Media Release by Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion

‘MyTime’ for parents of children with a disability

Up to 2,500 families will now have access to the latest carer information and support services as part of a $9 million Australian Government initiative called ‘MyTime’, Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion said today.

Launching the initiative in Footscray Melbourne, Senator Scullion said over 300 peer support groups will be established across Australia over the next three years.

‘Parents of children under school age with a disability or a chronic medical condition often feel isolated from the community and need additional support,’ Senator Scullion said.

‘These peer support groups, run by trained staff, will provide parents in similar circumstances with up to date information and relevant advice, as well as assistance in finding support services in their local communities.

‘While parents are participating in these groups, workers will look after and help their children through play activities tailored to the childs’ needs.

‘Seven peer support groups are already operating in Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania – with a further 72 to be established nationally by the end of June 2007.

‘This latest initiative is part of the Australian Government’s $12.8 billion commitment in 2006-07 towards supporting and recognising people with disability, their families and carers,’ Senator Scullion said.

The Australian Government has selected Parenting Research Centre as the National Coordinator of the Peer Support Groups for Parents of Children with Disabilities Program (called ‘My Time’).

For further information please visit My TimeExternal Site

Phase One – Peer Support Groups for Parents of Children with Disabilities or a Chronic Medical Condition Programme.

Name of Service Location/State
Down Syndrome Association
of Victoria
Sunshine, Victoria
Lalor, Victoria
Kiwanis House Special Needs Centre Shepparton, Victoria
Mallee Family Day Care Mildura, Victoria
EPIC (Educational Program for Infants and Children) Bundoora, Victoria
Noah’s Ark, Stafford Heights ECI (Early Childhood Intervention) Stafford Heights, Queensland
St Giles Society Inc Launceston, Tasmania