Costs of informal caring - Carers NSW Stakeholder comment

  • Melanie Zeppel (Participant)

Impact: Policy impacts

Description of impact

Zeppel’s microsimulation on the economic impacts of chronic conditions provides critical evidence of the diversity of caring roles and experiences, and the variable impacts of caring on workforce participation. While organisations such as Carers NSW work with carers are acutely aware of the financial, health and wellbeing challenges associated with reduced workforce participation, Zeppel’s modelled data provides solid evidence of the economic case for investment in programs supporting carers to remain in the workforce. Governments and employers rely on this kind of data to be sure of the viability and value of such programs, and stakeholder partner Carers NSW has used her published data to assist with systemic advocacy for greater awareness and investment in these areas. There is also limited evidence in Australia of the financial impacts of reduced workforce participation on carers and their households; her data helped identify the factors that contribute to carers’ financial hardship, providing important contextual evidence to help us build the case for better financial support for carers.
Carers NSW has co-authored two conference presentations with Dr Zeppel, is currently drafting a second co-authored conference abstract, has an article drafted for our bi-monthly members magazine Carers News on this evidence, and plans to refer to her work in planned future policy submissions, grant applications and research reports relating to carer employment and finances, two priority areas of inquiry and advocacy for Carers NSW currently.
Zeppel’s quantification of the impact of informal caring for people with chronic conditions was a contribution to the Carers NSW policy submission to government. Her research provided information advocating for better management of support structures, policy and
Impact date20182019
Category of impactPolicy impacts
Impact levelAdoption