National Carers Week honours carers at Mount Druitt Hospital

THANKS: Amanda Nowak with Mount Druitt Hospital patient Iris Ruby. Iris was excited to give the thank you pack to her carer, who was arriving for a visit later in the day.
THANKS: Amanda Nowak with Mount Druitt Hospital patient Iris Ruby. Iris was excited to give the thank you pack to her carer, who was arriving for a visit later in the day.

Mount Druitt Hospital’s hard-working carers got some pampering of their own last week.

Staff brought the tea trolley around to offer treats to carers and patients as part of National Carers Week on Wednesday, October 18.

A spot of morning tea gave carers time to reflect on the crucial work they do on a daily basis. They also received ‘thank you’ packages, including a mug, tea, coffee and a small pamper item.

Mount Druitt Hospital occupational therapist Amanda Nowak and social worker Rihannon Thripp with the tea trolley. Picture: Supplied

Mount Druitt Hospital occupational therapist Amanda Nowak and social worker Rihannon Thripp with the tea trolley. Picture: Supplied

More than 2.8 million carers work in Australian homes and health care facilities, providing a whopping 36 million hours of support every week.

Carers donate their time to help people with a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, a chronic condition or terminal illness, and to support the frail and elderly. Their work is especially valued in Mount Druitt Hospital’s palliative care ward.

Western Sydney Health patient and carer experience manager Wendy Cain said National Carers Week was an opportunity for staff and patients to pay homage to their “unsung heroes”.

“Our carers are vital; we count on them and we really want to celebrate the outstanding contribution they make, often behind the scenes,” she said.

“Anyone at any time can become a carer; National Carers Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about the roles carers play each and every day.”

The theme for this year’s week was ‘Carers Count’.