Would you benefit from FREE carer support?
Carer Gateway is an Australian Government program providing free services and support for unpaid carers.
There are 2.65 million carers in Australia, and 750,000 live in Victoria. These are the unpaid family members and friends who support people with disability, the elderly, and people with mental health issues.
Merri Health is the lead service provider for Carer Gateway in Victoria, supported by six other service providers across the state. These include Alfred Health, Barwon Health, Bendigo Health, FamilyCare, Grampians Health Ballarat and Uniting VicTas.
Carers need care too.
A lot of carers don’t think of themselves as a carer. They consider themselves a daughter, mother, brother, father or friend simply doing what’s expected of them, regardless of the emotional, physical or financial stress it puts them under. That’s why they often don’t seek help.
What Carer Gateway can offer:
One of the responsibilities of being a carer can often be accompanying a person with care needs to healthcare and medical appointments. Carers may meet with and seek the advice of clinicians, doctors, allied health professionals and other healthcare professionals as part of their caring role.
If any of your patients/clients are carers and are feeling overwhelmed and in need of some support, refer them to Carer Gateway. Carer Gateway offer free emergency respite, group support, counselling, tailored support packages, coaching and online skills courses.
They also have a carer engagement team readily available to provide information sessions and advice. Contact [email protected]
Referring is easy!
If you are a service provider and would like to refer a carer who resides within the state of Victoria, click here.
If a carer is in need of emergency respite, please call 1800 422 737 to speak to a Carer Response Officer.
Find more information about Carer Gateway here visit or call 1800 422 737.
Visit them at site P351 during the Care Expo Melbourne.