Millions of Reasons to Care

 

Carers are an essential part of our health system. Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative, and community care systems. 1-in-8 Australians provide unpaid support to a family member or friend and the replacement cost of the care they provide is almost $1.5 billion per week.

These are some of the reasons why National Carers Week is so important. National Carers Week 2021 runs from 10 -16 October and is a chance to recognise, celebrate and thank Australia’s unpaid carers for the incredible work they do. This year’s theme is ‘Millions of Reasons to Care’ which aims to bring attention to the 2.65 million carers around the country.

Care For The Carer

 

Carers do an amazing job and even more so throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, going above and beyond to ensure the safety of those they care for. Even with easing restrictions, the pressure will continue for some time, and it is vital that carers continue to be supported in their caring roles.

If you are caring for a loved one who has experienced a heart event or has been diagnosed with a heart condition, see Heart Support Australia's Carer Resources for help and support.

New Online Peer Support Group

 

If you have experienced a heart event or care for someone who has, Heart Support Australia is there for you to help you stay connected with a peer support network providing information, support and encouragement.

 

Heart Support Australia facilitates peer support groups in locations across the nation, and for those in rural, regional or pandemic lockdown areas, we have recently introduced a monthly online peer support group via Zoom to help you stay connected.

 

Copy and paste this link to your calendar and click to join us on the day: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83772209479

 

The next online support group is being held on:

Tuesday, 9 November

From 6pm to 7pm (AEDT)

Having one heart attack or other cardiac event increases your risk of having another. Your mental health, social interactions with people, and participation in activities play a huge role in your recovery and improving your quality of life. It is important to avoid isolation and make sure you are connecting with family, friends and support groups with your peers. Our mission is to facilitate the transition of cardiac patients from hospital to home, for as long as is needed, by providing the physical, psychological, and social support to help reduce the risk of a secondary cardiac event.

Call us on 02 6253 0097 or send an email to office@heartnet.org.au for further information or to join a peer support group near you.