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Supporting Carers IN Penrith: Launch Of Nsw Carers Strategy

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Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today welcomed the launch of the NSW Carers Strategy which is set to benefit more than 850,000 carers across the state, including carers in Penrith.

“The NSW Carers Strategy puts in place initiatives and programs to support the state’s carers,” Stuart Ayres said.  

“Planning for the strategy was a collaborative effort involving carers and is a result of what they said they needed most. 

“Carers often put their lives on hold to support some of the most vulnerable people in our community, and it is important have plans in place to support their vital role in enhancing the health and wellbeing of others,” said Stuart Ayres.

“Nearly one in ten people, about 850,000 in our state, including in Penrith, are looking after a family member or a friend who has a disability, mental illness, chronic health condition or frail aged.

“Around 100,000 are young carers aged under 25, the equivalent of about one in every classroom of NSW.

“One of the key features in the strategy is the new young carer app being developed by young carers themselves which creates an accessible tool for young carers to self-identify and access supports. 

“Another important initiative in the strategy is the development and promotion of culturally appropriate resources for Aboriginal carers developed in conjunction with local Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal Affairs.

“Carers play an invaluable role and make an enormous contribution to our economic success.

“In 2010 it was estimated that without carers it would cost taxpayers around $40 billion to replace the unpaid work they provide.

“This strategy puts in place supports and care for our carers, and offers them the recognition they truly deserve.”

The strategy mainly focuses on:

employment and education;

  • carer health and well-being;
  • information and community awareness;
  • carer engagement; and
  • improving the evidence base.

This shared agenda will be implemented across government in partnership with the community, private sector and non-government organisations.

“The NSW Government will now work closely with its key partners, Carers NSW and the Ministry of Health to deliver sixteen projects earmarked in the Strategy over the next five years, which includes the app development for young carers.” Stuart Ayres said.  

“The dedication of carers is admirable and I express my gratitude to all carers for the important work they continue to do on a daily basis within our community,” added Stuart Ayres

 

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