Family caregivers trying to provide quality care for their elderly relatives or those with disabilities face many challenges in the best of circumstances.    And it is doubly difficult in remote regions where distances, weather and terrain add to the challenges.

A new study recently released by Carers Australia demonstrates just how difficult and challenging that care can be.  The study, conducted by The Australian Institute of Family Studies, reports that carers in outer regional and remote areas expereince higher rates of disability or long-term health problems and lower employment rates.  All carers in regional and rural Australia were more likely to be living in a jobless household and to experience financial hardship.