Parliament Hears About Local Carers

Parliament Hears About Local Carers

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has used a speech in Parliament to recognise the dedication of local carers from our community.

During a debate about the launch of the NSW Carers Strategy, Mrs Williams told Parliament about the work of the Port Macquarie Carers Group and the launch of the second edition of their Carer Profile Project.

“In early April the Minister for Ageing, John Ajaka visited the Port Macquarie electorate and his genuine compassion and honesty meant he spent a considerable amount of time during that day talking to local carers,” Mrs Williams said.

“The Minister joined with me to meet the Port Macquarie Carers Group, convened by Dawn Davies who is employed by a local disability service provider, ACES, and who is herself a carer. She and I shared a belief that the Minister should hear firsthand from carers who were facing challenges in their everyday lives.

“The Port Macquarie Carers Group is made up of people from all walks of life who care for someone and most have family members involved in the programs at ACES.

“The carers group originated in response to the realisation that carers in our region were isolated, disempowered and had poor quality of life and health expectations. The group started in 2006 and monthly meetings are held at the Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre.

“One of the recent highlights and real milestones of the group was the launch of the Carer Profile Project which I launched during Carers Week last year,” Mrs Williams said.

“The idea for the project originated from local carer Jan Dennis who could see the benefits of compiling a collection of carer profiles that were honest, concise and heartfelt. She believed the project could be used to raise awareness about the challenges carers face.

“When I launched the book I spoke of the importance of acknowledging the dedication and commitment of carers. They play an important role not only in the lives of individuals but also throughout the community. Erica Lake coordinated the project, supported by Dawn and Jan.

“I thank all those who contributed to the Carer Profile Project, which was an excellent initiative and one that will be well sourced throughout our community and more broadly. I look forward to presenting a copy of the 2014 version to Minister Ajaka,” Mrs Williams said. 

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