A family carer is a person providing unpaid care of someone that has a disability, is frail or aged, has a mental illness, has a chronic or life-limiting illness or has an alcohol or other drug issue.
Anyone, anytime can become an unpaid family carer. There are over 85,000 family carers in Tasmania ranging from school-age to senior years.
Carers Tasmania is also the Peak Body for family and friend carers in the state. They are part of a national network of carer associations that raise awareness and influence change on behalf of carers nationally.
Carers can access a broad range of free services by calling the toll-free number 1800 242 636. Services include counselling, carer education and training, peer support groups, information and advice, and referral to over 290 organisations state-wide.
Carers Tasmania has offices in North Hobart, South Burnie and Launceston.
Visit Carer Gateway or call 1800 422 737 8am to 5pm, Mon to Fri.
Call 1800 422 737 to make an appointment with the Carer Gateway National Carers Counselling Program, Mon to Fri 9am to 6pm AEST. Counselling is offered face-to-face, via telephone, email and Skype, or in a group.