History

Hartley Lifecare Incorporated has a strong history with disability support services in the Australian Capital Territory. Hartley Lifecare was established more than 50 years ago to support children and young adults living with a physical disability to help them maximise their life potential.

Originally formed to provide a learning facility and therapy support service at The Canberra Hospital, we quickly grew to meet the needs of the many children with disabilities and their families through a residential and respite service. Hartley forged ahead providing a range of much-needed services not then available elsewhere in the ACT.

Our first facility, known as Hartley House, was located in the inner-north suburb of O’Connor. In 1984, a complex of three purpose-built houses known as Hartley Court, was completed to meet the growing demand of supported accommodation services. Today Hartley Court, located in Hughes, provides 24-hour specialised accommodation and long- and short-term respite care in a ‘home-away-from-home’ environment.

Families learned they could rely on Hartley Lifecare and our disability services. We have subsequently expanded again and now operate a number of residential facilities in the ACT including a house in Fisher designed to support clients with an acquired brain injury. More recently we have integrated the National Brain Injury Foundation (NBIF) with Hartley Lifecare.

Our main office located in Pearce was opened on 3 November 2011 and includes a purpose built Assistive Technology Centre and training facilities. The facility provides a more efficient working environment for staff and volunteers that will greatly assist our operations and support for people with disabilities into the future. Our training rooms are available to other members of the community for hire.