Those closest to family members with a disability often play an important caring role. Carers can include mums and dads, sons and daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, spouses, as well as friends and neighbours.
The organisations below provide support for families and carers.
Carer Respite Centres are run by a variety of community organisations and are located in metropolitan Perth and country areas. They can help carers to find services that provide respite support in their local community (freecall: 1800 059 059).
Carers WA Counselling Line available Monday to Friday, 8am–5pm (freecall: 1800 007 332)
Centrelink family assistance
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres provide information and advice about local services including respite. Information about the costs and eligibility are also provided (freecall: 1800 052 222, TTY: 1800 555 677).
Crisis Care is a 24-hour Western Australian Government telephone service for people needing urgent assistance (phone: 9223 1111, freecall: 1800 199 008, TTY: 9325 1232).
Department of Social Services provides information about families and children, housing support, seniors, communities and vulnerable people, disability and carers, ageing and aged care, and settlement and multicultural affairs.
Kalparrin Centre has a drop-in centre at Princess Margaret Hospital and can provide information about specific disabilities and conditions, services, equipment, agencies and entitlements (phone: 9340 8094, freecall: 1800 066 413).
The Kids Count website, developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation, provides parenting advice and support.
The Kids help line is available Australia-wide, 24 hours a day, seven days a week (freecall: 1800 551 800).
StrongFamilies is a planning and coordinating process for consenting families who are receiving services from two or more agencies. StrongFamilies brings family members and agency workers together to identify goals and develop a plan to help meet the family’s needs.