Support groups

Support groups can offer you valuable information and access to resources

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For free expert advice and reassurance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or for the one-off treatment of minor illnesses and injuries seven days a week from 7am-11pm, see a specialist nurse at our Walk-in centre.

For ongoing comprehensive healthcare for everyone, including those with acute problems, children under two years and those with complex medical problems, see this listing of GP's by suburb. If you or your family need a doctor on a weeknight, weekend or public holiday, you can also call the National Home Doctor Service.

For serious illness or injury requiring urgent attention, call 000 or go to your local hospital Emergency Department.

Support Groups A-Z

The AIDS Action Council of the ACT is a community based organisation which provides information, referral and support for people affected by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Contact the AIDS Action Council of the ACT on (02) 6257 2855.

Alzheimer’s Australia ACT is a support and information service for people with dementia, carers, family members and others affected by a diagnosis of dementia. Alzheimer’s Australia ACT provides education and training for health professionals as well as information sessions for the public, counselling services and support groups for carers and people living with dementia. If the matter is urgent, please call the National Dementia Helpline 24hrs/seven days a week on 1800 100 500.

Arthritis Australia is the peak arthritis organisation in Australia and is supported by affiliate offices in every state and territory. Freecall Arthritis Australia on 1800 111 101.

The aim of the Asthma Foundation ACT is to provide information and support for people with asthma, their carers and the community. They promote awareness of asthma in the community by providing asthma information and by delivering asthma education programs.

Provides information on Attention Deficit Disorder and the Canbera based support group. Phone the Canberra and Queanbeyan ADD Support Group on (02) 6290 1984 during business hours.

Autism Asperger ACT Inc. is committed to improving the understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) within the local community and the effect upon families / carers of a person with ASD.

An ACT organisation for women with breast cancer. Phone 0419 698 188 for further information.

This is a community based support group made up of people whose lives have been touched by asbestos diseases including Mesothelioma. CRADS meets on the third Monday of each month in a meeting room in the CFMEU building in Dickson. Canberra and Region Asbestos Diseases Support Contact CRADS on 0400 064 629 or 0419 418 879.

A free service designed to promote support and awareness of Canberra's not-for-profit Community Support Organisations. Also includes Community Sector Employment Vacancies/Volunteer Opportunities; Matters of Interest to the Canberra Community; and a comprehensive Community Events Calendar.

The Cancer Council ACT is a community organisation that provides information, health awareness creation sessions, health education, supportive care services and research grants aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in the ACT community. This site contains details of the information and services available both locally, interstate, overseas and online. Phone the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or call the Cancer Council ACT on (02) 6257 9999.

This webpage provides a comprehensive listing of cancer support groups active in the Canberra region, when they meet and who to contact.

Community Health provides psychological, social and practical support and referrals for adult cancer patients, their families and carers. Contact the Community Health intake phone service on (02) 6207 9977.

Carers ACT provide information, counselling, education and support for people who have taken on caring responsibilities. Contact Carers ACT on (02) 6296 9900.

Information for people with Myalgic Encephalopathy, Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS and Chronic Pain. Phone the ACT Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society on (02) 6290 1984.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a medical term that describes a group of conditions in which the intestines become inflamed (red and swollen). Two major types of IBD are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine (colon) whereas Crohn's disease can occur in any part of the intestines.

A dedicated support group for Australian men whose immediate concern is to stem the present trend of male suicide due to the trauma of divorce or separation. Phone 1300 85 3437 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Diabetes Australia is The national peak body for diabetes in Australia providing a single, powerful, collective voice for people living with diabetes, their families and carers.

Diabetes Australia ACT (DAACT) helps people with diabetes, their families and those at risk, to contribute to the prevention of diabetes. Phone Diabetes Australia ACT on (02) 6288 9830 or call the national Diabetes hotline on 1300 136 588.

Working in partnership with the ACT Division of General Practice and Diabetes Australia, Community Health provides a range of diabetes support services. Make an appointment by phoning (02) 6205 2600 for Type 2 diabetes or (02) 6244 3794 for Type 1 diabetes (including children and adolescents).

Information, resources and support for families with a member who has Down Syndrome. Contact the ACT Down Syndrome Association on (02) 6290 0656.

SIDS and Kids ACT will host an Early Pregnancy Loss support group on the third Thursday of the month commencing May 2008. Call SIDS and Kids ACT on (02) 6287 4255 for more information.

Information and support services for people in the ACT affected by epilepsy. Contact Epilepsy ACT on (02) 6287 4555.

Support and information for families affected by drug dependency, including counselling, family therapy, family support groups and referral to treatment and rehabilitation services. Contact the Family Drug Support hotline on 1800 368 186.

The ACT Hepatitis Resource Centre is a community based organisation representing people in the ACT who are affected by the hepatitis C virus through contributions to territory based policy responses, lobbying for change, the provision of advocacy, support and referral for those affected, and the development and implementation of educational initiatives. Contact HepLine on 1300 301 383 or phone the ACT Hepatitis Resource Centre on (02) 6282 2611 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday.

Information and support for the families and carers of children with Kabuki Syndrome.

The Canberra Region Kidney Support Group provides support and information for people living with or affected by renal conditions. Phone the Canberra Region Kidney Support Group on (02) 6290 1984.

Livewire is a free and exclusive online community for teenagers living with serious illness or disability in Australia. Make new friends, catch the chat events and guests in the chat room, have your say in the forums and check out all the latest music, movies, TV and sport news and goss, plus hot interviews and games.

A community based counselling and advocacy service for people living with lupus in NSW and the ACT. Freecall the Lupus Association on 1800 802 088 (NSW Country & Interstate).

The Canberra Mental Illness Fellowship, formerly the Canberra Schizophrenia Fellowship is a community-based volunteer non-profit organisation and provides support, information and advocacy in the Canberra community for people suffering from schizophrenia or other mental illness, and their families and carers. Phone the Canberra Mental Illness Fellowship on (02) 6205 1349.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of the ACT has been providing services care and assistance for people with MS, their carers and their families since 1978. Contact the Multiple Sclerosis Society of the ACT on (02) 6285 2999.

Support and advocacy group for women and teenagers with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Contact the association on (02) 8250 0222.

A free support group for women and men experiencing depression and anxiety related to pregnancy, birth and early parenting. The group is an opportunity to take another step toward wellbeing and a fresh look at possibilities, to gain vitality and resilience from exchanging insights and caring support with others. Morning tea is provided.

When a man has indications of prostate cancer, the decision-making process about diagnostic procedures, treatment options and post-treatment care can benefit from discussion with people who have undergone those processes. Views and information from our members can be obtained through attendance at one of our monthly meetings or by contacting individual members.

Retroperitoneal Fibrosis World Support is a self help support group with the List Owner based in Melbourne, Vic. The online support community warmly welcomes sufferers of the rare disease. E-mail inquiries to:

The Association aims to help people cope with RSI by providing information on every aspect of RSI, including the various treatments that are available, compensation and other legal matters and the latest medical research. Phone the association on (02) 6262 5011.

The Sleep Apnoea Association ACT is a self help support group for sufferers of sleep disorders. Phone the Sleep Apnoea association on (02) 6290 1984.

The Australian Tinnitus Association (NSW) Ltd is a non-profit company. ATA's mission is to provide information, support and counselling to tinnitus sufferers and preventative education to the wider community.

This information is provided for advice only, but does not constitute endorsement of these services.