MORE SUPPORT FOR CARERS IN WYNDHAM
Carers in Wyndham will benefit from Victoria’s first whole-of-government strategy which aims to better recognise the important role of carers and provide additional support over the next four years.
Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the Victorian Carer Strategy 2018–22, focused on providing greater access to support groups, financial services and transport, and better identification and help for young carers.
The strategy was launched this week in Parliament by Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley and Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, Gabrielle Williams.
As part of the strategy, the Andrews Labor Government will invest an additional $1.2 million for extra respite, school holiday programs and support for young carers, as well as more support for carers of people with a mental illness.
In 2015, the Australian Unity Wellbeing index found carers have the lowest wellbeing of any large group. They often ignore their own health, and are 40 per cent more likely to have a chronic health condition.
Across Victoria, more than 736,600 carers give their time, effort and love to look after a family member or friend who needs them.
In addition to the significant contribution carers make to their family and their community, the important work they do also provides a $15 billion benefit to the economy every year.
The Victorian Carer Strategy will help give carers more opportunities to be physically and mentally healthy and socially connected, and improve access to education, employment and peer led support programs.
The strategy was developed through extensive consultation with carers and a range of peak bodies and service providers.
Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP
“When carers are supported, they enjoy a better quality of life and have improved health and wellbeing.”
“We have many dedicated carers in Wyndham and this strategy and additional funding will help them to remain connected to their community and continue to do the things they love.”
Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams
“Carers have told us what they need and this important strategy means that over time, all Victorian carers have the support and services they need and want, no matter where they live, or their age.”
“We will be working with education providers to establish proactive and flexible support arrangements so young carers can continue to participate in primary, secondary and tertiary education and training.”