More than one in 10 people in NSW are carers, so chances are you already know at least one carer.
Carers can be anyone including parents, partners, children, siblings, friends, neighbours and colleagues. They provide support to people, often family members, who need it because they have disability, mental illness, chronic illness, dementia or are frail aged.
The annual NSW Carers Awards acknowledge and celebrate the significant contribution unpaid or ‘informal’ carers make to the person (or people) they care for and the community.
The Awards help to raise awareness of carers across the community.
This is important to carers for many reasons, including improving community attitudes to carers and making it easier for carers to ask for help.
The 2016 Carers Award recipients were announced at a ceremony at Parliament House on Monday 17 October 2016.
Ten Awards were presented – to individual carers from across NSW and to a carer support group in Dubbo.
The 2016 Carer of the Year was also announced – Sadie Arida a 21-year-old student from Constitution Hill who has been caring for her younger sister, Marie, since she was 11 years old. Marie has Sanfilippo syndrome, which affects the brain, and causes intellectual and physical disability. For more information about the 2016 Carers Awards recipients, please go to careforacarer.nsw.gov.au
NSW Carers Award recipients with the 2016 Carers Awards MC Tim Ferguson.
To read a press release about the 2016 NSW Carers Awards, please go to http://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/about_us/media_releases/celebrating-our-nsw-carers
Kevin Dunne is a 2015 Highly Commended NSW Carers Award recipient who is caring for his wife who has dementia. He talks about the needs of male carers, especially when it comes to the grief associated with dementia