National Carers Week, which runs from October 15-21, is a time to celebrate and recognise the 2.7 million Australians and Kangaroo Island community members who provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend.

National Carers Week Ambassador: Actor Aaron Pederson (left) who cares for his brother, Vinnie (right). Photo: Supplied.
National Carers Week Ambassador: Actor Aaron Pederson (left) who cares for his brother, Vinnie (right). Photo: Supplied.

Australia counts on Carers, and National Carers Week, which runs from October 15-21, is a time to celebrate and recognise the 2.7 million Australians who provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, or who is frail aged.

Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy. 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.

David Militz, Carers SA CEO, said, “If carers were not there to provide this support, the impact on the various sectors, such as aged care, disability, health, mental health would be enormous. Carers are vital and National Carers Week provides a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge these very important people.”

Carers SA Kangaroo Island will be celebrating the amazing support family Carers provide by hosting ‘Take a Break’ afternoon teas at:

American River Hall Tuesday October 17, 1-3pm. Community members welcome.

Junction Community Centre, 16 Telegraph Road, Kingscote on Wednesday October 18, 1.30-3pm.

Sue Tucker, Regional Team Leader said, “National Carers Week is a fantastic way to say thanks to unpaid Carers and show them they count. We want to also celebrate the diversity of Carers and caring roles – we want the general population to understand more about Australian unpaid Carers.”

Carers SA Kangaroo Island will also be hosting a Carer Forum and luncheon on Thursday October 26 at the Aurora Ozone Hotel in the Seal Bay Room.

The forum theme of ‘Accessing Aged Care Services’ will help people understand how the My Aged Care system works and provide family Carers the opportunity to hear from guest speakers from Country Connect Community Health Cook Centre, KIHS Residential Care.

Bookings are essential for Kingscote afternoon tea and Aged Care Forum and can be made by phoning the Carers SA Kangaroo Island: 0477 004 639.