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EMR ABI Flexible Respite Fund

Eastern Region ABI Flexible Respite service is administered by BrainLink on behalf of the Department of Human Services (Eastern Metropolitan Region) and provides funding for services to enhance the quality of life of a person with an Acquired Brain Injury, and of their carers'/families'.

As the name suggests, it is a flexible funding scheme, which offers a range of individualised short-term respite support, specific to each person or the carers'/families' needs. 

Who Is This Service For?

  • Carers and family members living with an individual who has an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), stroke or a neurological condition;
  • The carer and family member  applicant  is aged between birth - 65 years;
  • The person being cared for lives in the Eastern Metropolitan Region

Aim of Flexible Respite Services

  • To maintain the caring relationship for the long term.
  • Improve the wellbeing of the carer/family and the person being cared for.
  • Support the caring relationship and attend to short term support needs.
  • Provide immediate or preventive measures where necessary.
  • Provide practical support to carers.
  • Provide access to social and recreational activities for the person with an ABI/carer/family.
  • To increase the confidence and level of independence as well as improve the quality of life of the person with an ABI
  • To add value to existing resources being currently funded or seeking funding

Examples Of What Can Be Funded

  • Additional one-off carer respite, to suit the person and carer.
  • Additional short-term personal care/home help as person's or carer's needs change.
  • Family/relationship counselling.
  • Funding to attend community integrated activities for either the carer, the person, or as a family (i.e. children to attend a school holiday program with assistance).
  • Funding for a person/carer/family holiday.

How to Be Referred

Applications can be made by your respective case management service or ABI associated agencies, or other health professional. These include:

  • Melbourne City Mission (ABI Service)
  • Care Connect
  • Eastern Access Community Health Centre
  • Boroondara Council/HACC
  • Association for Children with a Disability
  • Your local GP

Check your local phone directory for contact details.

For further information

Contact Karen Jorgensen, Client Services Manager

Ph: 9845 2956

Fax: 9845 2882 

Email: clientservices@brainlink.org.au 


Related Resources

BrainLink Booklet

The BrainLink Booklet provides information on BrainLink services, DHS quality standards, your rights and responsibilities and ways that you can provide BrainLink with feedback.


To obtain your copy, download the PDF or contact BrainLink


Privacy & Complaints Brochure

To obtain a copy of the Privacy & Complaints Brochure, download the PDF or contact BrainLink.  


To obtain your copy, download the PDF or contact BrainLink

EMR ABI Flexible Respite Guidelines

To find out if you or your client is eligible to apply for the EMR ABI Flexible Respite Fund, please review the Guidelines & Eligability Criteria PDF or contact BrainLink for more information. 


EMR ABI Flexible Respite Referral Form

To apply for funding from the EMR ABI Flexible Respite Fund, please download, print and fax a completed Referral Form. 


To obtain a copy of the form, download the PDF or contact BrainLink.