Where do I start?
Accommodation and support
Specialist services and information
Getting out there
Working and learning
Financial support and assistance
Taking a break from caring
Help at home
Find out about equipment, technology and modifications
Friends, family and carers
Adults with disability – and their families – can seek information, referral and assistance through Disability ACT’s Services for Adults team, in the following areas:
- accommodation and support for adults with high and complex needs related to a disability
- learning and training
- early Intervention
- individual response for adults with a disability
- family managed services including futures planning
For assistance with identifying housing and tenancy options and other supports you can:
Register your information to let Disability ACT know the sort of assistance you are looking for by completing a Registration of Interest Form
Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund (Australian Government)
SAIF has been established by the Commonwealth Government to build innovative, community-based supported accommodation places for people with disability. This initiative is intended provide 150 new places across Australia in supported accommodation and respite for people with disability and their carers and families nationally.
The Fund is managed by the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).
Community Health offers a wide range of community and at home support and treatment services to people with chronic conditions, or to those discharged from hospital who have continuing support needs.
More information about home support or contact the Community Health Intake line (02) 6207 9977 Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm to make an appointment.
ACT Health provides a range of dental services to ACT residents who are the primary holder of a current ACT Centrelink-issued Pension Concession or Healthcare card. Services are delivered from the Civic and Phillip Health Centres.
Contact the Moore St Health Building in the city on (02) 6205 0978 or 6205 0982; Belconnen Health Centre on (02) 6205 1541 or (02) 6205 1202; Phillip Health Centre on (02) 6205 1463 or (02) 6205 1695; or Tuggeranong Health Centre on (02) 6205 2768 or (02) 6205 0585.
Intensive Treatment and Support Service (ITAS)
This is a support service for people who have an intellectual disability as well as a mental disorder or dysfunction. Usually these people are referred to as having ‘dual disability’.
The service is for people in the ACT who :
- have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability and mental illness
- have high and complex needs
- are at risk of criminally offending or re-offending and
- are aged 17 years or older
More information on Intensive Treatment and Support Service or contact the ITAS team on (02) 6205 3533.
Transitioning from hospital to the community
The issue of transition to community living for long-term patients in hospital with complex and ongoing needs is a consistent and significant challenge for staff and service providers.
A joint project Pathways from Hospital from ACT Health and Community Services Directorate (CSD) are working together to develop and implement more effective way to manage the transition.
ACT Government Policy Framework for the transition of people with high ongoing support needs from hospital to the community.
Policy Framework [PDF 214K] [Word 125KB]
Pathways from Hospital [PDF 56KB] [Word 67KB]
For older people
Disability ACT has developed a draft policy framework for people with disability who are ageing. This draft framework is subject to further discussion and agreement with ACT Government agencies.
Development of an ACT Government Policy Framework for People with Disability who are Ageing [PDF 179KB] [Word 127KB]
DRAFT Policy Framework for People with Disability who are Ageing [Designer PDF 312KB]
The Aged Care and Rehabilitation Service (ACRS)
ACRS integrates ACT Health's aged care and rehabilitation services, with the ultimate goal of improving service quality and accessibility. These services include prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, support and rehabilitation for older people and people experiencing disability following an illness / trauma.
More information: Aged Care and Rehabilitation Service on (02) 6207 9977