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Respite Services

Respite Options

  • Social and Recreational
  • Day Activities
  • In-home Respite
  • Out-of-home Respite

Karingal's range of respite services are designed to provide enjoyable experiences for people with a disability and a well-earned rest for carers. Respite is available during the day, overnight and on weekends and can be provided through recreation and leisure options, in your own home or at one of Karingal's respite houses or holiday houses.

Social and Recreational

Supporting people to join in community-based social and recreational activities while carers take time out

Day Activities

Educational, recreational, leisure and craft activities to suit all abilities are offered at Karingal. These activities can be enjoyed for a morning, afternoon or the whole day.

In-Home respite

Carers can go out, attend to home duties or just relax while respite support is provided in the family home.

Out-of-Home Respite

Overnight, weekend and holiday respite is available at Karingal houses at several locations, including Ocean Grove and Warrnambool.


"Melaluka" (at 191 Melaluka Road, Leopold) provides hundreds of Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula residents with a disability and their carers with access to much needed respite services and is the result of more than $100,000 in cash that was raised via the "Melaluka Appeal" as well as an additional $4200 worth of goods and services. Take a tour at by visiting the  Melaluka Virtual Tour.  



For more information and eligibility criteria, Contact Us via the Online Form or phone Karingal on 5249 8900.


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Media release - Together We Work graduation

MatchWorks will celebrate the graduation of 32 Together We Work program participants on Wednesday 18 June 2014 at the Mercure Hotel Geelong.

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Upcoming Events

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KarnivART exhibition launch Tuesday, 29 July, 2014 Exhibition from July 3 - July 29.
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Brain Injury Awareness Week Monday, 11 August, 2014 Brain Injury Awareness Week is from August 11 to 17. Various events, details to be released soon!
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Navigating the System Thursday, 14 August, 2014, 1:00 PM Panel Discussion: “Navigating the System” – A guide to finding your way around the ABI sector for services and funding.
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Changing Places, Changing Lives conference Thursday, 11 September, 2014 This forum will showcase world’s best practice in accessible toilet and bathroom solutions through Changing Places and will feature leading edge Australian examples.
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