Tell us Why You Care

This National Carers Week, we’re again asking all Australians to Tell Us Why You Care! One-in-eight Australians provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend and by sharing your stories we hope to build a more carer-friendly Australia.

Head to the National Carers Week website to share your story and check out some stories posted by other carers around the country. While you’re there, you can see what events are happening near you – there are so many ways to be involved this National Carers Week!

National Carers Week runs from 13 – 19 October and is a time to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers make to our community. Anyone at any time can become a carer and National Carers Week is an opportunity to raise awareness among all Australians about carers and their caring roles.


Mo Hope joins us for National Carers Week

We are delighted to announce that this year’s National Carers Week Ambassador is former Survivor contestant and AFLW superstar Moana Hope! Moana, known as Mo, provides unpaid care for her sister Vinny, who has Moebius syndrome.

“I remember growing up, Vinnie and I were two peas in a pod. I always went to all her appointments, always went to her schools, was everywhere with her,” Mo said. “To know that I can help Vinnie, and to make a difference in her life and have her for the rest of my life makes me feel lucky. I’m pretty proud to be a carer.”

You can check out the television ad we produced with Mo and Vinny here.


Maven Dental Day 2019

As part of National Carers Week, we’ve again partnered with Maven Dental Group to offer free dental exams, x-rays and a clean to unpaid carers across Australia!

Maven Dental Day will run from 8am on Saturday 19th October and is a great chance for carers to take a little time out for themselves while learning how to fit dental care into their busy lives.

Please note respite care cannot be accommodated at the practices and Maven Dental does not operate in the Northern Territory.


Shout Out To Young Carers

It’s not too late to register for a Shout Out To Young Carers event!

Shout Out To Young Carers is a chance to recognise and celebrate the young carers in your community. It will run during National Carers Week from 13-19 October and we encourage you to take part by hosting an event.

You can register your event on the Young Carers Network to receive a free celebration kit which includes soft frisbees, temporary tattoos and phone grips.


Review to improve NDIS procedures

The Australian Government has commissioned a review of NDIS operations to improve the ease and timeliness of applying, making a plan and reviewing plans. The resulting Participant Service Guarantee will be a new set of standards for the timing of key steps in the NDIS process.

The review is also looking at how the NDIS applies the concept of reasonable and necessary supports in plans. Carers have previously been unsatisfied with how the concept has been applied. 

The Government is inviting people with experience with the NDIS in this area to complete their survey. The survey has been developed with a range of options to meet the communication needs of people with disability. Community workshops will also be made available in locations around Australia.

The survey closes at 5.00pm AEDST 31 October 2019.


Disability Royal Commission update

Carers Australia is encouraging people living with a disability and their carers to share their lived experience of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation with the Royal Commission. The Commission is also seeking recommendations from the community on how to prevent such abuse from occurring in the future.

The first hearing, held in mid-September, formally laid out the terms of reference and operation of the Commission. The Commissioners outlined that people with a disability will be treated with respect and empathy, and that the Commission would be flexible in how hearings would be held, would ensure accessibility and accept confidential and public submissions.

The Commissioners recognised that, due to the traumatic nature of some of the evidence, the need for a safe and supportive environment was vital, and that people needed to be able to testify either publicly or confidentially.

For more information please visit the Royal Commission’s website or call 1800 517 199.


Disturbing gap between the Disability Support Pension and cost of living for people with disabilities

A new report from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling compares the financial hardship and insecurity of households with people with disability to those without.

In light of the findings of this report, Carers Australia supports the recommendation of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations for an urgent review into the adequacy of the Disability Support Pension (DSP).

We also support the recommendation for broadening eligibility for the DSP. In particular, the requirement that people be fully treated and stabilised before they can access the DSP should be removed. Treating and stablilising a condition can be hard for people with episodic illness, and where there is a rapid onset of disease or accidents and injury – especially in circumstances where they may have multiple health conditions.