Support groups and organisations: Illness

If you are seeking support relating to grief e.g. support organisations and resources such as books, please use the Finding Support page or use links which are presented at the bottom of each topic page.


Anglicare (SA) Loss and Grief Centre
BeyondBlue
CAMHS – Flinders Medical Centre, Division of Mental Health
Cancer Care Centre Inc.
CanTeen – The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer
Centacare
Childhood Cancer Association Family Service
Compassionate Friends (SA)
LIFELINE
Mary Potter Hospice Patient and Family Counselling Service
National Twin Loss Support
Northern Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service – CAMHS – Country Regional Team
Palliative Care Council of South Australia Inc
SIDS and Kids (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
Star Bear Program Anglicare Inc
Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Support (SA) Inc Stillbirth And Neonatal
The Cancer Council Helpline

Anglicare (SA) Loss and Grief Centre

Anglicare SA, Loss and Grief Centre was established in partnership with the School of Social Work, Flinders University.

The Centre offers individual and family counselling.

All staff have relevant and recognised professional qualifications.

Anglicare SA works for people from all backgrounds to make a positive difference. All staff work with respect for clients’ rights to self determination and their own belief system.

Services provided:

  • Individual counselling
  • Family counselling

Address: 159 Port Road, Hindmarsh SA 5007
Phone: 08 8131 3400
Fax: 08 8131 3477
Website: www.anglicaresa.com.au
Email: lossandgrief@anglicaresa.com.au
Hours of Operation: Enquiries about hours, fees and services are welcome Tuesday to Friday 9am – 5pm on 08 8131 3400
Costs: $30.00 for loss and grief counselling 

 

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BeyondBlue

  • Beyondblue is primarily a national telephone and internet information service and can also refer people to accurate, up to date, easy to read information on depression, anxiety and related disorders.
  • All calls and chats are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential.
  • Beyondblue is not a health service, drop-in, or a crisis service: the postal address is for administration needs.

Services:

  • 24 hour support service: 1300 4222 4636
  • Webchat: 4pm to 10pm 7 days a week 
 


Website: http://www.beyondblue.org.au/general/search-results?
 
Help line:  1300 22 4636

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CAMHS – Flinders Medical Centre, Division of Mental Health

CAMHS provides a free and confidential counselling service for children up to 18 years of age and their families. Services are provided by child, adolescent and family specialists including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, who are experienced in helping children with emotional, psychiatric, behavioural or social difficulties.
We offer a range of services depending on your needs. Services include personalised individual or family counselling appointments, groups for children or information workshops for parents/care-givers.

Services provided:

  • Personalised individual or family counselling appointments, groups for children
  • Information workshops for parents/caregivers
  • Literature on Grief e.g. brochures

 

Address: Unit 3 209 Main South Road Morphett vale 

78-80 Dale St PORT ADELAIDE SA 5105

Suite 5, Ground Floor, Elizabeth House Elizabeth City Centre, Oxenham Drive ELIZABETH SA 5112

5 Darley Rd, PARADISE SA 5075

10 milham street oaklands park

Phone: Morphett Vale: 08 8326 1234
Port Adelaide: 08 8341 1222
Elizabeth: 08 8252 0133
Paradise: 08 8207 8999
Oaklands Park: 08 7425 8600

Fax: Morphett Vale: 08 8326 3340
Port Adelaide: 08 83412495
Elizabeth: 08 82870308
Paradise: 08 83652221
Oaklands Park: 08 7425 8275

Website: Port Adelaide: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au
Elizabeth: www.wch.sa.gov.au
Paradise: www.wch.sa.gov.au
Morphett ValeL: www.wch.sa.gov.au

Email: Morphett Vale: FMCOnkaparingaCAMHS@health.sa.gov.au
Port Adelaide: camhswestern@health.sa.gov.au
Elizabeth: northern@wch-camhs.sa.gov.au
Paradise: eastern@wch-camhs.sa.gov.au

Hours of Operation: 9.00am-5.00pm however appointment times for counselling can be negotiated
Costs: Nil

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Cancer Care Centre Inc.

The Cancer Care Centre Inc. is a non-profit, non-denominational association formed in Adelaide.

It was inspired by cancer patients, their families and concerned individuals who believe that they have been able to contribute greatly to their own well being in overcoming the many challenges cancer presents.

Our primary aim is to provide active support for cancer patients and their families. The Cancer Care Centre promotes peace of mind and a healthy lifestyle, through:

    * Positive thinking
    * Stress management
    * Meditation
    * Food awareness
    * Healthy nutrition

The Cancer Care Centre seeks to meet the needs of both patient and family.

Services provided:

  • Individual counselling
  • Telephone counselling
  • Drop in centre
  • Literature on grief e.g. brochures
  • Library facilities for loss & grief
  • Grief education classes
  • Meditation 
  • Therapys e.g. massage, reflexology 

Address: 76 Edmund Ave UNLEY SA 5061
Phone: 08 82722411
Website: www.cancercarecentre.org.au
Email:  admin@cancercarecentre.org.au
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9:30-4:30 
Costs: Counselling by donation
Use of library & internet for Members (cost per annum)
$80.00 Regular Membership
$60.00 concession
$100 Organisation 
$40 Therapies
$40 Counceling 
Note: Courses vairy in price  

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CanTeen – The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer

CanTeen supports, develops and empowers teenagers living with cancer by providing a high quality Australia-wide peer support network of teenagers living with cancer and their teenage brothers and sisters, who share experiences, have fun, offer resources and promote understanding, well being and leadership.

Services provided:

  • Peer Support through activities, camps, educational workshops
  • Grief education courses for members eg. Annual good grief weekend
  • Telephone counseling 
  • Online counseling

Address: Norwich Centre, Level 1, 77 King William Rd NORTH ADELAIDE SA 5006

Mailing Address: GPO Box 107 ADELAIDE SA 5006
Phone: 08 8161 7488
Fax:  08 82046435
Website: www.canteen.org.au
Email: sa.admin@canteen.org.au
Costs:  CanTeen Membership is free and all programs are free. CanTeen will pay for travel and necessary accommodation for regional Members to attend camps.

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Centacare

Centacare offers a confidential, professional counselling service for those confronted by loss and grief and work to provide a sympathetic and practical support as people journey through the grieving process.

Services provided:

  • Individual counselling
  • Group councelling 
  • Mediation
  • Family counceling 
  • Parenting counceling 

Address: 45 Wakefield St ADELAIDE SA 5000
Phone: 08 8210 8200
Fax: 08 8232 8920
Website:www.centacare.org.au
Email: equiries@Centacare.org.au 
Hours of Operation: Mon, Tues and Fri: 9.00am-5.00pm; Wed and Thurs 9.00am-9.00pm
Costs: Individual counselling on a sliding scale according to income. Service is free to eligible clients.

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Childhood Cancer Association Family Service

The Childhood Cancer Association is South Australia's key childhood cancer support organisation, dedicated to providing emotional, practical and financial support to children with cancer and their families. As part of this support they provide bereavement services to families who have experienced the death of a child from cancer. 

Services provided:

  • Individual and family counselling including face to face telephone and online counselling
  • Bereaved parent support group meetings
  • Library facilities for loss and grief e.g. books and brochures
  • Grief education classes
  • Grief and loss workshops
  • SIBE (Supper Important Brothers and Sisters program is run in the school holidays)
  • Bereaved Grandparent support groups
  • Bereaved Parens support group 
  • Anual bereaved family day for all member of the family 
  • Funeral assistance
  • Respite accomodation

Address: Family Service, 1st Floor, 55 King William Road North Adelaide SA 5006

Mailing Address: P.O.Box 1094 North Adelaide S.A. 5006
Phone: (08) 8239 1444 or 04262 44997
Fax: (08) 8239 2300
Website: http://www.childhoodcancer.asn.au/
Email: info@childhoodcancer..asn.au
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
Costs: $10.00 annual membership fee to families experiencing death of a child to cancer. The first year is free for families. 

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Compassionate Friends (SA)

Compassionate Friends (SA) is part of a world wide support organisation for bereaved parents. This is regardless of the age of the child at death or the manner of death. Services provided include monthly support groups in 3 metropolitan locations, telephone support to members, a bi-monthly newsletter, a range of brochures and a resource library. A CandleLight service is held in December each year. Some support is also provided to siblings and grandparents.

Services provided:

  • Support group meetings
  • Literature on grief eg. brochures
  • Library facilities for loss & grief
  • Pamphlets
  • Newsletters – quarterly - first newsletter for newly joining family is free, thereafter by subscription

Address: PO Box 26 Kent Town SA 5071
Phone: 0456 820 133
Email tcfsainc@outlook.com
Hours of Operation: Monthly support group meetings are held at the Community rooms St Matthews Church, 146 Kensington Rd, Marryatville, South Australia
Costs: There is an annual membership of $30 (due in June and may increase annually in June) which covers cost of the newsletters, annual events such as Balloon Release, CandleLight

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LIFELINE

LIFELINE provides a 24hr telephone counselling service that is compassionate, non-judgmental, confidential and supportive of people from all walks of life, in need or in crisis.
Counsellors are trained to help with crises in areas such as isolation, relationship difficulties, domestic violence, suicide, youth issues, loss and grief, mental health, child abuse, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, gambling etc.

LIFELINE has been helping South Australians of all ages, religions and social groups since 1963. In that time, our counsellors have dealt with just about every human problem.

Services provided:

  • Telephone counselling 24 hours 131114
  • Grief education classes as part of training of telephone counsellors
  • Referral service to other agencies and support groups
  • One-on-one crisis support chat 8pm-4am 7days: 13 11 14 

Address: 10 Pitt Street, ADELAIDE SA 5000

Mailing Address: GPO Box 2534 ADELAIDE SA 5000
Phone: 08 8202 5820
Fax: 08 8202 5822
Email: lifelineadmin@unitingcommunities.org
Website: http://www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help/
Hours of Operation: Admin 9am-5pm
Costs: Nil (only cost is for in house training of telephone counsellors)

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Mary Potter Hospice Patient and Family Counselling Service

The Mary Potter Hospice Patient and Family Counselling Service is a comprehensive service offering Social Work assistance and specialised counselling in the areas of palliative care, grief and loss, and bereavement. This is a service available to all patients and their family members in the Mary Potter Hospice and upon referral for those within Calvary North Adelaide Hospital. 

Services provided:

  • Helpful listening and counselling
  • A multidisciplinary and holistic approach
  • Education and information
  • Assistance with practical needs and access to other services
  • Help with children who are grieving
  • Bereavement care and support

Address:89 Strangways Terrace, North Adelaide, SA, 5006
Phone:08 8239 9147
Fax:08 8239 9395
Email:Sigourney.Reschke@calvarycare.org.au
Website:http://www.calvarycare.org.au/
Hours: Monday-Friday 8.30 – 5.00
Costs: Free to patients and family members of Calvary North Adelaide Hospital and Mary Potter Hospice

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National Twin Loss Support

Providing Twin Loss information to families, and health care professionals, right around the world. The organisation aims to improve the level of awareness and care of these families and is proud to be working in conjunction with other bereavement care organisations.

Services provided:

  • We specialise in providing multiple birth loss information to health care professionals, twin and higher order multiple birth loss families, as well as other bereavement care organisations. 
  • Free brochures and newsletters are available through our website and Facebook page. Books are for sale through outlets as listed on our website.

Address: 5 Earl Avenue, Salisbury East  SA  5109 [home office – by appointment only]
Mailing Address: PO Box 3157, Salisbury East  SA  5109
Contact phone: 0419 039 194 (after 5pm CST if possible)
Website: www.nationaltwinloss.org.au
Email: enquiries@nationaltwinloss.org.au
Hours of operation: as required
Costs: All information is provided free of charge. Books are sold to assist in raising funds for the NTLS organisation – 100% sales/royalties go to NTLS. Listed as a tax deductible gift recipient with the Australian Taxation Office.

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Northern Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service – CAMHS – Country Regional Team

CAMHS provides a free and confidential counselling service for children up to 18 years of age and their families. Services are provided by child and family specialists including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists who are experienced in helping children with emotional, psychiatric, behavioural or social difficulties.

Services:

  • Family and individual counseling
  • Group programs for children
  • Group programs for parents
  • Information workshops for parents and carers 
  • Toll free: 1800 819 089

Address: Port Augusta Service: Port Augusta Community Health Service, 36 Flinders Terrace Pt Augusta SA 5700 

Port Pirie Service: GP plus clinic, 50 Gertrude st Port Pirie SA 5540 

Port Lincoln Service: Port Lincoln Community Health Service, Ground Floor Port Lincoln Hospital, Oxford Terrece West Wing, SA 5606

Whyalla Service: Whyalla Community Health Service, 171 Nicholson Ave Whyalla SA 5600

Client Freecall Phone: 1800 819 089
Agency Phone: 08 8632 5304
Fax:Port Pirie: 08 8633 2489
Email:  augusta@wch-camhs.sa.gov.au
pirie@wch-camhs.sa.gov.au
lincoln@wch-camhs.sa.gov.au
 
whyalla@wch-camhs.sa.gov.au
Websitehttp://www.wch.sa.gov.au/camhscountry
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. 
Costs: nil

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Palliative Care Council of South Australia Inc

The Palliative Care Council of South Australia Inc provides a palliative care resource and information service, and is involved in community education, advocacy and promotion of palliative care services. Information is available regarding the Consent to Medical Treatments and Palliative Care Act 1995.

Services provided:

  • Access to literature from a variety of sources.

Address:  Suite 3b 62-66 Glen Osmond Road Parkside SA 5063
PO Address:  PO Box 435 Fullarton  SA  5063
Phone: (08) 8271 1643
Fax:  (08) 8271 7494
Website: www.pallcare.asn.au
Email: pallcare@pallcare.asn.au
Costs:  No charge

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SIDS and Kids (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

SIDS and Kids provides bereavement support for all sudden unexpected deaths from conception up to and including 6 years of age. The cause of death could be SIDS, accidental death, fast onset illness, stillbirth or drowning.

Services provided:

  • Individual counselling 
  • Counceling for people not just affected by SIDS
  • Telephone counselling
  • Support group meetings
  • Literature on grief eg. brochures
  • Library facilities for loss & grief
  • 24 hour emergency hotline 1300 799 656

Address:  415, Magill Road, St Morris SA 5068
Phone: 08 83321066
Website:  www.sidsandkids.org.au
Email: adelaide@sidsandkidssa.org
Hours of Operation: 24 hours Crisis Intervention for the newly bereaved.
Office: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri
Costs: Nil

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Star Bear Program Anglicare Inc

The Star Bear program is a partnership between Anglicare Loss and Grief Centre.

Star Bear is a grief support program for children aged 5-12. For teenagers up to 17 there is the Star Bound program for  teenagers who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling or significant person.

Children attend a weekend camp conducted by trained mentors/leaders. The programe aims to increase children’s understanding of death and the grieving process, as well as providing them with the opportunity to share their experiences with other children. both camps aee run by proffesionals and volunteairs in the area. 

Please contact Star Bear with any questions/enrolment form.

Services provided:

  • Individual child or family counselling, Anglicare Loss and Grief Centre
  • Information services about grief for children and adults can be provided for schools or the wider community
  • Follow up support for bereavement 
  • weekly camps for Starbear children bewteen 5-12 and Starbound for teenagers up to 17

Phone: (08) 8301 4208
Fax:  (08) 8301 4250
Website: www.anglicaresa.com.au
Email:  starbear@anglicaresa.com.au
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Costs:  Nil (for camps)

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Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Support (SA) Inc Stillbirth And Neonatal

SANDS was formed originally to answer a need that parents had to talk to others whose baby had also died sometime from conception to 28 days after birth.
SANDS is a self-help group consisting solely of bereaved parents. Parents often feel the strong desire to talk about their baby and to be with others who have suffered and survived the loss of a baby.

SANDS aims to assist parents in their grief and to help them understand the emotions that they are experiencing.

SANDS is managed by a Committee of bereaved parents who have the task of ensuring that the Organisation runs smoothly. They raise funds, apply for grants, do publicity and generally administer the business of SANDS.

Services provided:

  • Newsletter
  • Monthly Support meetings
  • Telephone suppoort 13000 72637
  • Library facilities for loss & grief
  • Coffee mornings
  • Community awareness
  • Information sessions

Address: PO Box 380 PARKHOLME SA 5043
Phone: 0417681642
Website: www.sandssa.org
Email:  info@sandsa.org
Hours of Operation: 24 hour supportline 13000 72637
Costs: Nil

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The Cancer Council Helpline

The Cancer Council Helpline is a support and information service for people concerned about cancer or affected by cancer personally or indirectly.

The Helpline is staffed by nurse health counsellors who have extensive experience in cancer nursing and counselling. The Helpline provides information and support and is the first access point for other Cancer Council services such as counselling and cancer support programs. Information can also be provided on support available in the community.

The Cancer Council South Australia provides the Helpline as a free and confidential service.

It is the first point of access for information on Cancer Council services and provides professional support to people concerned about cancer.

Services provided:

  • Professional support and information provided by telephone
  • Telephone and individual counselling
  • Access to cancer support programs provided by the Cancer Council
  • A wide range of printed resources free of charge
  • Information on support services available in the community
  • Access to interpreters and resources translated into languages other than English
  • Legal and financial planning referal service 
  • Accomodation
  • Help line 13 11 20

Address: 202 Greenhill Rd EASTWOOD SA 5063
Address: PO Box 929 UNLEY SA 5061
Phone: 13 11 20
Free call: 1800 188 070
Fax: 08 8291 4122
Website: www.cancersa.org.au
Email: cc@cancersa.org.au
Hours of Operation: 8:30 to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday
Costs: Nil

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