Chapter 16
Accessing Melbourne
Attendant Care
Carers Association Victoria 1800 242 636 freecall/9650 9966/fax 9650
8066/email, 5th Floor 130 Little Collins St., Melb 3000. CAV
works with carers, people with care needs, service providers and the community to
achieve quality of life for carers. CAV provides an information line, translating
service 1314 50 freecall, carer support kit, publications, library, support program,
education and training.
Gay People with a Disability
One main source of information is the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard Telephone
Counselling, Referral and Information Service (
Established in 1991 to strengthen Victoria s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
communities, by delivering a free, confidential, anonymous, quality telephone
counselling, referral and information service provided by trained volunteers.
Switchboard s counselling lines are 9510 5488 or 1800 631 493, from 6pm  
10pm daily and 2pm  10pm Wednesdays. Switchboard also offers a Venue
Information telephone line 1900 912 504 (there is a cost).
The Positive Living Centre is run by the Victorian Aids Council offering peer
support, nutritional services, treatment advice and legal services to people living
with HIV Aids, their partners family and friends. Open Mon Thurs 10.00am to
9.00pm, Fri 10.00am to 5.00pm at 46 Acland Street, St Kilda. Ph: 1800 134 840,
TTY 9827 3733 and 9865 6700.
Internet resources to consider Gadabout (Gay and disabled) is a social group for
gay men and lesbians with physical and/or sensory disabilities. It offers peer
support, promotes social interaction and aims to educate the gay and general
community towards a better understanding of gay people with disabilities.
Members may use wheelchairs, have sight impairment or another disability which
may make meeting other people difficult. The group includes partners, friends, and
those supportive of people with disabilities.  is an information page run by Vicnet (The State
Library of Victoria) with a series of links throughout Australia and the World. is an online resource guide to gay and lesbian lifestyle in

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