Carers SA will significantly expand its services throughout South Australia, following news today that it has won two federal government grants to exclusively provide carer support services in both the Adelaide metro and South Australian country regions.
Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston announced the successful grant recipients as part of the new $700 million Integrated Carer Support Service, which consolidates the funding from many separate carer support organisations to ten delivery partners across Australia.
As one of the selected providers, Carers SA, in conjunction with its partners Dementia Australia, Skylight, NPY Women’s Council and Life Without Barriers, will deliver support and services to unpaid carers under the government’s new framework.
Tailored supports and services will focus on access to early-intervention, preventative and skill building supports, to improve well-being and long-term outcomes to help carers manage their daily challenges, reduce stress and plan for the future.
Carers SA Chief Executive David Militz said the Carers SA board and management were thrilled to have been selected to provide these services, and to be able to continue the organisation’s work in an essential sector.
“Carers SA’s success in the grant selection process for both South Australian regions affirms our place as the leading carer organisation in the state,” Mr Militz said.
“Carers SA has been supporting unpaid carers in this state for nearly 30 years, and we are pleased the federal government has recognised the importance of carer support services: in South Australia alone, around 245,000 people are providing unpaid care for a relative or friend with a physical condition or mental illness, meaning that one in seven South Australians are in a caring role.”
“Research shows that carers are among the least financially resourced and most disadvantaged groups in society, with two-thirds of carers requiring health and wellbeing support.
“As a Regional Delivery Partner, Carers SA will provide face to face services to carers to complement the online services currently available through the Carer Gateway.”
Mr Militz said while consolidating carer support providers was a sensible and necessary step, he acknowledged the other organisations that have provided quality support to carers over many years.
“Winning these competitive grants means that Carers SA will be taking over some of the work that other organisations have done with care and dedication, and I want to thank them for their passion and hard work supporting carers,” Mr Militz said.
“Carers SA will work with other organisations who provide carer services to ensure a seamless transition for their carers as we move to the new system.”
Services available to carers under the new delivery model will include:
● carer needs assessment and planning
● tailored financial support packages consisting of one-off practical support, or a range of practical supports over the year with a focus on employment, education, respite and transport
● in-person and phone-based counselling, and peer support
● access to emergency respite care
● assistance with navigating relevant, local services available to carers.