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.