Tasmania is one of only two Australian States/Territories to not have Carers Recognition Legislation, it is time we follow other states and introduce a carers charter to support the vital work of the 85,000 unpaid carers in Tasmania.
Carer Recognition Legislation can subtly enact the rights of Carers particularly in a workplace, and help them to participate effectively.
Shadow Health Minister, Sarah Lovell, said improving the quality of life for carers would not only provide them with support and recognise their selfless work, it would improve the quality of the care relationship.
“Our carers perform an essential role in our community by providing support and friendship for people who are unable to independently undertake routine daily activities,” Ms Lovell said.
“Most don’t choose to become a carer, it’s a role that’s thrust upon them, and it’s important we work to improve their quality of life – given the sometimes thankless role they take on.
“People who provide care and support to loved ones face unique challenges and we need to do all we can to support these valued members of our community.
“We don’t often hear about the work carers do and the personal sacrifices they make and that is why the Tasmanian Labor Party is looking forward to working with stakeholders and consumers to work towards the introduction of Carer Recognition Legislation.”
Sarah Lovell MLC
Shadow Health Minister