People who care for a friend of family member are the unsung heroes of our community. Carers provide a service that would otherwise fall on the health system, providing a $15bn contribution to the Victorian economy alone. Yet they often face enormous challenges. In this episode, we talk to three people with lived experience about what it’s really like to support someone with a complex mental health issue or a disability, and how we can better care for carers.
Resources and further information:
Carer Gateway – An Australian Government service providing help and advice, respite and financial support for carers (phone: 1800 422 737)
Carers Australia - the national peak body representing Australia’s unpaid carers, with branches across Australia (phone: 1800 242 636)
ermha365 – host of the Get Real podcast, ermha365 provides community support for people who are challenged with complex mental health and disability issues (phone: 1300 376 421)