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Carers NSW Conference 2022

Carers NSW Conference 2022

The term ‘informal carer’ is often used to describe someone who cares for a family member or friend, when in reality, there is nothing informal about the caring role.

The Carers NSW Conference 2022: There’s nothing informal about carers, was held on Wednesday, 12 October 2022.

The conference explored how important the use of language is when talking about carers, and also took a deeper dive into some of the impacts that the caring role can have on individuals, families, communities and workplaces.

These impacts extend to areas such as social connectedness, employment opportunities and the overall health and wellbeing of carers. The recent pandemic and natural disasters have only increased these impacts for 'informal' carers.

The conference also looked at how we can improve the outcomes for carers and the people they care for in NSW through increased recognition and support, working better together and across systems, and examining the evidence and being informed.

Key Themes

Key themes explored at the conference included:

  • The Cost of Caring: What caring costs carers and government
  • Carers’ Rights and Recognition: The importance of identification and recognition in carers accessing supports - specifically regarding the diversity of different carer groups and experiences of caring (for example Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers, culturally and linguistically diverse carers and young carers)
  • Partners in Care: Working together with carers in the design and delivery of services and supports.


Carers NSW is pleased to announce a number of exciting speakers for our upcoming virtual event, the Carers NSW Conference 2022: There’s nothing informal about carers.

The preliminary program for the conference features experts from across the globe who will speak to the three key themes of the Cost of Caring, Carer Rights and Recognition and Partners in Care.

Stay tuned for more speakers to be announced over the coming weeks!

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Carer Panel

The Carer Panel for 2022 was hosted by Shelly Horton. Shelly is a journalist, TV presenter, MC and runs her own company ShellShocked Media where she teaches media and presentation training.

The title for the Carer Panel was ‘Putting the ‘I’ in carer identification’.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a recording of the session.

Shelly Horton

Keynote Speakers

Professor Sue Yeandle BA (Hons) PhD, Dr Allison Williams, PhD and Alastair Furnival delivered keynote presentations.

Learn more about each keynote speaker by reading their bios below.

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Professor Sue Yeandle BA (Hons) PhD is Director of the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour & Equalities (CIRCLE) in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield, UK, a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, Principal Investigator for the ESRC Centre for Care, and founding Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Care and Caring.

Across her career, Sue has studied the relationship between work and care, how social and employment policies affect people’s life course experiences of caring, and the role of technology in supporting older and disabled people, carers and their networks. She has wide experience of evaluating the impact of carer support initiatives and specialises in comparative international analysis of care arrangements, leading numerous funded research projects and publishing widely on care, caring, gender and work.

Sue has research connections around the world, throughout Europe and in North America, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and has built multidisciplinary research teams in partnership with collaborating universities, industrial partners, government departments, local authorities and charities. She is honoured to have worked closely with Carers UK for over 20 years, and of her connections to the carers’ movement around the world. Sue continues to work in close collaboration with a variety of care sector partners to further understanding of contemporary issues in care, and provides evidence and advice on social care and carers to governments and parliamentarians in the UK and internationally.

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Allison is a Professor at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario CANADA. She is a social and health geographer with research interests in carer-employees, quality of life, critical policy/program evaluation and therapeutic landscapes. Her research focuses on improving workplace practices for supporting employees with adult care responsibilities. Allison has received various awards for her work, having had three 5-year Research Chairs funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She currently holds a McMaster University Faculty of Science Research Chair and leads a Partnership Grant made up of more than 50 collaborators which mobilizes carer-friendly workplaces. Allison has supervised more than 30 graduate trainees.

Allison works with UN-Women across the world, specifically engaging in research on UN SDG 5: Gender Equity, and Target 5-4: Value unpaid care and promote shared domestic responsibilities. In addition to co-editing the Routledge Geographies of Health Series, Allison has authored 5 books, 30 book chapters, and more than 180 peer-reviewed journal papers. Her most recent book is entitled ‘Geography, Health and Sustainability: Gender Matters Globally’ (Routledge, 2021). Allison has been PI of over 25 research projects and serves on a range of national and international adjudication committees. She is a mother of two beautiful children and cares for her 90-year old uncle and aging parents, both of whom are in their 80s.

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Alastair Furnival is a Principal and co-founder of Evaluate Consulting and has a background in public policy, economics and political strategy. He has been an advisor to various Federal and State Governments, and one of his areas of expertise is the efficiency of social policy finance. Evaluate recently released a paper on the impacts of caring on lifetime income and retirement savings, relating to the key theme of The Costs of Caring.