It’s time to shine a light on carers throughout national Carers Week 2011 (16-22 October 2011).

Minister for Disability Services and Mental Health Curtis Pitt said Carers Week was a time to recognise and thank carers across the community for their hard work and commitment.

“Carers provide an invaluable contribution to the people they care for and the broader community,” Mr Pitt said.

“It was estimated in 2010 that the replacement value of carers across Australia was $40.9 billion but the true value and contribution of carers is both inestimable and irreplaceable.

“They perform essential roles and provide support and friendship for people who can’t independently perform routine daily activities.

“This year’s theme – Anyone, anytime can become a carer – aims to raise awareness of carers, the caring role and relationships, and carer support and services.”

Mr Pitt said a variety of Carers Week events will be taking place throughout Queensland.

“The Department of Communities has contributed $33,000 to Carers Queensland for Carers Week events including the Carer Friendly Business Awards,” he said.

Mr Pitt said the Queensland Government was committed to recognising and supporting carers.

“Carers are the unsung heroes of our community and they need our support,” he said.

“We will continue to work with carers and to help them meet their caring responsibilities.

“We want to help them to maintain a balance between their caring role and personal life.”

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