National Carers Week 2019 runs from 13 to 19 October, with a range of events to be held across WA. This year, the theme ‘Why we care’ continues, building ongoing awareness, recognition and understanding of the valuable contribution carers make to the community, the caring role and responsibilities, and carer supports and services.

An estimated 320,000 Western Australians are carers, providing unpaid personal care and support to a family member or friend who needs daily assistance. Most carers see themselves as simply providing a helping hand to those they care about.

Caring can be rewarding and fulfilling, but it can also be challenging. Carers often put the needs of the person they care for ahead of their own, sometimes at the cost of their own wellbeing. Awareness and recognition are critical to ensuring that carers are appropriately supported to remain healthy, socially connected and able to manage the life-care balance.

The Department of Communities (Communities), as the lead agency for carers, delivers and supports a range of initiatives that recognise, celebrate and empower WA’s carers.

For Carers Week 2019, Communities has partnered with Carers WA, the Carers Advisory Council and other organisations to give carers the opportunity to share their stories with the community. Their stories will be screened publicly in Yagan Square from 13 to 19 October, giving the community a unique opportunity to hear from carers about why they care.

For more information on Carers Week 2019 events, visit Carers WA website.

Communities also provides a range of information and resources to equip carers with the knowledge they need to manage their caring responsibilities. This includes Have your voice heard: a carers self-advocacy handbook, which provides guidelines on navigating the service system, maintaining health and wellbeing, and ensuring that their right to be involved in care planning and delivery is respected.

For more information about State Government initiatives and support for carers visit the Carers page.