Carers - partnering with you
SA Health is committed to improving the way we partner with carers. Through the Carers Recognition Act 2005 the South Australian Government recognises the roles and rights of carers.
Carers play an important role to provide care and support their loved ones. More than 219,000 South Australians provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or who is frail aged.
SA Health is partnering with Carers SA and recognises the importance of carers through a commitment to ensuring better carer engagement in shared decision making in our health care services.
Together we have developed the SA Health Partnering with Carers Strategic Action plan, with key features of the action plan including:
- Partnering with Carers Policy Directive
- Carer engagement opportunities to provide feedback on policies and guidelines which affect carers in health services
- Carer experience forums are scheduled to enable carers to share their experience in health care services
- Raising staff awareness including education and training on the importance of carers involvement as a partner in health care.
Anyone, anytime can be a carer
Are you looking after a family member or a friend? Anyone, anytime can be a carer.
Family carers come from all walks of life. They can be: of any age, from any culture, male or female, employed or not, living in the city or the country.
Carers SA has a key role in leading change and empowering family carers to participate in a partnership with government and the health and community sectors for the provision of better services to improve the conditions under which family carers work and to increase the recognition of the contribution of family carers to the South Australian community.
Carers SA is here to support and empower carers who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, drug or alcohol issue, or who are frail.
Services provided include:
- Advisory and counselling
- Education and training
- Respite support
- Carer support.