Cel­e­brat­ing car­ers

Gatton Star - - Life -

CAR­ERS are the cor­ner­stone of our men­tal health care, aged care, dis­abil­ity care and pal­lia­tive care sys­tem.

With­out the sup­port of un­paid fam­ily car­ers, th­ese sys­tems would sim­ply col­lapse.

All over Aus­tralia peo­ple are tak­ing the time to care for fam­ily and friends who are aged, frail or oth­er­wise in­ca­pac­i­tated. In fact there are about 2.6 mil­lion un­paid car­ers in our com­mu­ni­ties.

Of­ten with­out pay or recog­ni­tion, car­ers ded­i­cate their lives to oth­ers. The ac­tions of th­ese good peo­ple mean that many in need can re­main in their own homes and main­tain qual­ity of life.

Held from Oc­to­ber 13 to 19, the week’s Car­ersWeek cel­e­bra­tions and events seek to raise aware­ness, sup­port and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia’s un­paid fam­ily car­ers.

The com­bined range and scope of the un­paid fam­ily car­ing ef­fort is ex­traor­di­nar­ily large, with the cost for this sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety es­ti­mated at over $40 bil­lion a year.

Neville Coven­try, team leader for Car­ers Queens­land Inc, says we need to be aware that we are re­fer­ring to fam­ily and friends who are car­ers and the enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion made by th­ese won­der­ful cit­i­zens.

“Recog­nis­ing the valu­able con­tri­bu­tion car­ers make to the com­mu­nity and to so­ci­ety as a whole it is im­por­tant that we em­brace com­mu­ni­ties in our Car­ersWeek cel­e­bra­tions,” Neville com­mented.

Car­ers Queens­landWest More­ton has com­bined with Carin­ity Com­mu­ni­ties – Our House at Too­goolawah to present a Fi­esta Gar­den Party and event to be held at Carin­ity Com­mu­ni­ties Our House, at 27 Gard­ner St, Too­goolawah on Oc­to­ber 17.

The event will fea­ture lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment, mas­sage and a bar­be­cue as well as in­for­ma­tion on ser­vices avail­able to car­ers. Com­mon­wealth Respite and Carelink Cen­tre, fi­nan­cial and re­la­tion­ship coun­selling, health, men­tal health, home­less­ness, sport and recre­ation and em­ploy­ment ser­vices will be well rep­re­sented.

Som­er­set mayor Graeme Lehmann said Car­ers Queens­land’s goal for the event was to bring peo­ple to­gether to cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tion of fam­ily car­ers, and of­fer en­ter­tain­ment and in­for­ma­tion.

“I en­cour­age res­i­dents to make the most of this op­por­tu­nity to find out more about what is avail­able. It might be for your­self, but it could also be on be­half of a fam­ily mem­ber, a neigh­bour or a friend,” Cr Lehmann said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on this event, phone Neville Coven­try from Car­ers Queens­land on 3202 1852.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CAR­ERS WEEK: Amanda Mur­ray (left) from the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice and Elaine Mavis from Val­ley FM at the Mo­bile Hub.

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