Young Carers WA has over 2000 young carers registered with the program, some of whom are regional and rural young carers. Despite being based in Perth, Carers WA is well aware of how isolated it can be for young carers and carers, in general, can be and how hard it can be to find services when living in a remote community. The Young Carers team are working towards creative ways to support young carers and their families. The government has also recognised the need for more accessible mental health support for rural and remote areas.
At the Young Carers WA Parent and Young Carer Adventure in Woodman Point, held on Saturday March 25th 2017, one mother told the Young Carer Officer, Jodie Ronan, that there were no social opportunities specifically for young carers, in her family’s hometown of Bunbury. The one service that had been available was recently shut down due to lack of funding.
Supporting regional and rural carers can be a challenge but it is a strong priority and high on the Young Carer Team’s radar. Ongoing, Young Carers WA always gives special consideration to regional, rural and remote young carers who apply to attend an event, workshop or camp. Feedback has shown that Young Carers WA activities ease isolation and promote fun and self-esteem by connecting young carers with their peers. In the near future more financial travel assistance will be given to regional and rural young carers who would like to come along to a Young Carers WA activity. More details on this will be available in the future Expression of Interest and Consent forms.
There is a Young Carers Club for young carers residing in the Great Southern region of WA, run by Coordinator, Jen Dodson. Have a look at our Events Calendar for upcoming events which occur during the school holidays.
Carers WA’s Social Support, Education and Training and Counselling services are all available in a variety of country areas. The Advisory and Young Carer departments may be able to help families find youth social activities in their local area and provide referrals where needed. More information on these services available at www.carerswa.asn.au .
Lastly, the Coalition published a press release on 19th April stating that “people living in rural and remote regions of Australia will get the same access to psychologists as those living in our major cities”. This will be through the use of videoconferencing which removes the need to travel to a service provider, to begin on 1st November 2017. For carer families who often have challenges with transport, this may help. Seven of the ten Medicare rebatable sessions will also be available via “telehealth”.
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Young Carers WA are interested to hear about the opinions, experiences and needs of regional, rural and remote young carers, their families and their community service providers. If you have any feedback for us about this, please share it with us by filling out the Contact form at the top of the page or by emailing [email protected] .