National Carers Week 2018

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 2018

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 an event. This can be a morning or afternoon tea, an event or other activity to help rasie awareness about carers.

Help raise awareness this National Carers Week by rounding up employees, workmates, friends, and family for an event and draw attention to who carers are, what they do and how they  contribute to the community. 

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

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

National Carers Week 2018 is set to be a fantastic week of events. 

Activities during the week

Activities during the week

Darwin Carers Week Events 2018

  • Sunday 14 October 10:30 am - 1:30 pm: Free Family Fun Day at the Leanyer Aquatic Park with a free jumping castle, water slides, The Burning Circus show, Circus workshop,  giant board games and sausage sizzle. All welcome.
  • Monday 15 October - This event is by Invitation only   Carer Friendly Business Awards in recognition of Business, Employers and individuals who give outstanding service to carers of  the Northern Territory - Parliament House.
  • Tuesday 16 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.
  • Wednesday 17 October 11:00am - 1:00pm : Carers NT information stand at Palmerston Regional Hospital.We encourage carers, patients, doctors, nurses, hospital staff and visitors to  visit our information stall, to find out more about Carers NT. 
  • Wednesday 17 October 2:30pm- 3:30pm Care for a Cuppa hosted by Palmerston Library come along and join Carers NT for afternoon tea, meet one of our carer advisors and find out more about our services
  • Thursday 18 October This event is by Invitation only Carers Week Reception - Government House. Hosted by Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM Administrator of the Northern Territory
  • Thursday 18 October 7:00 pm: Carers NT Quiz Night fundraiser held at the Darwin Tralier Boat Club, come along for some fun test your general knowledge, prizes to win and raffles on the night $20 entry and one complimentary Coopers beer. 

Katherine Carers Week 2018

Sunday 14 October 11:am - 2:00pm- Carers NT  Free Family Fun Day at Katherine Pool  join us for free Family Fun Day, Free sausage sizzle, Water Obstacle course, Kids entertainment - Bumble Beez, Carers NT info stand. All Welcome

 Alice Springs Carers Week 2018 Events 

Sunday 14 October 10:00am - 1:00pm Free Family Fun Day at Alice Springs Aquatic & Leisure Centre. Free sausage sizzle, blow up slides, face painting & tattoos and information stand. All Welcome. 

Apply for a Carers Week grant

Carers NT offers grants up to $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
  • Area 9 - Gold Sponsors - Golf Day 2018
  • Arthur J Gallagher Silver Sponsor Golf Day 2018
  • Paywise Gold Sponsor Golf Day 2018


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