Health & Parenting Resources
This Australian Parenting Website has been created by a partnership of member organisations of Australia’s leading early childhood agencies, the Raising Children website is produced with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government. It offers information and support for Australian parents and others who have responsibility for the care of children. Topics span from pregnancy to teens and include disability and support services.
> Going to hospital: planning ahead
MyTime is an initiative of the Parenting Research Centre supporting parents of children with disabilities. MyTime groups for parents and carers of children with a disability or chronic illness are set up in the community by local partner agencies which deliver services in parenting, disability, family support and raising children with additional needs. MyTime funding is provided by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, and is coordinated nationally by the Parenting Research Centre.
Better Health Channel provides online consumer focused health and medical information including genetic conditions. Information is quality-assured, reliable, up-to-date, regularly reviewed and easy to understand. It is fully funded by the State Government of Victoria (Australia). The extensive content is developed in consultation with content partners who are reputable health organisations with specialised knowledge in a particular topic area.
Royal Childrens Hospital Melbourne. Kids Health Info fact sheets have been developed for parents and adolescents, and cover pertinent topics about medical conditions and the services available at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.
> Preparing for hospital
Kidspot Directory for Parents offers maternity, baby and children’s products and services.
Disability & Advocacy Services
Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) is an advocacy and information service for families of children or young adults with any type of a disability living in Victoria. Free online resources include a basic introductory guide to supports and services “Through the Maze” supplemented by local and regional guides to services in Victoria. They provide free information and support via the ACD Support Line.
Disability Advocacy Resource Unit is a statewide service established to resource the disability advocacy sector in Victoria.
Disability Discrimination Legal Service is a statewide independent community legal centre that specialises in disability discrimination matters.
The Disability Services Commissioner works to resolve complaints about disability services providers, and works with disability service providers to improve outcomes for people with a disability.
DiVine is an online community for and by people with a disability.
National Disability Services Victoria is an Australian peak body for non-government disability services.
Office for Disability supports the Victorian Government in helping to improve the lives of people with a disability.
Women with Disabilities Victoria makes it their mission to lead the way for Victorian women with disabilities and improve women’s choices by being a voice for women with disabilities.
Carer & Respite Services
Carers Australia is the national peak body representing Australia’s carers, advocating on behalf of Australia’s carers to influence policies and services at a national level.
It works collaboratively with partners and member organisations, the Network of state and territory Carers Associations, to deliver a range of national carer services.
- Carers Victoria
- Commonwealth Carer Respite Services: 1800 052 222
- Emergency After Hours Respite: 1800 727 280
Interchange provides respite and social support for the whole family through a range of different programs and services.
Working Carers Gateway for people juggling working and caring roles.
Government Agencies & Information
Centrelink for entitlements to Carers Allowance, Carer Payment or Sickness and Disability Benefits.
Victorian State Government Department of Education and Training offers support to children and young people who have a disability or developmental delay and their families through a range of programs targeted to meet their specific needs.
Services in other States in Australia can be found in state government websites.
Victorian Department of Human Services to access case management, funding for equipment, planning and funding for Individual Support Plans (ISPs) and for emergency respite, and referral to local respite agencies.
Australian Network on Disability Connecting people with disability to business. It is widely agreed that the most valuable way to improve employment outcomes for people with disability is through innovative programs that help set them up for a lifetime of work. Internships, mentorships and employer led recruitment strategies expose business to people with disability and give vital work experience to job seekers. The Australian Network on Disability (AND) offers three unique programs that link you with talented people with disability.
DHS Disability Support Register (DSR): 1300 366 731. The DSR is a system that records information about a person’s current need for support so that when services become available they can be allocated in a fair and efficient way.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission for updates on policy and legislation, and for information on equity for access to services.
Family Planning Victoria for counselling and medical advice.
Your Local Council