National Carers Week 2017

Every year in the third week in October, people right around the country recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution unpaid carers make to our community and our nation.

National Carers Week 2017

About National Carers Week

There are some 2.8 million unpaid carers in Australia. In 2015, those carers put in 1.9 billion hours of unpaid care—a value of $60.3 billion if the government had to pay for it. That’s equivalent to 3.8% of Australia’s GDP and 60% of the health and social work industry.

We're asking everyone to get involved in National Carers Week by attending or hosting a ‘Take a Break’ event. This can be a morning or afternoon tea, an event or other activity.

Help raise awareness this National Carers Week by rounding up employees, workmates, friends, and family for a ‘take a break’ event and draw attention to who carers are, what they do and how they can access services and support.

Organise a morning or afternoon tea, fundraiser or workshop to raise awareness of the diversity of carers and caring roles in the Northern Territory.  

Highlights of Carers Week

Highlights of Carers Week

There were many great activities to get involved with during National Carers Week 2017 in the Northern Territory. Here are some of the highlights.

  • Family Fun Day Darwin 15 October 2017 , Sunday 10am start at the Leanyer Aquatic Park
  • Carer Friendly Business Awards 16 October 2017, Monday at Parliament House
  • National Carers Week Barbecue 17 October 2017, Tuesday Royal Darwin Hospital
  • National Carers Week Fundraising Screening 22 October 2017, Sunday Darwin's Deckchair Cinema

Get involved in a National Carers Week activity or host your own

National Carers Week 2017 is set to be a fantastic week of events. 

Activities during the week

Activities during the week

Darwin Carers Week Events 2017

  • Sunday 15 October 10:00 am - 1:00 pm: Free Family Fun Day at the Leanyer Aquatic Park with a free jumping castle, water slides, face painting, DJ Kev Disco, giant board games and sausage sizzle. All welcome 
  • Monday 16 October: Carer Friendly Business Awards and celebration of 25 years of service to carers in the Northern Territory - Parliament House. This event is by Invitation only 
  • Tuesday 17 October 10:00 am - 1:30 pm: National Carers Week barbecue at Royal Darwin Hospital, where carers, patients, doctors, nurses, hospital staff and visitors can enjoy a free sausage sizzle and information stall, to celebrate and raise awareness about carers.
  • Tuesday 17 October: Carers Week Reception - Government House.This event is by Invitation only.
  • Thursday 19 October 10:00 am: Palmerston & Rural Seniors Club Morning Tea at Palmerston Sports Club. 
  • Friday 20 October 10:00 am to 1:30 pm: Free sausage sizzle and information stand - Raintree Park CBD.
  • Sunday 22 October- Special fundraising screening for National Carers Week at Darwin’s Deckchair Cinema.- Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Katherine Carers Week 2017 

Friday 20 October - Carers Dinner Katherine

Alice Springs Carers Week 2017 

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Apply for a Carers Week grant

Carers NT offers grants of $300 to carer support groups and organisations to host events and activities for carers during National Carers Week.

Hosting an event is a wonderful way to give unpaid carers a much-needed break and acknowledge their valuable contribution to the community.

Many events attract new members to carer support groups and are a great way of reaching out to other carers in your area.

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Major sponsors

  • Halikos Group
  • Southern Cross Television


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