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The Waratah Respite Centre is a not-for-profit organisation which first opened in 1987 as an Adult Day Care Centre in Azalea Ave Coffs Harbour. In 1991 the service relocated to the current Waratah Respite Centre which was built with government funding.

In 1993 funding was procured through the National Respite for Carers Program to provide evening respite for carers of adults with disabilities.

In 1994 following extensive community lobbying and fundraising our six (6) bed Maureen Guthrie Cottage was opened to provide short term overnight respite.

Waratah Respite Services has a long and proud history of providing a combination of flexible respite care for people who are frail aged, people with memory loss and younger adults with disabilities.

Over the years a unique service model has evolved, and this model provides significant health and social impacts for the community of Coffs Harbour and surrounds as it offers a real alternative and intervention for the premature admission of recipients to permanent residential care.

Since the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Waratah Respite Services has made a business decision to focus on aged care services and younger adults with disabilities have been assisted to transition to a disability service of their choice.

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