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

  • Steven Prime

    I am caring for my daughter, She suffered severe brain injury through medical neglect, Although they tried to get us to sign her over to state care, I dedicated my life to her the day she was born and that doesn't stop because of a brain injury. My responsibility is to make sure she has the best care I can give her and not palm her off. It is a massive sacrifice in my life but her smiles make it worth while. To be honest i hate how things are, always broke and restricted, but I know her life is as good as it can be and she is happy. My biggest fear is one day I won't be here.
  • Leesa Healy

    I have worked in Mental Health and Disability for over 30 years. In that time have been blown away by the support, love, persistence, dedication and advocacy Carers provide for their loved ones. I have sat with carers through trauma and success's, through moments of incredible joy and moments of devastating pain. I have watched Mums fight the system for their child, I've watched siblings dealing with extraordinary behaviours with love and perseverance, I have listened to Dads express their helplessness and have celebrated with families when their loved ones have wins. Indeed I care.
  • Adele Ganley

    I have 4 children. My 3 boys have varying levels of Autism, adhd. One has Oppositional behaviour disorder and another one has an intellectual disability. I am a Carer because it is my responsibility to take care of my children and teach them how to function in this world. One of my boys has moved out with his sister. One has started a job in July. Another one attends day services . They are all out there in the community participating as much as they can. I love to watch them grow and explore , success or failure. They come and talk to me about what happened that day . Hard but rewarding .
  • Belle Shields

    I am a carer for my partner who is a wounded returned serviceman, my twin boys who have special needs, step mum of 3 boys who also have special needs as well and we became kinship carers for my nearly 2yo grandson who was born with an addiction I gave up my fulltime job as a trainer which I loved as my family was not able to function properly as my partner is battling severe complications from a replaced hip and is unable to walk and take care of himself or others So to keep my family together I do this as it needs to be done and I love them with all my heart and couldnt have it any other way.
  • Emma

    I have been caring for my beautiful mum around the clock 24/7 for the past 3 years while she courageously battles terminal pancreatic cancer. I do it because I love her. She’s had always been a gregarious fun loving crazy mum and nan and an absolute role model to me before her diagnosis. To see her now, the shell of what she was breaks my heart into pieces every day. Unless people have experienced the situation of caring for a loved one with an illness or medical condition, you do not realise the toll it takes on someone both physically and mentally. Carers of loved are angels on earth.
  • Louise

    I am grateful every second of every day for our wonderful Mum. I am her carer. I love that we live together so I can get to tuck her in. I can care for her as well as have a full time Senior job role because I work in an organisation that champions flexible and agile working (Transport for NSW). Most importantly I have the support of my team and Manager, my "work family". It's a privilege and a pleasure to be able to look after my Mum. She's pretty awesome!


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!

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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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