At some time in our lives, many of us will become the carer for a loved one, or need a carer ourselves. No matter who you care for, taking on this role is a significant event that brings many challenges and rewards.
Carers improve the lives of the people they care for, contribute to broader community wellbeing and provide a substantial economic benefit.
Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy and without them, it would cost the country over $60 billion per year to deliver the work and support they provide.
This year, National Carers Week is celebrated from 13 to 19 October and provides an opportunity to recognise, promote and value the role of unpaid carers in our community and raise awareness about the Carers Recognition Act 2012.
“The Carers Recognition Act was legislated in 2012 and recognises the important contribution that people in care relationships make to our community and the unique knowledge that carers hold about the person in their care,” Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, said.
“We want all carers to be acknowledged and supported by the services provided for them.”