carer counselling program

National Counselling Program is available to carers needing support

Carers NSW are funded by Department of Health and NSW Government.
A carer is anyone who provides unpaid care and support to a person with a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness, or who is frail.

The National Carer Counselling Program (NCCP) is a short term counselling program providing up to six sessions of counselling to carers. The counselling focuses on issues related to the caring role and does not address deep-seated problems requiring long-term therapy or address issues pre-dating the caring role. Counselling can help you:

  • Deal with overwhelming and confusing feelings
  • Make sense of your experiences as a carer
  • Work out your own needs and solve problems
  • Manage conflict, stress and other emotional factors that make caring more difficult
  • Build resilience and cope with change
  • Improve your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • Provide support after the caring role ends

To get support as a carer, call the Carers NSW Carer Line on 1800 242 636 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).
Helpful Carer Support Officers can discuss your caring situation and recommend services for you and the person you care for.

For online information and resources, visit www.carersnsw.org.au/aged-care