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Carers in the Health System

Carers are an integral part of Australia’s health system and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative, and community care systems.

Whilst caring for a family member or friend can be very rewarding, carers often neglect their own physical and mental health. Often the carers focus, and energy is prioritised for the person they care for. Carers are more likely to experience a range of health, wellbeing, and socioeconomic issues, and many are not able to access the support they need.

Did you know?

It is estimated that one in ten patients in any general practice is a carer.

Carers were almost twice as likely (58.3%) to report low wellbeing compared to adults living across Australia (30.4%)

Carers provide 2.2 billion hours of unpaid care yearly. The value of replacing this care is $77.9 billion.

Our Programs

Prepare to Care Hospital Program
This program provides information and support to family members and friends who will be providing ongoing care to patients both during a hospital admission and following being discharged from hospital. Carers WA understand that when a patient is discharged from hospital their family members or friends may play an enormous role in their life and ongoing care. The Prepare to Care booklet is a FREE ‘must have’ resource for carers.

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GP Carer Aware Project
This program empowers GPs to identify, engage, and support carers effectively, ultimately reducing carer stress, hospital admissions, and improving overall health outcomes for both carers and their loved ones. The focus being that carers visiting medical centres are recognised and supported fully in all aspects of their own health and in aspects of difficulty within their caring role.

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