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The voice for carers across Australia

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We work to improve the health, wellbeing, resilience and financial security of carers and to ensure that caring is a shared responsibility of family, community and government.

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  • Who we are

    Carers Australia is the national peak body representing Australia’s unpaid carers, advocating on their behalf to influence policies and services at a national level.

    What we do

    Carers Australia advocates and lobbies on a wide range of issues that affect carers. We also manage the delivery of national programs, support and services for carers across Australia.

    We work in collaboration with carers, Carers Associations, government and peak bodies to develop policy, advocacy, programs and events to improve the lives of Australia’s 2.7 million carers.

  • Who is a carer?

    Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged.

    What does a carer do?

    Commonly, carers are responsible for the management of medications. Carers provide emotional, social or financial support. Caring may also involve helping the person they are caring for to be organised, reminding them to attend appointments and dealing with emergencies.

    Carers provide 2.2 billion hours of unpaid care per year in Australia

    There are currently 2.65 million unpaid carers in Australia

    The replacement value of the unpaid care provided is $77.9 billion per year in Australia

    287,000 primary carers provide 40 hours or more of unpaid care per week

  • Carers National News
    Carers National News – 17 September 2020

    17 September 2020

    National Carers Week is coming soon!

    10 September 2020

    We are just a few weeks away from National Carers Week 2020!

    Carers National News
    Carers National News – 10 September 2020

    10 September 2020

  • Submission
    Carers Australia Response to the Home Care Hearing Draft Propositions

    15 September 2020 – 368.02 KB

    Carers Australia are providing this response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (Royal Commission) Home Care Hearing Draft Propositions
    (Propositions) per the Direction dated 2 September 2020.

    Media Release
    Inclusion of carers in Targeted Call for Research into End of Life Care welcomed

    4 September 2020 – 187.14 KB

    Carers Australia applauds the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for their explicit inclusion of the needs of carers within their recently released Targeted Call for Research into End of Life Care.

    Media Release
    Pre-Budget submission: ‘Invisible army’ of unpaid carers need improved recognition and support

    25 August 2020 – 199.45 KB

    The support of Australia’s 2.65 million unpaid carers needs to be reflected in the upcoming Federal Budget, both in policy and financial terms, according to Carers Australia’s pre-Budget submission.

17 September 2020

Carers National News

In this week’s edition:

  • The Veronicas join National Carers Week
  • National Carers Week 2020
  • Carers Australia response to the Home Care Hearing Draft Propositions
  • Your legal rights as a carer
  • Dementia Action Week
  • #DontWaitMate launch
  • Release of COVID-19 infection data in aged care
  • Lifestyle changes could ease Alzheimer’s
  • Hearth failure survey
  • MyAus COVID-19 app now available in multiple languages
  • Wellways (Carer Gateway QLD) young carer program
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Carers National News is our weekly newsletter.

It provides updates on upcoming events, and editorials on carer-related issues and relevant developments in related sectors and Federal politics.