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Academic receives NT carer award

Associate Professor Greg Shaw has received a National Carer Award Associate Professor Greg Shaw has received a National Carer Award

A CDU lecturer has been acknowledged for his role as a carer in the Northern Territory.

Associate Professor of Education Greg Shaw received the National Carer Awards, NT section, for the category of “Carer of a person who is frail due to age”.

Dr Shaw has cared for his mother, Marjorie, for almost five years. He said the manager of Wulagi House respite facility, where his mother is based, nominated him for the award.

“I have quite a close relationship with the staff there, but I didn’t realise that the manager had nominated me,” Dr Shaw said.

“It wasn’t until I received the invitation to the award ceremony, and even then I didn’t know I was a finalist.”

Dr Shaw said he had received overwhelming support from his wife, family members and community organisations, such as Carers NT, in caring for his mother.

He also thanked his colleagues at CDU including Law, Education, Business and Arts Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Giselle Byrnes and Head of the School of Education Professor Peter Kell for their support.

“They have been absolutely critical and outstanding to help me adjust my work so I can care for my mother,” Dr Shaw said.

“I find it an absolute joy to be a part of a university that does this.”

He said new carers should remember they were not alone and there were individuals and organisations that could assist them.

“There are ups and downs with any relationship,” he said. “In the down times, my advice is to hang in there because there are good times ahead.”