Created by Carers for Carers - an Independent Advocate by our side.
Carers of people with a mental illness have been given a job for which they are largely untrained and have little voice. Despite 30 years of carers asking for a greater part in decision making, carers still consistently report feeling undervalued and unheard in supporting their family member or loved one.
The Victorian Carer Advocate provides statewide casework advocacy for carers of people with a mental illness that is non adverserial and service neutral.. The initial project was a demonstration project in response to the carer literature and overwhelming grassroots demand for one to one advocacy by carers The uptake and support for the Carer Advocate has been strong from both carers and service providers across the clinical and non government sector. The service provided a tangible, available and cost effective means of increasing dialogue between mental health services and carers. This demonstration period is now complete and the position will cease in December due to lack of funding.
We seek your urgent consideration of the position, and urge you to fund an Advocate. Victorian Carers need an advocate who can walk beside them when things get too hard. They deserve a voice.