Providing peer support to carers

Thursday 21 April, 2016

Family Connect - Peer Support for CarersCaring for someone with cancer may come with a range of feelings about the role and responsibilities. Many feel as if they are on an emotional roller-coaster when balancing caring with work, family or study. Others may feel alone. Cancer Council Victoria offers support to carers through our Family Connect program.

"Nobody had ever asked me how I am coping with my role as a carer and I don't feel I can complain".

Caring for someone can be a rewarding experience and at times difficult both physically and emotionally. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012), there are almost 2.7 million unpaid family carers in Australia1. About one-third of these people are primary carers, meaning they provide most of the care for the person they are looking after.

Every caring situation is different. Family Connect is a free and confidential telephone-based support program that links those caring for someone with cancer to a trained volunteer who has been through a similar experience. This short-term communication offers the recipient an opportunity to talk to someone who is non-judgemental and who understands.

If you are willing to share your experience with others and the person you cared for has finished cancer treatment at least two years ago, we are currently recruiting volunteers who are male carers of partners or carers of young adults with cancer.

If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer, please register online or contact Janine Wawryk on 9514 6315 or Janine.Wawryk@cancervic.org.au.

If you would like to find out more about Family Connect, call us on 13 11 20 or email askanurse@cancervic.org.au.

1Australian Bureau of Statistics, 4430.0 - Survey of Disability, Ageing and Caring, Commonwealth of Australia, 2012.


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Updated: 21 Apr, 2016