National Carers Week runs from 15 to 21 October and the Far West LHD is urging everyone to consider the role of carers and their caring roles.
Anyone at any one time can become a carer and National Carers Week is an opportunity to raise community awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles. It helps us raise awareness of the issues faced by unpaid carers, so that caring may be seen as a shared responsibility of family, community and government.
Unpaid carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy.
There are more than 2.7 million carers across Australia who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue, or who are frail aged.
During National Carers Week, and every week, carers will spend a total of 36 million hours caring for family members or friends. If all carers decided to stop performing their caring role, it would cost the country $60.3 billion per year to replace those supports – that’s over $1 billion per week.
You don’t need to be a carer to be part of National Carers Week. If you would like to get involved in this year’s campaign visit www.carersweek.com.au