Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Have your say on the development of the NSW Carers Strategy

11 February 2014



Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka today urged carers to have their say in the development of the NSW Carers Strategy.

"The NSW Carers Strategy will underpin the way the government provides support for carers until 2019," Minister Ajaka said.

"Carers will be given more prominence in government policy as part of the Coalitions five point plan to restore accountability, part of the promise to make NSW number one again.

"This is a great opportunity for carers to tell us how the NSW Government can improve support, services, recognition, health, financial stress and social concerns using a very simple online survey.

"Carers are the backbone of our health and community welfare systems, making an enormous contribution to our state.

"Many of us will find ourselves either caring for someone or being cared for at some stage in our lives, making the new strategy one of great social importance.

"Carers may be family members, friends or neighbours who provide ongoing unpaid support to people with disability, chronic illness, mental illness or frailty.

"There are around 850,000 carers in New South Wales who come from a mix of cultural backgrounds and age groups."

Feedback will be included in the consultation report being considered by participants of the Ministerial Carers Summit next month, which will then become part of the NSW Carers Strategy.

The Carers Strategy builds upon the work of the previous Minister, Andrew Constance MP who initially put forward the NSW Carers Recognition Bill 2010.The strategy is expected to be finalised and actions put in place by the end of the year.

To view the survey or to provide feedback visit www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au and provide feedback by 28 February 2014.

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