If your child is aged between 0 and 6 years, and you have reason to believe he or she may have Autism, you can speak with a local service provider who can help you. These providers are listed below:
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service
City of Greater Bendigo
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service is a free service, available to all families with children from birth to school-age. The service is staffed by Maternal and Child Health Nurses (registered nurses with qualifications in midwifery, maternal, and child health). It is managed by the City of Greater Bendigo’s Children and Family Services.
To contact your local MCH service for an appointment click on the link below:
ECIS Intake (Early Childhood Intervention Services Intake)
It is our responsibility to determine eligibility for ECIS for children aged 0-6 years (and not yet started at school). Once eligibility has been determined a child can then be placed in one of the following ECIS agencies:
· Bendigo Community Health Services
· Noah’s Ark Bendigo
· Specialist Children’s Services
There can be a wait for a place and the length of waiting time is dependent on the volume of applications we are receiving.
The contact details for the DET regional office for Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Central Goldfields, Mount Alexander, Swan Hill, Buloke, Gannawarra, Campaspe clients are:
NWVR ECIS Intake, Department Education and Training, PO Box 442, BENDIGO VIC 3552 Phone: 1300 363 514 FAX: 5442 5321 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to the electronic copy of the Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) application form: www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/parents/needs/pages/ecis.aspx
General Enquires ECIS Intake North-Western Victoria Region: 1300 363 514
A: 7-15 McLaren Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550 T: (03) 5440 3313 | F: (03) 5442 5321
Pre-School Field Worker
St Luke’s Family Care Service is only available to children attending pre-school.
For referral, parents need to first discuss their concerns with their child’s pre-school teacher.
The Pre-School Field Worker is qualified in Early Childhood Education, experienced in working in an Early Childhood Centre, and skilled in working with children who have additional needs – and their families.
Please click on the link for more details: connectingcare.com/Home/Service?region=vicpcp®ionid=10&site_id=250&hsdSiteId=53987&service_id=2589&hsdSSID=155224
Autism Assessment Team Coordinator
Bendigo CAMHS – (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) – has a triage service that takes calls and refers on to the Coordinator of the Autism Assessment Service when it is appropriate.
Autism Disorders include Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
This service is for both pre-school and school-age children, up to 18 years of age.
The Autism disorder assessment service is a regional service and is free of charge.
The Triage number is Ph: 1300 363 788.
Bendigo Community Health Services in Kangaroo Flat (13 Helm Street Kangaroo Flat, phone: 5430 0500) offer a number services and may be able to assist with sibling and family support, education and counselling.
Carer Support Services Bendigo Health (37 Havlin Street East bendigo, phone: 54547719) may also be able to assist with specific requests for assistance – particularly if the request is related to keeping a young carer supported so that they can remain in school.
The following links may be useful:
http://siblingsaustralia.org.au/ (this website contains a list of useful books that can be used by families – some of which are available from the Goldfields Library)
The Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) is a great resource. Their website includes a Sibling Program Directory. There is also a booklet produced by ACD called Growing together which is accessible via the following link:.
Amaze (formerly Autism Victoria) also have resources and information sheets for siblings.
Carer Support Services (CSS), Bendigo Health
Carer Support Services supports carers of people who are frail aged, have a disability, or a mental or chronic illness to maintain their caring role. The service provides information and advice; respite planning, booking and purchase; emergency respite; referral and advocacy.
Information provided is free and confidential.
Carer Support Services offers assistance with:
- support to individual carers and carer support groups, from Mildura to Gisborne
- individual and emergency respite planning and planning for the future
- respite co-ordination
- residential respite information, planning and bookings
- someone to talk things over with
- advocacy support on carers’ behalf
- referrals to other health and community services, including counselling services
- access to social and community activities and support.
What is respite?
Respite means taking a break from your caring duties. It is intended to relieve the pressure of caring, providing carers with time to themselves. Respite happens when someone else takes over the caring role for a short period of time.
Respite can take place in a carer’s home, outside the home in a community setting such as a camp or planned activity group, or in a residential based facility or respite house. Respite can be planned and on a regular basis as required, or unplanned due to an emergency or crisis. It may be for a few hours, overnight, a weekend, or longer as in the case of residential respite.
How do you contact Carer Support Services?
Carers can refer themselves to the service directly. Alternatively a doctor or any community, medical or allied health service such as physiotherapy or district nursing can refer to our service, with client permission.
Anyone can phone the service for information.
Offices are located throughout Loddon Mallee in Mildura, Swan Hill, Echuca, Bendigo and Castlemaine.
37 Havlin Street East, Bendigo, 3550
PO Box 126, Bendigo, 3552
Phone: (03) 5454 7719 or 1800 068 978 (country freecall) Fax: (03) 5454 6065
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
After hours 24 Hour emergency respite 1800 068 978
• Mildura (03) 5018 7301
• Swan Hill (03) 5036 1900
• Echuca (03) 5482 0808
• Bendigo (03) 5454 7719
• Castlemaine (03) 5471 1017
– See more at: http://www.bendigohealth.org.au/Community_Care.asp?PageID=79#sthash.rz8fIYEb.dpuf