Located level 2 of the hospital, just around the corner from the Chemist and opposite the Kidshealth bookshop.
Our hours are:
- Monday to Friday 7.30am to 8pm
- Weekends 10am to 2pm.
Contact us by:
- giving us a call on (02) 9845 0580
- emailing us, or
- talking to a volunteer in the Parent and Carer Resource Centre.
The Carer Support Program is here to support you. We operate the Parent and Carer Resource Centre which provides a non-clinical, homely environment where parents and carers can take a break. Designed by parents for parents, the Centre is designed to:
- Provide a strong and visible presence of carer/parent support in the hospital and community
- Enhance the responsiveness of the hospital to the needs of parents and carers of children
- Provide practical support to assist all parents and carers in accessing appropriate services
At the Resource Centre you'll find:
- A peaceful place to relax: we provide the daily newspapers, magazines and light refreshments.
- Someone to chat with: there are friendly volunteers and other parents to talk to if you're in the mood.
- Computers with internet: access is free with suitable ID such as your Drivers Licence or Passport.
- Driver Reviver Room: if you're attending an outpatients appointment, you can use the room to nap after your long drive. Priority is given to those who have the furthest distance to travel. Bookings can be made in advance.
We want to hear from you!
We would like to be able to share your stories, experience and knowledge. If you have something to say, we're listening.
Activities for parents and carers
Our Carer Wellness Program provides parents and carers with yoga, massage and reflexology. All our instructors and therapists are volunteers and are fully qualified and insured, so you'll be in good hands.
Activities are free and are held onsite at the hospital. Some activities require an appointment time, so drop in to see us and we'll organise one for you.
Occasionally, the activity schedule will vary according to volunteer availability, but if you need more information call 9845 3590 or email SCHN-CarerSupport@health.nsw.gov.au.
Personal health coaching
NSW Health provides a free telephone coaching service. This confidential service provides expert advice and motivation to help you find a healthier, happier you.
Interested? Access the program today.
Young carers are children and young people up to 25 years of age who help provide care in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or other health problem.
The person they help care for might be a parent, a sibling, a grandparent or other relative, or maybe a friend. A young carer might help out with cleaning or cooking, with medications, therapy, medical and other appointments, with keeping this person safe or watching out to make sure that they are feeling OK. Across Australia, over 390,000 children and young people help care for their relatives.
- NSW Government Young Carers website - Identifying and supporting young carers.
- The Family and Community websitecontains an eLearning tool which explains who young carers are, the kinds of things they do and the impact being a young carer can have on a child or young person.
- Carers NSW - Young Carers Project
- Lawstuff - Legal information for young people
- Reachout - Information about tough times and mental health for young people
- COPMI - Children of Parents with Mental Illness- Keeping Families in Mind
- Information for Young Carers - ADHC
- Young Carer Stories - iCAMS, SWLHD
Walking with Carers
Walking with Carers is an information resource to support the many carers in NSW providing care and support to family members and friends who have disability, mental illness, a chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail.
It provides a range of useful information, advice and contacts to assist carers including:
- Their rights within NSW Health care system
- The location of acute and community health services
- Information on availability of payments and allowances
- Contact details for Commonwealth Respite and Carelink centres
- Tip for working carers, young carers and Aboriginal carers
- Information and tips for carers on looking after themselves
- NSW Carers Strategy
- Carers Recognition Act
- NSW Carers Recognition Act Implementation Guide
- Resources for the Charter and Act
- Disability and Chronic Illness
- Ageing, Disability and Home Care
- Kids Helpline
- Investing in care: AHRC Community Guide 2013
- NSW Health Get Healthy
- National Disability Insurance Scheme
- The Working Carers Gateway