Who is a Carer?

A Carer is an individual who provides care and assistance to another person, usually in a regular and sustained manner, to someone with an illness or disability. This can include frail older people, people with disabilities, people with mental illness, people with alcohol or other drug dependency, people with dementia, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people with a chronic or terminal illness such as cancer.

Different types of carers

Carers are all different - they come from all cultural backgrounds, can be of any age or gender. Caring may involve a few hours assistance per week through to sustained 24 hour care 7days/week. It may also involve balancing paid work, volunteer work or studies with caring responsibilities.

Click below in the appropriate group of carers for more information:

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Carers Ageing Carers
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Background (CALD) Carers
Carers of people with a mental illness

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) Carers

Working Carers 

Young Carers


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