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Carers are an essential backbone of Australian society and Converge International is celebrating National Carers’ Week, 14-20 October, to recognise the integral work that they do.

 

National Carers’ Week is an awareness raising form of advocacy for the wide-ranging and diverse community of carers in Australia. Caring for people who need assistance is physically, mentally and emotionally demanding.  

 

Many carers provide support to the ill, and those with a disability, that is often unpaid. Daily activities can include:

  • Preparing meals
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Going to the toilet
  • Moving around, and
  • Taking medications.

Some people provide care around the clock support, while others do so only occasionally.[1]

 

There are more than 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia, which means about 1 in 8 people in Australia are carers. Chances are you, or someone you know, is a carer.[2]

 

If all carers in Australia decide to stop performing their role, it would cost the country $60.3 million per year to replace those supports – that’s over $1 billion per week.[3]

 

Converge International have a team of specialist counsellors who provide access to specialised advice on disability support and referral to state and local resources and services, as well as emotional support around caring for family members or friends who live with disability.

 

If you’re a carer and you’re seeking support, call Converge International on 1300 687 327.

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