Support for carers
Find out where to get practical and emotional support if you care for someone who has a chronic illness or disability.
What is a carer?
A carer provides ongoing, unpaid support to a family member, neighbour or friend who needs help because of:
- life limiting illness
- chronic illness
- mental illness
Anyone can become a carer, at any time. If you’re a carer of someone with a chronic illness, there is support and services available.
Emotional and practical support for carers
- Parent Line NSW on 1300 1300 52 for information, confidential counselling and help accessing support services
- Raising Children for information and resources if you have a child with chronic illness
- Carers NSW Australia for information, support and referrals. They also offer information and resources for Aboriginal carers
- MyTime supports parents and carers of children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition
- Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737 for information and support, including counselling and respite care
- Young Carers Network for information and support for carers aged up to 25
- Raising Them Strong: Caring Together to help kinship and foster carers looking after Aboriginal children with disability
- Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW on 1800 629 072 offer advocacy services and projects for all people in NSW with disability and their families and carers. They have a special focus on families with a non-English speaking background