A counselling and mediation service to support families who need help negotiating the often complex issues related to aging.
The Elder Relationship Service is a new counselling and mediation support service to assist older people and their families to:
You can attend the service on your own, with your partner, as a family, or your children or parent(s) can come by themselves. Attending the Elder Relationship Service is voluntary and confidential.
The decisions you make are not legally binding. If you would like to put your agreements in writing, your practitioner can assist you.
A session will last for a minimum of one hour; however, each situation is unique and we will tailor a solution to fit your circumstances.
Where more than one person is involved, the practitioner may also wish to see each person separately.
Some issues are resolved in one or two sessions, others may take longer, depending on the complexity of your issues.
We are a not-for-profit community organisation and our services are subsidised by the Federal Government. We try to make our services as affordable as possible. Fees are determined by your local organistion, based on your income. When you make a booking, we will advise you of the fees payable.
Our counsellors and mediators have professional qualifications and experience in social work, psychology, mediation, law and/or counselling.
Staff providing elder relationship services receive professional supervision and on going training. They have been trained in elder mediation and counselling.
Relationships Australia will provide Elder Relationship Services for a twelve month trial period from 1 January 2016. It will be offered in six locations: Canberra and Region, ACT; Wagga Wagga, NSW; Kew, VIC; Adelaide, SA; Moreton Bay, QLD; and Launceston, TAS.
The trial will:
The trial will be evaluated by Relationships Australia.
Relationships Australia has been a leading provider of relationship support services for more than 60 years. We operate from 110 centres nationwide. For more information on the Relationships Australia services in other states and territories, visit www.relationships.org.au.
No referral is required, but waiting times for an appointment can vary according to the current level of demand and your availability.
To find out more please call us on the numbers below.
Kew VIC - (03) 9261 8700
Canberra ACT - (02) 6122 7100
Wagga Wagga NSW - (02) 6923 9100
Adelaide SA - (08) 8223 4566
Launceston TAS - 1300 364 277
Moreton Bay QLD - (07) 3423 6962