Dear Editor,

This week is National Carers Week. It’s a time to acknowledge the enormous contribution that our carers make each and every day.

It’s an opportunity to highlight the invaluable work of Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers make to our families, communities and the nation.

One in eight Australians care for a family member or friend who needs support due to disability, age, mental illness, or long-term physical illness.

In South Australia, 245,000 people are living as carers with 30,500 of these carers under the age of 25.

Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers spend an incredible 36 million hours every week providing care and support to family members or friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, or who are frail or aged.

To all those in our community caring for someone else, thank you. Your contribution to our society does not go unnoticed.

Tony Pasin MP

Member for Barker