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Carers play a vital role in ensuring people living with disability live an inclusive life in the community.

Carers Australia defines carers as: “Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged.”

In 2012 it was estimated that 12% of Australia’s population were carers, with just under a third of them being the primary carer.

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Young carers are people under 25 years who help care for a family member.

Young carers can gain access to support through:

Carers Australia offers a service for young carers. Learn more at

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink centres – Tel: 1800 052 222

Kids Helpline - Tel: 1800 55 1800

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Carer Activities:

Try contacting your local council to find out about potential activities in your area. Some examples of these activities include:

Coffee Morning for Carers at St Ives, NSW - Carers are invited to enjoy a friendly coffee morning while talking with other carers about daily caring issues in a confidential environment. Every second Tuesday from 10.30am -12.30 pm. For information contact Bettan Todd, Coordinator, Catholic Community Services NSW/ACT - Counselling and Advisory Service, on 02 98115251. This service offers confidential face to face and telephone counselling to individuals, couples and families and support groups.  It supports frail aged people, people affected by dementia or memory loss, people who have a mental illness or a disability, carers, their family members.

Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services Inc – Carers Support Groups

Carers of Aged group meets 2nd Wednesday of the month from 10am-12 midday.

Acquired Brain Injury/Stroke/Spinal group meets last Thursday monthly, time to be confirmed.

YADs(carers of Young Adult children with Disabilities), meets 3rd Wednesday evening monthly from 7.30pm.

CADD(Carers of Autism & Diverse Disabilities) meet during school term, 1st Thursday monthly, 10am–12pm.

Korean Cockatoos (Korean parents with children who have a child/children diagnosed with Autism and other developmental disorders) meets 1st or 2nd Thursday monthly, 10.30am–2pm.

For information or to make a referral, contact Rosemary Liu on 9817 0101.

Carers Meetings by Carer Support Service Northern Sydney

Open Carers Groups - Meet for a cup of tea, to make new friends and share the caring journey. It is also an opportunity to hear the latest developments in Aged and Community Care and access a Carer Support Officer for information, guidance and support. 

Parent Carer Support Group - All parents who care for a child with a longer term illness or a disability are welcome to join the group facilitated by Barbara Lewis, Manager, Carer Support Service. See for information.