Who cares? A profile of people who care for relatives with a mental disorder

Pirkis, Jane, Burgess, Philip, Hardy, Judy, Harris, Meredith, Slade, Tim and Johnston, Amy (2010) Who cares? A profile of people who care for relatives with a mental disorder. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44 10: 929-937. doi:10.3109/00048674.2010.493858

Author Pirkis, Jane
Burgess, Philip
Hardy, Judy
Harris, Meredith
Slade, Tim
Johnston, Amy
Title Who cares? A profile of people who care for relatives with a mental disorder
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8674
Publication date 2010-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/00048674.2010.493858
Volume 44
Issue 10
Start page 929
End page 937
Total pages 9
Editor Peter Joyce
Place of publication London, U.K
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To profile the Australian adults who are caring for a relative with a mental disorder.

Method: Data came from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing 2007 (NSMHWB), a nationally representative household survey of 8841 individuals aged between 16 and 85 years.

Results: Many people act as carers: 15% of the Australian adult population, or nearly 2.4 million individuals. The strongest predictors of being a carer are being female and being in a relatively older age bracket. Carers provide a range of emotional and practical supports to close relatives with a range of mental disorders, most notably high prevalence disorders. Their relatives’ health problems cause them considerable worry, anxiety and depression, and their caring role can be associated with high financial costs.

Conclusions: Carers are significant stakeholders in the mental health system. Providing support for carers is crucial, particularly because their own mental health and well-being may be affected by their care-giving role. The nature of this support should take into account their large numbers, their profile and the role they perform.
© 2010 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Keyword Burden
Mental disorders
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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