Show you care by hosting or attending an event
We’re asking everyone to get involved in National Carers Week by attending or hosting a National Carers Week event. This can be a morning tea, afternoon tea, a walk or some other activity.
Due to COVID-19 it may be better for some people to attend events online. For this reason, we are encouraging event organisers to support online attendance via video-calling.
Share your story as a carer
If you’re a carer, you can share your caring story – the more we share, the louder our voice will be! Imagine the impact if we had a personal story for every one of Australia’s 2.65 million carers.
Ideas for Getting Involved
Check out some of our ideas on how you can get involved with National Carers Week and show your support of Australia’s 2.65 million carers.
As an individual
When individuals show their support, it can make a great collective difference. By raising awareness as an individual, you can help to increase recognition of carers. This National Carers Week:
- Spread the word about National Carers Week on social media
- Host or attend an event
- Download and display one of our posters around your community or in your workplace
- Ask your local MP to publicly support National Carers Week
As a politician
Elected representatives have a fantastic reach among local communities and the wider population. The decisions politicians make can go a long way to helping carers in their constituency. As a politician, this National Carers Week you can:
- Host or attend an event
- Download and display one of our posters
- Show your support with regular posts on social media
- Use your constituency meetings to advertise the available services and supports for carers
- Raise carers’ concerns at all levels of debate
- Share any caring experiences you may have had
As a GP clinic
General Practitioners have a large amount of exposure to carers and those they care for. A GP clinic is therefore an ideal place to raise awareness of and promote National Carers Week. This National Carers Week, GPs can:
- Encourage carer identification by displaying information in your surgery about carers and the supports and services available
- Include carer information on your brochure display board
- Note on patient records whether they are caring for someone or have someone caring for them, so you can check how they are managing and if they need support or services to help them
As a hospital
Many patients in hospitals will at some point be cared for by a relative or friend. By supporting carers as part of the overall care team, the patient themselves becomes better supported. During National Carers Week there are many things hospitals can do to become more carer-friendly:
- Set-up information portals to connect carers and families to available supports and services
- Ensure that staff are aware of carers and their issues, as part of the care team
- Ensure that family members are provided with the correct information and advice on how to care safely
- Introduce carer-friendly policies in the workplace, such as allowing some carers to spend time with the person for they care for outside of visiting hours, or providing them with discounted parking
- Involve carers in decisions about their loved ones’ care, including discharge planning if the patient agrees
- Connect carers to their local carers organisation for further support services
As a pharmacy
Pharmacies and community health services often have a greater interaction with carers compared to other service providers. You can take advantage of this contact by:
- Encouraging carer-identification by displaying information on carers and the supports available in the form of carer brochures and National Carers Week posters
- Advertising the availability of local carer supports and services and other information on your website
- Advising and assisting carers on the administration of medication and potential side effects
- Offering a medication review, with permission from the patient
As a community group
There is a high probability that you will have carers within your community group, particularly if your group has a lot of older people or women. Many people with caring responsibilities don’t think of themselves as carers and often miss out on services and supports as a result. This National Carers Week:
- Invite a carer or someone who works with carers to speak about caring at your next meeting
- If you are a carer, you might like to talk about caring for relatives and friends at one of your meetings
- Have brochures on caring available at your next meeting and display posters celebrating National Carers Week
- Email links to information and supports to your group members
- Check to see if any members of your group are carers – they may have difficulty attending meetings due to transport arrangements or scheduling. See how you can help them – offer a lift there or back, or look at changing the meeting schedules.
As a local business
If you run a local business, there is plenty you can do to help carers during National Carers Week:
- If possible, make adjustments to ensure your business is accessible to people with disability. This will help improve carers’ lives.
- Display posters for National Carers Week and, if possible, have some brochures available for clients/customers
- Advertise your carer-friendly benefits, such as home delivery, flexible appointment times, or free or discounted entry or parking if the carer is with the person they care for
As a school
Colleges, schools and universities can identify young people and adults with caring responsibilities. Carers can be any age. All levels of education and training, from primary school to secondary and tertiary education, have important roles to play in carers’ lives. If you are a teacher, lecturer or professor, this National Carers Week:
- Take steps to find out what you can do to identify students who have a caring responsibility and support them to get the help they need to ensure their studies are not affected
- Ensure staff are aware of the age-appropriate supports available to students who have caring responsibilities
- Provide flexibility with internal deadlines and timetables
- Offer remote access (such as attending a class via video call) or distance learning where possible
- Display posters for National Carers Week and, if possible, have some brochures available for students
- Check out the Young Carers Network for more resources to help young carers
As an employer
In Australia, there are many employees who combine paid work with caring for someone with disability, mental health condition, chronic condition or terminal illness or someone who is frail aged.
Providing specific workplace arrangements for unpaid carers has significant benefits for employers, including staff retention, improved productivity and job satisfaction of employees, which in turn reduces recruitment and training costs. Flexible workplace provisions which allow employees to combine paid work with an unpaid caring role is essential to enable businesses to foster a productive, efficient and effective workforce.
You can find out more at the Carers Australia website or visit the Carers + Employers website to learn about a program which defines best practice standards for supporting staff with caring responsibilities. Organisations that meet these standards can be recognised as an ‘Accredited Carer Employer’, enabling them to embed innovative strategies across their organisation.