Informal care 'a ticking time bomb'

18 March, 2014

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.

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This white paper's development was supported by Hartmann, a provider of healthcare products and services.

Source: Australian Ageing Agenda