As we approach National Carers Week (10-16 October), it’s a timely reminder about the vital contribution that carers make in our communities.
The theme of this year’s national campaign, ‘Millions of Reasons to Care’, seeks to bring attention to the 2.65 million carers around the country who provide outstanding care and support to their loved ones.
Chair of Carers Queensland, Jim Toohey says Carers Week is an opportunity for all Australians to show their appreciation for carers and to let them know why they care.
“One in 11 Australians is a carer and in Queensland, there are 533,400 carers.
“They have all played a critical role during this ongoing pandemic, and it’s important that we acknowledge their contribution. Now, more than ever, we have millions of reasons to care.
“Before Covid carers were estimated to be providing 2.2 billion hours of unpaid care last year – that’s over 42 million hours every single week.
“The total cost to replace all informal care was estimated at almost $78 billion, or almost $1.5 billion every week**,” he says.
“National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating carers. The campaign is crucial in helping people who don’t see themselves as having a caring role, to identify as carers and access the support they need.
“At Carers Queensland we work with carers, people with disability and their families to make their lives better.
“We encourage everyone to help us raise awareness of the reality of unpaid caring and build a carer friendly Australia.
“Increasing awareness of the role carers play in our communities, is one way to establish a better support system for them,” he adds.
As part of the National Carers Week celebrations, Carers Queensland is hosting a range of online and face to face events for the broader community to get involved and show their appreciation for carers.
For more information on National Carers Week events or to get involved, visit: carersqld.com.au/carers-week or contact Carers Queensland on (07) 3900 8100.
*Australian Bureau of Statistics (2018) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers
**Deloitte Access Economics (2020) The Economic Value of Informal Care in Australia 2020