Better mental health involves everyone

Carer Support
Fund login
support CLEW
login
clew login

Media Release from Tandem - response to Federal Budget

Federal Budget does not shift the burden of ‘Caring’. Tandem implores the federal government NOT TO PUNISH carers of people with a mental Illness.

Media Release May 4th 2016

Federal Budget does not shift the burden of ‘Caring’.


Tandem implores the federal government NOT TO PUNISH carers of people with a mental Illness.


Whilst the Carer Allowance and Carer Payment remain AS IS, changes flagged in the federal budget will end backdated claims for Carers Allowance payments (currently $123.50 per fortnight) placing inordinate pressure on families/carers of people with a mental illness who are often amongst the most disadvantaged members of our community.

Tandem highlights the resulting pressure on carers and service providers to ensure that Carer Allowance claims are lodged with Centrelink without delay. Improvements to Centrelink performance, unlikely if further cuts are made to staffing levels, is crucial to the wellbeing of mental health carers to ensure their own mental health is not adversely affected as a result.

Tandem vehemently opposes any CUTS TO Medicare and bulk-billed Medical Services. This harsh act would further deter mental health carers, who notably neglect their own health, from seeking medical assistance, leading to further unnecessary stress, exacerbation of chronic health conditions, financial disadvantage and as a consequence social isolation.

Tandem is also concerned that the proposed review of Disability Support Pension eligibility will deliver a further blow to up to 90,000 people living with a mental illness and their carers.
Tandem joins Mental Health Australia in the lead-up to the Federal Election to commit to:

Download the full Media Release here.






News Archive