Oct 22, 2020

New research reveals the enormous extent of unpaid care in Victoria

Many find themselves in a situation where a family member or loved one has needed some extra love and care. Whether they fall severely ill, are living with a disability or have developed an age-related condition, stepping up to care for someone you love is often the only decision to make. 

Carers Victoria, the peak body representing unpaid carers across the state, wants people to realise that if you find yourself looking after someone in that situation you are an unpaid carer. 

According to new research conducted by Carers Victoria, it’s estimated that around three million Victorians have provided unpaid care. That means almost half of the state’s population have previously or currently care for someone, and they do it while balancing all the other commitments and responsibilities of life. 

“The thing we want people to understand is that anyone at any time of their life could find themselves becoming a carer to a family member or a friend. Becoming an unpaid carer is something that comes upon us and for most it’s a call they take up willingly, particularly for those close to them,” said a spokesperson at Carers Victoria.

“We want to raise awareness of these amazing people that live among us and pay respect to the complexity this role adds to many relationships. We also want to make sure there is somebody there to care for them. Too often, we find that unpaid carers sacrifice their own health and wellbeing in delivering care for loved ones. Our services mean that unpaid carers can feel supported and take a break when they need top.”

That’s why Carers Victoria has started their new campaign, Truly Incredible Care. The campaign is designed to shine the spotlight on the unsung heroes of Victoria. Those unpaid carers who are volunteering their time and energy to looking after and caring for the people in their lives who need it most. By pledging your support through the Truly Incredible Care campaign website, you can help Carers Victoria continue to support those who are tirelessly supporting others. 

Moana Hope, former AFLW player and sole carer of her sister Vinny, is the campaign ambassador for Truly Incredible Care and is passionate about the cause. 

“I am honoured to be working with Carers Victoria on bringing awareness and support to all the carers out there,” she said. 

Her sister Vinny, who has a rare neurological condition, requires full time care, and Moana decided that was going to be taken care of by her. 

“As a full-time carer myself I know how challenging it can be at times, especially at the moment during this pandemic, and I want other carers to know that there is help and support available for them too,” she said. 

“It’s really important we all show we care about carers and help make sure Carers Victoria has what it needs to back those it’s there for. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a carer or even know anyone who is, by pledging your support you can make a difference. You never know when you might need some help yourself.”

To find out more about the campaign and pledge your support, check out the campaign website at https://trulyincrediblecare.carersvictoria.org.au/ And to find out more about the incredible work Carers Victoria does, head to their website https://www.carersvictoria.org.au/ 

Image courtesy of Carers Victoria.

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