The study found that the disability support workers regularly spent unpaid time on two types of work activities.
While disability carers are employed to work part-time hours, they often have long work days with short periods of work interspersed with non-work periods.
Caring can be very rewarding for both the carer and the patient.
Here are some tips if you are looking after someone who is nearing the end of their life.
Patient safety grabbed the attention when plans were mooted to move post-op people out of hospital and into private homes. But the project also moves important work into the shadows.
Medication usage has gone through the roof in the last decade.
A study has for the first time provided a detailed profile of who mental health carers are and what they do.
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.
Giving carers at home more power could save a lot of unnecessary pain.
'Lay carers' could be given the power to administer pain medication to the terminally ill at home.
Caring for your child can be tough work.
Parents of children who have complex healthcare needs often find their role as a mother or father is overwhelmed by all the clinical tasks they have to undertake.
Young carers may be put off seeking welfare assistance if that is the focus of reform.
The focus on reducing welfare dependency among young carers, parents and students may deter them from seeking any help.
Under the NDIS there are risks for the carers people with a disability employ.
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.
Women need to plan for a future where their career and personal finances will be significantly affected by caring for older relatives.
Life after caring can pose many challenges.
Caring takes time and resources so when it ends, many find themselves left behind.
The UK's palliative care is excellent - but that hasn't prevented scandals like the Liverpool Care Pathway and Mid-staffs.
Slow progress for people with learning disabilities.
A new report into progress made since the Winterbourne View abuse scandal says despite call for radical change, not much has been happening.
The parties seem to be misreading the signs.
A group of 17 million voters is being ignored by the main parties. Why might that be?
Devoting time to looking after others can result in significant hidden costs to the carer.
If the 5.5 million unpaid carers didn't look after others – at the expense of careers and incomes – taxpayers would bear the costs, so as a community we should give carers a fairer deal in retirement.
Families of victims of Winterbourne abuse make a statement in 2012.
Respect, value and support creates good carers but carers themselves can come with baggage that needs to be tackled.
Many carers sacrifice their own careers and wellbeing so would welcome a helping hand back into quality work when the time is right.
Carers received relatively little attention in the interim report of the Review of Australia’s Welfare System. This was despite early media reports that the Carer Payment would be a target for reform…
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Imagine your partner experiences extreme mood swings: you’ve seen them at their lowest, you’ve seen them at their highest, you’ve seen them when they are well. You’ve “monitored” their mood, checked they’ve…
Given conventional ideas of male roles, we often tend to imagine carers as being women. But more men take on this “unpaid work” than you might think, and particularly in older groups. Research we’ve carried…