Anyone can be a carer.
Yet many don’t see themselves as carers. Instead, they are a partner, child, parent, relative or friends of someone close to them they care for.
Every situation is different.
There are more than 2.65 million carers in Australia, which means approximately 1 in 11 people in Australia are carers.
Who Are Carers?
Carers are people who provide unpaid support to someone who needs help with their day-to-day living, be it full-time or occasionally.
The Western Australian Carers Recognition Act 2004 defines a care as “a person who provides ongoing care, support and assistance to a person with disability, a chronic illness (which includes mental illness) or who is frail, without receiving a salary or wage for the care they provide”.
Caring may include providing support with daily activities including physical and personal care such as lifting, showering, feeding, medication management or providing transport.
Carers can provide support with daily activities such as preparing meals, housework, bathing, dressing and taking medication. They can also provide valuable emotional and social support.
You might not be the only person who cares for someone and you might not provide care every day. Every situation is different.
Approximately 230,000 Western Australians provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who requires help due to illness, disability or frail age.
You are not considered to be a carer if you are employed to look after someone, if you work as a volunteer for an organisation, or if you are doing work experience as part of a course.
Carer Support Services with MIFWA
At MIFWA, we aim to provide mutual peer support, promote resilience and coping skills, and increase understanding of your caring role.
We provide one to one support, social and support groups for carers supporting people with mental ill-health, as well as information, training and workshops.
You are not alone.
Click here to read lived-experience stories from people who have been in a caring role for a family member or friend living with a mental ill-health.
A Carer Friendly Workforce
As an employer who recognises the benefits of supporting carers in the workplace, MIFWA is an endorsed Carer Friendly Workplace.