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Caring for carers in our community

Anyone can become a carer at any time.

Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental health condition, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or drug related issue, or who are frail aged. 

Informal carers are distinct from paid support workers who are colloquially also called carers but are fully employed and remunerated with all the benefits of employment.

Conversely, family carers perform their caring duties without remuneration.

2023 National Carers Week from October 15-21 is an opportunity to raise community awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their roles.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, the event is an initiative of Carers Australia and coordinated with the assistance and participation of the National Carer Network.

In recognition of 2023 National Carers Week, the Clarence Valley Independent conducted a street survey, and invited members of the public to share their own stories about carers who are special to them, and why its so important to support them.

Lilly Morgan: My Nan was my Pop’s fulltime carer for five years before he passed away. She always wanted to be his carer because she didn’t want him to go into an aged care facility, and she wanted him to stay in the comfort of his own home. She did absolutely everything for him, and she was such an inspirational role model. She was an unpaid carer, but she always said she was paid in love, because she knew how much Pop loved her and appreciated what she did for him. It isn’t easy to be a carer, and it definitely takes a special person to be one.  

Leah Jansen: One of my best friends is a paid carer, and she says its such a rewarding occupation. She’s been a paid carer for about three years now, and she loves taking care of people who need additional support and assistance. She definitely feels the stress of her job though. I think its important to remember to ask everyone who works as a carer how they’re doing and make sure that they’re ok, because I know a lot of them are struggling with their workloads. It’s important to remind them how wonderful they are, and to let them know how much they mean to those around them.

Mitchell Akker: I don’t know any carers personally, but I do know the work they do is just incredible. It’s a pretty selfless job, and I think more should be done to help carers. They should have better access to mental health services and counselling because their work is pretty stressful. I think that would be a good place to start.