VIC - Stroke Association of Victoria
(03) 9670 1117
ACT - Stroke Association of ACT
(02) 6269 2636
NSW - Stroke Recovery Association of NSW
1300 650 594 (toll free)
(02) 9807 6422
SA - Stroke SA Inc
(08) 8373 0570
Australian Physiotherapy Association
National body for the physiotherapy profession in Australia. Phone: 03 9534 9400
Australian Red Cross
Services such as respite care and Telcross support line for people living alone or with a disability.
Phone: 1800 246 850
Provide information and support to carers.
Ph: (02) 6122 9900 (National office)
Ph: 1800 242 636 (Carer resource centre)
Carers Australia has representative organisations in each state dedicated to improving the lives of carers through support and information.
Links to CareLink centres that provide free information on aged care and disability. Phone: 1800 052 222
Caring has many direct and hidden financial costs, which stretch the budget. Financial assistance is often available.
Ph: 13 2300
Ph: 132 717 (Disability, sickness, and carers)
Ph: 132 300 (Retirement services)
The Australian Government agency administering disability and retirement payments.
Continence Foundation of Australia
Offers information and advice to families, carers and health professionals. Phone: 1800 33 00 66
COTA National Seniors
An independent organisation run by and for older Australians. Phone 03 9820 2655 (national office)
Different strokes is a club for stroke survivors of post school age to mid 30’s that provides mentoring, support and information. For further information contact Sarah Cullen (cullenandco @ yahoo.com.au) and Glenn Jackson (jacksong @ stgeorge.com.au).
Representing people with diabetes, health professionals and researchers and has local offices in each state.
Phone: 1300 136 588
Home and Community Care Services (HACC)
In most cases, prior to leaving hospital your social worker will have talked toyou and your family/carer about what services can be arranged for you when you first get home. Phone: 1800 052 222, or the Aged and Community Care Information Line on 1800 500 853
Provides services to ensure families are notified in a medical emergency and doctors have access to medical history.
Phone: 1800 88 2222
National Heart Foundation
Australia's heart health charity that carries out life-saving work in order to reduce the suffering caused by cardiovascular disease Phone: 1300 362 787
National legal aid
There are a number of legal arrangements you may wish to make for the future. There is a Legal Aid Commission in each state and territory of Australia.
Occupational Therapy Australia
National body for the occupational therapy profession in Australia. Phone: 03 9415 2900
Provides advice and other assistance to smokers who want to kick the habit. Phone: 131 848
A stroke can cause many changes to relationships. Relationships Australia (RA) is Australia's leading provider of professional services to support relationships. Phone: 1300 364 277
Speech Pathology Australia
The national body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Phone: 03 9642 4899
Strokekidz formed to provide peer support for children and families affected by stroke.
Stroke and Disability Information (Hunter) Inc. (SADI)
SADI provides education, information, support and advocacy to reduce the incidence of stroke and minimise the physical, social and emotional impact Stroke and other disabilities have on clients, their carers and the wider community.
Provides information and services for the visually impaired. Phone: 1800 331 000
Community support for people with stroke, and their families.
Ph: 1300 224 636
Information on depression, anxiety and related drug and alcohol problems, available treatments and where to get help.
Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service (CRS) Australia
Ph: 1800 277 277
Provides services to help people with disability return to work.
Legal Aid Commission
Ph: See ‘legal aid’ in phonebook for local office
Offices in each state and territory providing assistance with legal matters.
Ph: See ‘local council’ in phonebook for local office
Provides list of Council services, Community Directory, Investing and Living in the local area in Victoria
National Stroke Foundation
Ph: 1800 787 653
The National Stroke Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that works with the public, government, health professionals, patients, carers and stroke survivors to reduce the impact of stroke on the Australian community. Information about stroke is available on the web site, and information kits about stroke can be ordered by telephone.