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Leonie shares her caring story

We recently sat down and spoke to Leonie, a carer living in WA supporting her uncle with Down Syndrome.   When did you realise you were a carer? Leonie first got a glimpse of the caring role when she visited her mum who at the time was caring for Leonie’s Uncle Eric who has DownRead more

Young Carer Bursary Now Open

To be eligible for a Young Carer Bursary, young carers need to be aged 12 –  25yrs,  studying at high school, college, technical institute, university or registered training organisation.  Young carers must either be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and not already have an Advanced Diploma or higher. The initiative offers 1,000 bursaries toRead more

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Astrid shares her story on growing up as a young carer

Astrid is a budding playwright, performer, and disability support worker, but she is also a young carer and has been for most of her life.   Caring for her younger sister with Down Syndrome from the age of nine-years-old, Astrid does not readily use the label of “young carer” to describe herself. For Astrid, the term “young carer” is just something she keeps in the back of her mind and something that’s informed the person she has grown upRead more

COVID-19 Vaccine Update for WA Carers

Carers may now be eligible to register for the COVID-19 vaccine as the Federal Government commences its vaccine roll-out. Carers may be eligible for the vaccine if they care for: A resident of an aged care facility or residential disability accommodation who was eligible under Phase 1a. A person 50 years and over who isRead more

COVID-19 WA – Update on Carers WA Services

Monday, 28th June 2021 – Update  Due to the WA COVID-19 June 2021 restrictions, the Carers WA office will be closed to the public and all face-to-face activities will be limited during this time. We will continue to provide support via telephone and online. If you have an existing appointment with one of our teamRead more

Carers WA launch The Carer Juggle Podcast

Carers WA are excited to announce the launch of a new inspiring podcast, The Carer Juggle. The podcast delves into the real-life issues and topics that carers face in their caring roles. Across the series, we speak to Carers WA Carer Support Counsellors, carers and some special guests. With bitesize episodes uploaded monthly, join JasmineRead more

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Filming Our Future: Our Choice, Our Voice, Our Way – A new partnership with Carers WA and Screenwest.

Screenwest is calling for applications for WA producers and production companies for an empowering initiative. Carers WA are excited to once again be partnering with Screenwest in an empowering initiative, Filming our Future: ‘Our Choice, Our Voice, Our Way’, that aims at increasing inclusion and diversity in sport and recreation through creative industries in WesternRead more

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Carers WA supports Carers Australia’s submissions on Independent Assessments

Carers Australia recently responded to a National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) call for submissions on three consultation papers outlining proposed changes to planning, budgets, and the introduction of independent assessments. Carers WA, along with other state and territory carer organisations, provided input into these submissions. Carers WA supports Carers Australia’s recommendations urging the NDIA toRead more

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The Importance of Positive Support Systems

Support systems are essential to maintaining and managing your physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual wellbeing.    Supports systems don’t have to be formal, and you can structure it in a way that makes you feel most comfortable.    What are support systems?    Support systems are a network of people and services that can provide youRead more

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Mental health and staying safe during the WA lockdown

During the February 2021 lockdown in WA, it is essential to look after your mental health and wellbeing during this time. It is only natural to feel anxious and stressed when there is a disruption to routines. The Carers WA team have come up with a range of tips to get you through: Getting aRead more