Information about caring

Find useful Palliative Care Victoria publications

Palliative Care Victoria is the peak body for palliative care and end of life care. We provide information about palliative care, referral to relevant palliative care service providers and resources both hard copy and online.

Weighing it up - home or residential care?

Sometimes the main reason for needing residential care is the difficulty associated with managing a specific problem at home.

How and why to hold a family meeting

Why family meetings can be useful and when to have them. 

Advice for new carers: how and why to get family to help with the caring

While there are many joys in caring for a family member or friend, there can also be many frustrations and challenges. 

Advice for new carers: things to consider when taking on a caring role

Some people say that taking on a caring role feels more like a duty or obligation than an active choice.

Who is a carer?

With over 700,000 carers in Victoria, you or someone you know may be a carer. A carer can be young or old, they may be spouses, parents, sons or daughters and anything in between. 

Young carers: young, queer and caring

Are you a young LGBTIQ person who provides support to a partner, friend or family member with health or mental health issues? You may be a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/gender diverse, intersex, queer and/or questioning. 

Young carers: help and support

Find out more about the services that are available to support young carers in Victoria.


Gradually becoming a carer

Caring for an older family member or friend starts in different ways for different people.

Anyone, anytime can become a carer

Carers come from all walks of life and provide care for a variety of reasons. In fact, some of the most famous people in history were carers!

Suddenly becoming a carer

People start caring for an older family member or friend in different ways.

Victorian Carers Recognition Act

The Carers Recognition Act 2012 formally recognises and values the role of carers and the importance of care relationships in the Victorian community. 


Work and finance: what you need to know

Caring families often experience financial hardship. It can be difficult juggling with paid work and the extra costs related to illness and disability can be enormous. 

Policy and research: key issues you need to know about

Caring families save the Australian community more than $40 billion per year, yet too many carers are in poor health, face financial hardship and social isolation and are not properly supported by services.   

What to do when your family member doesn't want help

It's not uncommon for older people to resist the help offered by family or to decline the use of support services that are available.