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Older People

There is a range of services available to assist older people in Tasmania. We value the contribution and experience of our elders and help them to live comfortable and satisfying lives.

Multicultural community organisations

Australian Italian Club Inc.

Provides culturally appropriate day centre respite for eligible Italian people.

  • Australian Italian Club Inc. (North)
    Phone: 6340 2623

Community Care NESB Inc.

Assists people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the Greater Launceston area through respite, home help and personal care.

  • Community Care NESB Inc. (North)
    Phone: 6334 0990

Greek Welfare Centre (Hobart)

Provides a range of mainly volunteer based services, facilities and resources to assist people of Greek and other Christian Orthodox backgrounds in Tasmania.

Italian Day Centre (Hobart)

Provides day centre services to people of Italian background who are frail or aged, and younger people with a disability and their carers, to help them to continue to live comfortably in their own home. Services are available to those living in the Greater Hobart area.

Polish Welfare Office (Hobart)

Provides a welfare service to the Polish community including information and referral, outreach and befriending programs, a day centre, and a telephone information service.

  • Polish Welfare Office (South)
    Phone: 1800 286 258 or 6228 6258

Good Neighbour Council of Launceston Inc

Support for Senior Migrants in Launceston

The Good Neighbour Council Launceston (GNCL) provides services to senior migrants aged 65 years and over in the Launceston region.

A Day Centre is operating on Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm from the Greek Community Hall, 2 Norwich Street, South Launceston.

The Day Centre offers groups activities, outings, entertainment and aged care information sessions. Meals are provided and transport can be arranged to and from the venue.

Individual support is provided by our dedicated coordinator and includes home visits and assistance with shopping, appointments, visiting friends etc.

You must be registered with MyAged Care to be eligible.

For more information:

Good Neighbour Council Launceston Inc.

Supporting Senior Migrants since 1949


Mail: PO Box 117, Launceston TAS 7250

Contact: The Coordinator

Mobile: 0488 121 638

Chinese Day Centre

The Chinese Day Centre operates from Chinese Community Association of Tasmania (CCAT) in North Hobart on Thursdays from 10am -2pm. The day centre provides morning tea, lunch, entertainment, exercise, information sessions and outings for people aged 65 and over at a reasonable cost. If you would like further information, please contact Nicole Turner, Day Centre Coordinator on 6221 0999 from Wednesday to Friday.

Community care services

Wyndarra Support Network: Respite and Personal Care

Coordinates volunteers for personalised care, social support and emotional support through regular visits, including shopping and transport. People who are frail and ageing, people with a disability and their carers may be eligible for these services.

Independent Living Centre Tasmania Inc.

Employs health professionals, including occupational therapists and a speech pathologist, to provide advice and information about assistive technology (devices that help someone undertake a task more safely or easily, such as equipment and software).

Community Aged Care for people from a non-English Speaking Background (NESB)

Provides services in the Local Government areas of Launceston, Meander Valley, West Tamar, George Town, Northern Midlands, Kentish, Latrobe, Devonport, Burnie, Waratah-Wynyard and Circular Head.

  • Community Aged Care (North)
    Phone: 6334 0990
  • Community Aged Care (North West)
    9 - 11 Alexandra Road
    Phone 6425 2610     After hours phone 6334 0990
    Fax 6425 2620 

Central Coast Health Centre
PO Box 110
Ulverstone  TAS  7315

Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) Southern Tasmania - Aged Care Services

Helps older migrants or refugees with information about aged care services, information about healthy ageing, services to help you stay in your own home, support from bicultural workers who speak various languages and dialects, and community involvement in aged care.

Good Neighbour Council Day Centre

The Good Neighbour Council (GNC) Launceston operates a Day Centre on Fridays from 10am - 2pm and provides Day Centre Respite Care to elderly migrants from diverse backgrounds including younger migrants with disabilities and their carers. The GNC is funded by HACC (Home and Community Care). 

The GNC meets on Fridays  from 10am - 2pm

Greek Community Hall 
2 Norwich Street 
South Launceston
Phone 6334 1239 

General support and advocacy services

Carers Association of Tasmania

A statewide information and support service for unpaid carers and people who provide support to children or adults with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or who are frail aged. Carer education and training sessions are available on topics such as self-care, carers' health, identifying community services, relationship sessions, and other sessions for both carers and service providers.

  • Carers Association of Tasmania (Statewide)
    Phone: 1800 242 636
  • Carers Association of Tasmania (South)
    Phone: 6231 5507
  • Carers Association of Tasmania (North)
    Phone: 6334 9917
  • Carers Association of Tasmania (North West)
    Phone: 6432 1170

Office of the Public Guardian

Tasmanian laws ensure people can retain some control over decision-making relating to them as they age or become infirm.

COTA Tasmania

A leading advocate and source of information for older Tasmanians.

Aged Care Complaints Scheme

Available to anyone who has a complaint or concern about an Australian Government-subsidised aged care service (residential or community care).

My Aged Care

My Aged Care helps you find the information you need about aged care services.

This can be as simple as calling the My Aged Care contact centre on 1800 200 422 or visiting the My Aged Care website

Advocacy Tasmania Inc

Provides free advocacy services across Tasmania. ATI works to promote and protect the rights and interests of clients, providing a free, statewide, independent and confidential 'Your Say' advocacy service.

Elder Abuse Helpline

The Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline is one part of the Tasmanian Government's Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy "Protecting Older Tasmanians from Abuse".

The Helpline provides callers with information, advice and referral on actions they can take to prevent and respond to elder abuse in its many guises; emotional, physical, financial, social, sexual, and neglect.

Its role is to assist older people, families, service providers and the wider community to better access existing supports and services. Most people are unsure who to call regarding suspected elder abuse.

Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline 

Free call: 1800 44 11 69

Elder Abuse information brochures are now available for CALD communities in 15 different languages (PDF, 50.23KB).

Information and services for people with specific medical conditions

Dementia Australia

Provides information, education, counselling and referral service for people with dementia, their families and caregivers. Also works closely with government policy makers and advocates on behalf of people affected by dementia.

For information about dementia, advice or support phone the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500

Arthritis & Osteoporsis Tasmania

Central source of information on arthritis, osteoporosis and associated skeletal conditions.

Cancer Council Tasmania

Cancer Council Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation that works to minimise the incidence and impact of cancer on all Tasmanians through advocacy, raising awareness of cancer prevention and offering advice and support for those living with cancer and their carers.

  • Cancer Council Tasmania (Statewide)
    Phone: 13 11 20
  • Cancer Council Tasmania (South)
    Phone: (03) 6233 2030
  • Cancer Council Tasmania (North)
    Phone: (03) 6341 8400
  • Cancer Council Tasmania (North-West)
    Phone: (03) 6425 8600

Diabetes Tasmania

Provides assistance to help manage diabetes more effectively including a wide range of products and NDSS services.

Heart Foundation of Australia - Tasmania Division

Provides information and advice about heart disease and heart healthy lifestyle to individuals, community groups and the public.

Australian Huntington's Disease Association Tasmania Inc.

Provides support and educational programs for people affected by Huntington's disease in Tasmania to help their families understand and cope, and to give these families a strong and united voice.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Tasmania

MS Society health professionals can help people learn to live with and manage multiple sclerosis.

Parkinson's Tasmania Inc. - Hobart

Providing support for people living with Parkinson’s disease, their carers and families. Provides educational resources for people affected by Parkinson’s disease and those working in the health Sector.

Asthma Australia

Provides advice, information and education for people with asthma, their families and carers.

Other useful services

Seniors Card

A free program that gives eligible people who are aged 60 years and over, retired or not working more than 20 hours per week in paid employment access to government and business discounts, and public transport concessions Australia-wide.

Companion Card

Entitles eligible people with a lifelong disability to a free ticket for their companion carer at participating venues and events.

Mathers House

The City of Hobart Mather's and Criterion Houses are community facilities open to everyone to relax, meet friends, participate in activities, enjoy light refreshments or lunch (weekdays). Tourists and visitors are welcome. These facilities offer:

  • A warm, welcoming, cheerful and safe environment.
  • A wide range of social, recreational, cultural and educational activities, especially for older people.

Mathers House
108 Bathurst Street

Phone 6234 1441