The ISLHD Carer Program helps our health service cater to the needs of carers by providing better access to information, services and support.
We run workshops and information sessions to help carers in their role.
Who is a carer
A carer is a person who regularly provides support to a family member or friend because of illness, disability, mental health issues or frail age. Carers are not paid for this role though they may receive a Centrelink allowance or payment.
Carers are a very diverse group and each caring situation is unique. Caring may involve providing a few hours per week assistance through to sustained 24 hour care. It may also involve balancing work and caring responsibilities.
A carer may provide assistance with a range of activities including; personal care, health care, communication, housework, meal preparation, medication management, transport, social and emotional support, financial management, substitute decision making and other aspects of the person's daily life.