Mental Health Respite: Carer Support

Mental Health Respite: Carer Support (MHR:CS) provides relief from the caring role, through in-home or out-of-home respite  or social and recreational activities; carer support; including counselling, practical assistance, social inclusion activities, case management; and education, information and access including community mental health promotion.

MHR:CS supports carers of people with mental illness, whose health and wellbeing, or other impediments, are negatively impacting their ability to provide care. Support will assist carers and their families to continue in their caring roles, improve their health and wellbeing and participate socially and economically in the community.  The highest priority will been given to carers without access to similar respite or carer support through other government funded services.

Services under MHR:CS should be accessible and delivered in a sensitive and appropriate manner  and must give consideration to the needs of carers facing additional disadvantage.
These include but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous carers, including Stolen Generations and Indigenous kinship carers
  • Carers with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including humanitarian entrants and recent migrants
  • Older parent carers
  • Carers needing urgent assistance or support, including those at risk of homelessness
  • Special needs group carers specific to the service coverage area, such as:
    • Carers in rural and remote communities
    • Forgotten Australians
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex carers.

*Note: MHR:CS has been identified as a service in scope for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  During the NDIS trial, MHR:CS clients living in a trial site will continue to access their current services, and have their eligibility for the NDIS assessed over time.

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Mental Health Respite: Carer Support Guidelines

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