With an estimated 30,000 carers in the Northern Territory, nearly everyone knows someone who’s a carer or relies on one, and it’s inevitable that each of us will be a carer at some stage of our life.
This year for National Carers Week, Carers NT is asking the community to “Tell Us Your Story” detailing why it is you care. If you are not in a caring role yourself, explain why you think unpaid carers should be supported.
National Carers Week is recognised from 14 – 20 October and in the Northern Territory Carers NT hold a range of events to create greater awareness about who carers are, what they do and how valuable their contribution is to our society.
National Carers Week events include:
- Free Family Fun Days simultaneously in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs on Sunday 14 October at Leanyer Aquatic Park, Katherine Aquatic Centre and Alice Springs Aquatic Leisure Centre
- The 2018 Carer Friendly Business Awards – held at Parliament House on Monday 15 October. These Awards recognise outstanding service by a business or individual who has made a positive impact to someone in their caring role.
- Free sausage sizzle and information stand - Royal Darwin Hospital on Tuesday 16 October
- Information stand - Palmerston Regional Hospital on Wednesday 17 October
- Care for a Cuppa - Palmerston Library on Wednesday 17 October
- Carers NT Quiz Night - Trailer Boat Club, on Thursday 18 October
Carers NT Chief Executive Steve Vitone explained that carers often go unrecognised for the enormous contribution they provide for loved ones, family members and the broader community.
“If all carers stopped caring, it would cost the country $60.3 billion per year to replace those supports – that equates to more than $1 billion per week or 3.8% of Gross Domestic Product,” he said.
“National Carers Week is dedicated to supporting carers and educating the community about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.”
“We encourage all Territorians to show they care by hosting an event, attending one of our events or going online to “Tell Your Story” at http://www.carersweek.com.au/tell-us-why-you-care/
“By collating authentic stories of unpaid caring in the Territory and messages of support for carers, we can raise awareness among all Territorians, demonstrate community support and help build a carer-friendly NT.”
Nobody plans to become a carer, however, the birth of a child with a disability; an injury due to an accident or trauma; the onset of a chronic or mental illness; or the development of frailty means that anyone could become a carer at any time.
Carers NT will promote community events through their website and social media channels. For more information go to: carersnt.asn.au/events/national-carers-week/