Carers Australia

The voice for carers across Australia

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Survey of family and friend carers reveals them doing it very tough during COVID-19 pandemic

21 May 2020 – 174.26 KB

A survey of family and friend carers conducted by the Caring Fairly campaign has revealed that, while the coronavirus and its consequences have impacted negatively on many Australians, family and friend carers of people with disability, mental illness, chronic illness and the frail aged have faced a very high level of challenges to their finances and wellbeing.

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Funding to support carers of people with mental illness during the pandemic appreciated

18 May 2020 – 153.32 KB

“The Government’s announcement on Friday that $3.5 million will be available to support family and friend mental health carers under the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan is most welcome,” said Mary Reid, Interim CEO of Carers Australia.

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ACT legislation to protect vulnerable Canberrans

8 May 2020 – 157.39 KB

Carers ACT and Carers Australia support legislation to protect aged people and people with disability against abuse. However, immediate referral of those suspected of abuse to the criminal justice system is in many cases neither an appropriate nor effective approach to dealing with these circumstances.

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Consultation on draft Aged Care Visitor Access Code

1 May 2020 – 116.86 KB

A Visitor Access Code to ensure a nationally consistent visitation policy to residential aged care homes during the COVID-19 crisis has today been released by aged care peaks and consumer advocacy organisations for consultation with the public.

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Carers Australia welcomes the Australian Greens’ call to extend the Coronavirus Supplement to the Carer Payment and Disability Support Payment

17 April 2020 – 146.23 KB

Carers Australia welcomes the call from the Australian Greens to apply the $550 a fortnight Coronavirus Supplement, which will be available to a number of Centrelink income support recipients, to those receiving Carer Payment and the Disability Support Pension.

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Coronavirus priority testing must include paid care workers in people’s homes

7 April 2020 – 143.83 KB

Carers Australia believes all paid carers and volunteer carers must be eligible for priority coronavirus testing including those who provide care in the home.

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Woolworths set new standard in pandemic response

16 March 2020 – 152.28 KB

Carers Australia congratulates Woolworths for accommodating the needs of people with disability and the elderly by introducing temporary early opening hours between 7 and 8am.

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Research into support for older people reveals that Australia falls short of comparable countries

28 January 2020 – 190.1 KB

‘The recently released Flinders University Review of International Systems for Long-term Care of Older People commissioned by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is quite an eye-opener,’ said Mary Reid, Interim CEO of Carers Australia.

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Tune Review on the delivery of the NDIS sets clear directions for reform

21 January 2020 – 144.91 KB

Carers Australia welcomes yesterday’s release of the independent review conducted by David Tune into NDIS practices and procedures.

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Toward better provision of aged care needs

26 November 2019 – 148.66 KB

Carers Australia welcomes the Government’s early response to the preliminary recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

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Tell Us Why You Care this National Carers Week!

13 October 2019 – 229.32 KB

National Carers Week 2019 takes place from 13 – 19 October and is a time for the recognition and celebration of the 2.7 million Australians who provide unpaid carers to a family member or friend.

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World Mental Health Day 2019

10 October 2019 – 154.56 KB

Carers Australia today joins more than 400 organisations across Australia acknowledging World Mental Health Day.