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Check out the new Carer Gateway monthly update! Find out what the team has been up to and what's coming up.
You can register for activities and find out how to connect to FREE support.
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The Australian Government is investing $550 million into services for carers.
selectability is a consortium partner as part of the Carer Gateway, delivering emergency respite and counselling to carers across regional Queensland.
If you support a family member or friend who has a disability, mental health condition, chronic health condition, terminal illness, or is frail aged, then these free services are for you.
Other organisations in the consortium are Dementia Australia, Little Dreamers, North and West Remote Health and Wellways.
Am I a carer?
Carers are people who look after someone who needs help with their day-to-day living.
There are more than 2.65 million carers in Australia- which means about 1 in 11 people in Australia are carers.
People become carers in different ways. Sometimes they start helping someone out bit by bit. Sometimes it happens suddenly, because of an accident or illness.
Carers can be any age. Children and young adults (under 25 years of age) are called young carers. There are more than 235,000 young carers in Australia. If you are a young carer, you may be able to get special help and support.
The definition for carer (under the Australian Government Carer Recognition Act 2010) is someone who gives care and support to a relative or friend who:
- has a disability
- has a medical condition (terminal or chronic illness)
- has a mental illness
- is frail because they are old (known as ‘frail and aged’)
Our Carer Gateway services
If you are feeling stressed, anxious, sad or frustrated, a counsellor can talk with you either in person or over the phone in the comfort of your own home.
In-person and online peer support
You might like to meet with people like you who care for someone and share stories, knowledge and experience.
You can talk to a professional coach to reflect on your experience and needs, identify personal goals and create a plan to reach these goals.
If you get sick or hurt and you cannot look after someone, emergency respite services can help you. Service providers will find ways to look after the person you care for while you have a break. Planned respite care can also help you plan for regular breaks to rest and recharge.
Register your interest
If you are interested in finding out more about the Carer Gateway services on offer email firstname.lastname@example.org
selectability acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we provide services and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge those with lived experience and those who support and partner with us to improve mental wellbeing and prevent suicide across regional Queensland.