Disabilty and Caregivers in Australia

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Disability is defined as a condition which may restrict a person’s mental, sensory or mobility functions to undertake or perform a task in the same way as a person who does not have a disability (DWA, 2012). The people that assist people with disabilities are known as Primary carers. These people are defined as the person who provides the most informal assistance to a person with one or more disabilities (ABS, 1999).
My name is Jack Di Tommaso and I stand before you today as a representative of the Parliament to present and provide you with acomprehensive review and evaluation of Australia;s policy and services towards not only disabled persons, but also the backbones of their will to keep on living, their families who are overwhelmingly faced with the challenges of living with a disabled person. It has come to my attention carers are not getting the recognition they deserve from the government. Today I am here to justify the necessary improvements that need to be implanted.
Before my evaluation, I am going to provide you with background information on how this great nation is swamped with unsung heroes, better known as carers. Some concerning statistics have been found, Currently there areover 2.6 million unpaid carers in Australia (ABS, 2009) andMore than 770,000 carers are primary carers (ABS, 2009)
An incredible 300,000 carers are under the age of 24 and 150,000 carers are under the age of 18 (ABS, 2009). There are Over 1.5 million carers are of working age (18-64) (ABS, 2009) a whopping 520,000 carers are over 65 years of age (ABS, 2009)
The estimated annual replacement value of care provided in 2012 is over $40.9 billion (Access Economics, 2011) and is currently estimated that carers provided 1.32 billion hours of unpaid care in 2010 with productivity loss estimated at $6.5 billion (Access Economics, 2010)
What is currently being done to support our carers? According to the ;National Career Strategy…