It’s National Carers Week – a time to celebrate and recognise the 2.7 million unpaid Australian carers. Carers not only contribute to our community but they make a huge impact on our national economy. In fact, according to the National Carers Week website, “Should all carers decide to stop performing their caring role, it would cost the country $60.3 billion per year to replace those supports – that’s over $1 billion per week.”
National Carers Week provides a chance to show your appreciation and learn about carers and caring in Australia. You can get involved in the various events happening this week, or read stories from a variety of carers.
Here at Cancer Advisor we have also collected a range of resources on being a carer of a child with cancer including:
- Caring for yourself by the Cancer Council Victoria – a website with information on self-care when you are also a carer.
- Centrelink’s Carer Adjustment Payment is a one off payment if your child under seven gets a severe illness or has a major disability.
- Cancer affects the carer too – a podcast looking at the role of carers and the stress they might experience from Cancer Council NSW. This podcast is targeted at adults diagnosed with cancer but may be useful to anyone supporting someone with cancer.
- Caring for a cancer survivor – Tips for coping is a factsheet from the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre and the Peter MacCullum Cancer Centre.
- Caring for a son with cancer is a New York Times documentary that follows the story of Regina Hensley and her son Andrew who dies from an aggressive form of cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma.
However, we are always looking for more content and resources on being a carer. Share your own story or recommend a resource.
- National Carers Week is an initiative of Carers Australia, with primary activities funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS).