Support for Carers – Healthcare  

February 10, 2022
Other helpful resources
By Kindred

 

Carers

We know that having a child with disability or delay can come with extra stress.  

We have gathered a selection of options/providers that may be able to help by providing health services, support and care. 

Autism community network support groups  

The Autism Community Network provides opportunities for carers, families and individuals dealing with autism issues to connect for mutual support. We run support groups, social groups and other events across different parts of Sydney. 

https://www.autismcommunity.org.au/

Beyond Blue  

Beyond Blue is here for everyone in Australia – at work, home, school, university, online, and in communities across the country. 

A big part of our focus is on reaching people where they are, and supporting the places where Australians learn, study and work to become more mentally healthy. 

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

Carers Australia 

Carers Australia advocates and lobbies on a wide range of issues that affect carers. We also manage the delivery of national programs, support and services for carers across Australia. 

We work in collaboration with carers, Carers Associations, government and peak bodies to develop policy, advocacy, programs and events to improve the lives of Australia’s 2.7 million carers.  

https://www.carersaustralia.com.au/

Carers NSW  

Find support groups for Carers  

https://carerpeerconnect.org.au/CarerGroups/map

Carers Support Service  

Carer Support Service (CSS) was originally established in 1996 to provide assistance to carers in the Sutherland Shire. Since then our services have expanded into South East Sydney Local Health District, which includes Sutherland Shire, St George area and Eastern Suburbs. We also have a Resilient Carer Program and Outreach Service operating in the Illawarra. To help them in their caring role, the CSS organises support groups and educational programs for carers and provides information to groups and individuals about respite and other services available. 

https://www.sscss.org.au/services/support-for-carers/

Chronic Disease Management – Medicare (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) — GP services  

Information on the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) items that are available under Medicare to patients with a chronic medical condition. 

https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mbsprimarycare-chronicdiseasemanagement

Headspace  

Headspace Centres act as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs or work and study support. Our 100+ centres are designed not just for young people, but with them, to ensure they are relevant, accessible and highly effective. As a result, no two headspace centres are the same, with each offering unique services that reflect the needs of its local community. 

https://headspace.org.au/

Healthy Mothers Healthy Families  

Healthy Mothers Healthy Families is a health education and empowerment program for mothers of children with a disability.  

https://healthymothers-healthyfamilies.com/

Insight timer – App  

App for sleep, aniety and stress 

https://insighttimer.com/

Interrerlate Caring for Carers 

A specialised counselling service for full-time carers who have a dependent child or adult with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or terminal illness 

https://www.interrelate.org.au/programs/caring-for-carers

Mental Health Carers Australia 

Mental Health Carers Australia is the only national advocacy group solely concerned with the well-being and promotion of mental health carer needs. Our mission is to be the national voice for mental health carers to enable the best possible life. Our members are central to our advocacy structure of taking the grassroots experience of carers and translating that to the national voice of mental health carers. 

https://www.mentalhealthcarersaustralia.org.au/

Mental Health Carers NSW  

MHCN plays an important role for mental health carers in NSW: 

as the peak body for mental health carers through its Sydney office, consulting with carers and advocating for their needs; by supporting the NSW Mental Health Commission in the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the comprehensive reform of mental health services across the State; and, through the direct support of carers of people living with mental illness through its Regional Branches in Hunter, Illawarra and Central Coast.  

https://www.mentalhealthcarersnsw.org/useful-services/

Mind the bump – App  

Mind the Bump is a free Mindfulness Meditation App to help individuals and couples support their mental and emotional wellbeing in preparation for having a baby and becoming a new parent.  

https://www.mindthebump.org.au/

Psychological Support Services (PSS) 

PSS (formerly known as ATAPS) provides FREE short-term face to face psychological services for underserviced groups. Services are delivered by appropriately trained and qualified mental health professionals including: Psychologists (general and clinical), mental health nurses, mental health accredited social workers, mental health accredited occupational therapists and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workers. 

https://www.cesphn.org.au/general-practice/help-my-patients-with/mentalhealth/psychological-support-services-pss

Lifeline  

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. 

https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Membership of Carers NSW    

By joining our association you will have the opportunity to be heard and to support our efforts to gain greater recognition and services for carers in New South Wales. Membership entitles you to: our bi-monthly newsletter Carers News carer information updates invitations to special events and forums reduced registration fees for conferences organised by the association a say in the future direction of Carers NSW $1 movie tickets at Hoyts cinema. Free membership Carers NSW membership is free for carers, carer support groups and individuals.  

https://www.carersnsw.org.au/get-involved/membership

MensLine Australia  

A national telephone and online support information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. 

www.mensline.org.au 

MyTime 

MyTime is for parents and carers of children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition. It’s a place for you to unwind and talk about your experiences. It’s a world away from appointments and therapy.  

https://www.mytime.net.au/

NSW Health Carer support group 

Carer Support Groups offer carers and family members the opportunity to meet and ​talk with others in similar situations and share their experiences. 

https://www.nslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/Services/Carer/carerevents/Pages/Carer-Support-Groups.aspx

One Door Mental Health 

Through One Door Mental Health, people living with mental illness and their families find an inclusive community, innovative services and advocacy support. http://www.onedoor.org.au/ 

Parent Line  

Parent Line is a telephone counselling, information and referral services for parents 

of children ages 0 to 18 living in NSW. There’s also online counselling available, as 

well as Early Childhood Intervention InfoLine. 

Service has trained professional counsellors with qualifications in Social Work or 

Psychology working to provide support and information to parents. 

Provides information in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Tamil and Vietnamese as well as English 

http://www.parentline.org.au/home 

Relationships Australia 

Family and relationship counselling as well as a range of 

specialist counselling services  

http://www.relationships.org.au/ 

R U OK?  

R U OK ?’s vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide. 

https://www.ruok.org.au/

SANE Australia  

SANE Australia is a national mental health charity making a real difference in the lives of people affected by complex mental health issues through support, research and advocacy. https://www.sane.org/spotlight-on/families-carers/35-what-support-is-available-for-carers 

Smiling mind – App 

Practice your daily meditation and mindfulness exercises from any device. 

Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life. We suggest 10 minutes a day 

https://www.smilingmind.com.au/

Variety NSW 

Variety NSW/ACT Grants 

If you, or someone you know, need a helping hand you’re in the right place. Variety provides individual grants for kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to make sure all kids have the same opportunities in life. No matter what life throws at them. No matter what their ability. Variety also offers our community grants which are available to organisations that support kids in need.”  

https://www.variety.org.au/nsw/individual-or-community/

Wellways 

Supporting families, friends and carers is an important part of what we do. If you know someone with a mental health issue, Wellways can help you with your own needs and goals, and provide you with the information and skills you need to support the recovery of your loved one. 

http://www.wellways.org/ 

Young Carers NSW      

If you are a young carer aged 25 years or under, then you may prefer to join the Carers NSW Young Carer Program. Membership entitles you to: our monthly electronic newsletter YC E-News access to special events and competitions contact with other young carers across NSW $1 movie tickets at Hoyts cinema. To become a member, complete the online application form or contact the Young Carer team on yc@carersnsw.org.au or 02 9280 4744. For more information on young carers and available support, visit: 

www.youngcarersnsw.org.au 

Your Health in Mind 

This website provides expert information about mental illness, treatments, psychiatrists, and how to get help. It’s written in plain English, based on the best available evidence. It’s especially for Australians and New Zealanders. We know that many people aren’t sure about things like: 

  • the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist 
  • what psychiatrists do and how they can help with mental health problems 
  • what happens when you visit a psychiatrist 
  • how to find and get in touch with a psychiatrist. 

We hope this website will answer these questions.

http://www.yourhealthinmind.org/ 

***Please note some of links we have provided are for NSW residents only – please google the organisation name for details for your state. 

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