Suzie Williams, stress management specialist, says carers often overlook their own needs | OPINION

CARERS make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy, according to the organisers of National Carers Week.

Should all carers decide to stop performing their caring role, it would cost the country $60.3 billion per year to replace those supports – that’s over $1 billion per week.

National Carers Week (October 16-22) gives people the chance to show their appreciation and learn about carers and caring in Australia.

A Free Relaxing Retreat for Carers is one such opportunity in Port Stephens on Friday. This will take place at Nelson Bay Bowling Club, which has provided the room for free, on Friday morning.



The retreat is designed to be accessible and suitable for all family carers in the Port Stephens area.

Family carers work tirelessly day in, day out, often with little time for themselves. So many carers feel isolated and alone. 

Many carers often have their own health issues which they tend to neglect when busy caring for others. This is a chance to care for themselves, for a little while.

So if you, or anyone you know, is a carer this is a great opportunity for them to have some time out for themselves to relax, and recharge their batteries. 

They will learn some very easy-to-do techniques and feel refreshed and re-energsied at the end.

If you care for someone - be it a partner, spouse, child or parent - who has had a stroke or has Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, cancer, mental health issues, heart problems, autism, MS (or any other condition that requires your ongoing care and commitment to ensure their health and wellbeing) then this is for you!

The session is suitable for all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities as the movements will be gentle, the techniques easy to learn and delivered at an easy to do pace.

The Carers Relaxing Retreat is free for family carers (not for professional paid carers). 

It will be held in the Nelson Bay Bowling Club, Crows Nest Room, on Friday from 9.30am to 11.30am.

  • Suzie Williams is a stress management specialist with a special interest in helping carers. She’s the face behind Abundant Potential, with over 30 years experience in training, nursing, stress management, pain relief, healing and caring for people.
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