Carers WA 2020 Annual General Meeting

Notice of the Annual General Meeting of Carers WA Members are invited to attend the 2020 Carers WA Annual General Meeting (AGM).   Wednesday 28th October 2020, 10.00am – 11.00am The Carer Centre, 182 Lord Street, Perth RSVP to Carmen Friesema on 1300 227 377 or email carmen.friesema@carerswa.asn.au by 21st October 2020.   Due toRead more

5 easy ways you can become a carer-friendly employer today

There are many ways to become a carer-friendly employer and better support carers in yourworkplace. These strategies do not have to be costly or require a major change in how an organisation operates. A small, simple adjustment can make a significant difference in improving employee wellbeing.   5 easy strategies you can implement to becomeRead more

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Why employers should support carers within the workplace

With over 2.65 million Australians supporting a family member or friend who is living with a disability, mental health challenge, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or drug dependency, or who are frail aged, out of every 9 people you have within your workplace, at least one is a carer. Due to stigma and aRead more

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  • Colourful morning tea on a purple table
  • Colourful morning tea on a purple table
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Wear It Purple day at Carers WA!

Carers WA celebrated Wear It Purple Day on Friday, 28th August, a movement that has the potential to save thousands of lives through supporting LGBTI+ inclusion, allyship and queer awareness. Wear it Purple was founded in 2010 in response to young people taking their own lives as a result of bullying and harassment from theRead more

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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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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