Carers' chance to have a say

Carer Wellbeing Survey seeks your input

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SPEAK UP: Carers can have their say to help improve supports and services. Photo: Shutterstock

SPEAK UP: Carers can have their say to help improve supports and services. Photo: Shutterstock

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The Carer Wellbeing Survey aims to help researchers and advocates plan to better support carers.

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The second national Carer Wellbeing Survey is now open.

The survey aims to help researchers and advocates plan to better support the wellbeing of carers to ensure they have a high quality of life while providing quality of life to the people they care for.

It is open to anyone aged over 16 who identifies as a carer - either currently caring or who has been a carer in the past.

A carer is a person who looks after someone who has a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, dementia, terminal or serious illness; or who is frail or needs care due to ageing. Caring is not their employment, but done as a family member or friend.

The survey asks carers to share their experiences of being a carer and the support services they use, including the Carer Gateway. It will take 10-30 minutes to complete, depending on how many questions carers choose to answer.

Information from the survey will be used by Carers Australia to support its work advocating for carers, and by the Department of Social Services to determine whether the new Carer Gateway service is appropriately reaching carers.

The survey was designed in collaboration between the University of Canberra - Health Research Institute, the Department of Social Services, and Carers Australia.

If you have questions about the survey, you can call the research team on 1800-981-499 or Carers Australia on (02) 6122-9900.

For more information or to complete the survey, click HERE

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