Financial and Non-Financial Support to Formal and Informal Out-of-Home Carers

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) Occassional Paper No. 38

119 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2012

See all articles by Marilyn H. McHugh

Marilyn H. McHugh

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC)

Kylie Valentine

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Date Written: December 6, 2011

Abstract

This report describes the supports and services available to formal and informal out-of-home carers, including existing qualitative evidence from carers, in order to: analyse current gaps in support; build an understanding of carers’ needs and priorities; understand the barriers to undertaking a caring role.

The key questions for this project are: What financial and non-financial support and/or services are currently provided to both formal and informal out-of-home carers? What are the gaps and inequities in the current support system? How do formal and informal out-of-home carers access and experience both Australian and state/territory government services and support? What are the needs and priorities of different groups of carers, and what barriers are there in undertaking a caring role?

The report comprises: an inventory of financial and non-financial support for formal and informal carers (based on information provided by the Commonwealth and each of the states and territories); descriptions of the barriers to the caring role; a review of existing qualitative research on carers’ experiences of supports and services, service gaps and inequities; examples of good practice in out-of-home care (OOHC).

Keywords: Out-of-home carers

JEL Classification: 130

Suggested Citation

McHugh, Marilyn H. and Valentine, Kylie, Financial and Non-Financial Support to Formal and Informal Out-of-Home Carers (December 6, 2011). Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) Occassional Paper No. 38. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2014418 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2014418

Marilyn H. McHugh

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Kylie Valentine (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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