Some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers may get enough support from services available to all carers. Others may need specific support because of their individual circumstances.
Who can I contact for support?
To find out which organisation services your local area, call the Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636 or use the Carer Support Finder (click on the magnifying glass image and enter your suburb or postcode).
Respite allows you to take time out for yourself. Respite may involve a care worker in the home to give you a break. It may also include domestic support, activities away from home, help with transport or case management.
Some carer support organisations offer respite specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers in addition to the respite available to all carers.
To find out more, contact your local carer support organisation:
- call the Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636
- use the Carer Support Finder (click on the magnifying glass image and enter your suburb or post code).
Organisations providing specific support
Some carer support organisations, particularly in country areas, offer support specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers.
Northern Country Carers (phone 1800 242 636) covers the northern country area and provides:
- support groups for Aboriginal people
- retreat programs for Aboriginal people
- a community visiting service (outreach)
- specific assistance to Aboriginal carers of people with mental illness.
Northern Carers Network (phone 8284 0388) covers the northern metro area and provides:
- respite and care dedicated to Aboriginal carers
- Aboriginal support groups for grandparent and parent carers
- barbecues and retreats.
Carer Support (phone 8379 5777) covers the south-eastern metro area and provides respite services specific to Aboriginal people. They provide Caring in the Aboriginal Community, a unique online learning/training package that raises awareness of specific issues faced by carers in Aboriginal communities. The packages provide a range of learning materials and formats, including fact-sheets and video.
Carers SA provides information resources for Aboriginal carers through their Carer Advisory Service - phone 1800 242 636.