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Ageing and Disability

Carers by Justin Healey
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Currently around 2.9 million Australians provide unpaid help and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is aged and frail. Carers are a key but often unacknowledged part of Australia’s health system. The annual replacement value of care was estimated in 2010 to be over $40 billion. Carers come from all walks of life, and spend on average about 40 hours per week providing care for many of the most vulnerable people in our community. At some stage in our lives, most of us will be, or need, a carer. Caring can be personally rewarding, but it is also a role with many demands and challenges, including financial hardship, strains on health and wellbeing, social isolation and career disadvantage. This book looks at the invaluable role of the people providing informal aged and disability care in Australia, and explains the latest government initiatives aimed at supporting caregivers and those they care for. Isn’t it time we all cared about the carers? Also includes: Worksheets and activities ; Fast facts ; Glossary ; Web links ; Index. Sources of information: Titles in the ‘Issues in Society’ series are individual resource books which provide an overview on a specific subject comprised of facts and opinions. The information in this resource book is not from any single author, publication or organisation. The unique value of the ‘Issues in Society’ series lies in its diversity of content and perspectives. The content comes from a wide variety of sources and includes: Newspaper reports and opinion pieces ; Website fact sheets ; Magazine and journal articles ; Statistics and surveys ; Government reports ; Literature from special interest groups.
The Spinney Press; April 2012
65 pages; ISBN 9781921507809
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Title: Carers
Author: Justin Healey