​September 4, 2017

She knows all about battling illness, but author Petrea King has now set her sights on helping the silent battlers: the carers.

On Monday September 25, the Quest for Life CEO will be runinng a carers' workshop at Royal North Shore Hospital to help those who are spending their lives helping others.


​"It's almost impossible to give compassionate care to someone when you feel depleted yourself," Ms King said.

Intuition, insight, wisdom, creativity and humour are all essential qualities to have when you're caring for someone you love.

"They can be achieved by recognising the symptoms of burnout and knowing what helps to replenish and refresh ourselves."

The workshop will help carers accept and manage the full range of emotions that may be experienced as well as learn to make the most of the support and resources available.

Ms King knows all about the effects of ill-health, having beaten myeloid leukaemia after being diagnosed in 1983.

She has gone on to write eight best sellers including Quest for Life, a handbook for people with life-threatening illness, and Spirited Women, which follows the journeys of women with breast cancer.

Ms King said it was important that those helping a loved one did not push themselves too far physically or emotionally.

"First fill up your own inner 'bucket' and then you're only giving from the overflow," she said.

"If you're always giving out from a half empty bucket you'll begin to resent what you're giving to others what you have even given to yourself."

Anyone interested in attending the workshop should call the Northern Sydney Local Health District Carer Support Service on 9462 9488 during business hours.

If you reach voicemail, please leave your name and phone number and assume your booking is confirmed.

What: Who takes care of the carer? Workshop for carers.

When: Monday September 25, registrations from 9am with class beginning at 9.30am.

Where: Level five, Norman Nock, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards.

Cost: Free, but a gold coin donation for light lunch catering appreciated.

How: Call the Carer Support Service on 9462 9488 during business hours.