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Tandem launches report on informal value of mental health caring

 

Tandem has hosted the Victorian launch of The economic value of informal mental health caring in Australia report. The research was commissioned by Mind Australia and was conducted by the University of Queensland's School of Public Health. In partnership with Carers Victoria and Mind Australia, the launch took place in Queen’s Hall at Parliament House, and was attended by a large number of carers.

Dr Gerry Naughtin from Mind Australia presented the findings of the report, which highlighted a number of significant disadvantages facing mental health carers today.

There are 240,000 mental health carers in Australia today, which, on the basis of population, means that there are 60,000 in Victoria.

Findings indicated:

In a media release that accompanied the launch of the report, Tandem and Carers Victoria joined with Mind Australia in calling for the government to recognise the significant value of informal mental health carers in Australia, and: 

Tandem and Carers Victoria called on the Victorian government to put measures in place to ensure national reforms currently in the pipeline, the NDIS, the Integrated Carer Support Services, and the review of carer payment and allowance, do not have a negative impact on mental health carers, and that Victorian services are put into place to provide a higher level of support for mental health carers than currently exists.

Tandem's CEO, Marie Piu, said, “Tandem applauds this research supporting the long held understanding that families and friends (Carers) provide vital support to those facing mental health challenges and as such make an enormous contribution to the Australian community. As highlighted, this care can come at enormous personal cost. The challenge is for our governments to ensure Carers are not inadvertent victims of collateral damage by recognising the extent, quality and value of this contribution and supporting it accordingly”.

These findings confirm the difficulties carers experience in their caring role: reduced engagement in the labour market and education opportunities,  financial stress, lack of services, information and inclusion.

It was noted at the launch that, whilst the findings are not providing new information for carers, the report itself is valuable in recognising the enormous burden placed on mental health carers in their role. 

Media release.

You will find the full report here.

Click here for Dr Gerry Naughtin’s presentation.

 

 

Dr Gerry Naughtin from Mind Australia presented the findings of the report in Queen's Hall, Parliament House.

Left to right: Colin Fryer, Tandem Chair; Sarah Pollock, Executive Director Advocacy, Mind Australia; Phillip Norman, former ARAFEMI Board; Michelle Swann, Tandem Deputy Chair; Frances Sanders, Tandem Board and General Manager of Business Development: NDIS, Mind Australia; Marie Piu, CEO Tandem, Dr Gerry Naughtin, Chief Executive, Mind Australia; and Katrina Clarke, Tandem Board.

Left to right: Caroline Mulcahy, CEO Carers Victoria; Colin Fryer, Tandem Chair; Marie Piu, CEO Tandem, Dr Gerry Naughtin, Chief Executive Mind Australia; and Dr Margaret Grigg, Director Mental Health, DHHS.

Left to right: Caroline Mulcahy, CEO Carers Victoria; Colin Fryer, Tandem Chair; Marie Piu, CEO Tandem, Dr Gerry Naughtin, Chief Executive Mind Australia; and Emma Kealy, Opposition Spokesperson for Mental Health.

Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Colin Hunter Welcoming everyone to Country; Carers Victoria's Annie Hayward and CEO Caroline Mulcahy share a cup of tea with Frances Sanders from Mind Australia.

Carolyn Dzur and Melanie Ryan; Katrina Clarke and Lisa Tesoriero: Violete Peterson and Jacqui Hill.