More support for carers in the Wheatbelt
Posted on Tuesday, 27 January 2004
Carers of frail aged people in the Wheatbelt area will benefit from a new Australian Government-funded program launched by the Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, and the Federal Member for Pearce, Judi Moylan, in Northam today.
Ms Bishop said the Australian Government would provide $2.3 million this year for the National Carer Counselling Program, to fund qualified counselling services to help carers across the country cope in their role of caring, such as stress and bereavement.
Western Australia will receive $234,000 under the program, which will be managed by Carers WA and operated through the Commonwealth Carer Resource Centre.
“Committed carers play a pivotal role in helping frail older people to remain in their own home for longer, as they wish to do,” Ms Bishop said.
“The role of carer can be very demanding and carers may feel isolated and be unaware of the support available to them.
“Through the National Carers Counselling Program, the Australian Government is ensuring that Western Australian carers, no matter where they live, have access to the support and services they need,” Ms Bishop said.
Ms Moylan said the National Carer Counselling Program in Western Australia had secured counselling services in metropolitan and regional areas around the state.
“It is essential that carers in Northam and the wider Wheatbelt area receive all the support we can provide,” Ms Moylan said.
“I congratulate Wheatbelt Support Services for being awarded the contract to provide these much needed services to our local community, and the Minister for recognising the need for ongoing support for our carers.”
For more information about the National Carer Counselling Program, carers should call the Commonwealth Carer Resource Centre on 1800 242 636. Wheatbelt Support Services are located at 100 Wellington St Northam. Other carer support services and information are also available through the coastal and Wheatbelt Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre, 88 Wellington St, Northam (1800 059 059), and the Wheatbelt Commonwealth Carelink Centre, 80 Fitzgerald St, Northam (1800 052 222).