MHWeek2016

After consulting with the Ministry of Health and reviewing the feedback from other stakeholders, the theme of “Caring for Carers” was decided on. MHW 2016 focused on carers, especially carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

In Australia, 674,300 carers (25.7%) were born overseas, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ survey in 2012[1] . It is estimated more than 194,480 carers from culturally and linguistically backgrounds live in NSW[2] . The Carers NSW 2014 Carer survey also states approximately 1 in 5 carers identified as being from a CALD backgrounds[3] .

Anyone can become a carer at any time. A carer can be a family member, friend, neighbour, or other community member who provides support and assistance to another person without payment.

The aims of MHW 2016 are to increase the awareness of carers, particularly those from diverse cultural backgrounds, as well as to identify and reach hidden carers so that they can be provided with information and support services in their languages.

A multilingual video called “I am a Carer “was developed to promote the key messages, along with a poster, flyer and other supporting materials.

The MHW launch event was held at the NSW Parliament House on Monday 5th of September 2016. The Hon. John Ajaka, NSW Minster for Aging, Disability Services and Multiculturalism attended and launched the MHW.  More than 150 guests attended the launch event.

For more information on the MHW 2016 or wish to participate in the MHW celebration in the future, please contact NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service on 02 8753 5010 or email mhcs@health.nsw.gov.au



[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers.

[2] Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Carer Framework: Strategies to Meet the Needs of Carers

[3] Carer Survey 2014, Factsheet #5, Carers NSW