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ARAFMI on the Central Coast

  • Following the beginnings of ARAFMI in Sydney a branch on the Central Coast Branch was firmly establishing itself. In 1985 a second Federal Government grant was received.
  • Further funding, under the Area Assistance Scheme was made available in 1986.
  • Additional NSW Health funding in 1988 made it possible to employ Family Support Workers.
  • ASETT provided funds for a new initiative and a Recreation Program for people with a psychiatric disability commenced.
  • In 1989 a second cottage was established in Bateau Bay to house the Recreation Program.
  • In 1992 the Recreation Program and the Family Support program were able to provide services in both the Gosford and Wyong shires.
  • In 1998 the Young ARAFMI Project was funded through the Area Assistance Scheme to directly target children and young people caring for a mentally ill person.
  • In 2001, CENTRAL COAST ARAFMI put forward an application seeking funding from NSW Health Department for the appointment of a Carer Consultant.
  • In February 2002 the Centre for Mental Health provided a grant that enabled funding for one part time worker across 2 years.
  • In May 2002 the Carer Consultant position was created, and in October 2002 a worker was temporarily appointed to the role, with the assistance of a Steering Committee.
  • In February 2003 the position became 21 hours per week for a 24 month period, administered from the Kincumber offices of CENTRAL COAST ARAFMI.
  • November 2003 a submission was made for continuation of funding through the Centre for Mental Health’s ‘Caring for Carers Mental Health Program’
  • November 2004 a grant enabling funding for 3 part-time staff (at 21, 21, and 28 hours) was secured.
  • In October 2005 this funding was extended, taking the project through to its completion in June 2006.
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