Carers are people providing primary care to another person because of disability or old age. It is estimated that in 2003 there were 474,600 primary carers in Australia , and the number of carers is likely to increase as the Australian population ages. There are Australian government payments or allowances available for carers.
Caring is likely to affect the family and social relationships of carers, and is also likely to have a social, emotional and financial impact. A 2008 report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies  found that:
- Carers had significantly worse mental health and vitality, and higher rates of depression, than the general population
- Family members of carers are also disproportionately affected by depression
- Carers tend to be in poorer physical health than the general population
- A higher proportion of carers and their families suffer from financial hardship than the general population
- 13% of carers must care for more than one person, and more than one third of carers have the care of at least one child as well as the person they care for
- Many carers have left employment due to their caring responsibilities
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