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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
  • retreats
  • counselling
  • information and referral.

Emergency help for carers is also available.

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Page last updated 29 November 2016

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