Access disability services

Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability

There are culturally appropriate services and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, their families, carers and guardians.

You or someone you care for may be eligible to receive support and services including:

  • help around the home
  • equipment
  • personal care, such as help with showering
  • transport
  • supported housing
  • day activities
  • respite.

Phone the Disability Information Service on 1300 786 117 for more advice and information.

Your local disability office can provide more information about services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in your area. They may:

  • link you with an Aboriginal cultural adviser
  • help you, your family and carers to find and use disability services
  • work with community agencies that provide culturally appropriate programs and services
  • act as your advocate to get services.

A doctor, family member or Aboriginal organisation can also make enquiries for you.

Supported housing

Aboriginal Elders Village in Davoren Park offers accommodation, care and support to Aboriginal elders, younger adults with disabilities and carers.

You will need an assessment by a registered nurse if you want to live there.

You can contact the Aboriginal Elders Village by phoning 8287 1454 or by email eldersvillage@aboriginalccsa.org.au.

The Council of Aboriginal Elders of SA has information on:

Housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has more information about housing.

Major health conditions

If you have a health problem, such as diabetes, you may need additional assistance or help at home.

Domiciliary Care may be available if you live in the Adelaide suburbs or country regions of South Australia.

Contact Domiciliary Care Access Service 1300 295 673 freecall for further information and advice.

General support

Centrelink has an Indigenous phone service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people who live in rural and remote parts of Australia and don't have direct access to other facilities.

Phone 1800 136 380 Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm local time and make sure you have your Centrelink customer reference number and proof of identity information.

Find out if you are eligible for government payments.

Indigenous.gov.au is a portal to a range of government programs across Australia that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

First Peoples Disability Network Australia represents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability and their families and carers.


Related information

Other websites

Aboriginal Hostels Ltd
Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement
Council of Aboriginal Elders of SA Inc

Downloads

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - brain head injury information (525.9 KB PDF)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - brain head injury information (1.3 MB DOC)


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Page last updated 29 November 2016

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