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Austrian Carer’s Association Working FOR and WITH informal carers. Birgit Meinhard-Schiebel. Content of Presentation. Situation in Austria Aims of the Austrian Carers’ Association Organization of the Association Events and Milestones Publicity Website and Folder Five Claims from Politics.

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Austrian carer s association working for and with informal carers

Austrian Carer’s AssociationWorking FOR and WITH informal carers

Birgit Meinhard-Schiebel


Content of presentation
Contentof Presentation

  • Situation in Austria

  • Aims of the Austrian Carers’ Association

  • Organization of the Association

  • Events and Milestones

  • Publicity

  • Website and Folder

  • Five Claims from Politics


Situation in austria
Situation in Austria

  • 5% of the population gets care allowance from the government

  • Informal carers provide 80% of care


Situation in austria1
Situation in Austria

  • Approx. 20% of the concerned families benefit from care and social services

  • 42% of the caregivers reported that they can not afford community services (i.e. home care)


Why should caregivers team up
Why should caregivers team up?

A platform that acts for carers and lobbies for their requests is necessary.


Aims of the austrian carers association
Aims of the Austrian Carers’ Association

  • Improving carers’ living situation

  • Raising awareness for the social relevance, burden and challenges of informal caregivers

  • Raising appraisal and appreciation of carers’ effort


Aims of the austrian carers association1
Aims of the Austrian Carers’ Association

  • Identification of supply gaps and lobbying for improvements

  • Establishment of informal carers as an political relevant group


Organization of the association
Organization of the Association

  • Board of directors

  • Advisory board

  • Regional coordinators


Board of directors
Board of Directors

  • 6 members

    • president

    • recording clerk

    • treasurer

      and their deputies

  • Leading tasks


Advisory board
Advisory Board

  • Approx. 20 members

  • Personalities from science, practise and business

  • Tasks:

    • Counselling the board of directors

    • Information carrier and multiplicator at events


Regional coordinators
Regional Coordinators

  • 12 coordinators in 8 states

  • Main tasks:

    • Connector to local politicians and agencies

    • Representative at events

    • In direct contact with informal carers

    • Research of community based services


Office
Office

  • National head office

  • Contact point for organs of association, members and interested persons

  • Located at the headquarters of the Austrian Red Cross in Vienna



Events and milestones
Events and Milestones

  • Event pre Foundation 11/2009

  • Inaugural Meeting 01/2010

  • Entry in Register of Associations 04/2010

  • Launch of Website 05/2010

  • 1st Press Conference 05/2010

  • 1st Meeting of Coordinators 08/2010

  • 1st Meeting of Advisory Board 09/2010

  • 2nd Press Conference 03/2011

  • 1st Annual Conference 03/2011

  • 1st General Meeting 03/2011


Publicity
Publicity

  • Two press conferences

  • Several articles in magazines and newspapers

  • Interviews on the radio

  • Representation at events

  • Networking


Information
Information

www. ig-pflege.at

Folder


Five claims from politics
Five Claims from Politics

  • Implementation of annual valorisation of care allowances

  • Creation of independent information centres for persons in need of care and their carers all over the country

  • Relief and support of caregivers by extension of achievable services


Five claims from politics1
Five Claims from Politics

  • Development of measurements for an improved compatibility of informal care and job

  • Acceptance of the Carers’ Association as special interest group from the government (on regional, state and national levels)


Thank you for your attention

Thank you for your attention!

Birgit Meinhard-Schiebel

President of the Austrian Carers’ Association

[email protected]


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