Family and Business (FaB) Support program

The South Australian Government is providing additional funding for the Family and Business Support (FaBS) program.

Mental health and wellbeing support for drought affected farmers, families and small businesses is available through the Family and Business Support (FaBS) program.

FaBS play a critical role in the Drought Response Program by providing a confidential face-to-face service in homes and businesses to talk through difficult issues as a result of drought or other adverse events. The FaBS team provide informal, confidential, independent and understanding contact at no cost. FaBS may help farmers make important connections to technical advice, drought assistance, health and wellbeing services, and other support measures through government, non-government, community and charities.

Increased funding will help FaBS provide current and extended services to more small business, with rural and regional activities.

The Family and Business Support program is available across South Australia in or near the drought affected areas of:

  • Eyre Peninsula
  • Murray-Mallee
  • Upper North
  • Mid North
  • Pastoral
  • Adelaide Hills

FaB Support team members come from a variety of regional business and agricultural backgrounds. Each member is experienced in discussing and addressing the wide array of difficult issues that come about as a result of drought and other adverse events. Team members work closely with other service providers such as Rural Financial Counselling and local health networks and can connect people to these services as required.

They will respond to direct requests for help from people or from others concerned about the wellbeing of a family member, friend, neighbour or client.

Contact

Call the 24-hotline 1800 931 314 or email: PIRSA.drought@sa.gov.au

Call a FaB Support mentor direct on their mobile:

Adelaide Hills
Colleen White: 0409 388 649

Eyre Peninsula
Helen Lamont: 0409 885 606
Steve Whillas: 0458 852 268

Murray Mallee and Upper North
Robyn Cain: 0411 633 085

Murray Mallee
John Chase: 0419 848 672

Murray Mallee and Pastoral
Brent Fletcher: 0439 409 430

Upper North
Judy Wilkinson: 0401 122 049

Mid North
Kay Matthias: 0427 430 243

Upper North and Pastoral
John White: 0447 787 436

More information

The South Australian Guide for Drought Assistance (PDF 932.6 KB), explains what funding and assistance is available for South Australian farmers.

Page Last Reviewed: 10 Dec 2019
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