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

  • Janette Costa Cancino

    VIC
    I am a 42 years old mum of 3 boys with autism. I do care because they are my live and I hope for them a future full of opportunities.
  • Vickie James

    TAS
    Lm caring because love compels me to care, to comitt my life to her til we part, lm her mother, her advocate,teacher & nurse, shes a joy, givin each other comfort, stability & friendship..At times its not easy, lm tired, lve missed out on many opport unities, jobs, social events, family & friends however this girl is worth it. Living is only purposeful if it has care towards others.. Thanks. Vickie & Bethany.
  • Mia

    NSW
    I'm a carer and by nature a caring person,have always been. I'm not too sure about celebrating carers as the Government keeps us in poverty. It's an extremely hard thing do,full time care and watch your family slowly fall under the poverty line and help is nowhere to be found. Whilst I'd never want but to care for my son,it is heartbreaking to see just how little we are apprwciated especially by government entities. I would love nothing more than for our decision makers to come down to the grassroots level to see just how much we carers do. Some of us do the work of 12 people.
  • Amy

    VIC
    I care for my Mum, who has cerebral palsy, and other health concerns. She is in her late 60's, and I have been her carer since for almost 28 years. I'm in my early 30's which makes it a very long time being a carer, considering I was essentially born into the role. It can be incredible difficult to speak to non-carers about my role, they make offhand remarks like "I do similar for my family so I should also get that payment too", when they have no idea how insulting that is towards both myself and my Mum, or other carers. I care because I love her. I will always care for her.
  • Trudy

    TAS
    6 years ago my hubby had a work related accident so it was a 4 year journey of many medical specialists Lawyers etc I was automatically put on Carers pension because of his mental ups and downs I stood by him 100 percent the whole time During that time I was diagnosed with an autoimmune medical condition but had no time to focus on that Also my mother passed away and for the last 5 years I also have put in 100 percent ensuring my Father is healthy and happy I give a big big thankyou to Carers Tas for their help and support... even support for me the Carer
  • Noreen McCabe

    QLD
    I am a recognised carer for my child with disabilities, but also an "informal" carer for my 88 year old grandmother, who has been more like a mother to me than a grandmother. My grandfather passed away almost 4 years ago and my grandmother lives alone with her dog. I take care of all administration for her, do her shopping, pay her bills, organise and transport her to appointments, cook and help look after her home. It's a lot as a single parent, but the underlying reason why I care is because I love her. I want her remaining time to be filled with happiness and love. Plain and simple.

#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!

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Working to improve the lives of carers

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Check out our videos and images 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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