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Young Carer Research Results

Last year we partnered with Little Dreamers to commission Griffith University to complete research about young carers in Australia. The results were shared at our annual Carer Forum in October 2021.

The project explored:

  • caring roles of Young Carers
  • health and wellbeing, psycho-social disability and risk-taking behaviours of Young Carers
  • implications of caring responsibilities for educational and employment outcomes of Young Carers, and
  • support, barriers to support, and further support needs for Young Carers

A summary of the key findings and recommendations can be found in the document below:

“Sometimes I feel like I am constantly two steps behind everyone else my age. I wish that I were able to have the same opportunities as everyone else my age”

YC survey respondent

“Amongst all the struggles and challenges nothing else brings me more joy than to be able to be a carer for my younger brother”

YC survey respondent

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Meet Jessica! Supported Independent Living resident

Hi, my name is Jessica and since moving into Supported Independent Living with Arafmi I have learnt so many new skills and have a really enjoyable social life.  I have 4 wonderful Support Workers and my relationship with my Mum, Dad and the whole family (12 of us) has really improved.  With the help of my Support Workers, I have been able to improve my independence and can now do so many more things for myself and am also supported out in the community, to join in activities and to participate in groups.  I am now able to cook some of my own food and help with dinner every night, and sometimes I go out for lunch or dinner with my Support Workers. I love my life now – Jessica

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Arafmi would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We value their cultures, identities, and continuing connection to country, waters, kin and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and are committed to making a positive contribution to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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