Ageing, Disability & Home Care

NSW Carers Strategy Summit: voice of the community heard

31 March 2014

Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka today convened the NSW Carers Strategy Summit to hear from representatives from across the community about how best to support carers in NSW.
“Caring is an issue which touches nearly all of us. One in 10 people at any point in time provide unpaid care and support to others, with 850,000 people across NSW currently providing care,” Mr Ajaka said.
“We are currently developing the NSW Carers Strategy which will underpin the way the government provides support for carers until 2019.
“Today’s summit marks the end of an extensive collaborative process designing this five-year strategy.
“Representatives from government, the community, non-government organisations, and carers themselves are attending today’s summit. 
“Carers make a sizable economic and social contribution to our state through their invaluable work in supporting people with a disability, people with chronic health conditions, dementia and mental illness and frail older people.
“In recognition of the contribution of carers the NSW Government now provides free photo identification cards to carers – delivering on an election commitment and helping them with cost of living.”
Mr Ajaka said the NSW Carers Strategy is due for release later this year.
“The wider NSW community and carers themselves have played an active role in developing this strategy, with 200 people participating in Carers Strategy workshops and more than 2,350 people taking the time out to submit responses to our online survey during the consultation process,” he said.
“Through this consultative process, we have already identified practical steps which will support carers, including developing an employer network to champion better outcomes for carers, and recognising the skills people developed in their role as carers in seeking formal qualifications.
“Advice gathered at today’s summit will be used to help us finalise the NSW Carers Strategy that we will release in the coming months.”

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