Real-life stories

As a carer, it’s important to know that you are not alone. There are more than 2.7 million carers in Australia. Just like you, they have hopes, challenges, happiness, sadness, frustration and success in their role.

Find out about their lives and journeys as carers.

Courtney’s story

Courtney’s story

‘I became a carer when I was 8 years old. I don’t see it as a label, I see it as an aspect of my life, my personality. Caring for my mum has enriched my life a lot.’ Courtney’s story

David and Mel’s stories

‘Look after yourself, because if you don’t look after yourself, you can’t be a carer.’ David and Mel’s stories

Louise’s story

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‘It's made me a stronger person, a more resilient person.’ Louise’s story

Alexandra’s story

‘It can be really hard, but focus on the positives – helping someone is a beautiful thing that we can do. Remember that a lot of people do this.’ Alexandra’s story

Joe's story

‘At times it can be tough. But you can get help. Sometimes you have to look for it… but help is only a phone call away.’ Joe's story

Anne’s story

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‘I do it because I love Edie, that’s my commitment to her.’ Anne’s story

Felicity's story

'Self preservation is essential. You have to step back sometimes, even if it’s just for a small amount of time.' Felicity's story

Rachel's story

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‘I have found caring can be done long-term, it can be done well. But it is done best when it’s shared.’ Rachel's story

Liz's story

‘You shouldn’t be afraid to reach out for help, whether that’s to family or someone outside.’ Liz's story

Lac's story

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‘I’m an occupational therapist because of my experience as a carer.’ Lac's story

Karyn's story

‘It was the hardest thing I’ve done, but I’m glad I could be his carer.’ Karyn's story

Adnan's story

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'I don’t feel as though I’m being burdened. I love my mum all the same.' Adnan's story