Posted by Steve on October 6, 2010
The Senate has acknowledged the essential role of carers in our community and recognised that more needs to be done to provide them with support, passing a motion proposed by Australian Greens Community Services spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert.
The Senate noted that 17-23 October is National Carer’s Week with the theme, Anyone, Anytime can become a carer, which reflects the indiscriminate nature of the caring role and particularly how it can impact upon people at any life stage.
“There are over 2.6 millions unpaid carers in Australia, who provide essential support to those they care for and who take pressure off our overwhelmed public health system,” Senator Siewert said.
“Carers come from all walks of life, with different needs and experiences. As this year’s theme reflects, anybody can find themselves in this position.
“Without their work, the quality of life of many people would suffer. More should be done to provide carers with the support and assistance they deserve.
“Regardless of their age or life situation, people fill the role of carer out of compassion and love, and the personal impact upon them and their families can not be underestimated,” said Senator Siewert.
“I’m pleased the Senate support this motion acknowledging the work of our carers and importantly understanding that more needs to be done to support the work of carers in our community” concluded Senator Siewert.
National Carers Week will be held from 17-23 October 2010 and this year’s theme is ‘Anyone, Anytime can become a carer’.