Unpaid carers are being recognised and celebrated this week for National Carers Week.
There are currently over 2.7 million family and friend carers in Australia who provide 36 million hours of care and support every week to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, drug and/or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail.
The replacement value of that unpaid care is over $1.1 billion per week.
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Speaking to myGC.com.au, Spokesperson Mat Rogers said this week was about honouring the people out there caring for others.
“At some point in your life you are either going to be a carer or need a carer. So if you know someone in that role, this week give them a pat on the back and say well done,” he said.
“I know the struggles and hardship that comes with being a carer, there’s no off button, it is 24/7.
“It’s good opportunity to let carers know that if they are feeling the pinch, if there is a struggle, that through their state body and through Carers Australia there are things in place to offer them support.
“It’s not a sign of weakness to reach out for help, I see it as a sign of strength, and there are people out there can offer support.”
Watch the full interview with Mat Rogers in the video below:
National Carers Week runs from Sunday 13 to Saturday 19 October 2019. For more information, visit: carersweek.com.au/