Information and Resources for Staff and Student Carers


The University of Auckland is committed to providing a high quality work environment and developing measures that recognise and respond to the needs of our staff and students, including those with Carer responsibilities.

Toolkit for Staff Carers


Toolkit for staff carers

The Toolkit for Staff Carers is designed to provide practical information and resources for staff with Carer responsibilities and their colleagues and managers. It also provides advice based on the direct experience of Carers at the University of Auckland.

Read the Toolkit for Staff Carers ebook

Download the Toolkit for Staff Carers (pdf)

Staff Carers video


Director of Staff Equity, Prue Toft, discusses what a Carer is and how staff and their managers have used equity policies such as the Flexible Work Policy to combine both work and carer responsibilities.

Toolkit for Student Carers


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The Toolkit for Student Carers is designed to provide practical information and resources for students with Carer responsibilities. It also provides advice based on the direct experience of Carers at the University of Auckland.

Read the Toolkit for Student Carers ebook

Download the Toolkit for Student Carers (pdf)

Young Carers video


Lauren Hitchin (Donnan) describes herself as a “Young Carer” and says “I didn’t even discover that I was one until last year.” This is a significant issue with young Carers because their responsibilities can be “invisible” and even hidden from the young Carers themselves. Lauren says that if the role is hidden it can be a barrier to accessing the services and resources that they need for support. Caring for her brother was something that she had done “naturally” since she was 14 years of age.

Caring responsibilities can not only impact on the young Carer’s education, social activities and working life, but it can also be challenging having to explain these personal circumstances. At times this can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. However, Lauren sees huge benefits in taking on a Caring role. “You can achieve something to be proud of.” It gives a greater maturity, can enhance family relationships, and can be a very rewarding experience, providing there is the right support and services.

 

Resources for Carers


Carers NZ

Carers NZ is a national not for profit supporting a network of approximately 50,000 individual carers and supporting organisations. The Carers NZ website is a one stop information resource for New Zealand carers featuring carer services, community information and a free carer infopack.

Phone: 0800 777 797
Email: centre@carers.net.nz
Web: www.carers.net.nz

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing

Carers NZ has secured a Consumer Leadership Development Grant to support carers who wish to gain recognition for their skills, and study to improve the support they provide. Carers NZ is working in partnership with Careerforce to help carers achieve NZ industry recognised qualifications at no financial cost. There are 10 places available. For more information, phone Carers NZ, 0800 777 797.

Young Carers

Young Carers Facebook page - Help for Kiwi kids and young people who support ill, elderly, or disabled loved ones.

Plans, reports and guides

New Zealand Carers Strategy Action Plan 2014-2018 (pdf) - Ministry for Social Development

Supporting people to move at home - Practical tips and techniques for carers and support workers (pdf) - ACC

The economic value and impacts of informal care in New Zealand (pdf) - Infometrics