Staying organised

Many carers talk about how complicated and time-consuming applications and paperwork can be. The social worker at the treatment centre can offer support with this aspect of your role.

Setting up your own system for paperwork can reduce stress. Use a folder, expanding file or filing cabinet to organise bills, receipts and letters from health professionals. Keep a record of all treatments and test results, and take it with you to appointments.

Paper records can still work well, but if you want to, you can create a My Health Record online. This means the person’s important health care information is in one place and can be seen by their health professionals with their permission. There are also apps available through the App Store or Google Play that allow you to carry medical records on your smartphone. You can connect some of these apps to your My Health Record.

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This information was last reviewed in September 2017
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