Informal care 'a ticking time bomb'
Australia's health and aged care systems must acknowledge the country's 2.6 million unpaid carers and work with them as 'partners in care', a group of healthcare organisations argue in a new paper.
They called for increased collaboration and coordination in the delivery of care, and improved education for carers providing home healthcare.
The 'Defusing a Ticking Time Bomb' white paper calls on government to deliver a wide range of responses to better support carers, who collectively provide $40 billion worth of unpaid care at home to frail aged, chronically ill and those with a disability.
This white paper's development was supported by Hartmann, a provider of healthcare products and services.