Carer Respite & Support

New Services Coming for Carers 2019

North Metro Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre

Do you provide care for a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, frailty associated with ageing or terminal illness requiring palliative care?  Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre can assist you with information, referrals and arrange access to short-term or emergency respite care.

Funded by the Australian Government and managed by the Independent Living Centre of WA, the North Metro Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) is part of a national network of fifty-four Centres operating in each area of Australia.

The North Metro (WA) CRCC region encompasses the Local Government Areas (LGA) of City of Joondalup, City of Nedlands, City of Stirling, City of Subiaco, City of Vincent, City of Wanneroo,  Town of Cambridge, Town of Claremont, Town of Cottesloe, Town of Mosman Park, Shire of Peppermint Grove.

Are You A Carer?

Head and shoulder image of mature couple with the lady's head on his shoulderA carer is defined as someone who provides regular and sustained care and assistance to a dependent family member, friend or neighbor.  The assistance provided is to be ongoing or likely to be ongoing for at least six months and be provided for ‘everyday’ types of activities such as self-care, mobility and communication.

Carer’s can be any age and background and may be caring for:

  • A frail older person
  • A person with moderate, severe or profound disability
  • A person experiencing mental illness
  • A person with terminal illness requiring palliative care

Young Carers Program

Father and son at the kitchen bench doing the dishes and smilingAre you 18 years of age or under? Do you have caring responsibilities? You may be eligible for support.

If you’re struggling to meet with the demands of school, can’t finish your homework, feel distracted and frequently miss school because the workload has become too much, we may be able to support you.

Visit Young Carers for more information.

What is Respite?

Respite can mean something different to everyone, however is defined as a short-term break from the responsibility of looking after someone else.  You may need to be away from your caring role for a few hours, a day, or overnight.  You may need a break to help you manage your own health and wellbeing, or you may require assistance due to an unexpected situation.  We can assist you with arranging the respite care that you need.

How can we help?

When you are caring for others, it is also important to care for yourself.   Our staff will listen and talk with you about your situation and depending on your needs:

  • provide you with information and advice about respite
  • assist you to identify options that best suit your respite needs and the needs of the person you care for
  • help you with planning and organizing short-term respite
  • assistance you to locate and book residential respite care
  • arrange your respite due to an unplanned or emergency situation
  • link you with carer support that best suit your needs
  • discuss your eligibility for assistance with the cost of short-term or emergency respite.

Do you need more information?

You may have questions, require more information, wish discuss your situation or register as a new carer with our service.  Whatever your respite need, you can contact us by phoning freecall™ 1800 052 222* or emailing

*Calls from mobile phones are charged at applicable rates.

Contact Us:

Address: 13/386 Wanneroo Road, Westminster, WA 6061
Telephone: 08 9381 0696
Freecall: 1800 052 222
Fax: 08 9381 0688
Open: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm WST
After hours – emergency/unplanned respite phone 1800 052 222

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