Aboriginal Services



HIPPY is a free early education program
based in Murray Bridge and the Riverland

We provide resources and fun opportunities for young people 3 to 4 years of age to reach their potential.

Tutors visit with resources weekly for children to use and explore. We are a community that supports each other and has fun with our kids.

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home-based, early learning and parenting program that empowers you to be your child’s first teacher and supports your child’s transition to school.

Join thousands of families doing HIPPY across Australia. You will receive free resources, activity packs and storybooks to assist you in actively playing and learning with your child.

We hope that you enjoy working with your tutor, meeting other HIPPY families and doing HIPPY with your child.



HIPPY comprises a curriculum of activity packs over two years.

Your HIPPY tutor will practice the activities with you, using role play in a weekly home visit in Age 3 and a fortnightly visit in Age 4.

Each pack has five activities for you to do with your child as well as ideas so that learning can happen everywhere at any time.

The packs support your child’s learning in the following areas: Thinking and exploring; Communication; Creativity; Social and emotional; Family and community.




Tutors are parents who are also doing HIPPY with their child or have recently graduated from HIPPY.

Your HIPPY tutor is trained in the HIPPY activities and will practice the activities with you at each home visit.

Your HIPPY child does not have to be there when the tutor visits. You can meet your tutor at home or somewhere else, like a park or a library. After this, you do the activities with your child.


Group meetings give parents a chance to learn more about their children’s development and behaviour and to find out about local services, schools and free local activities. Parents can also participate in training and short courses for FREE.

You’ll meet new families and make friends and there is usually good food and coffee. You can relax and chat while your children play supervised with other HIPPY children.

The best part is recent research has found that families’ participation at group meetings improves children’s school readiness.

HIPPY Australia and ac.care acknowledge past, present and emerging Elders and Traditional Owners of the lands and seas across Australia.

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia.


Your Murray Bridge HIPPY coordinator is:

Rina Atkinson
p 0437 819 767
e Rina.Atkinson@accare.org.au

Your Riverland HIPPY coordinator is:

Katisha Jackson
p 0438 202 412
e Katisha.Jackson@accare.org.au

ac.care Murraylands Centre

29 Bridge Street
Murray Bridge
South Australia 5253
p 08 8531 4900
Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm


5 Kealley Street
South Australia 5343
p 08 8582 5300
Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm

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The STAY service provides support and opportunities to Aboriginal young people aged 10-19 years.

STAY involves individual and group activities with ac.care staff.
Everyone is welcome and included to:

  • Make more friends and build relationships
  • Enjoy group activities
  • Have fun
  • Try new things
  • Learn health and wellbeing life skills
  • Identify and work towards life goals
  • Learn from each other
  • Develop new interests
  • Be supported when you’re going through challenging times
  • Strengthen cultural identity

For more information:


5 Kealley Street, Berri
South Australia 5343
Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm

Nicole Honey
08 8580 5300
Email Nicole.Honey@accare.org.au


29 Bridge Street, Murray Bridge
South Australia 5253
Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm

Helen Rigney
p 08 8531 4900
Email Helen.Rigney@accare.org.au


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ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
9am to 5pm
10:30am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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