Welcome to the Carer Life Course

The Carer Life Course identifies six phases of caring that most carers go through, and provides information, support and resources.

The Carer Life Course can help break down common feelings of isolation and fear by providing a map of what other carers have gone through.

If you are a carer, you may feel your own needs get lost in the caring role. You may feel you need support, and don’t know where to turn - and it’s always a relief when you know you’re not the only one going through this.

Whether you are a parent, spouse or partner, child, sibling or service provider for someone needing care, you can find information, support and resources here to help.

For more information view the Carer Life Course interactive program: The 6 carer phases interactive >>

The 6 carer phases

Carers phases

Carer Phases

What phase are you in? Learn about the six phases of caring:

  • something is wrong
  • confirmation
  • adjusting
  • managing
  • purposeful coping
  • end of caring role
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Carers relations

Carer Relationships

Learn about the impact of caring for someone if you are a:

  • parent
  • spouse or partner
  • child
  • sibling
  • service provider
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Where can you go for support? This section provides a detailed list of:

  • support services
  • service providers
  • links
  • downloads
  • fact sheets
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