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Improved wellbeing, a research project supporting unpaid carers. Strong Carers Strong Communities.

This research project is the first to address the needs of carers of older people with cognitive impairment and disabilities in remote Kimberley Aboriginal communities.

The project found a significant decrease in carer’s depression scores when they participated in regular support meetings. Education session also improved wellbeing for unpaid carers.

‘I got respect … understanding how to be a better caregiver … gave me knowledge’.

Engaging with carer advocacy groups led to ongoing groups in the Kimberley. This may have contributed to a framework for culturally responsive carers programs. This research project demonstrated that a participatory action research program for carers of older Aboriginal Australians is feasible and can improve carer mental wellbeing.

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