​Public consultation opens on WA's first Carers Strategy

Posted on: Monday, 7 December 2015 at 9:07:51 PM

Western Australian carers to have their say

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

?Public consultation opens on WA's first Carers Strategy

Western Australia's carers are being invited to have their say on the direction of the State Government's first Carers Strategy.

Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said the strategy was developed to recognise the unique role of WA's estimated 320,000 carers.

 "Western Australia's carers make a tremendous difference to the lives of the people they care for," Mr Simpson said.

 Carers also provide an invaluable social and economic contribution to our State, and with WA's ageing population this contribution is set to become more significant.

 "The Carers Strategy will be the next step towards greater recognition of the unique needs of carers, focusing as it does on the carer rather than the person receiving the care.

 "Carers are as diverse as the communities they live in.  So, whether you are a parent looking after a child with disability, a young carer or an adult looking after an elderly relative, your input in developing the WA Carers Strategy is vital."

Carers are defined as people who provide unpaid care, support and assistance to a person who needs help with daily life.

 Support may range from assistance with occasional activities, such as weekly grocery shopping, to round-the-clock help with personal care or managing medication.

 The State Government supports a number of initiatives to raise awareness of carers' issues.  This includes working in partnership with the peak body, Carers WA and providing the organisation with more than $820,000 annually to support carers with counselling, respite and social activities.

 The online public comment and consultation on the draft WA Carers Strategy is administered by the Department of Local Government and Communities.  Comments can be made by February 1, 2016 and are welcomed from members of the public with caring responsibilities, and the organisations that work with them.

 Fact File

·    WA was the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce carer-specific legislation: the Carers Recognition Act 2004 and the Western Australian Carers Charter

·    For more information, visit http://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au

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