23 years ago my son was born 10 weeks pre-term and we struggled to adjust to the new reality that a diagnosis of cerebral palsy would bring. Soon it was clear to me that those I met requiring care generally had a voice advocating on their behalf for anything necessary to survive, strive and to thrive. The needs of those who stood alongside these children were largely invisible or taken for granted - that they would always be there, always be strong, cheerful, thankful, selfless, unbroken. I care and speak up....FOR CARERS, who deserve not simply to survive, but to strive and to thrive.
Being a Carer is the most privileged position in the world! It is better than ANY job money could pay for! When you attend to the needs of a person, when at they are at their most vulnerable, there is nothing in the world that can better the feeling of being the privileged person that is able to help!
I’m caring for my husband. He’s had cancer for the last 13 years. I retired from work 4 years ago. I’m glad I left work.
I care it’s the best Love I can express for my husband with cancer bedridden .Im beside 24/7.. no breaks/no outings from 7 months .Every moment is precious for him.And he finds me beside him gives him Comfort and joy .To keep the sick,disabled person happy ,fulfill their desires is the best I can do for him to live longer joyfully beside him .I love him more than anything in the world .For transition to be smooth or I go with him,holding hands together,taking our last breath together .Thats Why I care .Dont care about my own health .As when you care Unconditionally ,God takes care of the Carer
I’m in care of my daughters 2 oldest children as she passed away 4 years ago. Ages now are 13, and 11, I’m all they have and they are striving for knowledge , doing well under their little life has dealt them. They make me proud to be nan.
Having been an unpaid Carer for my Mother, as much as I loved her there were times when I wished I wasn't her carer, the times when she got argumentive, or upset over some thing and I had to try and calm her down as there was no real reason for her to be upset, or any other thing. This is all part of a carers work and if we were heard more then more people would be prepared to care for a Family Member and cost the government less money.
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.
Free dental care for unpaid carers!
This National Carers Week, we’re partnering with the Maven Dental Group to offer unpaid carers free dental care!
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.