HACC moving to Alpine Health

ALPINE Shire Council will hand over the operation of its Home and Community Care (HACC) service to Alpine Health from July 1.

The Department of Health and Human Services last week confirmed Alpine Health as the new provider of the service, which provides home-based care for the shire’s older residents.

Alpine Shire Director Corporate Performance Trevor Britten said the Department of Health and Human Services, Alpine Health, and Council are working closely together so that clients won’t notice a change to the highly regarded service.

“Home and Community Care (HACC) is an essential service provided to older and vulnerable members of our community and everyone would agree that it’s vitally important to preserve the high standard of care that’s currently provided,” he said.

“The Commonwealth Government is reforming the aged and disability services sector, and Alpine Health is best-positioned to carry on with the high standard of client-centred care that both organisations established together under the Alpine@Home banner.

“Alpine Health will be able to provide the service more efficiently than Council, which will have the added benefit of delivering significant recurrent savings to the whole community (helping to keep rate increases as low as possible and freeing up funds for capital improvements).

“And this is the best outcome to secure local employment, ex-Council staff are now being encouraged to apply for similar positions with Alpine Health.”

The Alpine Shire Council has operated the home care service since its inception. Five years ago the Alpine Shire Council collaborated with Alpine Health to create ‘Alpine@Home’.

Mr Britten said that Alpine@Home delivers an accessible, client centred, ‘continuum of care’ to the community, which will be maintained with the changeover.

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