Carer Support

Alfred Health Carer Services can help you with information and resources, assist you to identify helpful services in or outside the home and give you some support to manage your own health and wellbeing. For information phone Freecall *1800 052 222

Carer Support – Mental Health Program can assist you in your caring role by providing skilled and local advice, support in times of crisis, and the tools you may need to plan for the future. Friday EXTRA is a useful way for you to find out about Mental Health news, service updates and events. Read the most recent edition and subscribe.

For more information see: and a resource for family, partners and friends of a person with bipolar disorder.

Care Connect Ltd
, freecall 1800 692 464 With a comprehensive understanding of your situation, Care Connect will coordinate the services you need to assist you to live happily in your home for as long as you want.

Carers Australia Vic 9396 9500, Freecall 1800 242 636, Carers Victoria Head Office Level 1, 37 Albert Street,  Footscray VIC 3011
Postal: PO Box 2204, Footscray VIC 3011, Email Carers Victoria
This organisation provides information, support, counselling, representation and action for carers. Carers Victoria provides free workshops for carer support groups registered with their organisation.  The Freecall number provides information, support and referral to carers, the public and service providers.

The Carer Counselling Program Our carer counselling program can link you up with qualified professionals who understand the problems that caring families often face. You can talk to us by yourself or include your partner and other family members.

Contact the Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636* to talk about your needs and arrange counselling.

Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. The interactive service finder helps carers connect to local support services. Free call:1800 422 737 for support and advice, Monday to Friday,
8am to 6pm.

EACH provides an integrated range of health, disability, counselling and community mental health services across Australia. 

GROW – Better Together GROW Community Centre 9528 2977, freecall 1800 558 268, 707 Glenhuntly Road Caufield South Vic 3162, email  Grow Better Together encourages and supports caregivers of people experiencing mental illness. It utilises the same key elements of the Grow Program encouraging carers to further develop their own personal resources, friendships and supports to overcome barriers they experience as part of their caring role.

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group 9076 4713, email address   We provide support for families and carers who live or have family members in the inner south region. We also welcome others who may be interested in joining our monthly support group meetings.  Please see our About Us and Meetings and Events pages for more details.

Mental Health Carer Support Fund  is administered by Tandem.  All applications have to be made through and are approved by your local Area Mental Health Service who then forward your application to Tandem for processing. The Mental Health Carer Support Fund aims to meet the needs of family members and friends supporting a person who is receiving services from a Victorian Area Mental Health Service.

It provides funding to assist people in their support role, to promote and sustain the relationship, and improve the wellbeing of families and members of the community performing this role.

Mind Victoria, 1300 286 463, Carer Helpline 1300 554 660 operates 9am-5pm Mon-Friday.  Mind offers a range of supports, including counselling and peer support, respite, recreation days, carer education, an online forum and support groups.

Peninsula Carer Council Inc 1300 550 962, provides support, and resource information to carers of people with a mental illness on the Mornington Peninsula and advocates on their behalf regarding issues of concern to carers.

Reception 03 8803 5555
Carer Advocate 03 8803 5501
Carer Support Fund 03 8803 5504
Level 1, 37 Mollison Street, Abbotsford Victoria 3067
Tandem is the Victorian peak body representing family and friends supporting people living with mental health issues. Tandem’s mission is to provide leadership and coordination for the community of individuals and organisations who seek better outcomes for Victorian mental health carers.

Wellways Australia Ltd (formerly Mental Illness Fellowship) Helpline 1300 111 400 , email   offers a wide range of individually tailored services designed to support people affected by mental health issues or disability, as well as their families, friends and carers. Wellways experienced, local staff will help you take charge of your wellbeing, connect with others and participate in your community.  For information about Wellways services and programs see