National Carers Week 2021

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National Carers Week 2021 (10 to 16 October) is a time to recognise and celebrate Western Australians who provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who have disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue, or who are frail aged.
Banner text which reads National Carers Week, millions of reasons to care.

About 2.65 million Australians provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend.

Unpaid carers were estimated to be providing 2.2 billion hours of unpaid care last year – over 42 million hours every single week. The replacement value of that care was estimated at almost $78 billion, or almost $1.5 billion every week.

The theme for this year’s National Carers Week 2021 is ‘Millions of Reasons to Care.’ In recognition of the week, a number of Perth landmarks will be lit up in aqua blue including the Perth Bell Tower, the East Perth Power Station, Optus Stadium and the Matagarup Bridge.

In addition, a series of short videos illustrating the stories of unpaid carers will be shown on the big screen at Yagan Square in the Perth CBD.

Visit the National Carers Week website for more information.

Page reviewed 10 October 2021