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.
Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers
Some carer support organisations, particularly in country areas, offer support specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers.
To find out which organisation services your local area, use the carer support services search map
or call the Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636.
Northern Country Carers (contact 1800 242 636) covers the northern country area and provides:
Northern Carers Network
- 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.
(contact 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.
(contact 8379 5777) covers the south-eastern metro area and provides respite services specific to Aboriginal people. Carers SA
provides information resources for Aboriginal carers through their Carer Advisory Service. Call 1800 242 636.
Respite for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers
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 respite available to all carers.
To find out more, contact your local carer support organisation use the carer services search map
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