Madeleine Buchner grew up as a young carer. Now, she’s changing the lives of thousands of Australian kids who need support.
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Forever New issues unexpected broadcast
Forever New has launched its own podcast titled ‘Unforgettable Moments’, a series about the defining moments in a woman’s life.
Young Carers Awareness Day: support links for carers
Today is Young Carers Awareness Day, an annual event led and organised by Carers Trust.
What do young carers have to deal with?
There are calls for more to be done to support young carers in schools across the East and West Midlands.
The 10 Winners Of The 100 Women Of Influence Awards
This year’s 100 Women of Influence awards produced some incredible women across 10 categories.
How this big-hearted charity supports the community’s smallest carers
Young Women Making A Difference Recognised By The Australian Women’s Weekly
Children who care for a family member with a disability, mental illness or dependence on alcohol or other drugs are less likely to complete, or do well in, secondary school.
The Project: Young Carers
They’re the heroes we seldom hear about and despite their size, the impact they make is huge. They’re called young carers, there’s hundreds of thousands of them right across Australia and no doubt most of them are just as amazing as the boy you are about to meet.
Unprecedented support for Australia’s carers - Senator the Hon Anne Ruston
The Morrison Government is introducing the single biggest reform in more than a decade to better support Australia’s 2.7 million carers.
Dive in for your share of $60K by J-Wire Newsdesk
The first prize of $30,000 was awarded to a remarkable 25-year-old, Madeleine Buchner who was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year in 2018 and awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her work supporting young people who care for sick siblings or parents.
One in 10 Aussie kids care for someone with a disability or drug dependence – they need help at school
A study has found children between 8-10 years old, who take care of a family member with a drug addiction or mental illness, aren’t very happy at, and don’t feel all that safe, at school. So what can be done to help?
Call for more young carers amongst growing fears of an ageing population
At some point in our lives we may need to think about a carer for our loved ones, or even for ourselves. But figures from Social Care Wales raises concerns whether there will be enough carers in Wales to cope with the country’s ageing population.
Protecting our carers - On Drive with Lucy Breaden
One in six Tasmanians care for someone in their family or wider network without access to things like workers compensation, pay and sick leave or help with schooling.
A day in the life of a young carer
Jaiden, 13, has helped to care for his mother, who has lupus and various health complaints, since he was a small boy.
Liberal Government extended carer payments supporting young people to reach their full potential
A Liberal Government program which extended carer payments for young people up to the age of 21 has already been accessed by 17 young people and more than 100 are set to become eligible over the next three years
Young carer’s require flexible support in schools
Young Australians providing care for family members with mental illnesses, alcohol and drug addictions are struggling to keep up with their studies, and the problem will continue without improved flexibility in schools and personalised intervention programs, according to new research.
Today Extra: A Dream Come True
What the loss of my mum taught me about the burden of care on young women
One of the most important things that losing my mum has taught me is that the burden of care falls to women and girls. My mum died of ovarian cancer 10 years ago, when I was 11. So, in my teens, I took on a different role in my family than most of my peers who still had their mums.
Single mum's shock breast cancer discovery: 'I couldn't feel it' By Jo Abi
Sharyn Austin’s daughters were only young when the mother-of-two was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Carers Get Greater Access To Services And Support
Victorian carers selflessly looking after a friend or loved one will benefit from an Andrews Labor Government funding boost, helping them get the support they need to look after themselves and their loved ones.
See what the Coalition and Labor are promising in your electorate
The major parties have embarked on a $100 billion election spending war, including hundreds of announcements targeted at key marginal seats.
Caring for the Carers
An estimated 2.7 billion unpaid carers in Australia work daily to meet the needs of their loved ones, a job which can be exhausting, physically and emotionally demanding, and financially challenging.
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.
Thanks: A boy's heartfelt message to his dad with dementia
'The exhaustion of caring is always in my bones': being responsible for parents while at university
I loved my first year at the Australian National University. I had landed a scholarship and found myself at college. I felt an overwhelming sense of relief – I’d managed to escape the poverty of country New South Wales and establish a safe haven for myself.
Timekeeper: Madeleine Buchner
I grew up as one of 2 children. A pigeon pair. Girl and boy. I always believed I could be a good daughter; and I knew that I had perfect parents but over the years I have doubted myself many times. Did my parents love me as much as my brother? Did they even notice when I was upset? Were my parents coping with life? Were they happy?
Blank Pages & Empty Spaces: Madeleine Buchner
Leading up to August 9th 2016, Census Night, twenty-three year old Madeleine Buchner had some words of encouragement for other young carers, “TICK THE BOX”.
Madeleine Buchner Little Dreamers Interview
Little Dreamers, Australia’s leading organisation for young carers, has launched a campaign around next month’s Census to get a more accurate understanding of the true number of young carers in Australia.
Meet the boss: Madeleine Buchner of Little Dreamers By Sue White
Few people find themselves ensconced in their career at age 15, but then, it’s probably fair to say that 23-year-old Melburnian, Madeleine Buchner, isn’t your typical chief executive.