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Respite South was designed to improve access to information about disability respite and recreation options in the Southern Metropolitan Region. It is also intended to facilitate communication between disability service providers. The site was an initiative of the Southern Regional Disability Respite Reference Network, now called the Respite South Network.
The Southern Metropolitan Region is one of 8 regions of the Department of Human Services in the state of Victoria. It comprises 10 local government areas in Melbourne's south-east, which include Port Phillip, Stonnington, Glen Eira, Bayside, Kingston, Greater Dandenong, Casey, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula and Cardinia. With 1.312 million people it represents almost one quarter of the state's population.
The Victorian State Government and the Australian Government both fund the Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre Southern Metropolitan Region to provide information about respite support through the Careline telephone service.
Careline operates 24 hours, 7 days a week on 1800 052 222.