Have a break from your caring role to look after your own health and wellbeing.

What is it?

We can help link carers to respite and other supports. Respite is a short period of rest or break. Respite allows carers to take a break to focus on their own wellbeing. Respite can be for a few hours, days or for longer periods, depending on the carers needs, eligibility and what services are available.

Emergency respite

Difficult and unavoidable situations happen. When there are no other options for support, emergency respite may be available. Call 9495 2500 or 1800 052 222.

Who can use this service?

Any carer living in Moreland, Darebin, Banyule, Yarra, Nillumbik, Hume or Whittlesea.


A contribution to the cost of respite may be made, if needed. This will be discussed with the carer before the services start.

Do I need a referral?

No. You can be involved without a referral. Call 9495 2500 to register.


Respite care can be provided:

  • In home,
  • In the community or
  • A residential respite service

We run events for carers to attend across the northern metropolitan region of Melbourne.

See all Merri Health locations.


Call CarerLinks North on (03) 9495 2500 or 1800 052 222.

More information

Who are carers?

Carers are family members and friends who look after someone who has problems managing at home or in the community without help. Carers can be parents, partners, spouses, young people, children and friends.

Are there any opportunities for carers to meet other carers?

Yes. We have a number of events during the year that can connect carers to other carers. We also run health and wellbeing events for carers to learn techniques to cope in their caring role.

What is respite?

Respite is a short period of rest or break. It is important for a carer to take a break from their role as a carer and daily challenges. Respite provides carers with time out to focus on their own needs.

How will CarerLinks North help me?

We will listen to what you want and need and try to help you in your caring role. We have many services that you can choose from. It is important to talk to someone about your experiences and how you are coping. 

Hear from Angelina about how CarerLinks North has supported her family.

Where do I find what activities and workshops are available for carers?

How can I refer someone to CarerLinks North?

Call (03) 9495 2500 to make a referral.

CarerLinks North is part of the Commonwealth Respite and CareLink Centres nationally and is funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.

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