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 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.
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.