Welcome to the latest edition of the Work 'n' Care newsletter. Each month we try and bring you stories that embody all aspects of a carers life. Our aim is to empower you in your caring role and to make your life a little easier. Contact us with your experiences and ideas as the process of sharing can make a carers life just that little bit easier. Read the latest edition below or use the links on the right to navigate our story archives.


Small business employees worse off under WorkChoices

Work MattersWhile the dust is yet to settle on the details of the Federal Government’s WorkChoices legislation introduced to Parliament last Wednesday, it appears that working carers who are employees of small business operators will be hardest hit.  Because the laws will primarily be enacted using the Federal Government’s corporations powers, small businesses will need to be incorporated to be covered by the new system.   

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Putting the boot into carers

dona_dot_web.jpgCuts to future social security payments proposed in the Government’s Welfare to Work policy will have a greater negative impact on part time working carers in regional Australia according to a report by ACOSS – the Australian Council of Social Services.

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Gut healthy recipe

life_icon.jpgWhat could be better than a tasty, easy to prepare recipe that’s also good for you? The Gut Foundation established at the University of NSW publishes healthy recipes on its website and we’ve included one at the end of this article. The Foundation aims to improve gastrointestinal health as part of its policy to provide professional and public education and to promote research into digestive disorders.

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Lost wages for carers

Money MattersThe difficulties of juggling work and care and the need for employers to offer greater workplace flexibility have been highlighted in a recent report on the estimated cost of informal care. The report - The Economic Value of Informal Care - commissioned by Carers Australia, estimates carers who provide informal care forgo an estimated $4.9 billion annually in lost wages.

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Mental health reform comes full circle

dona_dot_web.jpgTwelve years of mental health reform in Australia have been declared a failure according to a newly published report. The news comes as no surprise to working carers, many of whom contributed to the personal life stories detailed in the Not for Service: experiences of injustice and despair in mental health care in Australia report.

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