The Victorian Government has engaged Carers Victoria to work in partnership to develop the first Victorian Carer Statement which will outline how we can best support and recognise unpaid carers.
They are working together to gather the views of carers, in metropolitan and regional areas, small towns and large.
They want to know what works best in existing services and supports, and what could be improved - they want to learn more about service gaps and how the government can fix them. Up until now, carers’ contact with the service system may have been through the person for whom they care - the Statement will be an important step towards recognising the role of carers, in their own right.
Through the development of a Victorian Carer Statement, Carers Victoria would like to see a longer term, whole of government, Victorian Carer Strategy which aligns with other Victorian 10 and 20 year Health and Wellbeing Plans.
Unpaid, mostly family carers provide about 74 per cent of support to people with care needs and deserve to be heard.
There are a number of ways to get involved in this exciting project.
- Online survey
- Carer consultations and focus groups: Carers can also attend a consultation or focus group. These will be held in Melbourne, Mildura, Sale, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Warrnambool, Geelong and Horsham. We are also holding specific focus groups with people in care relationships who are from diverse backgrounds. Numbers are limited to 30 carers for the consultations, so register early.
- Peak bodies, carer consultations and service providers: On Thursday, 11 May, Carers Victoria will host a morning consultation for representatives of peak bodies and carer support agencies and an afternoon consultation for service providers. These consultations will be held at the William Angliss Centre in Melbourne. Register at: www.carersvictoria.org.au
- Created: 21 March 2017
- Last revision date: Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:29