It’s National Carers Week

Take some time to appreciate the contribution of dedicated Aussies.

This week, from the 14th to the 20th of October, is National Carers Week and it’s a great time to remember the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to Australia.

One in eight Aussies are currently acting as a carer for a family member or friend. Anyone at any time can become a carer; a stroke, a car accident, or falling down the stairs can turn a family’s life upside down.

National Carers Week is all about recognising and celebrating the hard work of the 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia. It’s a chance to raise awareness around the country for the diversity of caring roles.

Not only do carers make an enormous contribution to our communities they also impact the national economy. If all unpaid carers decided to stop performing their caring role, it would cost the country $60.3 billion per year to replace those supports – that’s over one billion dollars per week.

Cate & Bronte Campbell are Olympians, sisters and Carer Week Ambassadors. The pair juggle training and travel to help care for their younger brother Hamish, who has cerebral palsy.

“Being a carer is incredibly important to me. Allowing Hamish to live his best life is incredibly important because he deserves all the respect and all the dignity you and I receive.” Cate said.