Today marks the official launch of a series of new, expanded services from Carer Gateway for Victorian carers.
From 6 April, a consortium of Victorian health providers will offer free, early intervention support under the brand Carer Gateway, in an effort to avoid carers reaching a crisis point.
Victorian Carer Gateway state manager Vicki Down said nationally, anxiety is the biggest driver of traffic to Australian carer websites.
“Carers have told us they only seek support when they are in crisis and struggling to cope – we’re trying to change this.”
Carers will be able to access over-the-phone and in-person support such as coaching, counselling, peer support, information and advice. Online groups and courses, and crisis and emergency support will also be available.
Led by Merri Health, the Victoria Carer Gateway consortia includes Alfred Health, Ballarat Health Services, Barwon Health, Bendigo Health Care Group, FamilyCare and Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Ltd.
Anyone caring for a family or friend with mental health issues, disability, or is frail, aged or has a chronic condition may be eligible for support.
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