Make a referral

We provide free short term counselling to caring families throughout South Australia. You can refer a carer who might benefit from talking through ways of managing their caring role better.

People are eligible to use our service if they provide care and support to a family member or friend who is frail and elderly, has dementia, a mental illness, a disability, chronic illness or complex needs, or receives palliative care. We can also provide counselling if a carer has recently stopped providing care.

We can provide short-term counselling (usually five sessions) that will mainly focus on issues related to the caring role. Carers can re-enter counselling after a break or if there is something new that they need to deal with.

Our counsellors work across metropolitan and rural regions of South Australia. Counselling may be face to face or by phone and counsellors that speak languages other than English, are available in some areas.

Arranging a referral

You can make a referral with the carer's consent. 

The Carers Advisory and Counselling Serive:

By fax: (08) 8271 6388
By post: Carers SA, PO Box 410, Unley  SA  5061

You do not need to post original documents if you have already sent a fax or email.

We will contact the carer directly to assess their needs. With their consent, we will let you know whether he or she was eligible and decided to proceed with counselling.

If you feel the carer needs urgent help contact our advisory service directly.  1800 242 636