Carers are integral to ensuring the quality of life and independence of frail, older people.
In recognition of the vital role that carers play in supporting frail, older people to remain living at home and in the community, the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) will support the care relationship through contributing funding towards a range of planned respite services delivered to frail, older people.
An integrated plan for Carers Support Services is being developed to reflect the Australian Government's priorities for carers, and outlines actions to recognise, support and sustain the vital work of unpaid carers. The Plan includes the Carer Gateway and can be located on the Department of Social Services website.
The Carers Recognition Act 2012 sets out principles that recognise and support people in care relationships and includes obligations for State Government, Councils, and organisations that support people in care relationships. Moorabool Shire Council meets its obligations
• Carers and families are treated with respect and dignity;
• Carers and families receive a timely response;
• Carers and families feel empowered and
we strengthen our relationships with carers over time;
• Approach is individualised, flexible and
• Carers and families are well informed of
their role and rights;
• Most important is their right to be involved.
Moorabool Shire Council adheres to these policies by:
• Distributing information about the Act and
the Charter to carers, and making copies
of the Charter available to people.
• Including information about the Act and
Charter in existing information kits.
• Putting the Act and Charter poster on
notice boards and information in reception
• Using networks such as organisational or
carer support groups and programs, to
promote the Act and Charter.
• Including the Act and Charter, or making
presentations on them, at forums and
other events such as local community
• Putting information about the Act
and Charter in media promotions or
community awareness strategies such as
Carers Week, National Child Protection
Week, International Day of People with
Disability, Mental Health Week, World
Alzheimer’s Day, Dementia Awareness
Week, and Seniors Week.
• Reviewing principles, values, ethics,
and policies, and consider how they can
be aligned with the Act and Charter, for
example check that our human resource
policies support carers to balance work
and their role of carer, by including carers
leave and flexible working conditions, and
scheduling regular meetings at a time a
carer can attend.