Community Health Services are now delivered in two streams: Home Based Services, led by Home Based Services Manager Leanne McKenzie and Allied Health Services, led by Allied Health Manager Marijs Last. The restructure of these two services recognises the increasingly complex administrative demands of the Home Based Services programs including: Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP) and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Home Support Services
In August 2021 ODH became a Home Care Package Provider, with 2 clients signing up within the very first month. With word spreading fast and community members wanting more localised support services has meant our Home Based Services Team has been very busy.
The Commonwealth Home Support Program provides a range of entry-level aged care services for older people who need assistance with daily tasks to continue living independently at home and in their community. Offering services such as:
- Domestic Assistance
- Personal Care
- Respite Care
- Home Maintenance / Home Modification
- Meals on Wheels and assistance with meal preperation
- Social Support Group SSG (formerly, Planned Activity Group / PAG)
- Home Based Nursing
In order to support these services, Omeo District Health provides independent assessment for clients through the Regional Assessment Service (RAS).
Omeo District Health has a small but dedicated pool of volunteers. The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and the Home and Community Care (HACC) program provides coordination funding to enable volunteer support and assistance in the following areas:
- Volunteer driving as part of the Community Transport program
- Assistance to the residents' Lifestyle and Leisure program
- Volunteer Supervisors for the High Country Men's Shed program
- Volunteer Exercise Program facilitators
- Delivery of Meals on Wheels program
The contribution our volunteers make is greatly appreciated and significantly supports and extends access to programs in the community. If you wish to become a Volunteer and would like more information, please contact our Home Care Services Team via (03) 5159 0100.
Allied Health Services
Allied Health includes a broad range of health professionals who can treat conditions and illnesses, Omeo District Health offers the following Allied Health Services:
- Allied Health Assistant
- Health Promotion
- Occupational Therapy
- Foot Care
- Speech Pathology
- Youth Services
- Complex Health Needs Nurse (formerly, Chronic Disease)
- High Country Men's Shed
- Community Gyms (Omeo, Swifts Creek and Benambra)
To see how to access these services, click here.
Health Promotion programs, including the Harvest Exchange and the Community Gymnasiums located at Omeo, Swifts Creek, and Benambra continue to provide positive preventative health activities for the wider community.
Results from the Victorian Health Experience Survey (VHES) carried out in 2019 showed consistent support and appreciation by consumers of the range of community based services available through Omeo District Health.
More information coming shortly.
Omeo District Health Home Based and Allied Health Services receive funding from several sources:
- Gippsland Primary Health Network Place Based Flexible Funding program (Allied Health Services)
- Department of Health for the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- Department of Health and Human Services Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP)
- East Gippsland Shire Council supplements the Home and Community Care program