South Australia

Use these links to find practical support or services in South Australia (SA), or to put you in touch with support groups.

Palliative Care Organisations Palliative Care South Australia
Phone: (08) 8271 1643

Palliative Care Australia. Phone: (02) 6232 0700
Carers Support and respite Carers SA

Compassionate Friends SA (Bereavement)
Phone: 1300 064 068 or 0456 820 133

Healthdirect lists resources for those caring for others as well as information on respite care and residential care

Myagedcare website has some helpful information for carers. Phone: 1800 200 422

For young carers: Young Carers Australia - South Australia

Respite Care
Carer Gateway provides an easy way to find respite service providers in your area. Phone: 1800 422 737

Commonwealth Home support Programme 

Carer Gateway Australia has a Carer Counselling Program Freecall 1800 422 737, or go to the webpage and Request a Callback and they will ring you

Myagedcare provides an overview of respite care and eligibility and assessment
Freecall: 1800 200 422

Anfe - Aged Care & Disability Services offers short-term respite for carers who live at home with a person with an intellectual disability. Phone: (08) 8234 5550

Carer Support and Respite Centre operates throughout Adelaide. Phone: (08) 8433 9555
Health Services Aged Care Assessments
The first step to access government-funded care services is to speak with My Aged Care services about arranging for an assessment by calling 1800 200 422. If you have been assessed and are ready to find a suitable local service provider visit Find a provider on the My Aged Care pages.

Aged Care Guide has a list of respite services in your state

Carers Australia: Information sheets on dealing with hospitals

Health Ombudsman. Freecall: 1800 182 150

GP helpline. For after-hours medical advice when you cannot access your usual GP, call the GP helpline on 1800 022 222 for assistance.

National Health Service Directory
Information and advice SA Health Advance Care Directive

Advance Care Planning Australia: Information on advance care planning

Carer Gateway

GP helpline. For after-hours medical advice when you cannot access your usual GP, call the GP helpline on 1800 022 222 for assistance.

Infoxchange Service Seeker

Kids Help Line. Freecall: 1800 55 1800

Legal Services Commission of South Australia

Lifeline. Phone: 13 11 14 

Mensline Australia. Phone: 1300 789 978

Office of Public Advocate

SA Directory of Community Services

Seniors Information Service
Equipment and supplies Department of Human Services (DHS) Equipment Program

Independent Living Centre provides information and advice about equipment, technology and techniques to assist with everyday tasks. Phone: 1300 885 886.

In some cases the Australian government also funds payments to help with the cost of running medical equipment at home, such as a dialysis machine or an oxygen concentrator.
Transport and Travel City Connector is a FREE city and North Adelaide bus service that is accessible to people with disabilities.  Also, the free city tram is between South Terrace and the Entertainment Centre.

Angel Flight Australia Coordinates non emergency flights for financially and medically needy people. Freecall: 1300 726 567

Australian Transport for the Disabled. Car hire with disabled access and self drive vehicles

City Of Marion Community Transport

National Public Toilet Map

Plus One Companion Card (Transport Assistance)

Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS) (SA) 

Transport SA offices (Disabled parking)
Financial Assistance Centrelink
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
Help within your home The Commonwealth Government funds a range of services for older Australians. You can find details at the myagedcare website.

The Australian Government Commonwealth Home Support Programme
If you want to stay in your own home, but need some help with daily tasks, or require entry level care, the Commonwealth Home Support Programme may be able to help.

Home modification: Better Health Channel provides a checklist for use when considering home modifications

Meals on Wheels
South Australia Meals on Wheels
Complaints Process Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner (HCSCC) South Australia

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 Quality and Safety Commission site 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 07 August 2020