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Carers hub

Information and support for carers

There are millions of carers in Australia, most of whom did not expect to be a carer. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, roughly 1 in 8 people acts as a carer in some capacity, providing care and support for a couple of hours a week, a couple of hours a day or around the clock.

A carer provides support and assistance to someone who needs it, whether it be for someone with a chronic illness such as a blood cancer or helping an elderly family member do the shopping. Carers can be any age and may be a partner, relative, friend or neighbour.

Many carers don’t think of themselves as being a carer – they see themselves as simply taking care of a friend or loved one in need. But while caring can be rewarding, it can also be stressful, overwhelming and leave the carer feeling a range of emotions from anger and guilt to helplessness and frustration. It’s important that carers understand that this is normal and access all the services, support and guidance that is available for them.

Being a carer

For everyone who acts as a carer, it means a big change in your life.

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Adjusting to being a carer

Being a carer can be hard, so make sure you have the support and tools to cope.

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Day-to-day caring

Caring for someone is about improving the quality of life of a loved one and there are many ways in which you can do that.

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Carers and the health system

Understand your role in the healthcare system as carer.

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Financial and legal support for carers

Find out how to legally protect yourself, understand your entitlements and benefit from the systems in place for carers.

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Carer resources

Links to organisations that provide services, support and information for carers.

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