Helping older persons to speak up for themselves or speak on your behalf.
What can an advocate do for you?
- Help you to have your views heard and promote your rights
- Listen and discuss your issues or concerns and to clarify them
- Help you to understand and navigate the My Aged Care process
- Discuss options to resolve problems
- Support you to speak up for yourself or speak on your behalf
- Support includes your family, carers, and support networks
- Support you with completing enduring powers of attorney
Advocacy is free service that is available for older residents of the Alpine Shire.
How do I get started?
You can contact the service yourself or ask a staff member, family, friend or carer to contact the service on your behalf.
Phone: 0407 142 716 (Monday to Friday between 9.00am - 5.00pm) or
Peer support is about sharing your own lived experience with others to help them – and you – work your way through the issues and problems you encounter because of your shared circumstances.
The group meets monthly on a Tuesday at the Bright Library, Ireland Street. Gold coin donation.
For more information please contact:
Alpine Community Health Centre on (03) 5755 0123
The Alpine Move Group is a support group that focuses on arthritis self-help, education and awareness and water exercise but is open to all people who are interested in improving their health and mobility through a low impact water exercise program ie arthritis, diabetes, and other health conditions.
Contact: Heather Jackson 0407 885 042
The ‘Flex and Bend’ sessions have a small cost and are led by qualified MOVE instructors.
BRIGHT - (all year round)
Location: Bright Sports Centre - 17m indoor heated pool
Sessions: Monday 10.00am – 11.00am
Friday 10.30am – 11.30am
MT BEAUTY - (November - March)
Location: Mt Beauty Sports Centre - solar heated 33m pool
Sessions: Tuesday 10.30am – 11.30am
Thursday 10.30am – 11.30am
A regular chat to connect people in the Alpine Shire.
Alpine Telechat provides a regular telephone call to people in the Alpine Shire who would benefit from a weekly social chat. The regular call provides social connection and a link to the community.
Alpine Telechat is a free service and people can refer themselves or be referred by a family member, relative or friend, health professional or community service provider.
Alpine Telechat is run by the Alpine Independant Aged Care Advocacy Service Inc. in partnership with the Red Cross.
Get in contact with Alpine Telechat
Phone: 0420 824 814 or
Based in Mt Beauty, the group meets on the third Tuesday evening of the month.
Contact: Janet Rundall 0412 658 159
Ovens Arthritis Self Help Group Inc.
President: Norma Torriero | Phone: 03 5750 1309
Vice President: Margaret Dean | Phone: 03 5752 1208
Mutual support and information for men and women with cancer and their families/carers
Upper Kiewa Valley Cancer Support Group
Contact: Trish Dixon
Phone: 03 5754 4123 | 0429 170 365 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings: Mt Beauty Hospital, 3rd Thursday of the month – 10 am
Bright Cancer Support Group
Secretary: Molly Byrne
Phone: 5755 1801
Meetings: Various venues, 1.00 pm every 4th Wednesday
Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Services ( Hume RICS)
Supporting cancer patients, their carers and health professionals in the Border/East Hume Region.
Contact: 02 6064 1533 | email@example.com
Carers Support Group - Myrtleford & Bright (Ovens Valley)
There is no longer a support group in this area
Carers Support Group - Mount Beauty & Kiewa Valley
Upper Murray Family Care – Carer Support
Support options assist carers and those who they are caring for who are frail aged, have dementia, or have a disability and live in the Alpine Shire.
Villa Maria Carer Support
VILLA MARIA coordinates the following programs:
- Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre 1800 059 059
- Commonwealth Carelink Centre 1800 052 222
Villa Maria - Wangaratta
Upper Kiewa Valley Dementia Support Group - Mt Beauty
Living with Dementia - 'Coffee Break' - Mt Beauty
Regular get-togethers at the ‘Rose Café’ in the Mt Beauty Neighborhood Centre for small groups of people who are living with dementia and their family caregiver. The group will be for those people who are living at home or in the community.
This is an initiative of Mt Beauty Community and Health Advisory Group (CHAG).
Dementia Australia (formerly Alzheimers Australia)
Come along and meet other people living with diabetes in and around Mt Beauty.
We get together to share information, experiences and knowledge, therefore supporting each other and working together to improve each other's quality of life. We discuss all issues diabetes in a relaxed and casual environment.
For more information please contact:
Tony Coutts | 0427 544 824 | firstname.lastname@example.org
North East Multicultural Association (NEMA) has a number of Multicultural groups in the Alpine Shire who meet on a monthly basis, for social interaction and to discuss health and communication issues.
Contact: Janny Staphorst Bollard - Cultural Liaison Officer
Phone: 03 5721 2090