Sup­port for car­ers

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Nearly $50-mil­lion of State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing will go to­wards sup­port­ing the im­proved well­be­ing of car­ers, in­clud­ing in the Wim­mera.

Mem­ber for West­ern Vic­to­ria Jaala Pul­ford said the pack­age in­cluded fund­ing for Grampians Com­mu­nity Health and Wim­mera Health Care Group.

She said the statewide pack­age, of­fer­ing ad­di­tional respite, trans­port con­ces­sions and carer sup­port-group grants, was part of the gov­ern­ment’s Vic­to­ria Car­ers Strat­egy 2018-22.

“Car­ing is in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing, but can also be fi­nan­cially and emo­tion­ally de­mand­ing,” she said.

“We’re proud to be giv­ing west­ern Vic­to­ria’s car­ers more respite, half-price travel and more sup­port.”

Ms Pul­ford said the gov­ern­ment was pro­vid­ing $4-mil­lion through grants for grass­roots and statewide carer-sup­port groups.

She said this would help en­sure more car­ers re­ceive re­quired emo­tional sup­port and could ac­cess ser­vices in their com­mu­nity.

“One in five car­ers give up work to care for some­one and young car­ers drop out of school at a higher rate than their peers,” she said.

“Car­ers tend to have lower in­comes or chronic health con­di­tions be­cause they’re too busy car­ing for their loved ones to worry about their own health.”

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