Carers

A carer is a person who, through family relationship or friendship, looks after a frail older person or someone with a disability or chronic illness. The Australian Government has a range of programs and initiatives which support carers. For information on these programs and initiatives:
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Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres – a specialised contact point for carers who need a 'helping hand.' The Centres coordinate access to respite services in your local area. There may also be a need for residential respite on a planned or emergency basis to help with carer stress, illness, holidays, or the unavailability of the carer for any reason. Check the website for centre locations and other information.
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Phone 1800 059 059

The Commonwealth Carer Resource Centres are funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and form part of the National Respite for Carers Program. The Commonwealth Carer Resource Centres located in each State and Territory act as a centralised contact point to improve carers ability to gain access to information and advice, counselling and Referral Line.
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See also Carers Australia.
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