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.


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Recent Stories

  • Michelle

    I’m caring for my mum as she has terminal cancer, she has cancer in both lungs, adrenal gland, lymph nodes in her neck and brain cancer, we’ve recently found out it’s gone from one tumour to now 5 in her brain, it’s very hard as I don’t live with her and I take care of my family and also my mum, I take her to all appointments, I also do her shopping and pay her bills as she doesn’t leave the house, only if needed, it takes it’s toll on me but I do it because I’m the only one that cares as she is my mum 😊
  • Cathy-jo Tame

    My daughter has a rare neurological condition causing her to not walk ,talk toilet feed and do every day activities most take for granted I also had a son with the same rare condition who passed away at 15mths my daughters life expectancy was 2 she is now 8 the neurologist has said due to the love and support she gets it shows in her health just how well looked after Meisha is now I ask you this, could the government afford to pay me for a 24/7 job and show this much love dedication and exhausting sleepless hours to keep my daughter alive and smiling ? I don’t think so but it would be nice
  • Jo Hamblyn

    My housemate and best friend ave been caring for each other and supporting each other through life for a few years now. We have both had traumatic events occur in our lives and have been left with PTSD, depression and other mental health issues. We stick together and have each others back because we get it. Sure there are times that it’s truely difficult and I would like things to be different, but at the end of the day, our lives are better because of the support we offer each other.
  • 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 .


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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