Posted on 20. Apr, 2010 in News

Victorians living with a disability, their families and carers now have much easier access to respite thanks to a new online resource.

Hong Lim today welcomed the innovative service that will provide the latest information about available respite services from all Commonwealth, State and local Government programs.

“The Brumby Labor Government recognises the vital role families, friends and other carers play in supporting people with a disability in Victoria,” Hong Lim said.

“We understand Victorians are concerned about the stress families who are caring for a disabled child or other loved ones are under, that is why we are making it easier for them to find and access the respite service that best meets their needs.

“Whether it’s respite for a weekend or during the school holidays, there are many options families can choose from.

“When you move to a new area, it can be difficult to know where to start when you first start searching for services for carers or people with a disability.

“Previously, accessing information about what respite was available was a complex and time consuming task, but this new website will provide users with a one-stop-shop for detailed information about all the available services.

“Carers will be able to find information about respite services that are available in an emergency, people with a disability can find day programs that are available and parents can find information about what out-of-school hours services are available.” 

Hong Lim said the new online information service was guided by the principles of Victoria’s State Disability Plan.

“This website is providing people with a disability with maximum control over their lives and improving their opportunities to participate in the community,” he said.

“It is building on the services the Brumby Labor Government is already delivering to help Victorians with a disability to stay at home rather than move prematurely into residential care.” 

The service will be delivered as a part of a $1 million commitment to improve online respite information services and improve access and coordination of respite services across the state.

The new online service links eight regional websites with the state-wide website that can be accessed at www.respitevictoria.org.au.

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