Number 45 - Indigenous carers

This project on Indigenous carers was commissioned as part of the 2008 Social Policy Research Services (SPRS) Agreement with the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales. The research question guiding the overall project is: what information is known, what further information is needed, and how can further information best be obtained about Indigenous people who are providing informal care for a person due to disability or ageing? Overall, the project explores these issues using: a literature review; data scoping and analysis; and recommendations for future research. This report refers to ‘carers’ as people who provide assistance and support to people with disability, long-term illness or the frail aged, but also recognises that the definition must take account of concepts of care in extended Indigenous kin networks and communities, and the relevant cultural connotations.

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