Carer Needs Tool

Most people who have a life limiting condition want to remain at home, and die there, if possible. Family members or friends often take on a carer role, providing practical and emotional support.

As a carer, you will have various needs - for information and training, for support, or for respite (taking a break). And, these needs can change over time. Identifying your needs as a carer is useful. It can prompt you to seek relevant information or to reach out to your GP or other health professional for support.

To help you work out what your needs are as a carer here we present two tools.

NAT-C is for where the person you care for has cancer, NAT-CC is for where they have a chronic condition that is not cancer. To work out your needs view or print the tool right for you.

While you are waiting to discuss this with your GP you might want to check out some of the other resources in the Patients and Carers section.


The CareSearch website only provides general palliative care information. It is not intended to replace the care or advice of your own health professionals.

  • If it is an emergency, dial 000 for immediate emergency services help
  • Ring your GP or hospital
  • There is an After Hours GP Helpline
  • Ring Lifeline on 13 11 14
  1. Mitchell GK, Girgis A, Jiwa M, Sibbritt D, Burridge LH, Senior HE. Providing general practice needs-based care for carers of people with advanced cancer: a randomised controlled trial. Br J Gen Pract. 2013; 63(615):e683-e690.

Last updated 13 July 2020