Real Carers Real Stories – In Their Own Words

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Real Carers Real Stories
In their own words

This digital photographic exhibition features ten carers from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds. These photos sensitively but powerfully depict a day in the life of a carer, their unique stories, and how Carer Gateway has made a real difference.

All photography taken by Effy Alexakis

Keeping a good work, life, care balance is essential if I am to continue providing proper care and support, and Carer Gateway was able to help me do this.  – Aakriti

I am more than happy to recommend Carer Gateway given the wealth of excellent information. It is easy to use, confidential, and most importantly, can direct you to the right services to help support you. It really does make a difference. – Elaine

It’s not selfish to take care of myself because I must be able to pace myself, to balance my self-care, so I can be really there to help my daughter, especially when she is sick. I could no longer do this alone. I knew I needed help and that it was okay to acknowledge this.  – Sylvia

Carer Gateway has been such an important non-judgemental support for me. It is a long journey of healing for me but I know Carer Gateway will be there by my side. – Josephine

I know Carer Gateway is there to help me when I need it. It is such a caring service and I always felt people cared about my health and well-being. The practical help and support were the best, especially the information about respite care. – Faten

I didn’t know how good Care Gateway is. I just wish I knew about it sooner. – Leanne

I can’t recommend Carer Gateway enough. People care, they understand, and it is confidential. It has made a real difference in my life. – Robina

I recommend to everyone in a caring role to reach out to Carer Gateway for help and support. They are wonderful! – Thuy

I like the fact that I can talk to someone on the phone, which makes the service [Carer Gateway] more personal and friendly. It also provides better clarity about all the different types of support that are available, and the best services and support for my circumstances. – Nidhi

I explored Carer Gateway step-by-step and found information in Arabic that I could easily understand. It was simple, clear and easy to understand. This gave me the confidence I needed. – Monira

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Carers can be any age and could be caring for anyone – a parent, friend, child, sibling or neighbour.

Meet 10 carers from a diverse range of backgrounds who have agreed to share their story through the Real Carers, Real Stories – In Their Own Words digital photographic exhibition.

Aakriti, Elaine, Faten, Josephine, Leanne, Monira, Nidhi, Robina, Sylvia, and Thuy share with us what a day in the life of a carer is like and how Carer Gateway has supported them.

Carer Gateway is an Australian Government program providing a range of free services and support just for carers. #CarerGateway services are available in person, online or over the phone.

Photography by Effy Alexakis.


Translated and Accessible resources including information in 30 languages is available.

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