Governor-General launches Carers Week 2014

Posted 14 October 2014 9:12am

The Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General The Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), launched Carers Week today at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, in Sydney.

Carers Australia CEO, Ms Ara Cresswell, noted at the event, “Carers Week is a time when the whole nation can acknowledge and celebrate unpaid carers and the diversity of caring roles being performed by 2.7 million people across Australia.

“This year we’re asking everyone to ‘Take a Break, Raise Your Voice and Support our carers’, who make such a vital contribution to our communities across the length and breadth of Australia.”

As part of National Carers Day, His Excellency, The Governor-General and Her Excellency, Lady Cosgrove, met with carers and the community. By taking a break with carers and the community, Their Excellencies had the opportunity to discuss carers and unpaid caring in Australia.

A wide range of events and activities will be taking place across Australia in support of Carers Week, information on which can be found via the official Carers Week website at The website also details how everyone can get involved, show support and how to access the services and supports available to carers.

There are 2.7 million carers across Australia who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue, or who are frail aged.

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