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Support groups provide information and support to parents, families and people with a disability.

Association for Children with a Disability

The Association provides information, support and advocacy to families who have a child with any type of disability or developmental delay in Victoria.

Contact details:
Address:
 Suite 2, 98 Morang Road Hawthorn 3122
Phone: 9818 2000
Freecall: 1800 654 013 - rural callers only
Fax: 9818 2300
Email: mail@acd.org.au
Web: www.acd.org.au
Office hours: 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

Autism Victoria

Provide an information and advice service. Services include phone advice, a magazine, information sheets, library and information about ‘Helping Children with Autism’ package. Also provide parent support including assistance with family issues, understanding autism and navigating services.

Eligibility: Families, carers and professionals.
Program Hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm, Monday – Friday.

Contact details:
Office Address: 
24 Drummond Street, Carlton 3053
Phone: 9657 1600
Freecall: 1300 308 699 (Country Area)
Fax: 9639 4955
Email: admin@autismvictoria.org.au
Web: www.autismvictoria.org.au
Office hours: 9am – 6pm Monday – Friday

Boroondara Young Strokees Groups

A support group for young stroke survivors and carers in the City of Boroondara.
Provides:
• Regular meetings that offer friendships and
       social contacts with fellow survivors
• Disseminates up-to-date information on stroke care and employment, accommodation and issues relevant to the youth of today.
• Nurtures young stroke survivors back to mainstream activities and to be healthy and happy.
• Promotes stroke awareness and stroke prevention.

Eligibility: Young people who have suffered a stroke
Program Hours: Once a month at various venues 

Contact details:
Address: 
PO Box 2260, Hawthorn 3122
Phone: 0427 090 419 (Bernadette) or 0413 181 790 (Jenny)
Email: coordinator@bssg.org.au
Web: www.bssg.org.au
Office hours: 9am – 5pm Monday - Friday

Carers Victoria

Carers Victoria, a not-for-profit organisation, is the peak body representing and supporting family carers in Victoria.

Carers Victoria works to improve the lives of carers by building awareness of carers’ needs and issues. We do this through our research and policy submissions, by representing carers in meeting with politicians and policy makers, and by working with the media.

Our services for carers include information, counselling, workshops, and referrals to other services and supports.

Eligibility: Family carers, who are providing care and support for a family member or friend with a disability, mental or
chronic illness, or who is frail aged.
Program Hours: Variable  

Contact details:
Address:
 Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray 3011
Phone: 9396 9500
Freecall: 1800 242 636
Fax: 9396 9555
Email: reception@carersvic.org.au 
Web: www.carersvictoria.org.au
Office hours: 9am – 5pm Monday - Friday

Carers Victoria – Young Carers
 
 

Young carers are people aged up to and including 25 years of age who help provide care in families where someone has a chronic illness, a disability, or mental illness; is frail aged; or has an alcohol or other drug problem. 

Services include carer advisory line, counselling, carer education, library, information, referral and resource information.  Carers Victoria provide training for service providers and employ a part time Community Development and Education worker to raise awareness of young carers in the community. 

Eligibility: Young carers aged up to and including 25 years and their families. Service providers and health professionals.

Contact details:
Address:
 Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray 3011
Phone: 9396 9500
Freecall: 1800 242 636
Fax: 9396 9555
Email: cav@carersvic.org.au
Web: www.carersvic.org.au
Office hours: 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday

Cerebral Palsy Support Network

Cerebral Palsy Support Network (CPSN) empowers people with cerebral palsy and their families by providing support and information.
• Telephone support and information.
• Quarterly newsletter containing focused and interesting information.
• Formal and informal support opportunities for varying age groups.
• Information seminars and workshops.
• Community awareness programs.
• Brokerage program.
• Website with links to other disability services.
• Projects responsible to members needs.

Eligibility: For people with cerebral palsy and their families

Contact details:
Office Address: 
86 Herbert Street, Northcote 3070
Phone: 9445 7488
Freecall: 1300 277 600
Fax: 9455 7489
Email: cpsn@cpsn.info
Web: www.cpsn.info/
Office hours: 9am – 5pm Monday - Friday

Deaf Children Australia

Deaf Children Australia recognises that, given the right support, deafness should not be a barrier to children and young people doing and being anything they desire. We provide the support services needed to help children and young people fulfill their potential. Services provided include case management, family support groups, Auslan tuition for families, parent and child mentoring, accommodation for rural children to attend metropolitan schools for the deaf, recreation activities and camps, parenting programs, scholarships and some financial assistance. information, a freecall helpline and advocacy support services are also provided for families.

Deaf Children Australia is the only national provider of information and advocacy support to deaf and hard of hearing children and young people and their families.

Eligibility: Children aged 5 - 18 years and their families. Information and mentoring services are available to families of children younger than 5 years old.

Contact details:
Office Address: 
597 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004
Phone: 9539 5300
Freecall: 1800 645 916
Fax: 9525 2595
Email: helpline@deafchildren.org.au
Web: www.deafchildrenaustralia.org.au
Office hours: 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

Down Syndrome 15+ Support Group

Support for Parents/ Carers of people with Down Syndrome 15 +. Getting together with those in the same situation to share ideas, gain friendship and support, over a coffee or glass of wine if preferred.

Eligibility: For parents/carers of people with Down Syndrome 15 years plus.

Contact details:
Address:
 Club Ringwood. Corner Oban Rd and Maroondah Hwy Ringwood 3134
Phone: 0413 981 212
Email: anthea.gary@bigpond.com
Office hours: Every 5th Monday 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Down Syndrome Victoria

Down Syndrome Victoria is the state-wide peak membership organisation representing individuals with Down Syndrome and their families. Down syndrome Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1978 to provide support, encouragement, information and resources to people with Down Syndrome, their families and the broader community.

 We are a whole of life service offering:
• Personal support and information for families, especially when a new baby is born.
• Advocacy, information, support, mentoring and training for adults with Down Syndrome.
• An education support service to assist students with Down Syndrome and their teachers in mainstream schools.
• Peer support groups around Victoria.
• Annual family fun day and other events.
• Conference and education sessions.
• A quarterly journal.
• Information and professional development for health and education professionals.
• A library of Down Syndrome specific resources.

Eligibility: People with down syndrome and their families, and professionals.

Contact details:
Office Address:
 219 Napier Street, Fitzroy 3065
Phone: 9486 9600
Freecall: 1300 658 873
Fax: 9486 9601
Email: info@dsav.asn.au
Web: www.downsyndrome victoria.org.au
Office hours: 9.30am – 4pm Monday - Friday

Huntington’s Victoria

Huntington’s Victoria was established to promote the needs and interests of people affected by Huntington’s disease. Services include case management, information services, and planning and facilitation.

 Eligibility: People aged 18 years plus with Huntingtons Disease.
Program Hours: 9am – 5pm, Monday - Friday.

Contact details:
Office Address: 
607 Warrigal Road, Ashwood 3147
Phone: 9563 3922
Fax: 9563 3489
Web: www.ahda.com.au
Office hours: 9am – 5pm Monday - Friday

Independence Australia – Polio Network Victoria

The Polio Network is a free service based in Victoria that provides relevent and accessible information, referral and support services to people who have had polio, their families, carers and advocates. Services include:
• Information and support
• Community Information Sessions
• 17 state-wide support groups
• Quarterly newsletter: Polio Perspectives
• Resources: Books/DVDs/Videos
• Annual Polio Day
• Promotion of Immunisation

Eligibility: Families, carers and advocates
Program Hours: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

Contact details:
Office Address:
 208 Wellington Street Collingwood 3066
Phone: 9418 0411
Freecall: 1300 704 456
Fax: 1300 704 451
Email: polio@ independenceaustralia.com
Web: www.polionetworkvic.asn.au
Office hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Interchange Outer East – Family Support

• Mother’s can relax, have some ‘time out’ and enjoy the company of other women for 1 day each term plus an annual weekend away in November.  Activities include day or night outings to markets, theatre restaurants, picnics, boat trips, afternoon teas, lunches etc.
• Father’s activities consist of occasional weekend camps, some of which are structured to discuss specific issues, plus occasional activity days.  Father and child days are also planned.  The program provides fathers with the opportunity to relax, have fun and enjoy the companionship and support of other fathers.
• Annual family camp is held over the long weekend of either March or June and offers an opportunity for families to join socially with other families for a weekend of fun, activity and relaxation. Interchange staff coordinate the camp and its activities. Some volunteer support is available to assist families.
• Family days offer families the chance to have fun and socialise with other families.
Who is it for?  
Eligibility: Families living in the areas of Maroondah, Knox and Shire of Yarra Ranges.
Program Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sundays.  

Contact details:
Office Address: 
5 – 7 Yose Street, Ferntree Gully 3156
Phone: 9758 5522
Fax: 9758 5899
Email: tara.cantwell@ioe.org.au
Web: www.ioe.org.au
Office hours: 9am – 5pm Monday - Friday

Maroondah Carers Support Group

The Maroondah Carers Support Group is for carers of people of all ages and disabilities. The group gives carers the chance to discuss important social, emotional, financial, physical and spiritual needs with other carers. Activities also include guest speakers and social outings.

Eligibility: Carers of people with a disability living in Maroondah.
Program Hours: 12.00pm – 2.00pm, every second Friday of the month.

Contact details:
Address: 
Ringwood Room, Ringwood Library, 4 Melbourne Street, Ringwood 3134
Phone: 9837 3999 (EACH: Maroondah Social and Community Health Centre) or 9298 4215 (Maroondah City Council)
Office hours: 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday

MS Australia – ACT/NSW/VIC

MS Australia Community Teams provide comprehensive clinical assessments, recommendations and education to support people with MS, their families and carers achieve optimal health and wellness and reduce the impact of symptoms associated with MS. Community Teams are staffed by a range of allied health professionals who specialise in supporting people with MS and other progressive neurological conditions.

Eligibility: People with Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological disorders.

Contact details:
Address: 
The Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Parade, Blackburn 3130
Phone: 9845 2700
Freecall: 1800 042 138
Fax: 9845 2777
Email: msconnect@ mssociety.com.au
Webwww.msaustralia.org.au 
Office hours: 9am – 5pm Monday - Friday

Parent Support Network – Eastern Region

Provides support, information and advocacy to parents and carers of children with a disability living in the eastern region.

Eligiblity: Parents and carers.
Program Hours: Various.

Contact details:
Office Address:
 97 Bedford Road, Ringwood East 3135
Phone: 9259 4312
Fax: 9876 0256
Email: psn-emr@bigpond.net.au
Web: www.psn-emr.com.au
Office hours: 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday

Spina Bifida Association of Victoria

The SBFV is an independently funded, dynamic and professional not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping people with spina bifida to lead better lives. We provide information and programs to people with spina bifida and their families throughout Victoria.

Eligibility: People with spina bifida and their families.

Contact details:
Office Address: 
4th Floor, Ross House, 247 Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000
Phone: 9663 0075
Fax: 9639 0081
Email: info@sbfv.org.au
Web: www.sbfv.org.au
Office hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday -  Friday

Stroke Association of Victoria

A volunteer organisation assisting stroke survivors and their families throughout Victoria. It is a network of people whose lives have been changed by a stroke. These people now give their time supporting stroke survivors and spreading the message of stroke awareness to the community at large. Services include information, community education, support, and provision of seminars and workshops.

Eligibility: For people who have had a stroke and their families.

Contact details:
Phone: 
9670 1117 (Metropolitan), 1300 434 233 (Non-Metropolitan)
Fax: (03) 5278 7980
Email: admin@strokeassociation.com.au
Web: www.strokeassociation.com.au
Office hours: Tuesday – Friday 9.30am -4pm

Respite Information and Development in the East
1300 886 798

 
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