Winner: Mulu Mihreteab, Victoria Single Mum Mulu provides continuous care and support to her six children ranging in age from 14-24, including her youngest daughter Heaven, who lives with profound disability. Originally from Eritrea in Africa, Mulu lived in Sudan and then relocated to New Zealand as a refugee. She later became a New Zealand citizen. She moved to Melbourne in 2005 with her children so Heaven could receive appropriate medical care which, Mulu said changed her life.
With limited resources and despite the challenges of having English as a second language, Mulu has continued to provide her family with the care and support they need.
As the baby of the family, Heaven requires constant supervision and 24 hour care,and is often hospitalised. Mulu has had limited access to funding to support her ongoing care needs and the demands of full-time caring have also impacted her own health. She has learnt the skills to be able to provide high-level nursing care for Heaven at home and works continuously with professionals to ensure she has the knowledge to provide an exceptional level of care.
Mulu demonstrates amazing dedication and commitment to her whole family despite the emotional, social and financial challenges she has experienced.
“The National Carer Awards have been developed to raise awareness and understanding of carers in regional,remote and metropolitan communities across the country where they make such a tremendous contribution to the lives of the people they support,”