Providing care and support to a relative or friend who has an illness, disease or disability is widely held to be a task which requires extensive emotional and physical resources and one which can place considerable strain on the carer. Over the last four decades a growing body of research has emerged, both in Australia and internationally, demonstrating the adverse physical, psychological, social and financial effects that caring can have on the well being of carers. Although the caring role has inherent emotional, physical, financial and social strains which place carers at risk for poor physical and psychological health outcomes, many carers nevertheless find a sense of benefit or meaning in their caring. Carers are therefore constantly balancing the strains and rewards associated with caring. The findings of this Report will help us better understand those factors which influence the delicate balance between the positive and negative experiences in caring.
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