Spotlight on National Carers Week
The efforts of carers go largely unnoticed by the collective community, which is why annual calendar events like National Carers Week are so important.
There are currently around 2.8 million Australians looking after someone in need, and census data shows that 16,000 of those unpaid carers are in the electorate of Cowper.
Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker was in Canberra to celebrate an official morning tea for National Carers Week with Carers Australia Chief Executive Officer Ara Cresswell and Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services Jane Prentice.
“The value of the work done by carers contributes to the betterment of each and every one of our neighbourhoods,” Minister Hartsuyker said.
“Carers ensure the vulnerable members of our community are kept safe, and their physical and emotional wellbeing is not neglected.”
This year’s National Carers Week theme is Creating Carer-Friendly Communities, and was accompanied the launch of the Federal Government’s ‘Carer Gateway’.
The Carer Gateway is a new, free national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. It also offers an interactive service finder helping carers connect to local support services in their area.
Via the website or free call number, carers can find information, resources and advice on respite services, keeping healthy and active, financial and legal considerations, what to do in an emergency or crisis situation, and how to adjust when caring ends.
Carers don’t have to struggle alone, thanks to the Carer Gateway there are people and organisations who can provide the support needed. And the service is tailored for the individual carer, taking into consideration whether they are at school, or Indigenous, or from a culturally diverse background with limited English language.
If you’re a carer, or know someone who is, in the spirit of Creating Carer-Friendly Communities, reach out and connect with the community that’s here to help. The Carer Gateway can be found at www.carergateway.gov.au, or by calling 1800 422 737.
During Carers Week this year it’s important that we as a community give thanks to our fellow community members who are providing this invaluable service. And a good place to start is here http://www.carersweek.com.au/make-a-pledge/. It’s not too late!