Mental Health Respite: Carer Support (Mount Isa)

To deliver holistic services to carers, families, neighbours, parents, partners or siblings caring for someone with a mental illness, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.

ANQL’s Carer Support program work with Carers in the development of strategies that promote & enhance their own physical health & wellbeing, strengthens their relationships and maintains linkages within their communities. This program tailors flexible support which enables carers and/or significant others to find a balance in their own lives whilst maintaining their caring role.

To meet the individual needs of carers of those whom are at risk of a mental illness condition, have been diagnosed with severe & persistent mental illness and those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or an Acquired Brain Injury by:

  • Long term planning for respite from care by sourcing appropriate & alternative options that increase opportunity for regular ‘time out’
  • Determine appropriate supports & assistance, including brokerage for carers based on a needs assessment
  • Offer information & referral to other community services, programs or activities that enhance personal capacity and support the carer to regain own ‘identity’ outside of the caring role
  • Provide emotional, moral support and identify practical coping strategies by planning for self-care & effective decision making; including planning for & maintaining physical health, social and emotional wellbeing
  • Deliver or facilitate educational workshops or projects, social & recreational activities and work collaboratively within the sector to maximise and strengthen linkages within the community which benefit ANQL, its stakeholders, Carers, families & significant others
  • Support carers to strategically create and maintain sustainable strategies that focus on emotional wellness for themselves and the person they care for
  • Identify & strengthen natural supports of carers that enhance their individual coping skills, develop sustainable self-management practices & improve problem solving ability in times of crisis
  • Advocate for & provide information and referrals to other community supports such as indigenous, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) services
  • Link carers to existing social and recreational activities aimed at increasing the carer and care recipients social participation and community connection
  • Work collaboratively within the community though positive contribution, practical support whilst maintaining effective relations with all stakeholders, in alignment with ANQL’s Mission, Vision & Values

Mental Health Respite Carer Support meets the needs of carers and care recipients impacted by disability through incorporating a respectful and empathetic approach toward promoting growth, recovery and wellness in all service delivery options within Mount Isa.

Mental Health Respite - Carer Support Mount Isa

We work in partnership with families, carers (and care recipients where appropriate) Health and Allied Health professionals, Government agencies and the community services sector to plan & deliver appropriate support options for carers.

We provide opportunities for carers to attain:

  • Information & improved access to Community and Government Service Providers
  • Targeted and evidence based education programs delivered to carers available in their community
  • Crisis Support for carers and families in need including assistance with navigating the processes including, but not limited to service access and eligibility for support & assistance within the community services sector and government agencies, both State & Federal
  • Referrals to professional counselling and resilience building that assists carers to manage and maintain their ongoing caring role
  • Support Group activities in Mount Isa and a range of rural communities
  • Negotiate flexible respite opportunities, maximising co-brokerage opportunities that provide long term benefits
  • Offer targeted forums and workshops that benefit carers, the public and service providers increasing community awareness in the promotion of carers

Contact Details

Contact Name: Jodi Martyr – Program Manager
Postal: PO Box 79, Mount Isa QLD 4825
Address: 2/12 Miles St, Mount Isa QLD 4825