If you have a disability or you're supporting a loved one with a disability, you would be aware of the limited support and training available.
To address this need, we've established support programs to help alleviate the enormous strain, especially for people with a disability who have left hospital and return home to a very daunting and emotional time.
Support group meetings
Independence Australia runs a series of free local workshops to support you when caring for a loved one with a physical disability. This four-part program is delivered over four half days.
Come along and learn how to lift safely, care for yourself, navigate the disability system and get the information you need from professionals. Most importantly, you will meet other people in your local area who are going through similar experiences.
Strengthening Families will assist you in developing the knowledge, skills, and confidence to respond to the needs of a loved one.
You will develop key skills in optimism, resilience, assertiveness and wellbeing that will help overcome the challenges associated with supporting someone with a disability.
In these free workshops your participation will provide:
The Strengthening Families program is running in a variety of locations across Victoria.
All workshops run from 10:30am to 2:30pm.
Respite support hours are available to confirmed attendees. Applicants are asked to include details of their request for respite hours on the application form.
To register your interest in attending future workshops, please call 03 9418 0474.
If you have any questions, please leave us your contact details on the enquiry form on this page.
This is a support group for people who have acquired an incomplete spinal cord injury or condition as the result of accident or injury, medical, surgical, viral, neurological or vascular cause. The group is specifically aimed at people who can:
It's an initiative by the Victorian Spinal Cord Services, Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre and Independence Australia as a direct result of the increasing number of people with incomplete injuries we were seeing come through our services. We wanted to address the severe lack of support services available for the unique circumstances and experiences faced by people with spinal injuries who can walk.
Our support group provides a friendly and informal setting for people with incomplete spinal cord injuries or conditions to share information, experiences, knowledge and support.
The common experiences amongst people with incomplete spinal cord injuries with some capacity to walk include:
If this support group can help you, we would love to see you join us. The meetings are free. We meet every 3rd Thursday at 2:30 to 4 pm at The Collingwood Football Club Foundation Community Centre at Victoria Park in Abbotsford. The venue is wheelchair friendly with ramps to the meeting room and plenty of accessible parking nearby. We also provide light refreshments and catering at no charge. We also provide light refreshments and catering at no charge.
Please remember to RSVP for each meeting so we have numbers for catering purposes. To register call Dr Andrew Sinclair on 03 9418 0474 or 0400 199 766, or email [email protected]
Andrew is our health psychologist who facilitates a number of groups and has significant experience in working with people with chronic illness and disability.
When a loved one sustains a spinal cord injury, life changes not only for that person but also for those around them. This is a support group specifically for family members and/ or friends.
The group is an initiative by Independence Australia, with the support of the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Hospital and AQA to support partners and family members of people with a physical disability. It’s an opportunity to have your questions answered in a confidential and supportive group. You can also share information, experiences, knowledge and support in a friendly and informal setting.
Our meetings are held on a monthly basis and focus on the areas of interest to the group. The common experiences we share among family members are:
It is free to attend and we also provide light refreshments at no charge. We meet monthly. RSVP’s are essential so you can get updates of the date, time and location at The Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Kew. Sessions are facilitated by Jenny Koadlow and AQA’s Peer Support Coordinator, Nazim Erdem.
Just remember to RSVP for every session by calling Jenny Koadlow on 03 9418 0410 or 0403 046 816, or email [email protected].
Jenny is our clinical psychologist who has worked for many years with individuals, couples, families and groups in the disability sector.
If you have any queries call 1300 032 774 or leave us your contact details on the enquiry form on this page.
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