Disability services

Information about some of the National and local services that support people with a disability, their families and carers can be found below.

NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people who are under the age of 65 and have a permanent and significant disability to get the care and support they need. Under this new scheme, NDIS participants will receive funding through their NDIS plan, rather than the service providers receiving direct funding as they did previously. This allows NDIS participants to have choice and control over the services they receive.

The NDIS was rolled out in Northern Sydney in July 2016 and will be fully operational across NSW by July 2018.

Ability Links

Ability Links supports people with a disability, their families and carers to connect to mainstream services in their local community. The Ability Links program in the Northern Sydney area is run through Uniting. Phone a Linker on 1800 864 846 or email abilitylinks@uniting.org .

ADHC

From June 2018, ADHC will no longer provide disability services. As the NDIS has been rolling out, ADHC have progressively transferred their services to non-government service providers. Now, when a person with a disability becomes an NDIS participant, their NDIS plan provides funding that allows them to access the support they require from a provider of their choice.

For more information go to Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) .

Carers

Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. The interactive service finder helps carers connect to local support services. Call 1800 422 737.

Age services

Ku-ring-gai Council has plenty of activities, events and services to keep seniors in our community well looked after, active and fulfilled! Click here for more information on age services.

The My Aged Care website has been established by the Australian Government as a one stop shop to access the aged care system. My Aged Care can be contacted on 1800 200 422 between 8am and 8pm on weekdays and between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays. 

Dementia services 

There are many types of dementia. The most common are Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and Lewy body disease. Click here for more information on dementia services. National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500.

Children’s services

Lifestart

Lifestart supports children and young people living with disability or delay aged 0-24 years, their families and carers through:

  • early intervention
  • school age years support
  • specialised therapy
  • inclusion in the community
  • family information and support
  • helping communities and services to build capacity.

The nearest centre to Ku-ring-gai is the Pennant Hills Centre, 4 Ramsay Road, Pennant Hills, NSW 2120.

You can contact them on 02 9484 4895 or email Lifestart.

KYDS

KYDS Youth Development Service provides free, easily accessed, one-to-one, group support and information programs for 12 – 18 year olds across Northern Sydney. They help young people deal with depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol issues, addictions, school problems, HSC / exam stress, family problems, relationship problems, communication break downs, anger management, body image concerns, self-esteem issues, bullying, grief, loss, loneliness, anti-social and risky behavior, self-harm and suicide.

Rear 265 Pacific Highway Lindfield NSW 2070

Phone 02 9416 0900 or email KYDS.

KU

KU Children's Services is Australia's oldest not for profit provider of early childhood education and care.  They offer an inclusive environment for all children, including those with additional needs. They are a provider of the Australian Government's Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP).

Early Ed

EarlyEd is a family-centred early childhood intervention service for young children with disabilities or delays in their development. EarlyEd has been offering support and services to families across Northern and Western Sydney since 1979. EarlyEd teams have extensive experience and specialised training in early intervention practices to support children from  birth to primary school age.

For more information visit www.earlyed.com.au or call 9923 2727.

IDEAS

IDEAS provides information for people with disability, people with age related disability, their families, carers and other supporters to access and search for information that promotes independence.

Advocacy Services

If you would like to have someone with you when discussing the issue, you can select your own support person, or contact the following services for an advocate:

Complaints Resolution & Referral Service (CRRS)

The Complaints Resolution & Referral Service (CRRS) is an independent service that helps you sort out complaints about your service funded under the Commonwealth Disability Services Act.

You can contact them on 1800 880 052

National Disability Abuse & Neglect Hotline

The National Disability Abuse & Neglect Hotline is an Australia-wide telephone hotline for reporting abuse and neglect of people with disability.

The Hotline works with callers to find appropriate ways of dealing with these reports.

You can contact them on 1800 880 052

Side by Side Advocacy

Side By Side Advocacy promotes and upholds the rights, needs and interests of people with intellectual disability to enable full and meaningful participation in the community.

You can contact them on 02 9808 5500 or info@sidebysideadvocacy.org.au

Action for People with Disability

Action for People with Disability (ACTION) provides advocacy and support for people with disability and support for their families.

You can contact them on 02 9449 5355 or action-for-people@swiftdsl.com.au

NSW CID Council for Intellectual Disability, Sydney, Australia

The NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (NSW CID) works with and for people with intellectual disability to speak up about the big issues and to change things for the better!

For more advocacy services, see www.adhc.nsw.gov.au and search 'Advocacy'