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Minister Coralee O’Rourke to launch National Carers Week in Brisbane

Sep 26 2018

Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors, Coralee O’Rourke will officially launch National Carers Week 2018 on Friday 12 October at the Gala Lunch event hosted by Carers Queensland at Hillstone, St Lucia.

National Carers Week (14–20 October 2018) recognises and celebrates Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers, providing 1.8 billion hours of care annually at an estimated replacement value of $60.3 billion nationally- that’s over $1 billion per week.

This year’s theme ‘Why We Care’, encourages Australians to visit the Carers Week website- carersweek.com.au to share their stories and say why they care, acknowledging the outstanding contribution carers make to our nation.

Jim Toohey, Chair of Carers Queensland said the national campaign is an opportunity to raise community awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.

“Anyone at any time can become a carer. Today, one in every eight Australians is a carer and they make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as to our national economy,” Mr Toohey said.

“In Queensland, there are 474,300 carers providing 334 million hours of care annually,” he said.

“Carers Queensland works to create an Australia that values and supports all carers. We work with all caring families to improve their quality of life,” he added.

The Gala Lunch event will be attended by carers, State Government representatives, Lady Mayoress Anne Quirk and other dignitaries, with entertainment by host and special guest, Jean Kittson.

State winners of the Carer- Friendly Business Awards will be announced by Carers Queensland during the event, acknowledging those individuals and businesses who have made a real difference in our community.

Event Details
Date: Friday, 12 October
Venue: Hillstone, St Lucia
Carawa Street, St Lucia
Time: 11:30 am–2.30 pm.
Awards presentation at 1.25 pm

As part of the National Carers Week celebrations, Carers Queensland will also be running a range of events and awareness activities across Queensland for the broader community to get involved and say why they care.

* Carers Queensland gratefully appreciates the continued support from Transurban Queensland and the funding support from the Queensland Government to assist with regional activities during Carers Week 2018.

For more information contact:

Rosa Rois
Communications Officer
P: (07) 3900 8125
E: rrois@carersqld.com.au