National Carers Week is an annual event with a focus on recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation and New South Wales. Carers help their loved ones who have a disability, mental illness, chronic illness, aged frailty, dementia or drug or alcohol dependency.
The week aligns with the NSW Carers Strategy: Caring in NSW 2020-2030. This strategy sets out the NSW Government’s ten-year plan for supporting and recognising carers in NSW.
It aims to ensure:
- carers have better access to information, services and supports
- carers are recognised, respected and empowered
- carers have improved financial wellbeing and economic opportunities
- carers have better health and wellbeing.
As part of this strategy, the NSW Government will support people with caring responsibilities to self-identify as carers.
Carers Week provides an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles, and is proudly funded by the NSW Government.
For more information on Carers Week and the events being held throughout the week across NSW, visit the Carers NSW website. You can also contact Carers NSW by email firstname.lastname@example.org or the NSW Department of Communities and Justice on 02 8753 9339.
DCJ celebrates Carers Week 2021
This year, National Carers Week runs from 10-16 October 2021, and is an opportunity to recognise unpaid, informal carers and promote the range of supports available to them. It is also an opportunity to help people who have caring responsibilities self-identify as carers, including those from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background, and encourage them to access information and support. This year, COVID-19 has added another layer of complexity to caring for family members or friends. Caring doesn’t stop in a pandemic. The need for personal care, communication and mobility support, shopping, cleaning and travel to appointments continues on. In the absence of more formal supports during lockdowns, many families and friends are stepping into a new caring role or providing even more support in their existing caring role.
In the lead up to Carers Week, DCJ took the time to interview a diverse group of carers about what being a carer means to them. We asked them how they seek support, both in their careers and personal lives, and how they managed to self-identify themselves as carers.
Information for people from a multicultural background
In many multicultural communities, multi-generational family households are common practice. In these dynamics, caregiving may be considered a loving duty, therefore it may be difficult to reach out for support.
Do you consider yourself a carer?
If your elderly parents or grandparents depend on you for household duties such as cooking, taking them to appointments, and taking them shopping, then you are considered a carer.
- A carer is anyone who supports someone from their family or community who is elderly or has a disability, chronic illness or mental health issue.
- If you come from a multicultural background, there may be services available that understand your culture, community and language.
- You can view supports available in your own language here via the Carer Gateway: www.carergateway.gov.au/resources-language or by calling 1800 422 737. If you need help understanding English, call the free translation service on 131 450 before calling the helpline.
Resources to promote your own Carers Week event or activity
Carers NSW Conference
The Carers NSW Conference 2021: the Secret Life of Carers will be held online on Thursday 7 October 2021. The conference is hosted by Carers NSW and proudly funded by the NSW Government.
This conference will explore new understandings about the carer journey, and showcase new and innovative initiatives in policy, programs and practice in meeting the needs of carers in NSW. It will provide delegates an opportunity to connect virtually and share the latest research, information, and best practice in carer support in evolving and changing times.
The virtual Conference will bring together a diversity of carers and caring experiences, and professionals from a broad range of areas including: health, disability, community and welfare services, transport, employment, education, research, policy, corporate and business both from Australia and overseas.
Registrations are now open for this free event on 7 October 2021. You can click here to secure your place.