Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

$13 million for carers’ respite

The Australian Government is providing an extra $13 million over two years to increase carers’ access to respite.

Forty-six National Respite Development Fund (NRDF) organisations will receive funding to meet service delivery costs in providing further support and respite options for carers of people with a mental illness or intellectual disability.

The additional funding, to increase access to respite, recognises the need for carers and those they care for to have a short break, whether this means staying overnight in a respite service, a few hours enjoying recreational activities or linking in to support groups.

Respite can also include activities for families and friends who also provide care as well as in home care for care recipients.

Access to respite services which are tailored to meet the different needs of carers are essential to prevent social isolation.

The nature of caring for people with mental illness is often misunderstood because of the episodic nature of the illness. Carers of people with mental illness have diverse and changing needs ranging from respite, counselling, peer support and education.

In the last financial year, the Government’s Mental Health Respite Program provided around 415,000 hours of respite to more than 8,600 carers.

This additional funding will provide a further 260,000 hours of respite services helping more than 5,000 carers a year.

Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (Australian Social Trends, March 2009), underlines the importance of the Government’s ongoing commitment to improving services for people with a mental illness and their carers. The data revealed that one in five Australians had a mental disorder in 2007 and around half of all Australians have a disorder at some stages in their lives.

In February, I also announced that the Australian Government would double the reach of Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) program, expanding the number of sites from 76 to 155, to deliver more services to people with a severe mental illness.

A further 39 non-government organisations have been selected to deliver the program in the additional 79 sites at a cost of almost $100 million.

Organisation HACC Region Total Amount offered
Communities@Work Limited ACT 121,945
Mental Health Foundation (ACT) Inc ACT 148,110
ACT Total 270,055
Baulkham Hills Shire Council Cumberland/Prospect NSW 148,895
Catholic Healthcare Ltd Mid North Coast NSW 181,362
Orana/Far West NSW 112,817
Central West NSW 176,764
Challenge Disability Services New England NSW 200,000
Interchange Shoalhaven Inc Illawarra NSW 166,780
Integratedliving Australia Ltd. Mid North Coast NSW 171,156
New England NSW 173,026
Hunter NSW 173,758
Illawarra Disability Trust Illawarra NSW 50,000
South West Sydney NSW 50,000
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre Co-op Ltd. Northern Sydney NSW 200,000
Moffat Falls Pty Ltd. Hunter NSW 220,000
Mid North Coast NSW 250,000
New England NSW 220,000
New Horizons Enterprises Ltd Central Coast NSW 113,500
Northern Sydney NSW 107,100
On Track Community Programs Inc. Far North Coast NSW 200,000
Mid North Coast NSW 200,000
Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc. Illawarra NSW 200,000
Orana/Far West NSW 200,000
Riverina/Murray NSW 166,500
Inner West NSW 200,000
The Lorna Hodgkinson Sunshine Home Northern Sydney NSW 150,563
The Wheelchair & Disabled Association of Australia Illawarra NSW 200,000
Central West NSW 200,000
Far North Coast NSW 200,000
Central Coast NSW 200,000
Orana/Far West NSW 200,000
WorkAbility Personnel Southern Highlands 77,400
NSW Total 5,109,621
Mental Health Carers NT Incorporated Top End NT 41,733
Top End Association for Mental Health Incorporated Top End NT 200,000
Central Australia NT 200,000
NT Total 441,733
ARAFMI Queensland Inc. North Brisbane Qld 200,000
West Moreton/South Coast Qld 200,000
FSG Australia South Brisbane Qld 200,000
West Moreton/South Coast Qld 197,331
The Corporation of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane North Brisbane Qld 200,000
QLD Total 997,331
Anglicare SA Incorporated South East Metro SA 200,000
North West Metro SA 200,000
Carers’ Link Barossa and Districts Inc. North West Country SA 38,710
Country North Community Services Inc North West Country SA 21,211
Life Without Barriers South East Country SA 200,000
Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia Inc. North West Metro SA 174,849
South East Metro SA 134,849
Mind Australia South East Metro SA 144,084
North West Metro SA 138,340
South East Country SA 134,115
Uniting Care Wesley Adelaide Inc South East Country SA 146,000
YMCA South Australia Inc North West Metro SA 17,540
South East Metro SA 17,540
SA Total 1,567,238
Anglicare Tasmania Inc. North Western Tas 300,000
Southern Tas 300,000
Northern Tas 300,000
TAS Total 900,000
ARAFEMI Victoria Incorporated Eastern Metro Vic 60,422
Aspire A Pathway to Mental Health Inc Barwon/South West Vic 150,000
Bendigo Health Care Group Loddon/Mallee Vic 197,528
Care Connect Limited North West Vic 174,014
Eastern Access Community Health Inc Eastern Metro Vic 86516
Eastern Regions Mental Health Association Inc Southern Metro Vic 200,000
Karingal Inc. Barwon/South West Vic 200,000
Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria Barwon/South West Vic 173,250
Eastern Metro Vic 200,000
Hume Vic 138,000
Gippsland Vic 174,250
North West Vic 200,000
Southern Metro Vic 184,000
Mind Australia North West Vic 100000
Southern Metro Vic 100000
Out Doors Inc. North West Vic 103,868
Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-op Ltd. Hume Vic 145,224
St Luke’s Anglicare Loddon/Mallee Vic 72396
VIC Total 2,659,468
Goldfields Individual & Family Support Association Inc Goldfields WA 200,000
Intework Inc South West WA 44,736
South East Metropolitan WA 47830
Life Without Barriers South East Metropolitan WA 200,000
Perth Home Care Services East Metropolitan WA 47830
North Metropolitan WA 47830
South East Metropolitan WA 47830
South West Metropolitan WA 47830
Share & Care Community Services Group Inc Wheatbelt WA 131,004
Workpower Incorporated North Metropolitan WA 125,000
South West Metropolitan WA 125,000
East Metropolitan WA 120,000
South East Metropolitan WA 120,000
WA Total 1,304,890
Total National 13,250,336