Carers Week 2011 - Anytime anytime can be a carer

Carers Week 2011 - Anytime anytime can be a carer

Posted October 14, 2011

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Carers Australia and Carers Associations across the country invite all Australians to be part of Carers Week from 16 – 22 October. Carers Week is a time to recognise, celebrate and support Australia’s 2.6 million carers.

"Carers Week events and activities will be conducted across Australia and I urge each and every one of us to get involved," said Carers Australia CEO, Ara Cresswell.

Carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail aged.  Carers come from all backgrounds and all walks of life; they are as diverse as we are as a nation. Carers live in our cities, suburbs, towns and in regional and remote Australia.

Ms Cresswell said, “this year’s Carers Week theme emphasises that Anyone, anytime can be a carer and caring, whilst challenging and demanding at times, can be very rewarding; enriching friendships and relationships. We want to raise awareness that the caring role is really very much about the caring relationship and that caring can be a very positive experience,” said Ms Cresswell.

“Carers are the foundation of our aged, disability, community, mental health and palliative care systems and without carers these systems would simply collapse. It is our duty as a nation to support carers in their caring role, to recognise the very valuable contribution they make both to Australian society, to our health care system and to our communities.”

For more information about Carers Week and events and activities in your State or Territory go to carersaustralia.com.au/carersweek.

Carers Australia is the national peak body advocating on behalf of Australia’s 2.6 million carers. Our Vision is that “caring is accepted as a shared community responsibility” and Our Mission is “to lead change and action with and for carers”.

For media inquiries please contact Rosemary Spry on (02) 6122 9911 or 0429 996258.

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