Overall 2,255 carers from South Australia took part in 2020 National Carer Survey. This included a great response from diverse and hidden groups of carers – including young carers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers, culturally and linguistically diverse carers and LGBTQI+ carers, which will enable better understanding the needs of these groups to tailor services to benefit them.
South Australian carers faced unprecedented challenges during COVID-19, but they are also showing great resilience. However, carer wellbeing is of concern as 43% of carers experience high to very high levels of distress and the majority of carers reported to have less than 3 hours/day without having to attend to chores.
Carers also commented on the positive and negative impact of caring on their relationships. For carers, some relationships improve due to a caring role. However, most carers’ comments indicate that relationships are more likely to be negatively affected – and in addition (for 37%) there is just no time to foster relationships with family, friends or community outside the caring role.
Carers face other stressors as well: Over a third of carer families (36%) have a household income below $40,000 pa, putting quite a strain on financial security.
It is worrying to hear that more than half (57%) of carers reported that General Health Practitioners (GP) are not asking about the needs of the carer. This lack of inclusion of, and consideration for carers is even more prominent in hospitals.
Carers SA has published a South Australian carer specific Survey Summary Poster which is available via here.
Nationally, the survey received a total of 7,735 valid responses from carers across Australia. Carers SA was a member of the expert reference committee and one of the research partners with Carers NSW, who led the survey.
A National Summary Report of the survey and a number of data fact sheets can be downloaded from the Carers NSW website here.
Senior Policy, Projects and Carer Engagement Officer