The Government are currently developing the NSW Carers Strategy, which will underpin the way the government provides support for carers until 2019.
Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka said the summit marked the end of an extensive consultation process designing the five-year strategy. He also said that the government had identified practical steps which will support carers transitioning into the workplace, including developing an employer network to champion better outcomes for carers, and formal recognition for the skills developed in caring roles.
“Caring is an issue which touches nearly all of us. One in 10 people at any point in time provide unpaid care and support to others, with 850,000 people across NSW currently providing care,” Mr Ajaka said.
“Carers make a sizable economic and social contribution to our state through their invaluable work in supporting people with a disability, people with chronic health conditions, dementia and mental illness and frail older people.
The NSW Carers Strategy is due for release later this year.