Carers Strategy, Australian Capital Territory

Around 46,000 Canberrans provide unpaid care to family members, friends or neighbours who are living with a disability, a physical or mental health condition, or are frail aged.

Participants in the Carers Voice Panel were asked to consider what would make Canberra a carer friendly city, what outcomes we want to see for carers and what should be the community’s shared priorities.

The Approach

Along with Carers ACT we ran a deliberative process to inform the ACT Government’s new Carers Strategy. This small deliberative panel (50 people from across Canberra) was unique in that it was designed to maximise the participation of carers – so the panel participated in short sessions and respite care was provided. About one third of the panel was non-carers, recognising that we ‘all might be carers someday’.
Recruitment for this panel was conducted through networks and the media

"I want to do this again, to broaden the knowledge, share others’ viewpoints and gain better understanding of different groups experience...its a great way hear directly from the community and consumers."
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