Support for carers
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.”