Last Updated: August 8, 2023By

In a media release today, Carers Tasmania, the state’s Peak Body for informal carers, has welcomed the appointment of five carers with lived experience to the new Minister’s Carer Advisory Council (MCAC), including two carers from the North West.

The creation of the MCAC was first announced by Minister for Community Services and Development, Nic Street, during the passing of legislation by the House of Assembly in November that, for the first time, formally recognised informal carers in Tasmania.

Among the new appointees is Isabella, a 16-year-old young carer supporting her mother with Multiple sclerosis (MS) and brother with Autism. Frances, 79, who cares for her sister, has also been appointed.

‘Age doesn’t define whether you end up being a carer or not. I’m very excited to be a member of MCAC to ensure that there is representation at this high level about the experiences and needs of young carers in Tasmania,” said Isabella.

Carers Tasmania’s CEO, David Brennan, said, “The regional appointments to the MCAC will help increase understanding of the diverse caring situations and needs across the state, acknowledging that anyone, anytime may become a carer.”

Read the full media release below: