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Supporting Tasmanians who Support Tasmanians

Thu 17 October 2013

Cassy O'Connor

Minister for Community Development

The Tasmanian Government is funding a Carers Advisory Council to give the state’s 66,000 carers a stronger voice.

The Community Development Minister, Cassy O’Connor, said the Government is investing $150,000 over three years to improve conditions and communication for some of Tasmania’s most valued citizens.

“Tasmania is home to more than 66,000 carers providing unpaid and dedicated support for family members or friends,” Ms O’Connor said.

“The contribution our carers make to the wellbeing of our community is beyond easy measure. It’s simply enormous and we all need to recognise this contribution.

“Frankly, these people are heroes who reflect the best of human nature – love, compassion, sacrifice and duty.

“They include ageing parents looking after adult children, children looking after parents, and grandparents who are now the primary carers of their grandchildren, for a range of reasons.

“Caring for loved ones can be rewarding, but also involves personal and financial costs.

“It’s vital to help carers get the information and support they need, and give them a strong voice on crucial issues. That’s what the new Advisory Council is all about,” she said.

The Tasmanian Carer Policy and Action Plan will formally acknowledge and raise awareness of the major social and economic contribution of carers in our community. It’ll set out key principles for supporting carers.

Ms O’Connor acknowledged the outstanding support and advocacy work of groups that support carers in their vital role.

The plan has four key priorities:

• Recognition and respect for carers.

• Information and support for carers.

• Carer participation in the decision-making process.

• Developing organisational skills and knowledge.

Carers Tasmania will establish the Advisory Council as part of the Tasmanian Carer Policy 2013, and Tasmanian Carer Action Plan 2013-2018, launched today.

There are copies of the Tasmanian Carer Policy 2013 and Tasmanian Carer Action Plan 2013-2018 at