The Government has today announced that partners and spouses will be paid up to $25.50 an hour to look after ill or disabled family members. They are changes to a law that has been described as a "shame on society". Health reporter Emma Russell looks at the reasons behind the revamp.

Every morning Geoff Wales would wake at the crack of dawn - often distressed.

After resting her eyes for less than four hours in the neighbouring room, his wife Marilyn would rush to his side.

Their morning routine was well-practised. She would get him breakfast, make sure he took


Marilyn and Geoff's story


Changing the tune

A rapidly growing ageing population:

Jill and Sydney's story

Emotional toll on unpaid carers