Sup­port for car­ers of cancer pa­tients

The Western Star - - News -

Any­one at any time can be­come a carer and the car­ing role varies depend­ing on the sit­u­a­tion.

Na­tional Car­ers Week (Oc­to­ber 13-19) pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the 2.7 mil­lion un­paid car­ers in Aus­tralia and the highly valu­able com­mu­nity ser­vice they per­form.

One in two Queens­lan­ders will be di­ag­nosed with cancer at some point in their life­time and the role of car­ers in sup­port­ing these peo­ple, to help them achieve the best pos­si­ble qual­ity of life, is of cru­cial im­por­tance.

Many car­ers for cancer pa­tients pro­vide emo­tional and prac­ti­cal sup­port.

This can in­clude do­ing house­hold chores, pro­vid­ing trans­port, help­ing with per­sonal care, com­mu­ni­cat­ing with fam­ily and friends, and pro­vid­ing en­cour­age­ment, com­fort and un­der­stand­ing.

At Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land, we value car­ers for all their con­tri­bu­tions, but un­der­stand the chal­lenges that come with their role. That’s why we want to re­mind ev­ery­one that car­ers need care too.

Car­ers can ex­pe­ri­ence con­fu­sion, stress and men­tal health chal­lenges, with re­la­tion­ships, fi­nances and over­all well­be­ing all of­ten be­ing im­pacted.

On be­half of Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land, I urge car­ers of peo­ple

with cancer to en­sure they are re­ceiv­ing the sup­port they need.

A call to Cancer Coun­cil’s 13 11 20 can pro­vide car­ers with ac­cess to sup­port, in­for­ma­tion and re­sources – or sim­ply a lis­ten­ing ear if needed.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land and sup­port avail­able to both cancer pa­tients and car­ers, visit can­cerqld.org.au.

Ms Chris McMillan, CEO, Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land

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