A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support for a person(s) with disability, illness, addiction or is frail aged. It is vital that the many Australians providing this important role have access to the support they need.
- My Aged Care has a list of useful contacts for carers.
- Carers WA is the peak body representing the needs and interests of family carers in Western Australia.
- Department of Social Services offers a number of programs and services to eligible carers.
- HelpingMinds (formerly Arafmi) is the pre-eminent mental health services and carer support organisation in Western Australia.
- Dementia Australia has produced a guide of services Support for Carers.
Carers Week 2021
Sunday 10 October – Saturday 16 October
Each year, Carers Week runs during the third week of October and provides the Australian community with a chance to recognise the contributions and courage of carers. Over 2.65 million Australians provide help and support to a family member or friend, saving the Australian community more than $77.9 billion per year. More than one in nine Australians are carers, and of these, over 230,000 are providing either substantial or full-time care in WA (Source: Carers WA 2020).
In the City of Joondalup, 12,700 residents, or 10% of the population aged 15+, provide some form of unpaid assistance to others (Source: ABS 2016).
The City of Joondalup, through its Age Friendly Plan 2018/19 – 2022/23, is committed to recognising the importance of all carers in the community. In 2021 the City of Joondalup is proudly supporting the Carers WA #ShareYouCare Campaign to celebrate the invaluable contributions our local carers provide. Visit the City’s Facebook page during Carers Week for more information.