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Family and carer support

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Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
METeOR identifier:Help on this term721767
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 16/01/2020
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Family and carer support includes services that provide families and carers of people living with a mental illness support, information, education and skill development opportunities to fulfil their caring role, while maintaining their own health and wellbeing (Mission Australia 2012). These services may be provided in the context of early intervention or ongoing support.

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Mental health non-government organisation establishments service type taxonomy.

Collection and usage attributes

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Distinguishing features:

  • Explicitly targeted at carers and families
  • Includes all services focused on family and carer support except staffed residential respite services. Therefore, this includes services that, if they were not targeted at families and carers, would be reported in other service types.


  • Family and carer programs
  • In-home and/or day respite for carers
  • Family-focused early intervention services
  • After hours carers support lines


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Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Family and carer support Health, Superseded 16/01/2020

See also Mental health non-government organisation service type code N[N] Health, Standard 13/11/2014, ACT Health, Final 14/08/2018

Metadata items which use this glossary item:Help on this term

Mental health non-government organisation payments cluster Health, Standard 16/01/2020

Mutual support and self-help Health, Standard 16/01/2020

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