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Thousands of children and young people provide substantial unpaid care to a family member with a disability, chronic or mental illness, dependence on alcohol or other drugs, or frailty due to old age. Jesús Rodríguez/Unsplash

One in 10 Aussie kids care for someone with a disability or drug dependence – they need help at school

A study has found children between the ages of 8 and 14 who take care of a family member with a drug addiction or mental illness aren't very happy at, and don't feel all that safe, at school.
A study has for the first time provided a detailed profile of who mental health carers are and what they do. Rachel Young/Flickr

Here’s how much it would cost the government to pay everyone who takes care of family with mental illness

A new study has for first time placed a dollar value on how much it would cost the government to replace those who unofficially care for family members with mental illness.
Under the NDIS there are risks for the carers people with a disability employ. Dave Hunt/AAP

New risks for disability care workers under the NDIS

The roll out of the NDIS means disability service providers and the people they employ are exposed to more market forces and this could result in protection for workers.

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