Carers Tasmania, the State’s Peak Body for family carers, today welcomed the Federal Opposition’s announcement of support for the Integrated Carer Support Service and the pledge to inject additional needed funding.
One of the key pledges by the Labor Party was a commitment to inject an extra $66M for family carer respite.
“Tasmania is ageing rapidly, has some of the highest rates of chronic illness and some of the worst health outcomes in the country. We have the highest carer ratio of 1:6,” said David Brennan, CEO Carers Tasmania
“In that context, access to meaningful, timely respite is critical for family carers and we welcome the funding commitment of an additional $66M nationally.”
Today’s announcement also included a commitment to match the Government’s recent pledges for young carers and the new funding announced in the budget, the revival of the National Carer Strategy, improvements to carers having to access multiple government services, and the employment of 25 specialist advisors within Centrelink solely to support carers.
“2016 research conducted by AMR found that half of all carers experienced stress and anxiety from navigating complex government services.”
“Caring around the clock is hard enough. The announcement to address navigating systems in very practical ways will be warmly welcomed by carers,” said Mr Brennan.
About Carers Tasmania
Carers Tasmania is a non-profit body supporting informal carers across the state. They were appointed the stat’s Peak Body for carers in July 2018, recognising their central role as the lead agency for family and friend carers.
Carers Tasmania has offices in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie.
About family carers
An informal, unpaid carer is often a family member that cares for someone suffering chronic or terminal illness, has a mental health illness, is frail aged, has a disability or alcohol or other drug issue.
Informal carers are distinct from paid support workers who are also colloquially also called carers, but are fully employed and remunerated with all the benefits of employment. Conversely, family carers perform their caring duties without remuneration.