Carers NT is a not-for-profit, community based organisation and registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of family carers living in the Northern Territory. We work collaboratively with the Carers Associations in each state and territory along with our partners to influence the development of policies and essential services in the Northern Territory.
Established in 1992, Carers NT is a non-profit, community based organisation and registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of the estimated 30,000 family carers living in the Northern Territory. Part of the National Network of Carers Associations, we are recognised by both Local and Federal governments as the voice of family carers. Carers NT represents carers interests in the Northern Territory.
Operating from offices in Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs and Ramingining, our role is to work in active partnership with carers, persons with care and support needs, health professionals, service providers, government and the wider community to achieve an improved quality of life for carers.
Every Australian is connected to carers
No one sets out to be a carer. But the birth of a child with a disability, a car accident, a fall at work, the diagnosis of a terminal illness or the increasing frailty of age can result in anyone becoming a caregiver or care recipient at any time.
Nearly everyone knows someone who’s a carer or relies on one, and it’s inevitable you’ll be one of those people at some time in your life.
The value of carers to Australia is immense
In 2015, carers provided 1.9 billion hours of unpaid care — a value of $60.3 billion if the government had to pay for it. That’s equivalent to 3.8% of Australia’s GDP and 60% of the health and social work industry.
How would our health system cope if those carers didn’t do what they do? The answer is that it couldn’t. So it’s crucial that we support carers in any way we can.