The Carers WA Conference 2024 is Western Australia’s flagship event, held during Australia’s annual National Carers Week in October.

National Carers Week aims to recognise, celebrate, and raise awareness of the 2.65 million Australians who provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend, including the estimated 320,000 carers living in WA.

This one-day conference caters to the interests of both carers and service providers. The dynamic program will explore and discuss current and emerging issues faced by carers.

Attendance options include in-person participation at Optus Stadium or joining via an online platform.

Registration is FREE for carers registered with Carers WA and for service providers.

Note: A capacity limit applies for in-person attendance, but there is no limit for online participation.

Thurs 17 Oct

8am - 4pm

Attend In-Person or Online


Empowering the unpaid carer.

Navigating identity, belonging & change.

Our speakers


Tim McMillan

Tim McMillan is an award-winning media professional with extensive experience in national TV, radio, and digital platforms. He is a first-class master of ceremonies and facilitator, currently working in media and other fields, including as a presenter on Channel 7 News Perth. When he’s not working, Tim is a family man and spends as much time as possible at the beach with his young sonHe’s also a massive sports fan and loves cooking and reading. 

International Keynote Speaker

Heather Simmons

Join Carers WA in welcoming Heather Simmons back to Perth. Heather is a dedicated advocate for people with disability and those on the margins. A brilliant author and presenter, she challenges us to think deeper and strive for better. Her extensive career spans the Disability, Mental Health, and Aged Care sectors, with international experience from the UK to Australia. As a former carer in Perth to her late husband who had a disability, she understands the impact of being a carer. Currently, her work focuses on organisations that provide support to people in their own homes. With a particular interest in staff induction and training, Heather finds that her lived experience as a carer has been invaluable in informing this work.

Other Speakers

Systematic Advocacy Lead
Renee Darbyshir
Academic Chair
Dr Kim Hudson
Principal Lawyer and Founder
Angela Cox
Founder and Director
Coral Wilkinson
Acting Program Manager – Counselling
Adam Birch
Board member
Professor Davina Porock
Education Professional
Julia Kennington
Projects officer
Sabena Lund


*Subject to change

8:00am – 8:40am           Arrivals and Registration

8:40am-9:10am              Introduction by MC, Tim McMillan

9:10am – 9:30am           Welcome to Country

9:30am-10:15am            International Keynote Speaker: Heather Simmons

10:15am-10:45am          Morning Tea

10:45am-11:30am          Panel Discussion: Executive Leaders from across the community and care sector

11:30am-12:15pm          Panel Discussion: Carers with own lived experience

12:15pm-1:00pm            Lunch

1:00pm-3:30pm              Concurrent sessions: Service Provider and Carer Wellbeing focused

3:30pm-5:00pm              Sundowner Networking Event

Registrations – Opening Soon!

Frequently Asked Questions


When: Thursday, 17th October 2024 | 8.50am -5.00pm

Where: Optus Stadium, Perth | River View Room

Note: Arrivals from 8:00 AM. Get in early for free coffee and check out our expo tables.


When: Thursday, 17th October 2024 | 8.00am -5.00pm

Where: Online

1.Unpaid carers, currently registered with Carers WA

2.Service Providers

3.People who are a combination of both

Note: For Service Providers, due to a capacity limit, a maximum of 2 x delegates can attend in-person from one organisation. Special requests may be considered upon emailing us. 

1.Attend in-person at Optus Stadium: There is a capacity limit to the number of delegates who can attend in person. 

2.Online via your own device: There is no capacity limit to the number of delegates who can attend online. 

Note: When capacity for in person attendance is reached, a waitlist will be activated. Carers WA requests if you register to attend in person, that you do so best knowing that you can present on the day. Carers WA certainly understands, given the nature of the carer role, a situation may arise at short notice preventing you from attending. As a courtesy, Carers WA requests your notification as early as possible, so that we can re-allocate your registration to the next person on our waitlist. 

1. In-person Delegate includes:

Free parking

Morning tea and lunch

Welcome satchel

Access to all conference programs

Afternoon networking event

Thank you gift

Post-event website recordings

2.Online Delegate includes:

Access to all conference program

Post-event website recordings


Smart casual.
Please note that the temperature in the River View Room is adjusted for the majority, so it may be advisable to bring a jacket.

No. Once your name is registered with Carers WA and you will receive your email confirmation. A ticket will be attached for your reference. You are welcome to bring a print-out if you wish to.

No. However, special circumstances will be considered by Carers WA, upon email request. 

Carers WA encourages networking with other delegates. Plus, our friendly Conference Crew will be there to ensure you are warmly welcomed and feel comfortable throughout. 

Certainly. Please ensure you specify your dietary requirements during the registration process on our website.

Yes. Optus Stadium is a fully inclusive and accessible venue. 

1.Parking: Free parking in the stadium precinct Marlee Loop car park.

2.Public Transport: Armadale Line trains stop at Perth Stadium Station plus buses stop regularly near Matagarup Bridge.

3.Taxi/Rideshare: Conference guests coming to Optus Stadium by taxi or rideshare vehicles can be picked up or dropped off in the Marlee Loop car park.

Carers WA will have our Conference Crew assisting with transfers required from these points to the entrance to the Stadium.

If you have any specific accessibility concerns or requirements, please email us. 

Registrations are prioritised for carers, who are currently registered with Carers WA. 

Newly registered carers will be best accommodated, if not possible as an in-person delegate, certainly as an online delegate. 

If your question is not answered here, please email conference@carerswa.asn.au

News and Updates

1.Inspiration and Engagement:   The conference is a fantastic opportunity to feel inspired, informed, and engaged about the current and emerging                                                                              trends and challenges in caring in WA.

2.Networking Opportunities:      Meet a diverse range of people, including other carers and representatives from organizations that support carers.                                                                            Take this chance to connect and recharge.

3.Comprehensive Program:         Enjoy a robust agenda featuring an international keynote speaker, panel discussions with sector professionals and

carers with lived experience, and 10 informative afternoon sessions tailored to the interests of carers and service                                                                              providers.

4.World-Class Venue:                     Optus Stadium Perth is a top-notch venue, centrally located with free on-site parking and various convenient                                                                                     transport options.

5.Flexible Attendance Options: Can’t make it in person? No problem! Attend as an online delegate from the comfort of your own device, no matter                                                                          where you are.