Welcome to the Community Door information portal on carers.

There are close to 500,000 carers in Queensland who support family and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail aged. Carers make a valuable and important contribution to our community by supporting people with a need for assistance.

On average, primary carers spend approximately 40 hours per week providing care. Without respite or additional support, many carers find it difficult to take a break from their caring role. Grandparents can also be carers where they are the primary caregivers and decision makers for their grandchildren who live with them, assuming a parenting role for a second time.

Carers come from all walks of life and backgrounds, and all parts of the state.

Carers can face challenges as part of their caring role, including education, employment, financial, social, emotional and physical wellbeing.

People may not always want to reveal their caring role to others. Community attitudes sometimes associated with disability, mental illness and caring may prevent carers from disclosing their caring role. Many carers may also see their caring role as a personal responsibility they have within their extended family and community.

You can find many resources, information and support on the Australian Government's Carer Gateway website.

This section provides useful information for carers including current news, resources and legislation.

The Queensland Government is providing $20 million in funding to community-based organisations to provide respite care for Queenslanders living with dementia or neurodegenerative conditions. Seven community-based organisations with services from Toowoomba to Mareeba will receive funding over three...
Early intervention for a child with a developmental delay or disability is important in maximising benefit for the child and family. Providing quality intervention early in a child’s life reduces the possible need for longer term intervention and improves the functionality, inclusion and wellbeing...
An age-friendly community is one in which older people are valued, respected and actively engaged in their community. They can stay in touch with people they care about and find the services and support they need. Age-friendly communities are more liveable for everyone. On 20 April 2016, the...
Starting 1 July 2016, anyone who sustains serious personal injuries in a motor vehicle accident will receive necessary and reasonable care and support regardless of fault. This change is needed as currently, Queensland’s Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance is a fault-based scheme, resulting in...
The Dementia-Friendly Home App is now available from Alzheimer's Australia. Using interactive 3D game technology Unreal Engine, the tablet app provides carers with ideas to make their home more accessible for people living with dementia. With 70 per cent of people with dementia living in the...
The Queensland Government publishes a list of apps that may be useful for people with a disability. View the full list of apps for people with a disability . A few of the sample apps are below. ArtikPix With ArtickPix, children can self-monitor their speech productions resulting in greater...
The on demand video (webcast) is now available from the Griffith University NDIS Symposium held on 15 February 2016: Housing for people with disability: a place to call home Access the webcast, accessible PDFs of the PowerPoint presentations and the live captioning transcript by registering with...
Falls in older people are a major public health problem, with one in three older people falling each year. Fortunately, many falls are preventable if appropriate preventative actions are taken. FootHold is a foot and ankle exercise program developed by a team of Australian researchers. The...
Queenslanders with disability have certainty about their futures and how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will roll out across the state, now that the Bilateral Agreement has been signed by the State and Federal Governments The NDIS is the biggest social reform in more than 40 years...
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) recently held a National Roundtable to discuss a research agenda around ageing and aged care for older culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians, at Parliament House...

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