It's caring: Multicultural carers focus of new campaign

Maisoon Yalda with her mum Layla Hana.

Maisoon Yalda with her mum Layla Hana.

Last year, Maisoon Yalda noticed her mother Layla Hana asking the same questions repeatedly. She thought her mother might be developing dementia, but the doctors found a large tumour.

All of a sudden the Iraqi woman was now a carer.

The Liverpool resident, who works part-time as a teaching aid and is heavily involved in her community, also volunteers as the principal of a Chaldean Saturday school and teaches English to migrants.

"The day after her operation, I was sitting next to her worried about her recovery. She told me I should still teach my Zoom class and she would listen," she said.

"She's always supported me and encouraged me to keep going with things I love.

"I like to take care of my mum because I want to set a good example for my kids. One day when I'm my mother's age, I hope my children will take care of me the same way.

"That time in my life was hard, but I only struggled for about a week. My husband and children have always supported me and my friends would call to tell me they were praying for my mother. I knew I had good support around me."

Raising awareness about available support is the focus of a new campaign which coincided with National Carers Week. Carers from multicultural communities are the focus of the It's Caring campaign which celebrate the state's 850,000 carers who provide unpaid help to someone who needs support due to disability, mental illness, dementia, frail age or chronic illness.

Families, Communities and Disability Services Minister Alister Henskens said one in five carers in NSW come from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

"...And this campaign is about making sure they know where to turn to access services and support," he said.

"Throughout the pandemic, the love and support of carers has been more important than ever and this week is an opportunity to say thank you."

Multiculturalism Minister Natalie Ward said the campaign will be rolled out in ten different languages.

"Multi-generational family households and shared caring duties can be common practice in some communities. Some people may not associate themselves as carers and may be reluctant to ask for or receive help," Mrs Ward said.

"This campaign aims to remove barriers to information, increase awareness about support available and send a message that help is available to our wonderful carers across multicultural communities."