Aboriginal Australians are more likely to be caring for another person with a disability, long-term illness or ageing related problem than non-Indigenous Australians. The median age of Aboriginal carers is 37 years, 12 years younger than the median age for non-Indigenous carers. More information and statistics about Aboriginal Carers can be found here.
Many Aboriginal carers accept caring as a normal part of family and community life and may not think of themselves as carers. As a result, some carers may not be aware of the resources and support programs available for Aboriginal carers.
This guide contains information for Aboriginal families who are caring for an older person or someone with an illness or disability. It contains information on available services as well as strategies for coping.
The Aboriginal Carers Support Guide is available from Carers NSW. Service providers can contact Carers NSW on 02 9280 4744 for a free copy.
This booklet contains information about disability services, respite services and Aboriginal organisations that can support Aboriginal families with a child or young person with a disability. It also includes stories on how Aboriginal families and their experience with caring for a child with a disability.
The Shoulder-to-Shoulder information booklet is available from Carers NSW. Service providers can contact Carers NSW on 02 9280 4744 for a free copy.
The Koori Carer Yarning Manual was the outcome of a series of camps involving Koori carers and service providers where participants talked about the experiences of Koori carers and identified how service providers could make their services more accessible. The purpose of the manual is to increase service providers' understanding of the needs of Koori carers.
The Manual includes information on Aboriginal culture and history and comparison with non-Aboriginal society and focuses on the specific needs of Koori carers, including strategies for supporting Koori carers and identifies the cultural differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal carers. The Manual also includes a guide for service providers so they can establish Koori Carer Yarning Camps in their local communities and help build connections between Koori carers and service providers.
The Koori Carer Yarning Resource Manual is available from Carers NSW. Service providers can contact Carers NSW on 02 9280 4744 for a free copy. An electronic version of the Koori Carer Yarning Resource Manual can be accessed here.
Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing: Looking After Ourselves workshop is a free one day workshop open to service providers and Aboriginal carers who work with or want to work with carers within the Aboriginal community. The training also familiarises service providers with the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Resource Kit, CD and DVD.
Participants in the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing: Looking After Ourselves training receive the Looking After Ourselves Facilitators Training Resource and a Looking After Ourselves Carer Support Resource.
The Looking After Ourselves resource has five components:
Participants attending the train the trainer workshop will have the opportunity to explore each of these components including the Looking After Ourselves DVD, and the Aboriginal Carers Relaxation CD. The DVD is hosted by Carla Grant and contains personal stories from Aboriginal carers and tips on how to deal with stress and stay healthy.
Aboriginal Medical Service (all locations)
02 9319 5823
Family Drug Support Line
1300 368 186 (24 hours)
Home Modification and Maintenance Services
02 6622 8386
Northern Sydney Aboriginal Counselling Service
02 9418 8800
Black Pages: Australia's first and only national on-line
Indigenous Business and Community Enterprise Directory
The Lowitja Centre incorporating the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Carers NSW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, Elders past and present and all Aboriginal people.