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Adminstrative reforms improve HACC services

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Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services Hon. Peter Staples M.P. r

Parliament H ouse, Canberra Phone (06) 277 7220 Fax (06) 273 4146

23 December 1992 PS493/92


Three major Melbourne councils will be better able to tailor Home and Commmunity Care (HACC) services to their local needs under new administrative arrangements approved by the Federal Government.

The new Four Stage Administrative Framework for HACC services was announced today as part of a new package of funds by the Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples, and the Victorian State Minister for Aged Care, Rob Knowles.

"These administrative reforms are the result of extensive consultation by the Federal and Victorian State Governments and offer HACC service providers the flexibility to deliver a range of services that best meet the needs of the vulnerable and disadvantaged in their community," Mr Staples said.

Mr Knowles said HACC services are vital for the maintenance of independence and the good health and well being of older people, younger people with disabilities, and their carers, who live in our community.

The Cities of Camberwell, Caulfield and St. Kilda will pilot the fourth and final stage of the Administrative Framework from 1 January 1993.

Stage 4 provides block funding covering all of the councils' HACC services and enables them to re-invest some unspent funds towards the future.

These measures will give organisations greater flexibility in administering their services and will enable them to be more responsive to local needs.

Other initiatives announced in this package includes

- $49,198 to the Maldon Hospital to auspice a visiting nursing service in the Loddon Campaspe region;

- $167,632 additional funding to the Disability Attendant Support Service to operate for another six months to 30 June 1993; and

- the relocation of the Polish Community Council of Victoria's Adult Day Activity and Support Service from the Western to the Southern Region.

HACC is a cost shared program between the Federal and State Governments that provides a comprehensive range of integrated services to assist older people and younger people with disabilities, and their carers, to remain living in their own homes.

Details of funding can be obtained from Ms Pamela Blarney, (03) 604 8620.

Portfolio of Health, Housing and Community Services