Please see below for a list of referral options available in the ACT:
- Child Wise: Is one of Australia’s leading not-for-profit child sexual abuse prevention organisations. Their toll free National Child Abuse Prevention Hotline and Starting Point Helpline services offer anonymous professional counsel, advice, and support for survivors, parents, carers, and concerned members of the public. Starting Point also provides support for people navigating the Royal Commission. For free counselling and information from trauma and culturally informed specialist counsellors call Child Wise 1800 991 099.
- Council on the Ageing (COTA): Is the peak organisation in the ACT concerned with all issues related to ageing. COTA offers a range of services and support options for older people in the ACT community. They have developed a Guide to Getting Around in Canberra, and provide a travel training service to help older people learn to use locally available travel options in order to travel independently.
- Crisis Services Scheme for women with disabilities. GPs are often the first people to whom domestic violence or sexual assault may be disclosed. If a woman with a disability seeks your assistance in such circumstances please contact the Domestic Violence Crisis Service: 24-Hour Crisis Line on 6280 0900 (TTY 6628 1852) or the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre: 6247 2525 or SMS-only 0488 586 518.
- Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS): If you are having difficulty caring for a person with dementia because of changed behaviours, call DBMAS Helpline 1800 699 799. DBMAS is a national program assisting in the care of the person who presents with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). ACT DBMAS is a multi-disciplinary team of specialist health professionals providing support, advice and education for health, community, residential care staff and family carers.
- Directions Arcadia House Day Program: The Arcadia House Day Program is designed as part of a range of interventions offered by Directions ACT to ensure you have a holistic treatment experience - that a range of needs are met. It is a short-term intensive non-residential program that forms a bridge between residential rehabilitation and outpatient counselling.
- OCD? Not Me!: is a novel online treatment program for young people aged 12-18 with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It has been developed by researchers from Curtin University and is based on the gold standard face-to-face treatment for OCD. The program involves 8 stages, designed to be undertaken over 8 weeks, and provides young people with information, tips, activities, and support to help them to overcome the symptoms of OCD. The program also provides support for parents and caregivers, with weekly information and tips to help them manage their child’s OCD and support them through the program.