Community Care Services Review
9 March 2022
Improved quality of care for consumers and better pay and conditions for Home Care Support Workers the result of Community Care Services review.
Community Care services at Alpine Health including alpine@home and indigo@home have undergone an extensive service review that has brought about changes to the Community Care Services program at Alpine Health.
- Improved pay and conditions for home care support workers including ongoing contracts.
- The separation of care planning and service delivery operations for improved care outcomes for clients.
- New positions to support the provision of local services for local people including Community Care Business Development, Support Worker Supervisor and Social Support Coordinator.
- Investment of funds into the co-location of alpine and indigo@home care offices and technical infrastructure.
Nick Shaw Alpine Health CEO said “these necessary changes to the structure of the Community Care Services team will bring about improved care outcomes for our clients and improved pay and conditions for our home care support workers who provide direct care and support to allow many members of our community to remain at home for longer and to remain connected in their local communities”
Emma Ghys, Alpine Health Community Services Manager said “we are actively recruiting for staff to join our Community Care Team in a number of new and revised roles within the new structure and we welcome anyone who is interested making a difference to the lives of people in our local communities to apply.”
“Traineeships are also on offer for eligible individuals who would like to work and study for formal Certificate based qualifications in Health and Community”.
“Positions will be advertised on the Careers section of our website at alpinehealth.org.au ” she said.
About the Community Care Services at Alpine Health
Alpine Health delivers Community Services across both the Alpine and Indigo Shires under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP), through the provision of home care packages (in home service), a focus on health promotion through the Early Intervention Program, and the provision of district nursing across the Alpine community.
The Community Care Service review was required due to;
- The growth of the home care services program and increased need within the community for home based care.
- Changes by Federal Government of the introduction of the Support at Home Program in July 2023, incorporating the existing service models (CHSP, package care, NDIS support, amongst others) in a single model of consumer controlled care.
- The findings from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and blue print for the quality and sustainability of community based health care.
- The growing difficulty experienced in sustaining the care workforce due to casual employment contracts with sessional / care episode based remuneration for care staff, supported by an administrative workforce with contracts of fixed term employment aligned to the periods of funding.