‘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.’
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‘It's made me a stronger person, a more resilient person.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘I do it because I love Edie, that’s my commitment to her.’
Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people care for family members. Aboriginal Australians are more likely to be looking after another person with a disability, long-term illness or ageing related problem than non-Indigenous Australians.
If you are caring for someone with disability, they may be able to get support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS aims to help the person to reach their goals and increase their independence.
'Self preservation is essential. You have to step back sometimes, even if it’s just for a small amount of time.'
‘You shouldn’t be afraid to reach out for help, whether that’s to family or someone outside.’
‘I’m an occupational therapist because of my experience as a carer.’