October 02, 2018
New plan weighs cost of caring
The Government is developing a plan to provide better support for over 430,000 New Zealanders who care for friends or family because of a health condition, injury or disability.
Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni says contributions by carers represent significant economic and social value to New Zealand society, but can have a major impact on a person’s life and their family, including poorer mental and physical health, loss of social connectedness, and financial cost.
Carers have been invited to contribute to the development of the Carers’ Strategy Action Plan by completing an online survey, and there will also be targeted engagement with younger, older, Pacific and Māori carers who have difficulty accessing appropriate services and supports.
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