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Siblings Australia

Siblings Australia is a national not for profit organisation. It's Mission Statement is Siblings: Acknowledged, Connected and Resilient.

Siblings Australia's main aim is to recognise the contribution and needs of siblings of children and adults with disability and to connect them with sources of support both inside and outside their families. The organisation also aims to foster better mental health outcomes for siblings across their lifespan.

In Australia, there's an estimated 200,000 people under age 25 with a severe or profound disability. If you include older age groups and chronic illness, this estimate raises to about 300,000 siblings. These children often grow up in a situation of stress but without the cognitive and emotional maturity to cope with their experiences - this can lead to long term mental health issues.

Siblings Australia provides both written and online resources and services, education opportunities for siblings themselves, for parents and the professionals who work with them.

The organisation takes a ‘settings approach’ – a method that attempts to improve the support available to siblings from within their families and also through schools and the community. It also takes part in internal and external research into the needs of siblings and advocates strongly for more support for this vulnerable group.

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Last reviewed: September 2019

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Teen siblings | Siblings Australia

Teen siblings Welcome! Here you will be able to: Understand more about the concerns of siblings Find out aboutbooks that have been written by or for siblings Join SibTeen, a Facebook group for teens,co-hosted by the Sibling Support Project in the US and Siblings Australia Read what other sibs say below Most importantly you will find that you are not alone

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Your emotions | Siblings Australia

Your emotions The sibling relationship is potentially the longest of any we have

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Nominees/guardians | Siblings Australia

Nominees/guardians Before looking at the process for the NDIS, it is important to consider your brother or sisters decision-making capacity

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Eligibility | Siblings Australia

Eligibility To receive support through the NDIS your brother or sister will have to meet certain eligibility criteria

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FAQs | Siblings Australia

FAQs Will the NDIS affect my brother or sisters pension or wages? The NDIS is not means tested

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NDIS | Siblings Australia

NDIS The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a relatively new funding scheme for people with disability

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Sibling Concerns | Siblings Australia

Sibling Concerns Below are some of the concerns of siblings of children with disability (including any developmental delay, disability, chronic illness or mental illness)

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Parent Role in Supporting Siblings | Siblings Australia

Parent Role in Supporting Siblings Many factors affect how a sibling adjusts

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Why Support Siblings | Siblings Australia

Why Support Siblings The mix of sibling experience Most siblings of a person with a disability will be able to say there were good and not so good parts to their experience

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What signs might indicate stress?

Without the maturity to understand and express the range of feelings they might experience, children may act out the feelings through their behaviour

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