Gippsland Primary Health Network has received Australian Government funding to commission service providers to deliver aged care support in Gippsland from January 2023.
The care finder program is a Government initiative in response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, aiming to connect and engage older people who experience significant difficulty accessing aged care services and supports.
Gippsland PHN wants the Gippsland community to help shape services for older people.
Acting Chief Executive officer, Angela Jacob, said 25 per cent of people across the region were 65 years or older and that group was growing fast.
“Some people really struggle to access services and supports through My Aged Care or in the community, when they need them,” Mrs Jacob said. “This can be due to many complicated factors like homelessness, issues with mental health, isolation or bad experiences in the past.
“While Gippsland PHN is learning more about what is required in Gippsland to ensure services meet community needs, we want to hear from interested professionals, consumers, carers, family members and others in the community.”
Gippsland PHN has launched a short survey for people to complete by 14 August 2022. Access it here.