Supporting Australia’s Young Carers


Caring can be a positive experience, however studies have indicated that if they aren’t given the correct support, their own health may be in jeopardy.

1 in 10 of Australia’s carers are young carers. Being a Young Carer is a massive responsibility – a family member, friend or relative is completely reliant on their help with basic everyday activities. Below the age of 25, they are expected to juggle their roles, which may include caring, education, employment and social commitments. It can be quite difficult to balance all their roles which makes support services for young carers fundamental.

Research Fellow at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, Yvette Maker joined Nic to discuss the impacts caring may have on young people and the services which are available to help them.

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