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National Carers Week 15-21 October 2017

Australia counts on carers, and National Carers Week, which runs from 15th to 21st  October 2017, is a time to celebrate and recognise the 2.7 million Australians who provide care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, or who is frail aged.

The theme for this year’s National Carers Week celebrations is ‘Carers Count.’ Carers make an enormous contribution to those they care for and to our local communities. Carers also make a significant contribution to our economy. In 2015 the replacement value of unpaid care was over $1 billion per week.

To find out where you can show your support for our incredible carers at an even near you, visit

Caring for our Carers
According to beyondblue, it’s important for people who are supporting or caring for someone to look after themselves, both physically and emotionally.

They need to stay strong and reliable, not only for the person they’re looking after, but also for themselves. However, the constant, sometimes overwhelming, nature of being a carer can put a person at greater risk of developing depression.

The beyondblue guide for carers is a booklet developed by carers, for carers. Based on personal stories and experiences, the guide offers helpful advice and tips about caring for others and caring for yourself too. It also looks at understanding your feelings and the impact a mental health condition can have on you, your family and friends.

The guide covers:

  • how to get through the tough times
  • what worked (and what didn’t)
  • how to overcome a range of difficulties
  • how to support the person with the illness
  • how to access support for carers.

In addition, the beyondblue DVD Carers’ Stories of Hope and Recovery features interviews with people who care for, or support, a friend or relative with depression, anxiety or a related condition. You can watch the interviews online.

For other Gold Coast events and activities visit the Gold Coast Primary Health Network’s website:

PIR is a Federally funded program. Other consortia members include Gold Coast Health and Mental Health Association QLD