Mental Health Foundation (ACT)'s Short Term Accommodation Respite (STAR) houses provide residential respite care for people with mental health concerns.

The MHF STAR service is designed to be a ‘safe place’ for people to have a break from their usual living environment. It allows the participant to rest and recharge, while focussing on short-term recovery goals. Our respite homes are located in Kambah and O’Connor

Our respite homes aim to provide:

  • support to participants in their day to day living.
  • a safe environment for people with mental health concerns to participate in planning and decision-making processes that will enhance opportunities for individual development.
  • social activities, which will enable participants to enhance their quality of life and participate more fully in their community.
  • Support carers and care recipient transiting into NDIS.

Target Groups

MHF (ACT)’s respite service is designed for people with NDIS plan who are experiencing mental health concerns and need a break from their daily routines.

Our homes are staffed by experienced support staff who can assist with day-to-day living skills and recovery goals. Staff are able to provide 24-hour supervision and support negotiated at assessment.

We are not a crisis accommodation service, however we are able to provide transitional support to long term accommodation.

Our respite service is intended to complement other services for people with mental illness in the ACT and aims to work in co-operation with other services.


Admission Criteria

In order to access the respite homes, participants must:

  • be 18 years of age or over,
  • have an NDIS plan approved, or have alternative funding, or be willing to work towards obtaining an NDIS funding,
  • have or be transitioning towards long term or suitable accommodation,
  • have a mental health concern,and
  • be willing to sign and abide by the Respite Rights and Responsibilities of the services.

For further information on our respite accommodation, please call 02 6282 6604 or email