Alpine Shire Council and Alpine Health

Home and community care - new strategic alliance

A new primary health care alliance between Alpine Shire Council and Alpine Health will further improve home care services to the community.

Alpine Shire Council Mayor Cr Nino Mautone said that the new partnership will see a merger of already effective and highly respected services into one streamlined service delivery model.

“This integration of services is really exciting for our local community,” he said.

“It will enhance outcomes for clients, further improve service coordination and administration and simplify access to services.”

Cr Mautone said the partnership would also provide common shared standards, reduce duplication and better manage the growing demand on the services.

Alpine Health Chairperson Judith Barlee said a shared services approach is a comprehensive solution to ensure the on-going development of all HACC and aged care services that are currently being delivered to the community.

“There will be benefits to over 800 clients who are already accessing services via Alpine Health’s aged and community care services and Alpine Shire HACC services,” she said.

“Both organisations have worked closely together to develop a person centred approach that will improve service integration with greater ability to meet the complex care needs of individuals.

“Significant opportunities would also be created for staff to gain further skills, employment opportunities and job satisfaction.”

Underlying the alliance is a state and federal framework that incorporates health promotion and self management focused on maintaining and supporting people at home to improve independence, quality of life and social participation.

Cr Mautone indicated that both organisations would collaborate to establish a new project management position responsible for developing and implementing the project.

The services that will benefit from the new Alliance include, district nursing, personal, domestic and respite care, property maintenance, community aged care packages and case management, and veterans home care services.

They also include social support programs including transport, meals on wheels, planned activity groups, friendly visiting and palliative care.

Enquiries to:
Alpine Shire Council CEO Ian Nicholls, (03) 5755 0555;
Alpine Health CEO Lyndon Seys, (03) 5751 9300.

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