p>The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Warren Snowdon MP today launched a new DVD to focus on the invaluable work male carers make in the community.
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Defence Science and Personnel and Indigenous Health
November 5 2010
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Warren Snowdon MP today launched a new DVD to focus on the invaluable work male carers make in the community.
Called Men Care Too! –the DVD depicts the personal journeys of five carers from the veteran community.
“One in eight Australians undertake formal or informal caring roles and while their work is an essential part of caring for the most vulnerable in our community, it’s not often recognised.
“Having the responsibility for undertaking the daily care of a loved one can be physically and emotionally exhausting. It’s quite normal in a caring role to put others first, and this can lead to neglecting or overlooking early signs of your own distress.
“This DVD aims to educate the community on the role of male carers and to help enhance the health and well-being of carers in the veteran community,” Mr Snowdon said.
“I hope that the stories shared in this DVD will strike a chord with other carers, to encourage them to seek out support networks early and help educate the community on the role of carers,“ He said.
Produced as part of a series championing carers, the DVD tells the personal stories of three male spousal carers, one welfare officer and a woman who has been cared for by her husband.
“I am a passionate advocate for improving men’s health and this DVD provides a great insight into the stresses of caring for a loved one in need,” he said.
The DVD will also be used as a community resource and to assist carers in workshops to advance their skills and is available through the National Carers Support Service (NCSS) by phoning 03 9396 9500 or emailing email@example.com.
The Australian Government is committed to better recognise carers and provide them with essential services and support, through the development of a National Carer Recognition Framework.
For more information on the support serves available to carers visit the DVA website (http://www.dva.gov.au/health_
Editors note: For interviews with male carers from the DVD please call Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media, listed below.
Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999