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Intnl.: Australia

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Animal Hoarding:

We aren’t aware of any specialized resources in Australia for animal hoarding right now, but below are good (U.S.) sources of information:



Assessment & Measurement Tools:



Authority in the U.S. for Information about Hoarding Disorder:






Cleaning Companies-Hoarded Environments:

Bio Clean Australia
1/37 Richards Road, Hoppers Crossing,
Vic 3029
Phone: +61 3 9369 8228
Mobile: +61 419 320 624



•Additional crisis cleaning/hoarding related
•Want to break into the hoarded home cleaning business?

•Hoarder Home Specialist Course







Image source-My Mother’s Garden Documentary


Elder & hoarding related info & news stories



Fire Departments Specially Trained for Hoarded Structures/Related:
Currently we don’t know of any specialized training in this area. Here’s what they are doing in the U.S. state of Arizona though-hooray AZ!

Maricopa County firefighters practice battling fires in hoarder homes.
Watch the video.

Fire & safety hoarding related news stories


Hoarding Task Forces & Related Services:

We aren’t aware of any Hoarding Task Forces in this area at this time, but please check the two sites* above who may have more current listings than we do at the present time.



Professional Organizers:

Australasian Association of Professional Organisers Inc Australia & New Zealand

Excerpt from: Professional Organizers & Hoarding Clients

  • by Cristina Sorrentino Schmalisch, PhD, LICSW

Professional organizers can provide important help for clients who are getting mental health treatment for hoarding. Very few mental health providers make home visits and even those who do can usually only provide limited visits (for example, once per month). Working with a professional organizer can give clients critical hands-on help with their hoarded items. Ideally, the professional organizer would contact the therapist and work with them to help the client’s hoarding symptoms.

Some professional organizers have specialized training in working with hoarding or related problems, such as chronic disorganization (CD). This specialized Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) provides information about CD and trains professionals to work effectively with this problem. However, CD is not the same as hoarding because a person may be chronically disorganized without having hoarding (for example, because of current depression or attention deficit disorder). In contrast, most people who hoard do have CD. The ICD provides contact information for professional organizers with different levels of expertise in working with CD (www.challengingdisorganization.org). The National Association of Professional Organizers provides contact information for the broader group of professional organizers and also provides training opportunities.


The ICD offers a variety of resources to help both people who are challenged by chronic disorganization and the professionals who work with them:

  • The Code of Ethics provides guidelines for professionals and also helps potential clients know what to expect of an ethical organizer
  • The Useful Links section provides links to outside organizations that offer information and assistance to chronically disorganized people
  • The ICD Clutter-Hoarding Scale is a free assessment tool to help professional organizers and related professionals evaluate the health and safety aspect of clutter/hoarding situations
  • The FAQs section provides answers to questions the public might have about chronic disorganization and the ICD
  • The ICD is involved in collaborative research projects relating to chronic disorganization. The Research Projects section describes that work.
  • Additional reading from the ICD

•Want to break into the organizing business & help hoarding clients?
•The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers
(BCPO®) (certifying body whose charter is to increase the professionalism of the organizing industry)



Support Groups, In-person-Family Members of Hoarders:

Hoarding & Acquiring Group is set to commence 3/2012
Help is on the way: Support for individuals, couples and families in the community.
CHAG is a 12 session group program addressing problems with compulsive hoarding and acquiring.

If you would like to find out more or register your interest in this group, please contact the Project Officer (Tuesdays – Fridays) on (03) 9214 5528 or send an email to psychprojects@swin.edu.au.


Support Groups, In-person-Hoarders:

Hoarding & Acquiring Group is set to commence 3/2012
Help is on the way: Support for individuals, couples and families in the community.
CHAG is a 12 session group program addressing problems with compulsive hoarding and acquiring.

If you would like to find out more or register your interest in this group, please contact the Project Officer (Tuesdays – Fridays) on (03) 9214 5528 or send an email to psychprojects@swin.edu.au.



Manual for Facilitating a Support Group
from the IOCDF, if you’d like to start a group in your area!



Treatment Centers/Clinics for Hoarders:

We aren’t aware of any at this time in this area



Additional Information/Resources:

Past Event:
National Hoarding & Squalor Conference
Feb. 21-22, 2012

Presentations for download:

To download presentations, please click on the presentation titles below. Very large presentations have been divided into two: Part 1 and Part 2.


pdficon Wicked Problems

Prof. Stephen Leeder AO, Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney

pdficon Hoarding and Squalor

Dr Jessica Grisham, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of NSW


pdficon Hoarding Disorder and the DSM-5

Dr Christopher Mogan, Clinical Psychologist, Director of the Anxiety Clinic

CONCURRENT SESSION: Responding to Barriers

pdficon Tenants Treasures: Managing Hoarding and Squalor in Public Housing

Tracie McPherson, Team Leader, Housing Support Program, Bethany Community Support, VIC

pdficon ‘Mess and Stress: How to Address’ – A Health Professional’s Perspective

Paula Sesta, Senior Social Worker, CRAGS, Calvary Health Care Sydney, NSW
Debbie Wong, Social Worker, St George Hospital, Kogarah, NSW

CONCURRENT SESSION: Building the Evidence

Evidence and Incidence Rates; What New Fire Services Data Tells About Hoarding and Squalor in the Community
This presentation will not be made available as requested by the presenters.

Julie Harris, Community Ageing Strategist, Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB), VIC
Garry Connolly, Acting Station Officer, Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB), VIC

pdficon Does Guardianship Make a Difference? – Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

Frances Rush, Assistant Director Advocacy & Policy, Public Guardian, NSW
Sharon Nichols, Principal Guardian, Public Guardian, NSW
Katarzyna Noga, Principal Guardian, Public Guardian, NSW
Ruth Kaye, Principal Guardian, Public Guardian, NSW

CONCURRENT SESSION: Tools to Guide Practice

pdficon Three men called Ken: case studies concerning decision-making capacity and severe domestic squalor in NSW – Part 1 and Part 2

Dr Graeme Halliday, Psychogeriatrician, Concord Hospital

pdficon Animal Hoarding – Perspectives from the RSPCA NSW Frontline – Part 1 and Part 2

Courtney Stevens, Inspector, RSPCA NSW, NSW

CONCURRENT SESSION: Models of Service Delivery I

pdficon Making Home a Safer Place

Janelle Nancarrow, Housing Support for the Aged Worker, Haven, VIC
Steven Baker, Community Connections Program Worker, Haven, VIC

pdficon ‘Healthy Home Healthy Me’ Review of the Northside Community Service

Tracey Hall, Executive Director, Community Services, Northside Community Service, ACT
Samantha Henry, Manager Aged & Disability, Northside Community Service, ACT

CONCURRENT SESSION: Models of Service Delivery II

pdficon Development of coordination meetings as a prioritisation tool for effectively managing squalor

Simone Stuart, HACC Development Worker, Illawarra Forum, NSW
Adrianne Talbot-Thomson, Project Officer, Illawarra Forum, NSW

pdficon Keeping the Momentum – Part 1 and Part 2

Margie Pitcher, Social Worker, Domiciliary Care SA, SA


pdficon Preparing a Plan for Intervention Part 1

pdficon Preparing a Plan for Intervention Part 2

Dr Christopher Mogan, Clinical Psychologist, Director of the Anxiety Clinic

News Articles/Media:

  • Hoarding is a clinical condition, says expert
    Uploaded by NewsOnABC on Feb 20, 2012
    The Director of Melbourne’s Anxiety Clinic, Dr Chris Morgan, says up to 5 percent of Australians could have a problem with hoarding.


General hoarding related news articles in our archives/all areas, if you’d like to see how the reporting has changed (and readers comments) with all the recent awareness about Hoarding Disorder:

From 2010
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The services, businesses, treatment providers and all others (as well as external links) listed do not mean a recommendation or endorsement by Children of Hoarders Inc. These listings are for sharing general knowledge on what is available only. All businesses and services should be carefully researched by consumers before entering in to any contract or any schedule of services what-so-ever. Children of Hoarders Inc. has no affiliation with any of the businesses or services listed, nor does it receive any commissions for services contracted by our site visitors. Children of Hoarders Inc. is not responsible for the business practices, services or fees, of anyone listed in these pages, or the content of any external links.

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