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- Emerging Minds Mental health toolkit
- Head to Health (to find digital health resources)
Beyond Blue (anyone feeling depressed or anxious) — call 1300 22 4636 or chat online
- Black Dog Institute (people affected by mood disorders) — online help
- Headspace (online tools for young people)
Mensline Australia — call 1300 78 99 78
Lifeline (anyone having a personal crisis) — call 13 11 14 or chat online
BeYou (has some really good resource for young people)
Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
We Belong Education 
Beyond behaviour management
- Anxiety in children
Children's brain development

Asthma & Allergy - National Asthma CouncilAustralia National Asthma CouncilAustralia Pollen calendarPreventing Thunderstorm Asthma - An Asthma Australia siteAllergies - Better Health ChannelCobaw Community Health       5421 1666

WayOut promotes the rights, mental health and wellbeing of same sex attracted, intersex, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse (LGBTIQA+*) young people and families in rural Victoria, predominantly in the Macedon Ranges

The kids from Different with Dignity Community Center wanted to share a page they found that included some resources for people with disabilities getting into business it is an American site but has some great ideas.....thanks Kids!!

We received an email from Sarah who is part of a wonderful group of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and a few comorbid diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.  They came together and are creating a site of original and curated resources to help other like them.
You can find out more information at

Sarah also recommended some great sites below.
Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping
Moving with Special Needs Kids

Cyrus for checking out our site and your extra resources below
Legal Resources for Special Needs
Keeping Disabled Persons Safe While Remodeling
Creating a Home Where Your Disabled Child can Thrive
Teacher Resources for Special Needs
Disability and Credit Scores
Disability Resources from the Department of Labor
Tips for Disabled Persons to Declutter and Organize their Home
Financial Planning for Special Needs

Trouble sleeping??? this group is researching the science behind sleep and review sleep products.

Local GPs
Campaspe Family Practice 2 Jennings St, Kyneton 5422 2877
Campaspe Consulting Rooms 11 Jennings St, Kyneton  5422 2722
Brooke Street Medical Centre Brookes St, Woodend 5427 1002
Parentline (cost of a local call, open 8am-midnight 7 days a week)13 22 89
Lifeline - crisis support and suicide prevention (24 hours a day 7 days a week) 13 11 14
St Luke's - big range of family support 5424 2000
DirectLine - drug and alcohol support, Department of Health 1800 888 236
Road safety App for young children
Family Drug Help 1300 660 068
Suicide call back service 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
Noahs Ark Early Childhood Intervention Services  5434 4500
Department of Human Services 74-78 Queen Street, Bendigo 5434 5555

Healthly Eating, Food Safety & Sustainability

Child Support Services for Separated Parents
The Department of Human Services can assist separated parents with information, payments and support. This includes providing separated parents with information about the child support choices available. The Department of Humans Services can help by:

  • working out a child support assessment for you and the other parent to ensure the child support payments take into account both parents' circumstances, and

  • informing you about support products and services which may help you and your family during and after separation.

For more information, please visit the Department of Human Services website.

Early Days
Early Days provides workshops for mothers and fathers, and other family carers, of children aged six years and under who are on the Autism Spectrum. The workshops provide information about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and about the early intervention services that are available to help.
Early Days workshops also support fathers and mothers, and other family carers, to develop the skills they need to support their child's development every day.
For more information, please visit the Autism Australia website Early Days(link is external) page.

Family Relationships Online
Family Relationships Online provides all families (whether together or separated) with access to information about family relationships, ranging from building better relationships to dispute resolution.
It also allows families to find out about services that can assist them to manage relationship issues, including agreeing on appropriate arrangements for children after parents separate.
For more information, please visit the Family Relationships Online website.

Helping Children with Autism
The Helping Children with Autism package helps address the need for support and services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The initiatives include support for parents, families, carers and children from diverse cultural, linguistic and Indigenous backgrounds and those living in rural and remote areas.
The Helping Children with Autism package includes:

Children with ASD-like symptoms can also access PlayConnect Playgroups(link is external).
For more information, please visit the Helping Children with Autism website.

Home Interaction Program (HIPPY)
The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment programme, targeting preschool children and their families. The programme allows parents to be their children's first teacher and fosters their involvement in school and community life, to maximise the chances of a successful, early school experience. For some parents, it also offers a supported pathway to employment and local community leadership.
For more information, please visit the HIPPY website(link is external).

Inclusion Support Program
The Inclusion Support Program, a component of the Inclusion and Professional Support Program, consists of the Inclusion Support Agencies and the Inclusion Support Subsidy. The Inclusion Support Program assists child care services to build their capacity to include children with additional needs and ongoing high support needs in child care.
The target groups for inclusion support are children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, children from a refugee or humanitarian intervention background, Indigenous children and children with ongoing high support needs, including children with disability or children undergoing continuing assessment for disability.
To be eligible for support under the Inclusion Support Program, a child care service must be approved for Child Care Benefit, or be funded under the Budget Based Funding program.
For more information, please visit the Department of Education and Training website.

Priority of Access Guidelines
The Priority of Access Guidelines exist to ensure there is a fair child care system. These guidelines only apply to Child Care Benefit approved child care.
There may be situations where there are no vacancies at a child care service you wish to use. Some child care services have waiting lists to help determine the next placement.
The system ensures that, where there are vacancies or a waiting list for child care services, places are allocated to families with the greatest need for child care.
Every Child Care Benefit approved child care service has to abide by the guidelines and tell you about them when you enrol your child into care.
For more information, please visit the Department of Education and Training website.

Kids Helpline
Kids Helpline is a 24-hour counselling service for young people aged 5-25 years. Counselling is offered by phone, email and over the web.
Counsellors respond to more than 6,000 calls each week about issues ranging from relationship breakdowns and bullying, to sexual abuse, homelessness, suicidal thoughts, and drug and alcohol use.
The service aims to empower young people by assisting them to:

  • develop options

  • identify and understand the consequences of a particular course of action

  • facilitate more productive relationships with family and friends, and

  • provide information on local support services.

Kids Helpline counsellors are fully qualified professionals who undergo additional accredited training at Kids Helpline.
For more information please visit the Kids Helpline website(link is external).
To access the Kids Helpline please phone 1800 55 1800.

MyTime groups provide facilitated peer support for mums, dads, grandparents and anyone caring for children with disability, developmental delay or a chronic medical condition. Socialise and share ideas and information with others who understand the rewards and intensity of caring for a child with special needs.
For more information, please visit the MyTime website(link is external).

Family support services and crisis contacts

safe steps Family Violence Response Centre - Crisis support line, 24 hours, 7 days                  1800 015 188

1800RESPECT National sexual assault
, family violence Counselling service 24hrs / 7 days    1800 737 732 

After Hours Sexual Assault Crisis Line Crisis counseling for survivors of both recent and past sexual assault 1800 806 292 (5pm weeknights to 9am next day and throughout weekends and public holidays)

Cobaw Community Health Counselling and Housing support to women or men and children living in Macedon Ranges who are experiencing family violence 5421 1666 (business hours) 47 High Street Kyneton 3444

St Luke’s helps with ChildrenCommunity DevelopmentDisability ServicesFamily SupportFinancial CounsellingGamblers HelpHousingMental HealthOut of Home Care RespiteVictims of Crime,Young People Address: 1 Victoria St., Kyneton VIC 3444 Phone:(03) 5421 2000

Hospital Kyneton District Health Service 5422 9900

For all emergencies  000

Bug-A-Lugs are proud to support Annie North Women's Refuge  

Keep the children busy & active with sports
Auskick -
Netball -
Little Athletics -
Basketball -
Soccer -
Cricket -

Leisure & aquatic centre programs
Kyneton Toyota Sports & Aquatic Centre - 4 Victoria Street, Kyneton 3444
Gisborne Aquatic Centre - 6 Aitken Street, Gisborne
Macedon Community Centre - Tony Clarke Reserve, Waterfalls Rd, Macedon
Riddells Creek Leisure Centre - Sutherlands Road, Riddells Creek
Romsey Recreation Centre - 12 Park Lane, Romsey
Woodend Buffalo Sports Stadium - 1-29 Forest Street, Woodend

Resources for under 5
Kyneton Playgroup
St. Andrews Uniting Church Hall, Cnr Ebden and Yaldwyn Streets, Kyneton

Macedon Playgroup
Macedon Maternal & Child Health Centre, 47 Victoria Street, Macedon

Toy Libraries Australia

​Romsey Playgroup
98 Main Street, Romsey

Woodend Playgroup
45 Forest st,Woodend

Kyneton Community & Learning Centre  
5422 3433

Occasional Child Care
For babies through to school age children
Monday through to Thursday 9 am to 12 pm

Kiddy Capers
For 3 to 4 year old children
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
12.45 pm to 3.15 pm

Activities at your local Library

Schools and education
Bolinda Primary School
5428 5317

Braemar College
5427 2500

Clarkefield Primary School
(03) 5482 5121

Darraweit Guim Primary School
5789 1234

Gisborne Montessori School
5428 4520

Gisborne Primary School
5428 2022

Gisborne Secondary College

Kyneton Community & Learning Centre Inc
5422 3433

Kyneton Primary School
5422 1855

Kyneton Secondary College
5421 1100

Macedon CV and Resumes
5422 6465

Macedon Grammar School
5426 1751

Macedon Primary School
5426 1518

Malmsbury Primary School
5423 2284

Newham Primary School
5427 0235

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish School
5422 2056

Riddells Creek Neighbourhood House
5428 7836

Riddells Creek Primary School
5428 7277

Romsey Neighbourhood House
5429 6724

Romsey Primary School
5429 5099

Sacred Heart College
5421 1200

St Ambrose's Parish (Woodend)
54271 285

St Mary's Primary School
03 5429 1359

St Mary's Primary school Lancefield
(03) 5782 1579

Tylden Primary School
03 5424 8244

Woodend Neighbourhood House Inc
5427 1845

Woodend Primary School 
5427 2455

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