South Australian Carers say we built it, we value it and we want our carer support model to stay.
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SA Carers say we built it,
we value it and we want our carer support model to stay.
To the Hon. Jane Prentice MP.
Assistant Minister for Social Services for the Federal Government’s proposed new Integrated Carer Support Model for Carers across Australia.
In South Australia we already have a Carer Support Model that was designed by, and is still driven by Carers. This model of support was created, devised and built up over many years, with huge efforts from Carers and the Community.
Testimonials show the SA model of Community Carer Support is something many carers could not do without. They have become valuable early identifiers of carers at risk and offer carers holistic and life changing support.
We do not want a new model; we want to retain what we the experts in caring have decided is the best model of support for us. What we need as Carers, we are already getting today through Carer Support Organisations that we govern and have a say in. We do not want a model imposed on us that takes away the influence we have and takes away the relationships that we have built up.
We, the Carers are leading the development of Carer Support in South Australia that truly meets the needs of Carers. Please support us to retain our already established, community connected, model of carer support that meets our needs. Please help us to retain control of our support. Putting our carer support services to tender is not on - we will lose our voice, our established local connections and our vital Carer Community.
We don’t want to see what we have established in SA eroded or dismantled – what the Government can do for us, is to support what we have already established and we know works.
Please Support the SA Carer Support Model and our Carer driven organisations.
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