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- A Gender Agenda
Services include: A Gender Agenda works with the sex and gender diverse community, including transsexuals, transgender people, intersex people, cross-dressers and other gender variant or gender non-conforming people. We provide a range of services including group workshops and peer based support and advocacy. We also provide information, community education and training to individuals, health services, community organisations and employers.
- ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service
Services include: ADACAS is an independent advocacy organisation that provides information, education and representation to people with a disability or people who are ageing so that they may exercise their rights as citizens, and live valued and dignified lives within the community.
- ACT Gambling Counselling and Support Service
Services include: The ACT Gambling Counselling and Support Service (AGCSS) is a free, anonymous and confidential service to individuals and their families and friends struggling with gambling issues.
- ACT ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society Inc
Services include: ACT ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society provides support and information for people affected by Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FMS).
- AIDS Action Council of the ACT
Services include: The AIDS Action Council of the ACT provides support services for people living with HIV. Using a service delivery model, we assist individuals develop coping mechanisms to manage HIV infection. This might include counselling, dietitian clinics, advocacy, support groups and referrals. Using community development principles, we work to provide information and prevention messages about HIV to the Canberra community.
- AMA Federal
Services include: Our Vision - From advocating on behalf of doctors to protecting the health care needs of patients the AMA is working to build a healthy sustainable nation.
- Arthritis ACT
Services include: Arthritis ACT provides exercise & Tai Chi programs, warm water exercise classes (hydrotherapy), support/ interest groups, self-management courses, seminars and workshops on topics that are relevant to the needs of our members. We are dedicated in providing research, health promotion programs and education/training opportunities to assist sufferers or health professionals, and to raise community awareness of the impact of these conditions.
- Arthritis and Osteoporosis ACT
- Australian Red Cross - ACT/SENSW
Services include: The Australian Red Cross has several community services such as Meals on Wheels, TeleCHAT, Telecross, Meditrak, Blood Service, Personal Alarm Service and various other visitor programs that are designed to improve the lives of vulnerable people in Canberra.
- Autism Asperger ACT
Services include: Autism, Asperger information and referral. We offer advice, family support, support groups, case management and community education.
- B Friends Support Group - Narooma
Services include: Support from time of diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
- Belconnen Community Health Centre
Services include: The Belconnen Community Health Centre delivers expanded health services aimed at assisting clients to manage acute and chronic conditions in the community.
- Bosom Buddies ACT
Services include: Raising awareness of breast cancer and providing support, information and social activities for women and men who have been diagnosed.
- Brain Tumour Support Network ACT - Woden
Services Include: Monthly meeting of patients, carers and family. Call for details or visit web site.
- Brain Tumour Support Network ACT - Pearce
Services include: The Brain Tumour Support Network ACT provides support for people living with brain tumours, and their family and friends. It is a volunteer peer led group.
- Calvary Community Care ACT
Services include: Calvary Community Care provides services to support people to live independently at home and actively participate in their community. Services can be provided under a government subsidised package, delivered on a private basis or as a combination of both.
- Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA)
Services include: CAHMA provides a peer based user group run by and for past and present illicit/injecting drug users, their families and friends. CAHMA provides advocacy, assistance and education around issues pertinent to the lives of illicit/injecting drug users.
- Canberra Hospital - Canberra Region Cancer Centre
Services include: Cancer Services comprise several highly skilled teams, including Medical and Radiation Oncology, Haematology, Surgery, Bone marrow transplant and Palliative care to provide comprehensive services to patients and their carers with cancer and related illnesses. We are committed to reducing the burden of cancer in the ACT and surrounding region through high quality treatment, research and education.
- Canberra Hospital - Spiritual Support Services
Services include: The provision of multifaith emotional and spiritual support among inpatients, outpatients, family, and staff throughout the Canberra Hospital.
- Cancer Council ACT
Services include: Cancer Council ACT is a non government not-for-profit community organisation that aims to promote a healthier community by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in the ACT region. The Council depends largely on the generosity of the ACT and surrounding community providing donations and supporting fundraising initiatives.
- CanTeen ACT & Southern NSW
Services include: Programs and activities for young people living with cancer. We also provide free counselling, information and a new online community: CanTeen Online at www.nowwhat.org.au
Services include: Care4All provides services to the aged and people with a disability in the home.
- Carers ACT
Services include: Carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail-aged.
- CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn - Watson
Services include: CatholCare is committed to providing excellence in care & assistance to families, children and individuals in the region.
- CYCLOPS ACT
Services include: CYCLOPS ACT offers a range of supports to young carers 10-18 caring for a family member affected by disability, mental illness, chronic illness and/or alcohol and/or other drug issues
- Dementia Australia ACT
Formerly Alzheimer's Australia ACT
Dementia Australia ACT provides a range of services to people living with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information, advice, support, counselling, education, and a telephone information line. Our multidisciplinary team supports people to maintain quality of life throughout their journey with dementia.
- Diabetes NSW & ACT
Services include: Diabetes NSW & ACT are Australia’s largest member-based charity for people living with or at risk of diabetes. We have been supporting people with diabetes, their families, carers and friends, for 80 years.
- Directions Health Services - Treatment & Support Services
Services include: Directions Treatment & Support Service provides free, confidential and non-judgmental counselling ans support groups for individuals, families and friends affected by Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) issues.
- Dragons Abreast ACT
Services include: Dragon boat paddling group that encourages early detection and raises breast cancer awareness while getting fit and having fun in a supportive environment.
- DUO Services Australia Ltd - Veterans' Home Care (VHC) Program
Service include: Quality in-home support, domestic assistance, home and gardening maintenance, respite for our Veterans and War Widows/Widowers and their carers in the ACT under the the Commonwealth Government Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) Program.
- Enrich Living Services (ACT)
Services include: Enrich Living Services has been inspired by our clients to rethink home care. At Enrich, your support starts with you - what really matters to happy, more fulfilled living.
- GROW - ACT
Services include: GROW hold weekly 2-hour support groups for people suffering mental health issues or who are struggling with the challenges of life. It is a mutual self help based in friendship. It is free and open to all who desire personal growth in their lives in a structured small group setting.
- Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
Services include: Free assessment and training to people of all ages who have lost some or all of their vision. Aids supplied to enhance independent access to community, vocational and education services include canes, electronic aids, guide dogs, adapted GPS. Services also include public education, access advice, and scanning programs for those who have lost vision due to stroke or Acquired Brain Injury. Training and equipment provided to individuals and agencies is all free if not covered by NDIS.
- Gunning District Community & Health Service
Services include: The Gunning District Community and Health Service is a non-government organisation which provides clinical and home support services to the community of the former Gunning Shire.
- Heart Foundation - ACT Division
Services include: The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians - heart disease. For over 50 years, we've led the battle to save lives and improve the heart health of all Australians. Our sights are set on a world where people don't suffer or die prematurely because of heart disease.
- Hepatitis ACT
Services include: Hepatitis ACT is Canberra's community hepatitis organisation. we are funded by ACT Health to provide a comprehensive range of no-cost hepatitis-related services including information, education, training, prevention, support, advocacy and representation and referral.
- Hepatitis Australia
Services include: Hepatitis Austrlalia, incorporated in 1997, is the peak community organisation to progress national action on issues of importance to people affected by hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Our members are the eight state and territory hepatitis organisations.
- Ink Brush Art Therapy
Services include: Art Therapy for a range of individuals, families and groups in the ACT and surrounding areas. Bella Insch is a professionally registered Art Therapist, Daring Way Facilitator and DBT trainee. We work with community organisations and offer inclusive programs. We are a registered NDIS provider. Art Therapy is suitable for all ages, abilities and backgrounds. No special talent or previous experience with art making is required.
- Koomarri Disability Services
Services include: Koomarri is the leading service provider for people with a disability in Canberra and surrounding regions.
- Life Unlimited Health Solutions
- Lifeline Care
Services include: Lifeline Care provides quality in home caregivers to keep seniors safe and comfortable in the homes they love. We help families give their loved ones the ability to continue living independently in their own homes through customized in home care plans. Our professional caregivers are experienced and fully trained to provide companion care, recovery care, and chronic care. Our care services allow you to give your loved one the in home safety and enhanced quality of life they deserve.
- Lisa Oxman
- Lung Life Support Group
Services include: A support group for adults with a lung condition/disease such as COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis & Bronchiectasis. The group meets once a month, often has a speaker and maybe followed by a lunch.
- Men's Link Inc.
Services include: Men's Link provides counselling for 12-25 year old men, mentoring for 13-18 year old males and an educational program for high schools.
- Messengers Program
Services include: The Messengers Program is a Youth program managed by Tuggeranong Arts Centre and funded by the ACT Government’s office for Children, Youth and Family Support. It is an arts-based free program for young people (13-18 years) who are experiencing early signs of mental health problems and are disconnecting from their community due to a range of youth-specific issues. Generally, participants in the program are referred by school youth workers and support staff. The program services across the ACT.
- Monaro Community Access Service Inc.
Services include: MCAS is a ‘first to know’ service that work in partnership with Specialist Homeless Services supporting people in the community known to be most at risk of homelessness, for example people experiencing domestic violence, rough sleepers, young people leaving care, people with mental health issues and people living in unsafe conditions. Current programs are Advocacy, Family Violence Support, Work Development Orders, Financial/Food assistance and education groups in relation to earlier mentioned programs.
- Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW - Pearce
Services include: Motor Neurone Disease MND NSW provides information and support to people with MND, their carers and family in NSW and the ACT. MND Advisors provide face to face and telephone support and help connect people to the appropriate services. Equipment is provided through FlexEquip to people living with MND. MND NSW also provides information to health and community professionals and advocates on behalf of people with MND. Support groups meetings held bi-monthly in the ACT.
- National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
Services include: The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is a living embodiment of the aspirations of Aboriginal communities and their struggle for self-determination.
- National Rural Health Alliance
Services include: The National Rural Health Alliance is Australia's peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health. Our vision is good health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia.
- Northside Community Service
Services include: Northside Community Service's programs provide assistance and support to the community, frail older people, people with a disability and their carers to live independently. Our staff will visit people in their own home and develop an individual support plan that reflects the services they need to support them at home. All services provided have eligibility criteria and may have a waiting period. Our programs include: domestic assistance, personal care, transport, case management, social support, and social groups.
- Pain Support ACT inc.
Services include: Pain Support ACT inc. promotes the health and wellbeing of Canberra region people who live with persistent or chronic pain, their family members and carers. We provide regular support, information and discussion meetings and as expert speaker meetings. We also advocate for better services for people living with pain.
- Palliative Care ACT
Services include: Palliative Care ACT lobby and promote the delivery of quality care at end of life, and to offer compassion and support to the terminally ill, their carers and family. We also run a large and proficient volunteers program at the ACT Hospice (Clare Holland House), patients' homes, residential aged care facilities, Life Stories and at the Day Hospices.
- PANDSI (Post and Ante Natal Depression Support and Information Inc.)
Services include: PANDSI provides support for families in the ACT struggling with post or ante natal depression and/or anxiety. We provide telephone support, one on one support, day support group, yoga and exercise support groups, PANDSI playgroup and partners information evenings. We offer free adjunct childcare for day support group and have a comprehensive library. PANDSI is a unique service in the ACT - no referral or formal diagnosis of PND is required. Just pick up the phone for an appointment. PANDSI - Pathway to Wellness.
- People with Disabilities ACT Inc.
Services include: People with Disabilities ACT Inc. is a not for profit consumer systemic advocacy organisation who work to represent the interests of people with disabilities in the ACT. PWD ACT works within a social model of disability to improve access to all amenities and to all forms of information and activities in the community. PWD ACT also works to inform the community about disability issues.
- Prostate Cancer Support Group ACT Region
Services include: Non-profit Canberra based organisation of volunteers, funded by charitable donations. Membership of the Group is open and free. The Group belongs to a nationwide network of similar Groups affiliated with, and assisted by, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA). Our aim is to help reduce the impact of Prostate Cancer on families in Canberra and the surrounding region. We provide support to men and their partners on an individual basis and through monthly meetings which are open to all people. We also have a comprehensive library of materials that relate to prostate cancer health and treatment and provide information through our web site.
- R & R Home Respite Services
- RSL LifeCare At Home - ACT
Services include: The services we provide are flexible; so if your situation or circumstances change we’re able to alter the type of assistance you receive to make sure you continue to have all the help you need. All members of the LifeCare at Home team are motivated people with a can-do attitude who bring energy, enthusiasm and compassion to people they serve every day.
- S-Anon Australia
Services include: S-Anon is a program of recovery for those who have been affected by someone else's sexual behaviour. S-Anon is based on the 12 steps and 12 traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.
- Self Help Organisations United Together (SHOUT)
Services include: SHOUT acts as the first point of contact for its member self help/support groups. By contacting SHOUT, you can receive information about the activities of these organisations. SHOUT is also involved in the delivery of Chronic Conditions Self Management courses, information and workshops.
- Ted Noffs Foundation ACT - Continuing Adolescent Life Management (CALM)
Services include: Provision of up to 3 years of support for young people aged 13-21 years experiencing alcohol and other drug, comorbidity or criminal issues.
- Ted Noffs Foundation ACT - Street University ACT
Services include: Support for young people aged 14-18 years who are experiencing alcohol and other drug issues in the community, and who do not want or need residential rehabilitation services.
- The Compassionate Friends ACT & Queanbeyan
Service include: The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a worldwide family of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents, offering friendship and understanding to each other. We offer support in the trauma and grief that follow the death of a child.
- The Junction Youth Health Service
Services include: The Junction Youth Health Service provides free primary health care and supports services to young people aged 12 to 25, along with their dependants. We have a particular focus on young people who are homeless or otherwise experience (or are at risk of) disadvantage. Services include GPs; nurses; paediatric & antenatal care; smoking cessation support; drug & alcohol counselling; case management; youth work support; and outreach to schools, other services and individuals. The Junction also provides information, education, and advocacy on health issues affecting young people in the Canberra region.
- The Royal Society for the Blind - ACT
Services include: The Royal Society for the Blind ACT provides a wide range of rehabilitation and support services that assist people in the ACT who are blind or have low vision, to manage the effects of blindness in their daily lives.
- The RSI & Overuse Injury Association of the ACT Inc.
Services include: We help people with overuse injuries by providing referrals and advice on how to manage at work and at home. We offer the opportunity to try out ergonomic devices and voice-operated computing. We have regular guest speakers and a quarterly newsletter.
- The Salvation Army - Canberra City Corps - 3R
Services include: A dedicated alcohol support service providing a non residential rehabilitation program for people aged 12 years and over, and their families, wanting to address their alcohol and other drug issues.
- Thyroid Cancer Support Group ACT
Services include: Support group for those affected by thyroid cancer.
- Toni-Maree Counselling
Services include: Toni-Maree is a qualified life coach providing individual, family and parenting support to the Canberra region and across Australia. Toni-Maree translates the latest research into practical, easy to understand tools for parents with children over the age of 3. Providing parents and children with family strategies that really work, Toni-Maree encourages and informs parents. This enables parents to emotionally connect and nurture their children while they grow into the world around them.
- Toora Women Inc - Lesley's Place
Services include: AOD treatment and support in a residential setting for up to 3 months for women and women with accompanying children. This includes participation in an 8 week AOD Day Program. Outreach support can be provided pre and post alcohol and other drug withdrawal. Lesley’s place works with women to maintain abstinence within a harm minimization framework.
Services include: We are here to inspire people to have great relationships and great lives. At Vivere (it means 'to live') we offer our clients support services specifically tailored to their individual needs.
- Wellways Australia - ACT
services include: Wellways Australia Limited is a leading not-for-profit mental health and disability support organisation with services in Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania. Our services span mental health, disability and community care, and reach thousands of people each year.
- Wendy Christensen Personal Mobile Service
Services include: Prosthesis fitting service and lingerie fitting and supply.
- Women With Disabilities ACT
Services include: Women With Disabilities ACT (WWDACT) is a systemic advocacy and peer support organisation run by women with disabilities for women with disabilities in ACT & surrounding regions.
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