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Commonwealth Home Support Program

Northern Carers Network is funded through The Commonwealth Home Support Program to provide flexible respite to people in the caring role, caring for someone who is 65 years and over and who live in the Northern Region of Adelaide.

Flexible respite packages

The Flexible Respite Program offers packages of up to 12 hours per month. The program is ongoing and flexible and arrangements can be changed at any time. Respite can be provided in home or from home.

Specialized packages are available to the Aboriginal and CALD Communities within the Flexible Respite Program.

Time Out - Group Based Respite

Time Out is group based respite that has a social and recreational element in which participants can link more broadly to their community and was developed in response to feedback from Carers. Currently there are two groups catering for people over 65.

Program Respite

Within the Northern Carers Support Program respite is available to Carers wanting to access support groups, program activities and events and is available on request.

Support Groups

Northern Carers Network has supports groups specifically for Carers supporting a family member or friend with dementia. Dementia supports groups offer a range of information about dementia and support from others in a similar situation. Respite is also provided for the person you are caring for onsite running concurrently with support group times. See our full list of support groups here.


If you can answer YES to the following statements then you should be eligible for our Flexible Respite services:

  • I am a Carer of a person 65 and over (or over 50 if of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background)
  • I am currently supporting a person with low- moderate level needs
  • I live in the Northern areas of Adelaide, South Australia
  • Carers living in the areas of :
    • City of Gawler
    • City of Playford
    • City of Port Adelaide/Enfield
    • City of Salisbury
    • City of Tea Tree Gully

Our Fees

For centre-based group respite $10.00
Social and recreational group respite $10.00
Individual respite packages may incur a small fee. A fee waiver policy is in place

For further information about aged care services contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 FREE or you can go to

aged care services

 For further information please contact us here or download and view our Respite brochure below.

respite brochure

contact us


phone   8284 0388

fax         8284 0399


support groups


Northern Carers Network offers access to a range of Support Groups for Carers. Some are specialised and others are more general. Some groups meet monthly and some fortnightly. Some share coffee and a chat and others hear from guest speakers or go out and about. What they all have in common is they provide an opportunity for Carers to connect with people in similar circumstances to their own.

View the list of support groups here.