More than two million of Australia's carers need care and support too.
Carers are frequently more disadvantaged than the general population when it comes to their own health and well-being, according to Carers ACT.
With the support of Carers ACT, Sharon Thearle and Joanne Hillan established a respite group for carers in the Upper Lachlan Shire in November, 2018.
They provide a pathway to access crucial services and focus on the carer experience. Carers provide support so that people can de-stress and relax, it is open to both men and women, and their focus is not exclusive to any disorders.
They hope to raise the awareness of services that people in regional communities can access. Members aren't ready to talk about their own mental health, however, "people are finding out about and seeking support," she said.
In her experience aged people are particularly vulnerable in understanding and accessing services. "Many feel like they aren't entitled to anything, and we are trying to create awareness," she said.
In June, Elaine Delaney will meet with the group to discuss the benefits of holistic therapy.
In July, a guest speaker from United will talk about the National Disabilities Insurance Scheme, and in August, there is a guest speaker from Dementia Australia.
People do not need proof of providing care to attend, Ms Thearle said.
- Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at the Crookwell Returned and Services Leagues Club, 11am-1pm.