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Bunbury Grow Group

The Grow Program is based on a 12-step program of personal growth of mutual help and support. The Grow Program is all-inclusive and draws on many principles for mental, social and spiritual health. At each meeting, members share about how they came to GROW and how they are exploring self-improvement strategies on their road to recovery. Joining a Grow group is free – you don’t need to have a referral or a doctor’s diagnosis. Groups are confidential and members can choose to remain anonymous.

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South West Women’s Health & Information Centre – Counselling

The counselling service enables women to seek solutions in an understanding and supportive environment. The service provides women with short term support.

This service is available by appointment only and a commitment fee of $30 ($10 for concession) is charged. If you have any concern regarding fees please discuss this with them.

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St Vincent de Paul Society – Emergency Relief and Home Visitation Program

Emergency Relief assistance through food, material aid, budget advice, utility bills, advocacy issues as well as friendship and support. Home Visitations are carried out by ‘members’ who join local groups called ‘conferences’. Conference members are volunteers who meet regularly to provide mutual support, spiritual reflection and to discuss how best to respond to the people they assist.

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Legal Aid – Bunbury

Legal Aid WA provides a wide range of services for family law and children’s matters. Services include:

  • Legal representation by lawyers for children and young people in the Family Court and in the Children’s Court
  • Legal representation by lawyers in the Family Court, in child protection proceedings in the Children’s Court, and in defended hearings for family violence restraining orders in the Magistrates’ Court
  • Dispute resolution services within family law and child protection proceedings
  • Assistance to both carers of children and those who have to pay child support
  • Needing legal advice or representation with criminal charges
  • Who have been arrested as a suspect by police
  • Wanting help with an appeal against conviction or sentence
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AccordWest – Alcohol and Other Drugs

They offer culturally appropriate services on behalf of the WA Primary Health Alliance (Primary Health Network) where you can access:

  • Early intervention
  • Counselling and psychotherapy
  • Connection to coordinated treatment and referral pathways
  • Referral to specialist services (e.g. residential rehabilitation)
  • Connection to other services that can help you (e.g. mental health, family reconnection, housing, domestic violence, training and education)
  • Safety and harm minimisation
  • Withdrawal management
  • Post treatment support and relapse prevention
  • Case management, care planning and coordination.
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Discovery Parks – Bunbury Village

Discovery Parks – Bunbury Village is nestled the centre of Bunbury. Park features include:

  • Camp kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Wifi
  • Kiosk/Store
  • Dogs allowed
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Bunbury YHA

Dolphin Retreat YHA is in close proximity to the city. Amenities include:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Access to BBQ and communal kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Free Luggage storage
  • Free Parking
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Wander Inn – Bunbury Backpackers

Wander Inn has clean, quiet rooms, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking.

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MacKillop Family Services – South West Emergency Care for Children

South West Emergency Care for Children supports families with children up to 11 years of age within their own home when the family may be experiencing a crisis.

Services may include:

  • In-home child-care
  • Transport to school or day-care
  • Helping prepare meals for the children
  • Washing/bathing the children
  • Additional practical support as determined upon assessment
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AccordWest – Ngalla Maya

Located in Bunbury, Ngalla Maya is a friendly, inclusive shared accommodation solution that provides a safe-haven for single women who find themselves without a place to call home. Established for women, living at Ngalla Maya is a time to take a breath, reflect and make positive changes to ensure you can move on confidently with your life. Think of it as your new home for up to a year. While you’re here, we’ll work with you to build the life skills you need to find, secure and transition to more stable and longer- term accommodation.

Services extend to helping you with budgeting, strengthening your relationship with family, support you to engage in education and training opportunity, help gain employment and assist with accessing services from other organisations (e.g. physical and mental health, alcohol and other drugs). Ngalla Maya is a discrimination free zone where we accept you for who you are, free of judgement.

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Centacare – SouthWest Housing Support Service

Centrecare’s Housing Support Service in the Southwest aims to support people who are having problems relating to alcohol and/or drug use to secure and maintain stable accommodation and avoid homelessness. The service can assist you:

  • to access and continue engagement with your specialist drug and/or alcohol services;
  • to access and maintain long term stable accommodation;
  • reconnect with your family including children if this is possible;
  • to budget more effectively and manage your finances;
  • in accessing education, employment training opportunities, income entitlement, medical care etc.;
  • with support to attend groups and courses to improve relationships with others, life skills, gain confidence, and develop positive options for the future;
  • link with positive recreational and leisure activities; and
  • access counselling or other support services for you or others living with you if needed.
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Dignity Vending Machine Bunbury

The #Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machine is a vending machine that dispenses FREE packs of six tampons and two pads to those in need. Share the Dignity supply the period products in the vending machine, install the machine and keep it supplied with free products

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Bunbury Men’s Shed

The Bunbury Men’s Shed is designed to provide a place for social interaction; a place where members feel comfortable about talking about the matters of common interest – it might be men’s health issues, retirement, travel, projects they wish to complete.

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Anglicare WA – Children’s Contact Service

The Children’s Contact Service provides safe, secure and child focused environments in which children can continue to have a relationship with a parent or family member that they do not live with. They assist families with changeover and offer supervised visits.

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Welcoming Women

Welcoming Women is a women’s group that meets monthly for women to connect, share, learn and grow together in a positive and supportive environment. Each month there is a different guest presenter. Join in for a guided meditation, wellbeing activity, and chatting over tea and healthy treats. It is a great opportunity to meet new acquaintances, learn about women’s health and wellness, try new things and to just experience some ‘me’ time. Bookings are essential. ​Welcoming Women is open to any woman of any age (over 14 years old), and of any sexuality, religion or culture.

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South West Women’s Health & Information Centre – Motivational Health and Wellbeing Coaching

Work with a life coach to set goals assisting you to move forward in living a healthier more vibrant life.

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South West Women’s Health & Information Centre – Health Education

Information and advice is available on all aspects of women’s health. Make an appointment to see a qualified nurse.

  • Contraception
  • Fertility Awareness
  • Pregnancy Choices (including Unplanned Pregnancy, Terminations, Support)
  • Menopause Issues
  • Period Problems
  • Any other health concerns you may have.

They provide telephone, one to one or community education on women’s health topics. They are also able to do pregnancy testing and offer follow up support.

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St John of God – Bendat Horizon House

Bendat Horizon House provides stability and support for young people aged 16 to 22 years old to help them set and achieve their goals and independence.

To be eligible for the St John of God Horizon House program, you must satisfy the following criteria to ensure we are able to provide the support required:

  • homeless or at serious risk of homelessness
  • aged 16 to 22 years old
  • willing to work towards receiving a wage or obtaining Centrelink payments
  • willing to contribute towards their share of rent and utilities – the cost of rent is means tested dependent on income to ensure affordability for all residents
  • willing to participate in daily activities as agreed in their individual support plan for example school, work (voluntary), courses and counselling
  • prepared to abide by the no smoking rule
  • no current significant issues with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

 

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Youth Focus Bunbury

Youth Focus is a leading not-for-profit organisation that delivers innovative and accessible mental health services and programs across Western Australia to help at-risk young people aged 12 to 25 lead full and healthy lives.

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Forrest Family Practice

Forrest Family Practice offers GP appointments with a majority of services bulk billed. Services include:

  • GP Services
  • Allied Health Services
  • Telehealth Appointments
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State and National Services

Mensline

MensLine Australia is the national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. The service is available from anywhere in Australia and is staffed by professional counsellors, experienced in men’s issues. Mensline telephone support, online chat counselling

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1800RESPECT

1800RESPECT is a national sexual assualt and domestic violence counselling service.

1800RESPECT provide support and counselling for:

  • People experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, sexual assault, domestic or family violence
  • Their friends and family
  • Workers and professionals supporting someone experiencing, or at risk of experiencing sexual assault, domestic or family violence.

They can be contacted by phone or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Suicide Call Back

Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide. Suicide Call Back Service services include telephone chat services, online chat and video chat.

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Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue provides mental health information and support for all Australiana. Beyond Blue services includes:

  • Telephone support
  • Online chat
  • Email support
  • Online forums
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Lifeline

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. They offer telephone, online chat and text support services. Telephone service are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Rurallink

Rurallink gives easy telephone access to experienced community mental health staff, with a focus on supporting people with mental health issues.

It is a confidential service that meets the needs of the community and delivering continuous care and support where needed. The service provides a single point of contact providing information, advice, assessment, and where required, referrals to other mental health services.

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Meth Helpline

The Meth Helpline is a confidential, non-judgemental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s meth use.

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eheadspace

eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 – 25 and their families and friends. If you’re based in Australia and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help.

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Alcohol and Drug Support Line

Confidential, non-judgemental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s alcohol or drug use.

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Pets in Crisis

The Pets in Crisis program offers a temporary home for pets from households experiencing family and domestic violence while their owner seeks refuge or temporary accommodation of their own.

This helps to alleviate some of the logistical stress of removing themselves and their loved ones from a dangerous home environment.

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Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline

The Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline is a state wide 24 hour service. This service provides counselling for men who are concerned about becoming violent or abusive. The service can provide:

  • telephone counselling
  • information and referral to ongoing face to face services if required

Information and support is also available for men who have experienced family and domestic violence

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Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline

The Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline is a state wide 24 hour service. This service provides support and counselling for women experiencing family and domestic violence. This includes:

  • Phone counselling
  • Information and advice
  • Referral to local advocacy, support services, and safe accommodation if required
  • Support in escaping situations of family and domestic violence
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Crisis Care Helpline

Crisis Care is a telephone information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help. Call the Crisis Care Helpline when:

  • You need someone to help sort out a serious problem.
  • You are concerned about the wellbeing of a child.
  • You are escaping domestic violence and need help.
  • You are homeless.
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Entry Point Perth

Entrypoint Perth is a free assessment and referral service assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Western Australia to access accommodation and support options. For individuals and families based in regional Western Australia, they can:

  • provide information on accommodation and support options to assist people to seek their own accommodation
  • assess individual circumstances of people and families experiencing domestic violence and, if eligible, provide formal referrals to crisis accommodation and support options
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The Job Shop

The Job Shop is a regional recruitment agency offering a range of employment options for temporary workers and Australian residents.

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Australian Government – Services Australia

Support through payments and services while you are looking for work or doing approved studies to help you find and keep a job.

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Communicare Breathing Space Program

Communicare Breathing Space offers a behaviour change program to men who have been abusive in their intimate partner and family relationships. Their therapeutic community provides men with up to six months of accommodation while they undertake an intensive therapeutic program including educational group work, individual counselling and case management. Group work includes:

  • Men Relating Safely (men’s behaviour change programs)
  • Understanding Anger, Aggression and Emotions
  • Dadworx (Parenting/Fathering)
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) support

The program supports men to make changes in a secure and supported therapeutic setting.

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Samaritans

The Samaritans is a Western Australian based not for profit organisation providing telephone counselling for all sorts of worries including:

  • Relationship or family problems
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Financial worries or job-related anxiety
  • School, college or study-related stress
  • Illness – your own or someone you care for
  • Addiction or substance abuse
  • Thoughts of suicide.
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Kidshelpline

Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.

Kids Helpline counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to talk to you. No problem is too big or too small to call Kids Helpline about.

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Gambling Help Online

Gambling Help is support for anyone affected by gambling. Services include:

  • Free 24/7 chat and email counselling and support services
  • Professional counsellors with expertise in problem gambling and online services
  • A stepping stone for further help-seeking, including telephone and face-to-face gambling services
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Qlife

QLife provides Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

QLife services are free and include both telephone and webchat support, delivered by trained LGBTI community members across the country. Services are for LGBTI individuals, their friends and families, and health professionals in Australia.

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Blue Knot Foundation

Blue Knot Helpline is a specialist service which support adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, parents, partners, family and friends as well as the professionals who work with them.

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Aborginal Family Law Service

Legal help for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experienced domestic and family violence. They not only offer free legal services, but community education and early intervention and prevention programs as well.

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Legal Aid WA

Legal Aid WA offers free or low-cost legal services to the community. Legal Aid WA services include infoline and infochat.

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Women’s Legal Service WA

The Women’s Legal Service WA is a free community legal centre providing legal advice, support and advocacy to WA women experiencing disadvantage. They can assist women with:

  • Family law (parenting related matters, divorce and some property settlement matters through their Legal Clinic)
  • Family violence (identifying and responding to family violence and restraining order matters)
  • Protection and care (matters involving the Department of Communities Child Protection and Family Support Division)
  • Criminal injuries compensation (where it relates to family violence, assault or sexual assault).
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Services Australia – Crisis Payment

To get this you must:

  • be eligible for an income support payment from us
  • be in severe financial hardship
  • have an extreme life change. You can get it if you:
  • are experiencing family and domestic violence
  • get out after 14 days from prison or psychiatric confinement as a result of an offence
  • are a Humanitarian Entrant into Australia for the first time
  • go through a natural disaster not covered by the Disaster Recovery Payment
  • are in Australia when the event occurred, and when you submit your claim
  • are eligible for an income support payment.
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Services Australia – Farm Household Allowance

A payment for farming families in financial hardship.

To get this you must:

  • be a farmer or partner of a farmer, who spends a major part of your time and capital, working on the farm
  • meet the income and assets test limits
  • meet mutual obligation requirements. To get Farm Household Allowance (FHA) you must meet all the following:
  • be a farmer or partner of a farmer
  • be 16 years or older
  • contribute labour and capital to an Australian farm, or are the partner of a farmer who does
  • have income and assets below certain amounts
  • have had less than 4 years of FHA in the specific 10-year period.
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National Debt Hotline

National Debt Helpline is a not-for-profit service that helps people tackle their debt problems. Their financial counsellors offer a free, independent and confidential service.

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Your Toolkit

Your Toolkit is a free comprehensive online financial toolkit that is designed to help women facing domestic and family violence and financial abuse on their journey to more independent, confident and safe lives. Their website includes information on:

  • Centrelink and myGov account and support payments
  • Tools for managing your own finances (including budgeting and saving)
  • Financial assistance for living costs
  • Understanding financial areas such tax, superannuation, credit and insurance
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MoneySmart

ASIC’s MoneySmart website is for all Australians – young or old, rich or poor, investing or paying off debt.

They offer free, independent guidance. They have smart tips on dealing with the ups and downs of life:

  • losing your job
  • having a baby
  • divorce or separation
  • buying a home
  • losing your partner
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