I am a CALD Carer

Help for carers and people looking after someone who needs help

Who and what is a carer?

A “carer” is someone who provides support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or someone of s aged and frail and needs help from someone else in their family or the community. 

Anyone can be a carer. Carers come from all walks of life, cultural backgrounds and age groups. They may be husbands or wives, partners, parents, sons or daughters, siblings, friends, nieces or nephews, or even neighbours or members of your community.

To be identified as a carer in Australia:

  • You do not need to live with the person you care for
  • You do not need to be the main source of care and support
  • You do not have to provide care every day, or over many years
  • You do not have to receive the Carer Payment or Carer Allowance from Centrelink

The way in which someone becomes a carer varies and happens for different reasons. Sometimes it happens gradually - helping out more and more as a person's health and independence deteriorates over time. It may also happen very suddenly, after a health crisis (like a stroke or heart attack) or an accident. 

Sometimes the role of becoming a carer isn’t by choice but by circumstances. The role and expectation of caring may be different in other families or cultures. Even in large families the responsibility of providing care often falls to one person rather than being shared. In other situations, there may be two or more people taking on the caring role. In many CALD communities, culture and tradition may place expectations of certain members or people which require them to take on board the caring role and that it is their duty and responsibility.  

Each carer is special and have taken on the role for different reasons.

If you are a carer, support is available for you to help you in your caring role.

It is always important to remember that it is ok to ask for help. Across NSW there are over 857,200 carers, that is 12 per cent of the NSW population. There are 2.7 million carers Australia-wide. (Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2012). 

The Australian Government recognizes the valuable role of carers across Australia and sees their hard work as an asset and support to their family and their community. As a result, a number of services and assistance have been set up to help you in your caring role. 

Where can I go to get help?

Carers NSW is an organisation which focuses on improving the lives of carers. They recognize that carers work hard and make a valuable contribution to our vulnerable people. They need to be recognized and provided practical, financial and emotional support.

To find out how Carers NSW can help you, contact:

Carers NSW
Telephone 9280 4744
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm
Email:    [email protected]
Website: www.carersnsw.org.au
 
Translated materials and bilingual resources are also available on the Carers NSW website.
http://www.carerlifecourse.com.au/resources/CALD.html
 
(Information for this website have been extracted from the Carers NSW website www.carersnsw.org.au)