Gillard Government Support For Carers And Their Families

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17th October 2010, 03:28pm - Views: 966

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Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

17 October 2010


Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler today launched Wellbeing Fiesta carers’

health and wellbeing festival at West Beach in Adelaide.

The festival, run by Carer Support, a South Australian carer association, is one of many

events being held around Australia this week to recognise the valuable role that carers play

in looking after a family member or friend who is unable to look after themselves.

Mr Butler said the Gillard Government was committed to supporting carers through many

programs and initiatives, some of which include:

financial support through a carer payment for people whose caring responsibilities

prevent them from substantial paid employment

reforms in 2009 to make pensions more secure and sustainable

the introduction of an annual Carer Supplement of $600 for eligible recipients of the

Carer Payment and up to $600 for recipients of the Carer Allowance

the National Respite for Carers Program that provides respite care and counselling

and carer information and, if required, assistance for people with their caring duties.

The National Respite for Carers Program helped more than 143,000 people last financial


This included support from 54 Commonwealth Respite and Centrelink Centres, more than

650 community-based respite services and a network of carer associations providing the

National Carer Counselling program.

The Government will provide more than $200 million to the National Respite for Carers

Program during 2010–2011 and is working to make the program more flexible and

responsive to the needs of consumers.

There are also other specialised respite care programs that help young carers complete

secondary education and families carers and families of people with mental illness,

psychiatric disability and/or intellectual disability to access flexible respite and support


Mr Butler will launch National Carers Week at Old Parliament House in Canberra tomorrow.

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