If you are caring for a child with complex needs, there are a number of places you can find support. Your MyTime facilitator and other group members are a great source of information on local services. Below you will find some national support services for yourself and your family.
Parenting Children with a Disability
Supported by the Australian Government, Raising Children Network is the complete Australian resource for parenting newborns to teens. At raisingchildren.net.au parents can learn and access tools, support and resources as their children grow and develop. Raising Children Network includes disability and autism specific sections, as well as directories for finding more support.
- Disability Services Pathfinder - This interactive tool can help you find your way through services and support for your child.
- Child & parent disability services - A comprehensive list of disability resources, services and support organisations.
- Children with ASD & Disability app - Free app with funding & services help, parent stories, and reliable, easy to understand information.
Children with Disability Australia (CDA) represents children and young people with disability and their families.
Siblings Australia provides support for brothers and sisters of people with special needs.
Early Childhood Intervention Australia promotes early invention for infants and young children with developmental delays or disabilities.
Health & Mental Health
Funded by the Governments of Australia, healthdirect provides easy access to trusted, quality health information and advice online and over the phone (1800 022 222). It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you make informed choices anywhere, any time.
Beyond blue is a national organisation working to address the issues associated with depression, anxiety, and substance misuse.
Mind health Connect provides access to trusted, relevant mental health care services, online programs and resources.
A Department of Health initiative providing information, support and referrals on substance abuse.
A ‘one-stop info-shop’ for people interested in improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.