You may not think of yourself as a carer. You may be first of all be a partner, child, parent or friend, but caring and providing support for someone close to you.
Caring is a role that has its challenges and it is important to acknowledge your needs as well as the person you are caring for.
If you are a carer, you can get help and support from the government and other organisations.
Taking care of yourself as a carer
If you care for others, it is essential that you put aside time to care for yourself as well. Haemophilia Counsellor Kathryn Body gives some practical ideas on how to manage your self-care.
Carer services and support
Carer Gateway is an Australian government website which provides carers with support by linking them to information, counselling, respite and other services.
Call 1800 422 737 Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm
Author: Leonie Mudge, Walpole Consulting Group
Reviewed and revised by: Kathryn Body, Haemophilia Foundation ACT Counsellor, Canberra.