Join a Network
This page has information about the Peer Support Networks you can join.
They are listed by state and territory, but we will provide more search options shortly. For example, groups with a specific shared interest or identity.
Please contact the Disability Support Organisation directly if the information below is not accessible for you.
- Families4Families runs 25 Peer Support Networks for people living with acquired brain injury and their families in South Australia. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to Find out more.
- The Julia Farr Youth Peer Support Network is for young adults (aged 17-35) living with disability in South Australia. The group meets monthly in two locations: Adelaide and Salisbury and is free to join. Email Letitia email@example.com
New South Wales
- Community Disability Alliance Hunter is a user-led disability support organisation run for a by people living with disability and their families. Membership is free.
- PDCN (Physical Disability Council of NSW) runs Peer Support Networks around New South Wales for people living with disability, and people living with intellectual disability, mental health issues and vision impairment. Find out more.
- IDRS (Intellectual Disability Rights Network) runs a number of Peer Support Networks in and around Sydney for people living with intellectual disability and mothers living with intellectual disability. Find out more.
- People with Disability Australia runs Peer Support Networks in Sydney, Newcastle and Nepean/Blue Mountains. There are groups for the Deafblind community, people living with vision impairment or blindness, people living in assisted accommodation, people living with disability who identify as LGBTIQA, people living with HIV and people living with disability in CALD communities. Find out more.
- NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (NSWCID) have Peer Support Network meetings for people living with disability in Bondi Junction on the last Thursday of each month, in Newcastle on the last Friday of each month, and meetings for people living with intellectual disability in Wagga Wagga on the last Monday of each month. For more information contact Tymon at firstname.lastname@example.org
- CID Connect is an online peer support network for people with disabilities and those who care for and support them. Here you can come together to get support, ask questions and learn about the changes to the disability support system in Australia. It’s free to join and easy to use. For more information contact Tymon at email@example.com
- Down Syndrome NSW runs UP! Clubs for adults with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities across areas of Sydney and NSW. For more information contact Flavio on (02) 9841 4444 or 0412 551 622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find an UP ! Club in your area
The Now and Next Alumni (NANA)is the first Australasian Early Childhood Intervention peer network. Supported by Plumtree, it transforms families’ early experiences of self-direction through:
1. Innovative visioning and planning processes
2. Evidence based targeted learning experiences
3. Peer collective capacity building
4. Development of family leadership. Find out more about the network here
- Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) runs Peer Support Networks in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Caboolture, North Lakes and Townsville . Find out more. QDN runs a range of events outside of the Peer Support Networks. Visit their Events page to find out what's coming up soon.
- Down Syndrome WA runs a number of Peer Support Networks in metro and regional WA for new parents of children living with Down Syndrome, playgroup parents, adults living with Down Syndrome and families. They also run an Australia-wide Facebook group for people living with Down Syndrome and their families. Find out more.
- Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA) run a Peer Support Network called Recover Connections for people experiencing mental health issues. The group meets in-person on a weekly basis. Contact Anna on 026 200 550 or email annarichardsNLP@hotmail.com To find out more about CoMHWA's peer groups click here
- The Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN) is a peer support network for young people living with disability in WA. Anyone can join YDAN via their Facebook group.
- Amputees WA is a peer support group for amputees and people with a limb difference. You can connect with Amputees WA on their Facebook page.
- Developmental Disability WA (DDWA) has a range of peer support groups for people living with various types of disability. There are groups for individuals, siblings, parents and supporters of people living with disability. Click here to find out more.
- ACD (Association for Children with a Disability) has peer support networks across Victoria for parents of children living with disability who seek to make the most of the NDIS. Find out more.
- Brainlink runs an 8- week peer support program called LifeMoves for people impacted by acquired brain injury and/or degenerative brain conditions. Find out more
- Chronic Illness Alliance has a peer supporters network that meets 4 times a year in the Melbourne CBD. For more information contact email@example.com
Can't find what you're looking for?
If you can't find a Peer Support Network that suits you, contact your local Disability Support Organisation to find out about other networks, or to start your own.