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Legend: One in eight Australians provide unpaid care to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail aged.

Legend: One in eight Australians provide unpaid care to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail aged.

With more than 2.7 million unpaid carers throughout Australia, the chances are you know a carer, need a carer or are a carer.

The theme for the 2018 National Carers Week (October 14-20) is Why We Care, where Carers Australia is asking unpaid carers to share why they care.

“This provides a means for unpaid carers to tell Australia why it is they do what they do, and it will enable us to paint an authentic picture of what it is to be an unpaid carer in Australia in 2018,” said Carers Australia CEO, Ara Cresswell.

Ruth, a carer from Queensland has already shared her story on the website.

“My partner had a major heart attack and acquired brain injury in Jan 18. It's not been a long time but for us, it's been an enormous change and struggle to get the assistance we need, I'm his carer because no one else is going to step up and fight for our quality of living day to day, week to week, month by month. More information and help needs to be available to all carers,” she said.

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Anyone at any time can become a carer and each year National Carers Week provides an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles, helping to improve awareness and help those who may not know they are carers to self-identify and know support is available.

“National Carers Week helps us raise awareness of the issues faced by unpaid carers, so that caring may be seen as a shared responsibility of family, community and government,” Ara said.

“We want to see an Australia where everyone, including carers, has a fair go; an Australia where unpaid carers are recognised and supported during and after their caring role across all spectrums of society.”

“This National Carers Week we’re asking all Australians to let carers know they count by saying thanks to them for all they do and to show their support for a carer-friendly Australia.”

There are events being held in communities across the country throughout National Carers Week.

Go to carersweek.com.au for more information.