This year’s theme for Multicultural Health Week (5–11 September) is ‘Caring for Carers: Supporting people who look after someone’.
Apart from the ones in English, brochures on ‘Caring for Carers’ in Hindi have been developed to promote multicultural health week and help Hindi speaking carers access services and resources.
A multilingual video ‘I am a Carer’ has also been developed to raise awareness about the important role of carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS6sgGnaXXg&feature=youtu.be.
A carer is someone who looks after a family member or friend with disability, mental illness, drug and/or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail or aged.
Working carers are people who are in paid employment and also look after a relative or friend who is ill, frail, with disability or is ageing. They can work full-time, part-time, casually or manage their own business. The Working Carers Gateway is a website that offers a variety of resources and information to support your role as a working carer. Visit www.workingcarers.org.au.
Young carers are children or young people up to 25 years of age, who help look after a parent, a sibling, a child or a grandparent, or even other relatives or a friend with disability, mental illness, drug and/or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail aged.
Carers NSW (www.carersnsw.org.au) is a non-government organisation that supports and advocates for all carers in NSW and provides referral to services, information and resources for carers and carer support groups, emotional support.
Among the resources for carers are My Aged Care (www.myagedcare.gov.au), a new contact centre for older people, as well as their families and carers to access aged care services. The service provides information about different types of aged care services, costing and eligibility
Carer Gateway (www.carergateway.gov.au) is a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. The interactive service finder helps carers connect to local support services.
For more information visit the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mhcsnsw/.