Carers Australia

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 – 22 October 2020

    22 October 2020

    Carers National News
    Carers National News – 16 October 2020

    16 October 2020

    Poor sleep health of unpaid carers adversely affecting wellbeing

    14 October 2020

    The health and wellbeing of carers negatively impacted by significant sleep disruptions.

  • Media Release
    Poor sleep health of unpaid carers adversely affecting wellbeing

    14 October 2020 – 170.9 KB

    The health and wellbeing of Australia’s 2.65 million unpaid carers is being negatively impacted by significant sleep disruptions, with some reporting as little as 3-hours sleep per night.

    Sleep deficits in Australian carers

    14 October 2020 – 3.04 MB

    Research which looks at understanding and helping sleep disruption in Australia's unpaid carers.

    ‘No space in my brain to learn’ – Young carers and their engagement with education

    13 October 2020 – 2.91 MB

    A report looking at the experiences of young carers and the issues they can face when engaging with education.

22 October 2020

Carers National News

In this week’s edition:

  • Worries for unpaid carers during COVID-19
  • Burn-out fears of exhausted unpaid carers during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Inside Aged Care report
  • The Persons with Disability and the Australian Constitution report
  • COVID-19 resources for people with dementia
  • Caring for mental and physical health during the pandemic
  • Students with disabilities face increasing barriers to education
  • COVID-19 information proving inaccessible to blind and low vision Australians
  • Centre for Palliative Care webinar
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