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Noticeboard: $5 million on offer for carer support programs

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Community and not-for-profit organisations can apply for almost $5 million worth of federal grants to set up local services aimed at boosting the physical and mental well being of informal carers.

It comes after a survey of almost 2000 NSW-based carers released in October found they feel overworked, undervalued and in need of respite, with many saying their own wellbeing is suffering as a result.

Announcing the $493 million, five-year funding round on Thursday, Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said the grants would help insure that carers got help before they reached crisis point.

He previously models of carer support relied on a crisis-driven approach, but the government wanted to shift the focus to early intervention for Australia’s 2.7 million carers.

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Unknown Author, 2018, Australian Ageing Agenda (https://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/about/)

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