Use these links to find practical support or services in the Northern Territory (NT), or to put you in touch with support groups.
|Palliative Care Organisations
||Department of Health and Families
Phone (Top End): (08) 8922 6761
Phone (Alice Springs): (08) 8951 6762
Palliative Care Northern Territory
Phone: (08) 8951 6762
Palliative Care Australia. Phone: (02) 6232 4433 or
Freecall: 1800 660 055
|Carers Support and respite
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre
Phone: 1800 052 222
Healthinsite lists carer resources and 22 current links to information to help carers and families
Myagedcare website has some helpful information for carers.
Phone: 1800 200 422
The Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia produces a brochure outlining the types of help available to carers
For young carers: Young Carers Australia - Northern Territory
ACRO - All Cultures Respite Options offers short-term respite for carers who live at home with a person with an intellectual disability. They have offices in 5 states.
Phone: (08) 8234 5550
Australian Government National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP). There is also a National Carer Counseling Program on Freecall: 1800 242 636.
Myagedcare provides an overview of respite care eligibility. Freecall: 1800 200 422
Care Connect is a not-for-profit organisation which offers respite and other services. Phone: 1800 116 166
Centrelink provides links to finding respite services, to the support information for carers seeking respite services, and to additional information which may be helpful to carers seeking support. Phone: 1800 052 222
National Respite for Carers program in Central Australia.
Phone: 1800 200 422
The Wesley Mission also provides services which are outlined on their website
||Aged Care Assessments
Home assessments are conducted by Occupational Therapists from your local Aged Care assessment Team. You can use the ACAT finder tool on the myagedcare website to locate your local ACAT (sometimes called ACAS), by searching either by state and suburb, or by typing in your postcode.
Carers Australia: Information sheets on dealing with hospitals
Health Ombudsman Phone: 1800 806 380
GP helpline. For after-hours medical advice when you cannot access your usual GP, call the GP helpline on 1800 022 222 for assistance.
Northern Territory Community Care Centres
|Information and advice
||Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre
Phone: 1800 052 222
Infoxchange Service Seeker
Kids Help Line. Freecall: 1800 551 800
Lifeline. Phone: 13 11 14
Mensline Australia. Phone: 1300 789 978
Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
Respecting Patient Choices: Information on advance care planning
|Equipment and supplies
||Independent Living Centre. Freecall: 1300 885 886
National Palliative Care Equipment Program provides equipment loans to families. For more information about the program and how to access equipment, phone: (02) 6273 9606.
|Transport and Travel
||Alice Springs bus services
Alice Springs Town Council
Angel Flight Australia Coordinates non emergency flights for financially and medically needy people. Freecall: 1300 726 567
Australian Transport for the Disabled offers national car hire services which includes disabled access and self drive vehicles
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Services Directory
Darwin City Council
National Public Toilet Map
Carers' support and other payments
Disability support pension
Health care card
Department of Veterans’ Affairs provides access to a range of services for veterans and war widow/widowers
The Australian Government has produced a brochure - 'Managing Money' - outlining available financial assistance and advocacy
NT pensioner and carer concession scheme
|Help within your home
||The Commonwealth Government funds a range of services for older Australians. You can find details at the myagedcare website.
Home and Community Care Program
The Home and Community Care (HACC) Program provides community care services to frail aged and younger people with disabilities, and their carers. HACC services are often coordinated by local government agencies, so you could try contacting your local council offices for information.
Home modification: Better Health Channel provides a checklist for use when considering home modifications
Meals on Wheels
||The Complaint Line website provides guidance on how to make a complaint about health practitioners, with the details for each state, for AHPRA and provides links to other health professional associations.
The Australian Government Aged Care Complaints Scheme gives consumers guidance on how to lodge a complaint or raise a concern. This website links to the official online complaint lodgement form which allows the complainant to choose the level of privacy of the complaint.
Last updated 30 October 2013