Our community has told us that supporting carers is important. There are a range of support services available to carers.
The Victorian Support for Carers Program
The Victorian Support for Carers Program provide respite and other support to carers of people with care needs. You may be supporting a person with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, an older person with care needs, or a person in palliative care. Locally this service is provided by Uniting call 03 5723 8000.
The program focuses on person centred care and support through:
- One-off or short-term support for carers including goods and equipment, that can add to other services or fill service gaps.
- Support to people in a care relationship, and at the same time and at the same place if people want to be together while having the support service.
- Supporting people's wellbeing - quality of life, physical and mental wellbeing, social activity and or social connections. For example carers can get respite with social, health and other support.
Carers Victoria is the state-wide voice for family carers, representing and providing support to carers in Victoria.
Better Health Channel
More information about support for carers and a carer self-assessment checklist are available via the Victorian Government Better Health Channel.
Upper Murray Family Care
Locally, Upper Murray Family Care provides a range of service for carers.
Please contact Support Options on 02 6055 8000.
No or Low Interest Loans
Many Carers that they experience related financial hardship. Visit the moneysmart website to find out about loan options.
Payments & Services
For information about payments and services for carers visit the Australian Department of Human Services website.
Looking after yourself as a carer
Better Health Channel has useful information regarding selfcare, counselling and support service.
Better Health Channel
Gateway Health provides a range of free, counselling services.
Dementia Australia provides counselling for carers of people living with dementia.
Supports for Carers of People Living with Dementia
Dementia Australia provides a range of resources for carers of people living with dementia including counselling services.