Australian Red Cross
Caring for a loved one or friend can be a demanding and sometimes isolating experience. Carers are people who provide voluntary care to a partner, relative, friend or neighbour who may have a disability, mental health issue, dementia, terminal illness or is frail aged. Carers can be of any age and may or may not live with the person they care for. Carers often don’t even recognise themselves as carers and may miss out on a range of services and support to help them maintain their caring role. Red Cross has services to help carers maintain their caring role: Carer Support & Respite Care
Carers Australia WA
Carers WA is the peak body that represents the needs and interests of carers in Western Australia. We work to achieve an improved quality of life for family carers in our state.
Our role is to work in active partnership with carers, persons with care and support needs, health professionals, service providers, government and the wider community to achieve an improved quality of life for carers.
HelpingMinds (formerly Arafmi) is the pre-eminent mental health services and carer support organisation, that was established nearly 40 years ago as a not for profit charity in Perth, Western Australia.
We have a professional and compassionate team of staff and dedicated volunteers who provide quality, confidential support and services to children, youth, adults and families who are caring for someone with a mental illness or individuals who are affected by a mental illness.The majority of our services are free of charge and focus on: advocacy, understanding the mental health system, education, counselling and support, school holiday programs and respite.
My Aged Care
For most people, growing older means there are times you find it difficult to manage day-to-day living activities. You may need help, or you may be caring for a family member or a friend who needs help, but you just don’t know where to start or what help you can get.
There are different types of aged care services to support you, whatever your needs. When you call My Aged Care, our contact centre staff will ask you questions to help us understand your needs. My Aged Care helps you find the information you need about aged care services.
National Dementia Helpline
The National Dementia Helpline is a telephone information and support service available across Australia. The Helpline is for people with dementia, their carers, families and friends, as well as people concerned about memory loss. It is also used by health professionals, service providers, community organisations and students.
If you need an interpreter or advocate, the Helpline can provide access and referral to an appropriate service. Users who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment can phone the National Relay Service on 13 36 77.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory agency. Our role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers. The NDIS will mean peace of mind for every Australian – for anyone who has, or might acquire, a disability.
The NDIS will ensure that people with disability are given every opportunity to make their own decisions and exercise choice and control. We recognise that the role of families and carers is often essential in supporting people with disability to realise these goals and will include them in discussions about supports.
Rise Community Network
We have established ourselves as a provider of proactive, highly personalised solutions throughout the community. We focus on people with a disability, youth at risk, people with a mental health issue, carers, and older people in the community.
- Aged care (transport, in-home support, friendship and recreation services)
- Mental health (exploring housing options, budgeting, social skills, assisting with recovery and to achieve goals)
- People with disability (supported accommodation, transitional accommodation, support, respite)
- Youth (one to one support, drop in centre, assistance accessing driving lessons etc.)
- Care givers (respite and support)
- Housing (help finding housing etc)
Families and children have been at the heart of Wanslea since the organisation was established in 1943. They are still the focus of our entire organisation, which has now grown to offer services in four key areas.
- Family Support
- Out of Home Care
- Community Capacity Building
- Child Care
- Grandcare (Supports grandparents who are raising their grandchildren)
- COPMI (supports children living with parents who have a mental illness)
- Cusp (offers early intervention services for children and young people at risk of developing mental health issues, and their families)