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Young Carers Bursary Program – Applications for 2021 now open!

Young carers all around Australia have the opportunity to apply for the 2021 Young Carers Bursary Program which offers $3,000 towards continuing your study! The Young Carer Bursary Program is an annual program that helps young carers with their caring role and education by providing financial assistance to help them. It helps young carers coverRead more

Report into housing for people with disability in Western Australia calls for change

Carers WA, in partnership with Foundation Housing, has released the “Accessing a Home report“ report on the barriers people with disability face when seeking a safe, accessible, affordable and secure home. The report concludes that people with disability in Western Australia have poorer experiences and outcomes when accessing a home than the general population andRead more

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Carers WA advocacy for carer issues within the NDIS scheme

On Tuesday, 30th June 2020, Carers WA CEO, Paul Coates, and Carers WA Systemic Policy Officer, Felicity Mitchell, attended the hearing of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme inquiries into NDIS planning, NDIS workforce and general issues around implementation and performance of the NDIS. Their comments in this hearing were toRead more

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Financial support for young carers

Options for financial support young carers have. Who are young carers? “Young carers are people aged 25 and under who help look after a family member who needs extra support at home. The person they care for may live with a disability, mental illness, a drug or alcohol problem, long term illness or who areRead more

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Planning for the unexpected as a carer

If you are a carer, it is essential that you plan for emergencies to help you and your loved one cope. Have you asked yourself, “what would the person I care for do if I suddenly had to go somewhere else for a while?” or “who would know what to do if I suddenly hadRead more

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How to be prepared for changes in your caring role

Ever wondered “what if something happened to me and changed my whole caring situation?”. If you face changes in your caring role you may be left to reassess your situation in an instant. Ensure you and the person you care for maximise your quality of life, create a plan to overcome any issues that couldRead more

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Had to leave your job due to caring responsibilities?

“70% of all carers took on a caring role because of a sense of family responsibility.” One of the main reasons primary carers took on their caring role – according to the 2018 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers – was due to a sense of family responsibility. Carers provide comfort and reassurance for theRead more

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The Carer Gateway user journey – how does it work?

*The examples and names in this article are purely fictional for the representation of a user journey* If you are a Western Australian carer and have questions regarding the Carer Gateway process, we have created a user journey to help answer your questions about how each stage may look. Carers WA is proud to beRead more

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Young Carer Pen Pals: Develop your social skills and create global friendships!

Are you a young carer in Western Australia with a passion for trying out new activities? Young carers all over WA have the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer contact the old fashioned way, helping optimise social skills and create international friendships through our Young Carer Pen Pal Program! Our WA young carer participants are ableRead more

Important information to help new carers

If you are new to your caring role or have recently discovered the meaning of being a “carer”, you may feel unsure in how you can begin accessing the supports and services designed to assist you. Carers WA understand it can be difficult to navigate changes and are here to help Western Australian carers noRead more