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Recognising carer’s contributions

Recognising carer’s contributions

Published:
Tuesday 8 October 2019

At some time in our lives, many of us will become the carer for a loved one, or need a carer ourselves. No matter who you care for, taking on this role is a significant event that brings many challenges and rewards.

Carers improve the lives of the people they care for, contribute to broader community wellbeing and provide a substantial economic benefit.

Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy and without them, it would cost the country over $60 billion per year to deliver the work and support they provide.

This year, National Carers Week is celebrated from 13 to 19 October and provides an opportunity to recognise, promote and value the role of unpaid carers in our community and raise awareness about the Carers Recognition Act 2012.

“The Carers Recognition Act was legislated in 2012 and recognises the important contribution that people in care relationships make to our community and the unique knowledge that carers hold about the person in their care,” Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, said.

“We want all carers to be acknowledged and supported by the services provided for them.”

The Act empowers carers and the people they care for to take part in care planning where appropriate and to access available services. For more information on the Act, visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/carersupport.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s carer program will cease on 31 December 2019, at the same time as its Aged and Disability Services.

“It has been a privilege to work directly with carers and provide a range of supports to them over the years,” Cr Tessari said.

“Council will work with the new provider once announced by the State government, to ensure a smooth transition for carers from January 2020.”

Council is holding an event for carers on Tuesday, 15 October at Harman Wines in Wattlebank. For more information on this event or Council’s Carers programs, please contact Council’s PAG Coordinator, Libby Diprose, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

Carers Catch up
The Bass Coast Shire Council Carers’ Support Group meets regularly for morning tea.