Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Minister marks national Carers Week

    18/10/2012 12:00 AM
    • Australia’s celebration of carers, held from October 14-20
    • Minister pays tribute to WA’s 310,000 carers
    Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney this morning marked national Carers Week by paying tribute to Western Australia’s 310,000 carers.

    Opening the 2012 Carers Expo, Mrs McSweeney said caring responsibilities were becoming a reality for more West Australians.

    “It is highly likely all of us know someone who is a carer, whether they are caring for an elderly relative, a disabled child or a family member with a mental illness,” she said.

    “Many carers don’t identify themselves as a carer, rather they see the role they are undertaking as part of their every day lives.  The State Government is proud to provide practical support for carers and recognise the dedicated work they do.”

    Today’s expo is hosted by not-for-profit Carers WA, which offers support and services to the State’s carers,  and aims to bring together a range of services, support and information specific to them at the event.

    The Liberal-National Government recently announced one-off funding of $150,000 to Carers WA to raise awareness of carers issues, in addition to the $780,000 already committed to the peak body carers’ organisation.

    The Government, through the Department for Communities, has also provided $10,000 for the Carer Awareness, Recognition and Education project, specifically for the young carers’ family event at SciTech to be held this Saturday.   About 300 young carers and their families will take time out from their responsibilities and have free-run at SciTech’s exhibits and live shows.

          Fact File
    • More than 2.9 million Australians provide help and support to a family member/friend
    • Saves the Australian community more than $40billion per year
    • Two-thirds of carers are women
    • Most carers provide care for a parent, partner, child or friend

    Minister's office - 6552 6500


    Pictured: Minister McSweeney and Carers WA chief executive Paul Coates at the opening of Carers Expo in Cannington.