational therapist on 10 December 2020. These assessments will be done at Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre.

Independent Community Living Australia eFriend Service – Virtual Peer Support

The eFriend service is an online, non-clinical peer support service available for anyone 18 or over who is feeling down, worried, isolated or stressed and who need to connect during these physically-distanced times. The eFriend service works by connecting people to eFriend Peers who have lived experience of mental illness and recovery, or lived experience of supporting a friend or family member with mental illness. These sessions can be made via phone or video call.

The eFriend service is not a crisis, counselling or mental health treatment service.

More information

Call for Abstracts – ACSA National Online Summit

Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) is holding its 33rd Aged & Community Services Australia National Online Summit on 17-21 May 2021, which will discuss practical steps the aged care sector can take to move forward together, and is inviting abstracts for consideration. The key themes are: reflections and recovery; quality and sustainability; needed future workforce; future visions for person-centred care; and emerging technologies. If your organisation reflects any of these themes, send your abstract submission before 14 February 2021.

More information about ACSA Online Summit

Submit abstract

TAFE NSW – Student Placements Needed

TAFE NSW at Ultimo is seeking organisations to take on students completing a Diploma of Community Services requiring 100 hours of placement. Work placements benefit both the student and the organisation; it provides the opportunity for students to integrate theory with practice, and it helps the organisation to build the leadership skills of their staff. Each student will have a Working with Children Check, National Criminal Check and be trained in COVID-19 infection control.

For more information or if you are interested in accepting students into your organisation, contact Maria Poulopoulos on

Affordable Translation Services

Western Sydney Community Forum offers a trusted document translation service for small and large organisations and businesses. We use NAATI-accredited translators with expertise in translating a range of documents to assist with your service delivery, from simple brochures to complex and sensitive publications. Members can access this service at a subsidised cost.

For more information, contact

My Aged Care consumer resources

The My Aged Care website features a range of resources for you to share with consumers about how to get started with My Aged Care.

These resources include new case study videos for:

  • people who speak other languages
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • You can view or download all of these resources from the My Aged Care website.

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Directory of Western Sydney Services for Commonwealth Home Support Program

The updated Directory of Western Sydney Services for Commonwealth Home Support Program is now available.
Please contact Sora Machida, Multicultural Access Project Officer
Ph: 8838 2173

Free guide: Adding value to governance in aged care

The Governance Institute of Australia has refreshed their free guide, ‘Adding value to governance in aged care’ to help providers manage their governance responsibilities.

The free guide addresses a broad range of issues including:

  • the role of governance and a director
  • the unique challenges facing the sector
  • factors to consider before taking a board position
  • issues the board should consider when appointing a new member
  • the relationship between the board and management
  • risk management
  • interaction with stakeholders.

Download the Guide

Western Sydney Community Forum Tailored Services

Tailored solutions: We work one-on-one with community-focused agencies and groups, providing tailored solutions to assist in tackling specific priorities – whether it’s about service delivery or your business operations. Our qualified team has a wide range of multidisciplinary experience, enabling us to match you with the right person for the job.

Customised training: WSCF has a long history of providing industry development opportunities. We understand the human services industry that you work in and we have designed specific training programs to meet those specific needs. Training can be customised and delivered at a venue of your choosing.

What we Offer
Our team can deliver training customised to your situation, including but not limited to:

  • Governance
  • Marketing and branding
  • Leadership
  • Tender writing
  • Measurement and evaluation

In-house facilitation
Our experienced facilitators draw on proven approaches to achieve results. Some areas of speciality include:

  • Visioning and value-based sessions
  • Strategic and business planning
  • Design thinking workshops to build new ideas
  • Project planning and development
  • Complex negotiations, mergers and partnerships
  • Review and evaluation sessions
  • Public or community meetings

Contact us 
Tell us where a facilitated outcome might assist you. We can customise our approach to suit your needs. We also offer design services, for your reports, flyers, publications.

WSCF members are entitled to subsidised services

Contact us now to discuss your needs