Indigenous carers bear heavy burden in remote Australia (media release)

Australia’s unpaid family carers are under strain – and in Very Remote areas almost one half of them are people of Indigenous extraction. Census data show that unpaid carers comprised a staggering 11.2 per cent of the total population in 2006. Regional differences are not large, but there are some carer ‘hot spots’ in a number of Remote and Very Remote areas in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia associated with a high proportion of the caring population being Indigenous.

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