Whilst not specifically plan management or NDIS related, this topic is one that is close to my heart.

Many people would be surprised to learn that one in every eight Australian’s is currently caring for a family member or friend.  That means that in Australia there are approximately 2.7 million unpaid Carers.  The estimated value of care provided by unpaid Carers is around $78 billion per year.  Many people in caring roles may not recognise themselves as Carers and whilst caring for a loved one or friend is extremely rewarding it can have many impacts on a person’s life. 

When my son was younger and we were attending regular therapy and specialist appointments, I recall a conversation with his OT likening the importance of my self- care to fitting one’s own oxygen mask in an emergency before helping others to fit theirs.  In short, her message was if I did not look after myself first then I would not be useful to anyone.  At this point in time, I knew very little about where I could go for help and support, so in the spirit of helping someone else who may be in a similar situation I have provided the details of some resources that may help those in a caring role.

  1. Carer Gateway. –   Carer Gateway is an initiative that seeks to support Carers across Australia.  Each region across Australia has its own service provider ensuring that the person assisting you is aware of the supports and services in your area.  Services available through Carer Gateway include phone counselling, an online forum for Carers, coaching and courses aimed at giving Carers support, skills and relevant information.  Further details can be found at  https://www.carergateway.gov.au/  or 1800 422 737.

These resources are only starting point and will hopefully provide you with some assistance in your enormously important role of caring for a family member or friend. 

‘The simple act of caring is heroic’ Edward Albert

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