Access disability services

Support for carers

You are a carer if you provide unpaid ongoing support to family or friends with a disability, age-related or chronic illness including mental illness.

Carers can be partners, parents, children, friends, neighbours or colleagues and come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

Providing ongoing care can affect physical and mental health. It is important to get information and help and know your rights if you are a carer.

Types of support

Help and support available to you includes respite care and a range of other non-respite supports.

Respite care

Respite care enables you to take time out from your responsibilities as a primary carer.

This respite might be for a few hours, a day, overnight or longer, and might involve the person you care for leaving the home or having a temporary carer providing in-home care.

Non-respite support is often provided by local carer support organisations and may include:

  • support groups
  • retreats
  • counselling
  • information and referral.

Emergencies

You can phone these agencies for emergency help.

Local support

Find services in your local area:

  • Phone 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).

Information in a different language

Translated information is available in:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Persian
  • Vietnamese.

For other languages, phone the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50.


Related Information

On this site

Carers

Respite care - under 18s with disability

Other websites

Carers SA


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Page last updated 6 February 2018

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Department of Human Services
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Last Updated:
06/02/18
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