At some point in our lives, all of us will either require care or become a carer.
Carers are unpaid family members, friends or neighbours who provide assistance with the tasks of daily living.
The reasons why a person needs care are varied. The definition for carer (under the Australian Government Carer Recognition Act 2010) is someone who gives care and support to a relative or friend who:
- has a disability
- has a medical condition (terminal or chronic illness)
- has a mental illness, and/or
- is frail because they are old (known as ‘frail and aged’).
There are (more than) 50,000 carers in the ACT.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics. Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2018
Why is it important for carers to access support?
Source: Caring for Others and Yourself. The 2021 Carer Wellbeing Survey