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1. Sign up for the weekly Respite South e-newsletter
The Respite South weekly newsletter contains the latest news about disability respite, recreation and carer support - delivered straight to your inbox every Monday.
Sign up to the e-newsletter on the Respite South home page.
2. MAKE A CALL
There are a number of services set up to assist people who are just starting to look for respite in the Southern Region.
Department of Human Services - Information and Referral
Free call 1800 783 783 or TTY 1800 008 149, between 9.00am–5.00pm Monday to Friday.
This is the first point of contact at the Department of Human Services for people with a disability, their carers, or other services providers wishing to access information or support services. They provide information about disability related issues, community supports and a range of general and disability specific support.
Alfred Health Carer Services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Alfred Health Carer Services provides 24 hour carer support and access to planned and urgent respite for carers living in the southern region of Melbourne.
For more information, visit the website of Alfred Health Carer Services at: www.carersouth.org.au
Respite is available in many forms. Your local Council is a key contact if you are seeking respite in the home, or to ask about any other services they offer.
Services will vary between Councils. Contact your Council to discuss the available options. Below is a list of telephone contacts for each council in the southern metropolitan region:
3. SEARCH FOR SERVICES
Search for respite services using the Respite Finder tool. Add in some details, including the age of the person, their disability and what type of respite you're looking for and you will get a list of service providers you can contact .