Carers Week 17 -23 October 2010

Almost 2.6 million Australians provide care for family members or friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or who are frail aged.

Carers contribute $30.5 billion dollars worth of care each year.  Australia’s health system could not survive without the contribution of carers.

Carers Week is a national awareness week held during October each year in Australia.

The event was established to promote and raise awareness of the valuable role that carers play in our community and to generate discussion about carer issues.

Carers Week also provides an opportunity for carers to come together, support one another and share ideas and information.

The primary objective of Carers Week is to reach and support hidden carers. Carers Week also aims to:

  • Heighten awareness of carers in the community
  • Celebrate the work of carers and encourage carers to recognise themselves as carers
  • Promote an awareness of other carer services such as Commonwealth Carer Respite and Carelink Centres
  • Encourage carers to access the support and services which are available to them
  • Provide relevant information to carers

For more information about Carers Week events please click here.