For Carers

Many thousands of people look after someone in their family, a neighbour or a friend and often don’t see themselves as a carer. But they are carers.

Are you a carer?

A lot of people think a carer is like a support worker who gets paid for it—but that’s not the case.

A carer can be young or old; they can care for someone full time or for a couple of hours a day. They can be family or friends or neighbours or colleagues. And they don’t get paid for it.

You might be thinking, "It’s my mum/dad/child/friend! Of course I’m going to look after them!" And of course that’s true. But because you care for this person, you’re eligible for some support.

You might not need it now, but chances are you will need support at some point. We talk to many carers who wish they’d had support earlier, and connecting with services early can prevent a crisis or emergency situation.

For Carers

Get the support you need

The carers in our community are used to thinking about someone else most of the time. Carers’ needs don’t come first, and sometimes they’re not met at all.

When was the last time you went for a walk? Read a book? Slept in? Did something just for you?

Carers NT supports carers in the Northern Territory to maintain their caring role and to take a break for themselves when they need to.

We provide respite, therapy/counselling, emotional support, education, advice and information, and other services for carers. 

Carers are usually so caught up thinking about the person they care for that they don’t get to spare a thought for themselves. Their life is so intertwined with someone else’s that they rarely think, what do I actually need? Why is it important to take care of my own wellbeing? That’s where we come in. - Sharon Tentye - Executive Officer, Carers NT

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