Dads in Distress

South Western Sydney PHN Region (S.W.Sydney & Southern Highlands)

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Keeping dads alive and in their kids lives

Established Fathers Day 1999

We acknowledge the Dharug and Gundungarra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.


Support Calendar & Listing

All our groups are reopening with new types of groups and new locations

Check the calendar below for updates and the service overview below

TELEPHONE - call our helpline on 1300 853437

Operates Monday to Saturday (closed on Sundays)

8.30am to 5pm

If our operator is engaged on another call, please DO leave a message and they WILL call you back as soon as they are free.

IN-PERSON - weekly group support meetings (venues require vaccination)


  • Every Tuesday @ 7pm (Closed Tue 23rd Nov due to staff leave, back to normal next Tue onwards)

  • Bowral Bowling Club, 40 Shepard Street, Bowral, NSW

  • Click here for Google maps

  • Large free car park out front



IN-PERSON - 'No man left behind' walking pairs (Vaccination NOT required)

Arrange to catch up for a walk with one of our facilitators.

Available across South West Sydney subject to team member availability.

Perfect for those dads that want to meet up in person but are NOT vaccinated.

Refer current NSW COVID rules applicable to our region.

Call 02 8005 0016 to book.

Free of charge.

ONLINE - weekly group support meetings (using Zoom)

  • Every Monday @ 7.20pm

  • Every Tuesday @ 7.20pm

  • Every Wednesday @ 7.20pm

  • Every Thursday @ 7.20pm

  • Every Sunday @ 6.50pm

These meetings use Zoom which works on your mobile, tablet or computer. Computer is recommended.

Click here to join any of the above meetings ahead of the start time.

You'll be placed in an online waiting room, then let into the meeting once it starts.

ONLINE - chat to other local dads on the Telegram mobile app

Telegram (download here) is a free app that can be used on most mobiles, on your tablet and through any browser.

Our 'dad chat group' is set to private for your safety so you'll need to be invited to join.

Attend any of our meetings and ask about getting an invite.

Great for chatting to other local dads who are separated, asking questions between meetings and arranging get togethers.

ONLINE - join one of our free dad workshops (including free legal support)

Family law Q&A

Coming soon

  • Managing Parental Conflict, estimated go live Dec'21