25 May 2009

New report on better support for carers

Inquiry into better support for carers
House of Representatives Family Committee: 1 May 2009
The House of Representatives Family Committee has released its report ‘Who Cares ...?’ The committee supports more options for carers who want to manage the purchase of services themselves, including self-managed individualised funding packages.

It has also recommended:

  • a national education campaign to increase community awareness of the needs of carers
  • a national strategy to address the skills and training needs of carers
  • increased access to case management services for carers
  • strengthening options for flexible working arrangements for carers
  • supporting carers to find suitable employment after a period of absence
  • extension of preventative health care initiatives to include carers
  • more counselling services for carers and their families

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