Why We Care

 

If you’re a carer, we’d love to hear your story. Tell us why you care!

Not a carer? Take a moment to tell us why you support unpaid carers.

 

Tell Us Why You Care

Recent Stories

  • Siri Alluru

    WA
    I care for a friend with Parkinson's. He was always there for me when I needed someone. I care because I love him with all my heart.
  • Chris Goodwin

    NSW
    I Am an unpaid carer, well, I help with my mother who is 87yrs, I helped mum with dad who had Alzheimer’s dementia for 3 yrs , then 7mths after his devastating stroke till he passed. Then I had to lookout for my mother to recover and now, with the help of home care, I assist in her everyday mental health and overseeing of her health etc, general house/garden duties, financials, I live just around the cnr from her. It is hard on work( building contractor) which has become selective, no social life unless you call shopping day as social. I am 1 of 4 siblings, I trained as RTN 1980. Not easy.
  • Laura McVeigh

    WA
    I am my Mum's carer, and have been on and off for 24 years, since I was 13. It's been more and more necessary for the past 15 years, and full time for the past 5 years. She suffers from debilitating anxiety and depression, but mostly I care for her because she has a rare kidney disorder as a result of chemotherapy (she's beat cancer three times!) It's exhausting at times, but it's worth the effort to know that she's safe and comfortable instead of nervous or distressed. The whole experience has inspired me to study counselling so I can help others in a similar situation.
  • Katie

    ACT
    My husband had a stroke in Dec 17 and life as we knew it stopped. With no income and 3 kids, I stepped up and now I am mum to 3 kids and carer to my husband. I care because I love him and our kids have the best role model in their lives. There is no point in letting life stop. Find something each day to laugh about.
  • Nat

    WA
    NSW 3 months ago my life was turned upside down I have epilepsy I had a flu shot I ended up on life support or a week this nearly killed me my mum flew from WA at my bedside. 2 weeks later my mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer and my daughter also was going through a diagnosis of epilepsy too, My partner,myself and 6 year old daughter moved across the country to WA recently to care for my terminally ill mum and I was at her bedside the whole time caring for her as she did for me in prior weeks and to spend her remaining months with her. I care because Carers need to be recognised.
  • Lissa Shay

    NSW
    I care for my 90 year old mum because I love her. She cared & raised me, and has always been there for me, so why wouldn’t I care for her in her old age. Initially, I moved in with mum, but as her condition has declined and I have required more family assistance to care for her, she has moved in with us. The family love having Granny around and spending quality time with her. It’s the way it should be!

#Carers2019

National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation.

Anyone at any time can become a carer. Australia’s 2.7 million carers make an enormous contribution to our communities, with their caring roles being valued at $60.3 billion annually – more than $1 billion per week.

Each year, National Carers Week provides an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles. So join us in spreading the word and letting the community know why we care.

Our National Carers Week Ambassador for 2019!

AFLW star, Moanna Hope, cares for her sister, Vinny, and you can meet them both via our new video!

 

 

Free dental care for unpaid carers!

This National Carers Week we are again partnering with Maven Dental Group to offer unpaid carers free dental care!

Click here to register!

Working to improve the lives of carers

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Check out all our videos in the National Carers Week Gallery

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Carer Gateway

Check out the Australian Government’s Carer Gateway – a national online and phone service providing practical information to support carers. This interactive tool helps carers connect to local support services.

 

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