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HELPLINE - 1300 853 437

National support line, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm AEDT, Saturday 10am-5pm AEDT (closed Sunday)

Physical Peer-Support Groups


SYDNEY CBD Tuesday - 7.00pm

2nd floor, 48 Chippen St, Chippendale NSW

COFFS HARBOR Tuesday - 6:30pm

22 Earl St, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450

HORNSBY Wednesday - 7.00pm

St Peter’s Anglican Church Hornsby, 207 Peats Ferry Rd, Hornsby, 2077


FRESHWATER Wednesday - 7:30pm

Swim Club (above sea pool), bottom of carpark off Lumsdaine Dr, Freshwater

LIVERPOOL Wednesday - 7.00pm

Club Liverpool (‘Jem on George’)

185 George St, Liverpool, NSW 2170Room 2170, 2nd floor.
As this is an RSL based venue, please dress appropriately & bring some ID for sign in. / 0498970805

BOWRAL Tuesday - 7.00pm

Bowral Bowling Club
40 Shepherd St, Bowral NSW 2576 / 0498970805


LOGAN Thursday - 6pm

The Family Place, 35A North Road, Woodridge, QLD 4114

down the driveway beside the park, in the community centre called ‘the family place‘”

GOLD COAST Tuesday - 6:30pm

Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Third Ave, Palm Beach, QLD 4221


BAYSWATER Tuesday - 7:30pm

Glen Park Community Centre, 30 Glen Park Road, Bayswater North, 3153

Meeting is in the “hut” around the side of the main building”.

FRANKSTON Wednesday - 7:30pm

Orwil Street Community House,
16 Orwil Street, Frankston, 3199

WARRAGUL Thursday - 7:30pm

Warragul Community House,
138 Normanby St, Warragul, 3820

Other States and Territories


Check out our “Online “Meetings” in the calendar below.


Check out our “Online “Meetings” in the calendar below.


Check out our “Online “Meetings” in the calendar below.


Check out our “Online “Meetings” in the calendar below.


  • All dads regardless of location are welcome to join any/all online meetings

  • These meetings are conducted secure online video conferencing

  • Calendar shows start times based on your device timezone setting

  • On a mobile? Click this link, rotate mobile into landscape view, select ‘agenda’


  • Some in-person groups are currently suspended due to COVID-19

  • These groups meet at local venues, typically once a week

  • Calendar shows start times based on your device timezone setting

  • On a mobile? Click this link, rotate mobile into landscape view, select ‘agenda’

About Dads in Distress

Parents Beyond Breakup not only support parents experiencing trauma through family breakdown and separation but also acknowledge the specific issue of parent-child contact and custody battles commonly termed ‘parental alienation’ a factor closely linked to stress, anxiety, depression, isolation and suicide in Australia.Every child deserves to have a relationship with both of their parents ….

Every second weekend

2010 Tropfest Australia Finalist film (6min 9secs)

Steve, one of our dads talks about his experience with DIDs

What do people say about us?

Best of all, we didn’t ask or pay them to say it either 🙂

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Support Helpline

National support line, call 1300 853 437, Monday to Saturday (closed Sunday), 09:00-17:00 AET, or email us on

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24/7 Online Chat & Forum

ump on to our Virtual Verandah, a private online platform allowing you to get & give help to dads nation-wide. Operates via browser or mobile app.

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Online Support Meetings

Talk live with dads just like you across Australia. Check the calendar below, select a date that works, click to register. You’ll be emailed details how to join.

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In-person Support Groups

Some community based groups & mentors are active now! But some are still temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. See calendar below.

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Separation Checklist

Where to start? What are all the things you wish you knew about now, but that you might not think about before it’s too late? Here’s a good place to start.

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External Support Links

A bunch of links to services most dads we support would probably want to know about. If any are missing, let us know and we’ll get them added.