Our online courses have been developed for people living with blood cancer, their carers, family and friends. You can access these courses from anywhere, at any time and complete them at your own pace.
Caring for the carer
There are over two million people acting as carers in Australia. That’s about one out of every eight Australians providing some sort of care and support for a loved one, whether it’s for a couple of hours a week, a couple of hours a day or around the clock. A carer could be a spouse or partner, brother, sister, parent, friend, child…or someone like you.
But while caring can be rewarding, it can also be stressful, overwhelming, isolating and leave you feeling a range of emotions from anger and guilt to helplessness and frustration. It’s important that you understand that this is normal and are able to recognise and support your own emotional and practical needs, as well as access all the services, support and guidance that are available to you.
This course is for anyone who acts as a carer in any capacity for someone living with a serious, life-limiting or chronic disease, such as a blood cancer.
Caring for the Carer has been broken down into six short lessons which you can complete at your own pace. These are:
- Beginning the care journey
- Legal and financial issues
- Moving forward
Each lesson includes:
- Videos on related topics
- A quiz or reflection activity
- A video where Belinda Barrie shares her personal carer story
- A list of related links
- A list of other content so you can explore the topic further.
Each lesson will take between 20 - 40 minutes to complete. You can stop at any time and come back to the course later.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Understand the role of the carer and the potential impacts it may have on your life
- Identify the early signs of stress, strain and burnout
- Have in place strategies for managing and coping with stress and strain
- Understand your legal and financial rights
- Know how and where to go to access services and support
- Recognise that you are not alone.
We recommend that you progress through the course in the order presented and complete one lesson each day or session. This gives you time to reflect on the information and how it can apply to you and your experience.
Developed by the Leukaemia Foundation in consultation with people living with a blood cancer, Leukaemia Foundation support staff, haematology nursing staff and/or Australian clinical haematologists. This content is provided for information purposes only and we urge you to always seek advice from a registered health care professional for diagnosis, treatment and answers to your medical questions, including the suitability of a particular therapy, service, product or treatment in your circumstances. The Leukaemia Foundation shall not bear any liability for any person relying on the materials contained on this website.