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.

 

The struggle to juggle work and care

People juggling paid work and care responsibilities are struggling to find work-life balance according to research by the University of South Australia.

Source: Adapted from University of South Australia Australian Work and Life Index report.

People juggling paid work and care responsibilities are struggling to find work-life balance according to research by the University of South Australia.

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Your ‘right to request’ flexible work

In Australia, under ‘right to request’ legislation, employers are obliged under law to at least consider flexible work requests.

They are under no obligation to offer flexibility to meet an employee’s needs, but consider it they must.

A lot of working carers are probably unaware that they have the right to make a flexibility request and many remain wary as to the boss’s reaction if they do.

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Your flood leave entitlements

Can you apply for carer leave when your family has been affected by flooding? Possibly yes, under current laws.

With the horrific storms and wild weather much of Australia has been experiencing, it is timely to look at what leave entitlements might apply if you have been flooded.

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Tips for new working carers

The financial and social implications of becoming a working carer are huge. Hopefully some of our tips will help you be better prepared.

In our carer story this issue, Vanessa very suddenly became her husband’s carer after he suffered a stroke.

For Vanessa, like most people who suddenly find themselves in a caring role, the feelings of shock, helplessness, fear and worry came up immediately.

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Stroke leads Vanessa to working carer role

Vanessa’s husband Greg collapsed while mowing the lawn – eventually leading to her becoming a working carer.

On the fateful day when Greg was mowing the grass, he thought he was just dehydrated in the heat of the day, so he had a glass of water and a dip in the pool. Feeling better, he went back to finish the mowing, whereupon his right leg gave way and he tumbled over in a giddy spin.

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Read more: Stroke leads Vanessa to working carer role