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New Provider for Aged and Disability Services Confirmed

8 June 2022

The Commonwealth Government has notified Southern Grampians Shire Council of its decision to appoint Western District Health Service (WDHS) as the new provider of aged and disability services in the Southern Grampians Shire. Council will cease to deliver funded, and brokerage aged and disability services once the transition occurs.

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), which funds home support and community-based services for clients over 65 years, will transition to WDHS by 1 October 2022. The Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP), which supports those under 65 years, will transition on 30 June 2022.

Southern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Cr Bruach Colliton said the decision to appoint a Hamilton-based provider will ensure continuity of service and economic benefits remain in the region.

“As a valued local organisation, Western District Health Service is well placed to meet aged and disability needs in the Southern Grampians community now and into the future,” said Cr Colliton.

“The Commonwealth Government’s decision to appoint WDHS will provide affected clients confidence in the knowledge that the new service provider is not only well connected locally but importantly understands the needs of those living in the region.

“Council and WDHS will work closely with impacted individuals, clients and their families to ensure a smooth changeover occurs.”

WDHS Acting Chief Executive, Nick Starkie said the Health Service is pleased to have the opportunity to provide additional aged and disability services to residents in the Southern Grampians Shire.

“WDHS is committed to supporting our community’s physical, mental and social wellbeing. The addition of the Commonwealth Home Support Programme and the Victorian Home and Community Care Program for Younger People to our service delivery will complement our existing aged and disability services and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the health and wellbeing of Southern Grampians residents.”

“We look forward to working with the Southern Grampians Council over the coming months to successfully and seamlessly transition these services, so that clients and staff are well supported,” Mr Starkie said.

The decision for Council to transition from delivering aged and disability services was confirmed at the ordinary March 2022 Council meeting. It came after significant reforms were introduced in the aged and disability services industry, making it difficult for Council to meet new requirements without significant change and increased costs.

Council has worked closely with the 39 impacted employees over the past few months and will continue to do so to support them through the transition process.

Clients and their families who have questions are encouraged to contact Council on 03 5573 0444 for more information.

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