Carers Week a huge success

FAMILY carers received a well-deserved pat on the back last month thanks to Carers Week, which ran from 11-17 October and celebrated the fantastic work that carers perform throughout Tasmania.

Carers Tasmania chief executive officer Janine Mitchell said Carers Week was a vital part of the organisation’s mission to help and support family carers throughout Tasmania.

“Family carers provide help and support for family members, relatives and friends with a disability, mental illness or disorder, terminal illness, chronic condition or those who are frail aged,” she said.

“Carers Week aims to help carers share their stories and realise that they are not alone and that there is support and assistance available.”

Ms Arnold said recent research carried out by Deloitte Access Economics detailed how demand for family carers was at an all-time high and that demand was outstripping supply.

“The report predicts that by 2025 only 43 per cent of people with a severe disability aged 65 or over and not living in residential care will have access to an unpaid carer,” she said.

“The report details how the replacement value of the care provided by Australia’s family carers has increased to $6 billion per annum, which is a huge contribution to our society and loved ones.

“If family carers ceased to exist overnight, there is simply no way Australia, and indeed Tasmania, could replace that amount of effort.”

The events held around Hobart included an ‘open rehearsal’ conducted by the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra followed by afternoon refreshments at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, a Men’s Caring Friends support group, a Men’s Carer Group Luncheon at the Shoreline Hotel and a reception for carers at Government House.

For more information about Carers Tasmania, visit www.carerstas.org

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