Carers Australia

The voice for carers across Australia

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Education/training bursaries open to young carers

1 August 2016 – 264.92 KB

“Tomorrow (2 August) is the opening of the application process for the Young Carer Bursary Programme,” Carers Australia CEO, Ara Cresswell said today.

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Labor commits to tripling educational support for struggling young carers

17 June 2016 – 245.89 KB

“Senator Claire Moore’s announcement in Melbourne yesterday that a Labor Government would triple the funding for the Young Carer Bursary Programme is most welcome,” said CEO of Carers Australia, Ara Cresswell.

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Let’s use this election to improve the lives of family and friend carers

6 June 2016 – 318.18 KB

In releasing its pre-election document, Carer supports: addressing collateral damage, Carers Australia is focusing its “asks” on a set of proposals that will improve the effectiveness and address gaps in current support services for carers.

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Federal Budget: could be better, could be worse for carers

3 May 2016 – 305.94 KB

Against the background of a savings-focussed Budget, only one social security measure impacts negatively on some family and friend carers of people with disability, chronic illness or who are frail aged.

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Removal of educational subsidies will hurt people on the Carer Payment

5 February 2016 – 198.11 KB

Carers Australia is disappointed that the abolition of the Pensioner Education Supplement (which provides between $31.20 and $61.40 per week to assist full or part-time study in a secondary or tertiary course) and the Education Entry Payment of $208 remain part of the Government’s Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill.

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A National Carer Gateway for Australia’s 2.7 million family and friend carers

14 December 2015 – 230.54 KB

Today’s launch of the Federal Government’s Carer Gateway will help to further raise awareness of who is a carer and the supports available to assist them in their caring role.

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Economic contribution of Australia’s family and friend carers dwarfs the amount spent on income support

14 October 2015 – 192.73 KB

“A SkyNews interview with the new Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, in which he suggests that growth in income support for unpaid family and friend carers is unsustainable, is disturbing,” said Ara Cresswell, CEO of Carers Australia.

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World Mental Health Day – 10 October 2015

10 October 2015 – 191.02 KB

Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day and all Australians are being asked to make a personal mental health promise to themselves.

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National Carers Week 2015 – Show You Care!

10 October 2015 – 274.87 KB

National Carers Week 2015 takes place from 11 – 17 October, giving all Australians an opportunity to show their support for Australia’s 2.7 million carers and to help build a carer-friendly Australia.

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Invisible Workforce: $60.3 billion a year labour of love

19 August 2015 – 376.35 KB

A new report has found Australians will provide $60.3 billion in unpaid care this year alone looking after family members and friends who are aged, chronically ill or have a disability.

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Carers driven to thoughts of ending the lives of family members with advanced dementia

23 July 2015 – 286.03 KB

A report covering the issue of homicide ideation among family carers of people with dementia has been published in Ageing and Mental Health journal. It explores the circumstances under which carers of people with dementia may have thoughts about ending the life of the person they care for (sometimes in conjunction with thoughts about suicide).

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Early involuntary retirement hits carers

8 July 2015 – 271.41 KB

A research paper released today by the Productivity Commission highlights that many Australians are forced to retire involuntarily due to caring responsibilities.