Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott has urged the Baulkham Hills community to nominate local carers for the 2015 National Carer Awards.
Mr Elliott said the National Carer Awards have been developed to publicly recognise and celebrate unpaid carers and foster carers across Australia.
“The Awards seek to raise awareness and acknowledge the extraordinary contribution carers make to the nation,” Mr Elliott said.
“There are over 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia, of which over 770,000 are primary carers, all of whom provide support to someone in need.
“There are also over 9,000 foster carers and thousands more who care for a child who is related to them, known as kinship carers.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from or how old you are, anyone, anytime can become a carer.”
Winners will be chosen from each of the four categories:
- Young carer aged under 26 years;
- Foster and kinship carer;
- Family carer; and
- Caring in the country.
Eligible carers must provide unpaid care and support to a person/s who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged, or be a registered/approved foster or kinship carer.
Nominations are now open and will close on Sunday 6 September, with national winners being announced in February 2016.
To nominate a carer please visit the National Carer Awards website www.carerawards.com.au