Read young carer stories

Young carer stories are helping raise young carer awareness, help identify young carers and share their feelings and experiences.  By reading their stories you will be able to get an insight into what their role is like and how different it is for each person.

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I’m allergic to plants

My name is Chloe, I am 19 and live in Western Australia. One unique thing about me is I’m allergic to some plants haha. I have been caring for my brother for 12 years. My brother has autism and has very high needs.  He requires assistance with every day asks. I help care because my […]
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The only one in Australia

My name is Izzy, I am 17 years old and I am a Clinical Support Worker. I am the second eldest in my family. I live at home with my mum, little brother and baby sister. For the past 3 years I have helped my mum who is a single parent care for my baby […]
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Hi! I’m Casey

I am 18 and live in Queensland. One unique thing about me is that I have lots of experience with technology. I have been caring for my mother for 13 years. My mother requires care because she has Parkinson’s disease and is unable to perform most functions. I have to care for my mother because […]
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Caring off grid

I am 16 years old and help look after my uncle who has brain damage. I have been helping for around 7 years now and it is amazing at how far my uncle and family have come so far. We have moved around a lot.  At first was a bit of a struggle because I […]
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To the heavens and beyond

When I was 19 years old, I was enrolled to study full time at university. Two weeks prior starting, my mother came home and said she needed to talk to my brother and I. My brother 25 and myself sat down and mum told us that she had been diagnosed with cancer. They did not […]
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My brother is my best friend

My name is Emily, I am 25 years old and I care for my older brother Jamie. Jamie was born with a genetic condition called xxyy48, which impacts him physically and intellectually. Jamie and I have always been close. I understand him really well when most others don’t. Jamie has lived with me for around […]
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No such thing as normal

I am a 15 year old carer. I care for my little sister who has autism and my dad who has depression. As well as them I have to take care of myself as I have anxiety. Since I was little I have grown up teaching my sister many things that most people can do […]
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I love to see him laugh

My name is Breeanna, I am 17 and live in Western Australia. One unique thing about me is I care for others before I care for myself. I have been caring for my brother for 7 years. He needs care because he has autism and global development delay. I have to care for my brother […]
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Boxing with nerve

I can hardly remember what life was before 2009. I was only 10 at the time, and after that caring was all I knew. Here’s the specifics. My mother injured her spine at work and caused permanent nerve damage. She had to have major surgery, where three of her spinal discs were replaced with metal […]
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We love music

My name is Billie and I live in Victoria with my brother and my mother. I am a university student, and my brother is 9 and at primary school. We spend a lot of time together, as I take him to school and pick him up most days outside of my university hours, and I […]
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