11 Apr 2017
Consultations have kicked off today for the Andrews Labor Government’s Carers Statement which will outline how we can best support and recognise carers.
Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams said carers played a vital role in our community and it was important that their voice was heard.
There are more than 773,000 Victorians who give their time, effort and love into caring for a family member or friend who needs them. They can be older and they can be very young – and many may not identify as a carer.
Carers make a substantial contribution to our community, with the OECD putting the cost of replacing carers in Victoria at more than $15 billion annually.
To develop the Statement, Carers Victoria will gather the views of people responsible for providing valuable support, understanding that being in a care relationship can have a profound impact on their lives and the opportunities available to them.
Carers Victoria will be hosting a number of consultations for carers and organisations that support carers to find out what works best in existing services and supports and what could be improved.
Carers can also have their say by completing an online or paper survey.
Visit the Carers Victoria website at www.carersvictoria.org.au to complete the survey or find out more.
Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams
“The Carers Statement is the next step to ensure we are reminded about the role and challenges of carers to ensure we can better respond to their needs.”
“We want to hear from carers of all kinds, whether they are caring for a person with a disability, mental illness or an older person. We want to capture as many views as we can.”
Quotes attributable to Carers Victoria CEO Caroline Mulcahy
“I’m thrilled the Victorian Government has engaged Carers Victoria to work in partnership to develop a Victorian Carer Statement.”
“It is imperative carers are not forgotten as the Government reforms the aged, mental health and disability sectors.”