The Social Impact of Caring for Terminally Ill People: Sustaining the Well-Being of Carers in Rural Australia

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Computing, Health and Science


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgrad Medicine, WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care




This article was originally published as: Aoun, S., & Kristjanson, L. (2005, March). The social impact of caring for terminally ill people: sustaining the well-being of carers in rural Australia. In 8th national rural health conference. Original article available here.


Many individuals are finding themselves becoming the primary care providers for ill and disabled family members. Primary carers are defined as people who regularly provide the most assistance with one or more of the core activities of communication, mobility, transport, housework and self-care. We live longer, but with compromising medical conditions and increased costs of health care. Consequently, families are increasingly replacing skilled health workers in the delivery of unfamiliar complex care. The carer role has changed dramatically from promoting convalescence to providing high technology care and psychological support in the home.

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