Support for carers
You are a carer if you provide unpaid ongoing support to family or friends with a disability, age-related or chronic illness including mental illness.
Carers can be partners, parents, children, friends, neighbours or colleagues and come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.
Providing ongoing care can affect physical and mental health. It is important to get information and help and know your rights if you are a carer.
Types of support
Help and support available to you includes respite care and a range of other non-respite supports.
Respite care enables you to take time out from your responsibilities as a primary carer.
This respite might be for a few hours, a day, overnight or longer, and might involve the person you care for leaving the home or having a temporary carer providing in-home care.
Non-respite support is often provided by local carer support organisations and may include:
- support groups
- information and referral.
Emergency help for carers is also available.