Latrobe Community Health Service - Gippsland Region - Carer Support Services

Contact details

68 Macleod Street
Bairnsdale VIC 3875




Latrobe Community Health Service is the Commonwealth Respite Centre for the Gippsland Region. Our Carer Support staff provide information, respite, carer activities, practical as well as emotional support and guided referral to other services. We also offer a range of programs and services that reflect the diversity of the carers we support.

Who are carers? Carers are family members and friends who care for someone who has a disability, chronic or mental illness or is frail aged. The person they care for has difficulty managing at home or in the community without assistance.

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. Respite provides carers some time to focus on their health and wellbeing.


Am I eligible to use this service?

Latrobe Community Health Service provides support to carers living in Gippsland. Our offices are located in Bairnsdale, Sale, Morwell, Wonthaggi and Warragul, but we provide support to carers across the region.

We have special programs for different groups of carers, including:

  • Carers of a person who is frail and elderly
  • Carers of a person with a mental illness (Wellington and East Gippsland)
  • Carers of a person with dementia
  • Young carers (carers aged 18 years old and younger who care for a family member who has a mental illness, long-term illness or who is frail and elderly)

Phone 1800 242 696 and our friendly staff can help you work out which services you are eligible for.


Are there any free services or programs that are useful to me as a carer?

Activities for carers (some activities may incur a small fee)

Some of the activities or events you can attend as a carer include:

  • educational activities on caring for yourself
  • activities and events with other carers including movies, theatre and shows 
  • information sessions


Are there any services that  I may need to pay for but that are useful to me as a carer?


Latrobe Community Health Service provides carers the chance to take a short break from their role by taking on caring duties and providing opportunities to rest, socialise and recharge their batteries. This is called ‘respite’.

Some types of short-term respite we provide include:

  • respite at home during the day or after-hours 
  • respite at a residential aged care facility
  • respite at Mayfair House, our three-bedroom supported accommodation in Traralgon
  • leisure activities for you or the person you care for
  • young carer camps respite
  • day programs, camps, weekends away and accommodation support.


Opening Hours 

9.00am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.  


Cost to Use the Service

All respite services funded by us are free, although you may be asked for a small contribution for some social or special events. There is a daily fee for Mayfair House. This includes all meals. The fee can be negotiated in some circumstances.

Translation Services as English is my Second Language

Translation services are available upon request




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For more Information and Support Contact Us Via...

p. 1800 242 696

national relay service (a phone solution for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impediment). 1800 555 727

telephone interpreter service. 131 450


a.  BAIRNSDALE 68 Macleod Street

a.  SALE 52 Macarthur Street

a.  MORWELL 81-87 Buckley Street

a.  WARRAGUL 31 Mason Street

a.  WONTHAGGI 86-88 Graham Street


NDIS Registered? No

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the organisation accessible for people with disabilities? Yes