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This special seminar invites carers, professionals, academics, researchers, advocates and policymakers to come together to progress the agenda for carers.
Recent studies estimate the cost of unpaid care in Australia – 1.9 billion hours in 2015 – to be $60 billion. Policies in Australia and the UK have begun to address the rights and issues of carers but more concerted and united action is required at many levels.
During National Carers Week (11 to 17 October), international guest speaker Professor Alisoun Milne will examine contemporary challenges in the UK, where public sector constraints undermine policy aims, and relentless resource reduction threatens carer health and wellbeing. Alisoun will also outline the important place of carer research, emphasising the need to consider how we best generate knowledge that both understands carer experiences and informs policy.
Joining her, Caroline Mulcahy, Chief Executive Officer of Carers Victoria, will provide a local viewpoint on the rights and issues of carers.
National Carers Week is an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the millions of Australians who provide care and support to a family member or friend. Carers Victoria and other organisations locally and internationally strive to create a culture that recognises and values carers’ contribution and adequately supports them all year round.
The Centre for Applied Social Research at RMIT is proud to present this seminar in collaboration with Deakin University and Carers Victoria.
Professor Alisoun Milne
Alisoun Milne is Professor of Social Gerontology and Social Work at the University of Kent’s School for Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research.
Alisoun is widely published in both academic and practice-related journals and regularly conducts funded research. Her research interests include: family carers; social work with older people; mental health in later life; and long-term care.
She is a member of the Standing Commission on Carers and was on the Executive Committee of the British Society of Gerontology from 2009 to 2015.
Caroline Mulchahy is the Chief Executive Officer of Carers Victoria. Beginning her ‘caring’ career over 25 years ago as a nurse, Caroline has worked in various health roles in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. Her experience includes clinical care, operational and strategic planning and senior management roles.
Mulchahy has a masters degree in health sciences, majoring in research methods, and is passionate about evidence-based practices. She has established new models of effective governance and has been instrumental in building robust, effective business models that facilitate compassionate and sensitive treatment of clients.
Located in Russell Street on the Victoria Street corner, catch a City Loop train to Melbourne Central train station or to Flinders Street. From Flinders Street, you can take a connecting City Loop train or Yarra Tram along nearby Swanston Street.
Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72. You’ll find tram routes 24, 30 and 35 along nearby La Trobe Street.
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No on-campus parking is available for visitors, but you’ll find many commercial car parks a short walk away. Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.