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Over half a million carers were born outside Australia or migrated here. Cultural awareness is important in working with and supporting carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. What services are available for carers?
Ildiko Dauda

12 Oct 2016 - 4:19 PM  UPDATED 12 Oct 2016 - 5:33 PM

1. Access to carer support groups

Trying to access services can be very difficult for carers who don’t speak English. There are many different culturally and linguistically specific carer support groups across the country.

2. Access to counselling

Carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can suffer social isolation, language and cultural barriers and often don’t seek help. There are counselling services to help carers explore ways to deal with difficult situations and bring balance to their lives.

3. Access to respite and day programs

If the person is being cared for has access to day programs or other services that can lower the impact on the carer. Carer Support has a range of options to assist carers in the community who speak a language other than English.

4. Assistance for carers from Centrelink

Carers who provide daily care for children or adults may be entitled to an allowance of up to $123.50 per fortnight. Other payments and supplements may be accessed depending on eligibility through Centrelink.

5. Access to language resources and interpretation services

Resources are available in several languages from Carers Australia. If an interpreter is required, the Translating and Interpreting Service can be contacted on 13 14 50. A carer support officer specialising in working with people from diverse backgrounds can also provide assistance.

More information is available from Carers Australia or phone 1800 242 636.

Settlement Guide: caring for carers
In many migrant communities providing daily care for family and friends is a way of life and not something you ask for help with. Many carers work without pay or support and can face language barriers, isolation and cultural stigma. National Carers Week (16-22 October) is a chance to show support for the vital role of carers and highlight the needs of carers supporting diverse communities.