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Celebrating National Carers Week

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From 11 to 17 October, National Carers Week is a time to recognise the 2.65 million Australians who provide care and support to a family member or friend who is frail and aged, has a disability, mental health condition, chronic condition or terminal illness.

This year’s theme is Why We Care, providing an opportunity to raise community awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles. Caring may include help and support with a range of daily activities, including dressing, showering, arranging doctors’ appointments or managing medications.

Carers are an important part of Australia’s health system and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative and community care systems. Across Australia, 1 in 8 people provide unpaid support to a family member or friend. Carers provide 2.2 billion hours of care each year, with a value of almost $1.5 billion per week.

At Catholic Healthcare, many of our Home Care clients are also supported and cared for by a spouse, partner, family or friend.

We acknowledge and thank the many carers in our communities and the extremely important role they play in supporting the daily care needs of clients.

As part of our Home Care support, we can provide in-home respite care so carers can leave their loved ones at home confident in the knowledge they are being looked after properly.

“It’s important carers take time out for themselves to rest and recharge,” says Phillipa Garside, Catholic Healthcare social worker.

“Respite allows carers to take time out, do some shopping, meet up with friends or just spend time doing an activity they love.

“Alternatively, our Care Workers can take clients out for a couple of hours to give carers a break at home. Clients can be taken to a local café or go on a short drive.

“In my experience, it’s often the little things which can make a big difference. A couple of hours driving to a special place, getting out and about, and giving carers a break can mean so much for one’s mental, physical and emotional health.

“Catholic Healthcare is here to support our Home Care clients, as well as family and friends who look after loved ones.”

If you would like to arrange respite care for yourself and your carer, please talk to your Care Advisor or call 1800 225 474.

To access National Carers Week information and resources visit the website -

Carers can also access help and support from the Government’s Carer Gateway website. Here, carers can find practical tips and guidance, phone counselling services, an online carer forum, and self-guided coaching and skills courses for support, skills and information. To access the Gateway go to