1 in 6 Tasmanians take on the highly admirable and often self-sacrificing role of being an unpaid carer. Oli is one of them.

Despite their young age, Oli has been a carer for several different people, all while juggling their own health conditions, work, and university.

Oli cared for their late mother throughout her cancer journey and currently provides daily support to their wife, Realm, who is non-binary and lives with multiple disabilities.

As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Oli previously experienced challenges when accessing carer support while they lived in Queensland.

Since returning to Tasmania, Oli asked for help from Care2Serve, Tasmania’s Carer Gateway provider and has been able to access free support.

Through Care2Serve, Oli was able to access a range of support, such as counselling, getting help at home, and respite.

Care2Serve is Rainbow Tick accredited and understands the unique lived experiences of LGBTQIA+ carers.

Read the story below on page 17 as published in the Red Thread Magazine Summer 2024, or read it directly at Red Thread here

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