National Carers Week will be held from today (October 14) to Saturday, October 20. The week provides an opportunity to celebrate the valuable and selfless contribution which carers make to the community. 

There are a number of events being held across the State in recognition of over 320,000 of Western Australia’s carers.

Carers come from all walks of life, backgrounds and age groups and each caring role is unique with different needs and experiences.

Family members and friends provide the bulk of caring roles, which can often be more demanding than a full-time job. Many carers provide more than 40 hours of their time every week to care for loved ones.

The State Government provides $1 million in annual funding to Carers WA. This funding provides carers with much-needed support, services and programs including counselling and training, social support, advice, respite, employment and engagement activities.

The ‘Have your voice heard’: Carers self-advocacy handbook will be launched as part of National Carers Week by Community Services Minister Simone McGurk.

This handbook gives carers practical guidance as they navigate often complex situations and issues. The guide also includes advice for carers to look after their own health and wellbeing.  The handbook is available online here.

A number of events will be hosted by Carers WA, community groups and carer organisations around the State during National Carers Week. To find out more, click here.

“Carers are absolutely critical in the lives of many Western Australians,” said Community Services Minister Simone McGurk.

“National Carers Week helps to raise awareness of carers and carer supports and services that are available.

“The State Government has a strong commitment to ensuring that carers receive the support and recognition they deserve.

“Caring for others can sometimes make it hard to prioritise your own wellbeing.

“It is important that carers understand their rights and the supports available and this new carers self-advocacy handbook will help carers to navigate their caring journey and access practical guidance and assistance.”