Carers make an invaluable contribution to our society and to the people they care for said Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, ‘as we move toward models of care that are based in our families and neighbourhoods, rather than in institutions, we need to become more conscious of the role carers play, and the notion that anyone, at any time, can be a carer’.
Our hearts go out to all carers, whose own quality of life can be severely affected by the enormous responsibilities of looking after ill or disabled family members.’
The combined range of the unpaid family caring effort is extraordinarily large. The replacement cost for this significant contribution to society is estimated at over $40 billion. Mr Tim Moore, President of Carers Australia said, that carers are the backbone of the mental health, disability, aged care and health care systems. Carers Week is about celebrating carers contribution to society but it is also about recognising that much more needs to be done to ensure that carers are not forgotten, are not left unsupported and that the needs of caring families are understood recognised and responded to.’
This year’s Carers Week theme ‘Be Care Aware’ encourages all Australian to learn more about carers what they do and how you can support them. Whether you're a business person, family member, friend, teacher, policy maker, journalist or health professional it is important to know how you can recognise and support carers. Visit the Carers Australia website to find out how www.carersaustralia.com.au .