Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

12 October 2018

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Disability Services and Community Development

Carers Week 2018

Carers Week 2018 is an appropriate time to thank and pay tribute to all our hard working and dedicated carers in Tasmania.

Running from October 14-20, Carers Week recognises and celebrates the important role that care-givers play in ensuring that loved ones are provided with the support they need to improve their quality of life.

This year’s theme is ‘Why We Care’, and is an opportunity to hear personal stories and testimonies from carers within the community.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is supporting our dedicated carers through the Tasmanian Carer Action plan 2017-2020, which sets our 22 initiatives that will:

  • increase the recognition of carers;
  • improve the level of support and services they receive; and
  • better involve them in developing and evaluating polices, programs and services that affect them.

We have also made Carers Tasmania a peak body for the first time, and substantially increased their funding in recognition of the important role they play along with Mental Health Carers Tasmania.

In Tasmania alone, there are an estimated 84,000 people in caring roles, and we acknowledge and thank them for the sacrifices that they make in caring for their loved ones and in building our community.

I also thank and commend the staff and volunteers of Carers Tasmania and Mental Health Carers Tasmania for co-ordinating the Carers Week program this year and working hard every day to further improve the lives of Tasmanian Carers.

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