Authors: Silvia Tedeski, Leanne Franklin and Margaret Jones, NSW
Event: 2014 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings 2014, carer support service, carers
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Macarthur region is an area of great social disadvantage, including economic disadvantage, high rates of unemployment and low education attainment levels. Additionally, carers miss out on social relationships including those associated with work, recreation and leisure, which leaves them feeling isolated. Carers are more likely to have little face to face contact with friends and relatives outside the household and to suffer greater financial disadvantage - the average income of carers is 25% lower (ABS 2004). A national survey of carers revealed carers have the lowest level of wellbeing of any Australian group. Over half reported some level of depression and more than one third experiencing extreme or severe stress.