National Carers Week WA will be held from October 14 to 20, with many events hosted by Carers WA, community groups and carer organisations held around the State.
The week recognises the valuable contribution that carers make to the community, while also raising awareness of the caring role and relationships, and carer supports and services.
This year’s theme, ‘Why we care’, starts a conversation about the varied and unique circumstances of carers, and encourages the community to think about the different roles and ways in which people provide care.
About 320,000 people in WA identify as carers. Family members and friends provide the bulk of caring roles, which can be more demanding than a full-time job. Many carers provide more than 40 hours of their time every week.
Carers enable the people they care for to maintain their independence, live with dignity and remain connected with their families and the people they love.
To assist carers in their role, and to make sure they have the tools to speak up, the State Government has launched a new resource Have your voice heard: a carers self-advocacy handbook.
This handbook gives carers practical guidance as they navigate often complex situations and issues when dealing with health professionals and service providers, and includes simple options for carers to look after their own health and wellbeing.
The handbook is available to download from the Department of Communities website.
Among the range of events held during this years Carers Week, Carers WA will host its State Carers Conference on Tuesday 16 October, officially opened by the Minister for Community Services, Simone McGurk.
Unpaid family carers, community service providers, government agencies and people with care needs are encouraged to attend the one-day event.
The Department of Communities in partnership with North and South Metropolitan TAFE colleges and the Jobs and Skills Centre will deliver an engaging and informative workshop focusing on pathways to employment.
The workshop will explore pathways to support carers to prepare for a return to education, training and employment, and plan for a future beyond their caring role.
Visit Carers WA website for more information about how and where you can celebrate Carers Week 2018.
For more information about State Government initiatives for carers, including having your says about the review of the Carers Recognition Act 2004, visit the Carers page.