Whether on a formal or informal basis, carers make a huge impact in the lives of others. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2015) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, in 2015 there were 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia, with around 856,000 carers (32%) acting as primary carers.

Deloitte Access Economics (2015) The Economic Value of Informal Care in Australia 2015, acknowledges the replacement value of the unpaid care provided in 2015 was $60.3 billion – over $1 billion per week.

The average carer is more than twice as likely to be female and of an average age of 55, although in 2015, 272,000 carers were under the age of 25, which equates to around 1 in 10. Many young people fulfil a unpaid role of carer for their parents, grandparents and siblings.

Carers engage in an active and vital manner in the lives of others, whether they care for someone who is young or older, is a person with disability or an individual who is dealing with a chronic health condition.

Qualified carers work across many settings, including residential care, home and community or in a purpose built facility.

At Corporate First Aid Australia, our aim is to create ‘work ready’ graduates so along with our partners, Silver Chain, Community Home Care, Wattle Hill Care, RSL Care, Opal Bunbury Gardens and Morrissey Homestead, we ensure that our students access a range of high-quality aged care and disability care practicum placements to gain real life experiences as a carer.

Carers Australia in collaboration with HAYYLO, has designed a private online forum to provide a mechanism for all carers who are supporting a person with a disability, to raise concerns, ask for support, or share their stories with other carers.

Anyone can comment, share, post and respond and generally support other carers through this online community.

If you are a carer and interested in becoming a member of the NDIS forum for carers, please send Carers Australia, an email at carers.ndis@carersaustralia.com.au

Say thanks to carers by posting your thoughts at http://www.carersweek.com.au

If you are interested in exploring a formal qualification as a carer, or would like to be recognised for what you already know and do, contact CFAA on 1300 177 337.