CHW Carer Support Officer 9845 3590
CHW Parent and Carer Resource Centre 9845 0580.
or email SCHN-CarerSupport@health.nsw.gov.au.
Resources for Parents and Carers
We know that things are hard at the moment, but here is some information that may help you while you are in the hospital.
- Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick Resource
- The Children's Hospital at Westmead Resource
- Sleep in the Hospital
- Yoga Stretches
- Mindfulness meditation sessions
- Helplines for Carers
- Carers NSW Pamphlet
- Carer Gateway
The Carer Support Program is here to provide support and recognise the valuable role parents and carers play in the lives of the child they care for and assist families to access appropriate information and resources about their caring role.
We understand that parents and carers can find it challenging to attend to their own self-care and wellbeing, especially when the person they care for is in hospital. We have developed initiatives to encourage mindfulness, relaxation as well as opportunities for connection with other parents and carers.
We welcome you to come to the Parent and Carer facilities at each hospital and to get involved with events that we run especially for you. You will also find an extensive range of resources and information in the Parent and Carer spaces.
Visit Carers NSW to find out more about who is a carer.
Support available for Carers
Carers NSW is the trusted peak non-government organisation in NSW that dedicates its focus on all carers across NSW in respect to providing holistic support, independent information and resources including carer training and a National Carer Counselling Program.
The Australian Government has introduced a Carer Gateway website and call centre as an entry point for carers to access practical information and advice, online supports and services in their local area including, counselling, respite services, peer support and financial packages/information. Information is available in a number of different languages and translating services are on offer.
- Visit the Carer Gateway website or call them on 1800 422 737
- Find community language resources on the Carer Gateway
Young Carers are under 25 years of age, some are as young as 6 and can be a sibling, a child, a grandchild or other relative. Young Carers are children and young people, who help support a family member who has a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, a chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail. They might help out with cleaning or preparation of meals, assisting their relatives with daily tasks, helping with medicines, showering and dressing or by "watching out" to make sure they are ok.
Young Carers are often unrecognised or 'invisible' carers in our community and can be especially vulnerable.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) estimates there are at least 11,600 young carers in NSW.
Watch this video about Young Carers and the challenges they may face.
Resources for Young Carers:
- Young Carers Network
- Young Carers NSW
- Little Dreamers
- Children of parents with mental illness
- Reach Out
- Youth Law Australia
Get Healthy NSW
This is a free service provided by NSW Health.
The website provides information on healthy diet and exercise and anyone can access personal telephone health coaching to identify your health goals and encourage you to keep on track.
NSW Health provides a free telephone coaching service. This confidential service provides expert advice and motivation to help you find a healthier, happier you.
- Support for carers in NSW - NSW Health
- Kids Helpline
- Centrelink - Carers
- Companion Card
- Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association
- askizzy - support services directory
- My Time - support for parents of children with disabilities
- Tafe NSW - Carer to Career
- Raising Children-a Parenting website
- Service NSW-Cost of Living program
- LawAccess-Legal Aid
- Carer Help