Monday, 14 October 2013
Credit Where Credit is Due
Speaking in Canberra for the launch of Carer’s Week, Prime Minister Abbott has described the NDIS as ‘one very good thing to come out of the previous parliament’ (14.10.2013).
Abbott also drew the audience back to the years of the Howard Liberal government when carers received bonus payments. According to The Australian: ‘The Abbott government would aim to exceed its predecessors’ spending on disability services and focus its attention on the national disability insurance scheme’. (http://www.theaustralian.com.au) Of course d4d believe that it is not good enough to maintain income support, but vital that payments are adjusted to keep up with the specific costs of living incurred by people with a disability and their carers.
Carers Week is a good time to push for the services we need here and now, notwithstanding that the NDIS will provide increased support in the future. The stressful nature of daily caring through difficult circumstances has a powerful effect on carers, it is important that they (we) are supported to seek and receive respite services both formal and informal, as well as regular health checks. Putting their own needs aside to concentrate on caring responsibilities and succumbing to health problems as a result is an all too common scenario. How often do we hear ‘carers don’t have time to get sick’ but of course we are all human.
I hope the parent and family carers who are part of d4d will take time during this week to plan some time out for themselves. This is where we need to give ourselves credit where credit is due!