The Division of Community Services operates from various sites across the Shire of Wellington, including Sale, Maffra, Rosedale and Loch Sport. Many services are provided in the home. Additionally, a range of community venues are utilised to enhance service access for our community. The Division has 250 staff from a range of disciplines who work in the four service delivery programs:
Central Gippsland Health Service provides services that are supported by financial assistance from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.
Fees for Community Services are based on your income level and your ability to pay. Fees commence at $3.30 per visit. Fees are reviewed annually in line with the Department of Human Services annual recommendations.
Ph: 5143 8755, Email HomeNursingReferrals@cghs.com.au
The team of District Nurses provide home based general nursing care including Hospital in the Home clients.
Hospital in the Home (HITH)
Palliative care is supports people with a life-limiting illness, and aims to maximize quality of life and assist families during and after the death of a loved one. The service comprises nursing staff, a grief and bereavement coordinator, a volunteer coordinator and many dedicated and well trained volunteers. Of course, the service links closely with the client's treating doctor.
Volunteers are selected for their skills and maturity and undertake a special training course . They offer companionship, assistance with meals and shopping, relieving caregivers, and ongoing support to the family.
Needle and Syringe Program - is an easy to access, confidential and free of charge service provided 24 hours a day at the Sale CGHS facility. This service aims to promote harm reduction for the individual and the community through the provision of clean injecting equipment along with a safe disposal facility.
Needle and syringe equipment may be obtained Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays) 8.30am to 5.00pm from Community Services reception on the first floor of the Community Care building in Palmerston Street, Sale. During out of hour`s times needle and syringe equipment can be obtained from the Emergency Department of the Sale CGHS facility.
A 24 hour a day needle and syringe disposal unit is positioned to the left of the main entrance of the Community Care building on Palmerston Street.
Ph: 5143 8560 email AlliedHealthReferrals@cghs.com.au
Clinical Nurse Specialist Tracy McConnell, left, shows occupational therapist Emily Cheetham how to perform CPR as part of the 30:2 guidelines. Most staff have been trained in these guidelines.
The Allied Health program is housed in the Community Rehabilitation Centre accessed from Guthridge Parade in Sale. Services include Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Podiatry, Dietetics, Social Work and Koori Hospital Liaison both in the inpatient, outpatient and home settings.
Physiotherapy help patients with breathing or mobility problems. The involvement of physiotherapists extends beyond ward attendance to education of patient and carers, as well as rehabilitation in the gym or pool if required. Many patients are followed up on an outpatient basis.
Occupational Therapy is assessment and treatment through the specific use of selected activity for those who are temporarily or permanently disabled by physical or mental illness, or by social or developmental problems.
Speech Pathology assesses and manages children and adults who have difficulties with language, speech, swallowing, voice, stuttering or hearing loss. A service is provided to inpatients on doctor’s referral, and to outpatients from 0 - 5 years old and from 18 years onward.
Dietitians consult on the nutrition requirements of inpatients and outpatients following referral. Outpatients who have not been inpatients can be seen in a fee-for-service clinic.
Social Work staff offer support to clients in the inpatient setting, to work through issues they may have. This may involve linking clients with community based services, supporting the family/carers, and putting supports in place prior to discharge home.
Koori Hospital Liaison offers service to our Koori community which enhances the inpatient experience.
Post Acute Care
Central Gippsland Health Service makes available support for those people discharged from hospital but still requiring follow up services. This can be financially supported for up to 28 days, depending upon relevant criteria and guidelines. Post Acute Care is implemented as part of the Care Coordination process.
It identifies those services that may be required and how they can be provided as part of the planning when people leave hospital.
A comprehensive range of Early Intervention services are offered at Central Gippsland Health Service. These include individual and group treatments for children with special needs.
Specialist therapy playgroups are also offered, which incorporate a speech pathologist, occupational therapist and physiotherapist. The Early Intervention services are coordinated and individually tailored to meet the special requirements of each child.
Ph: 5143 8821, Email CGHSInformation&Intake@cghs.com.au
Following referral, a Care Coordinator undertakes an initial visit to ascertain eligibility and level of services required
Home Care is practical household assistance, in duties such as vacuuming, cleaning bathroom/toilet, washing and ironing, changing and making beds and some meal preparation..
Personal Care offers assistance with showering, bathing, dressing and undressing, toileting, grooming, monitoring of self medication, transport, mobility assistance and eating/drinking assistance.
Respite Care assists frail aged and people with disabilities to remain at home and in the community by providing carers, including parents, spouses and family members, with a break from their caring responsibilities. The service can be provided in the client’s home, in the community or a combination of both depending on the needs of the client and carer. It is available on weekends, after hours including weekends, overnight and in emergency situations.
Planned Activity Groups provide activities directed at enhancing the skills required for daily living and providing physical, intellectual, emotional and social stimulation. They also provide opportunities for social interaction as well as respite and support for carers. Groups are conducted regularly across most communities. A weekly program for younger adults with disabilities is conducted in Sale, with a monthly program operating on a Saturday for teenagers with disabilities.
Delivered Meals aims to assist frail older people and people with disabilities (and their carers) to live independently at home through provision of pre-prepared meals.
Community Transport assists in the transport needs of elderly, frail aged or disabled people. A pool of volunteer drivers take eligible clients to medical appointments both regionally and to Melbourne.
Home Maintenance Services provides a small range of services aimed at supporting clients to live independently at home. For example, fitting grab rails to bathroom, toilet, showers and doorways; fitting hand rails to outside steps; and construction of ramps.
Ph: 5143 8800 email CommunityHealthReferrals@cghs.com.au
Volunteer Program - Volunteers are a vital and valued part of the team at Central Gippsland Health Service. Volunteers provide assistance in a wide range of areas, including Planned Activity Groups, Community Transport, emergency relief, Friendly Visiting, Delivered Meals, Pink Ladies and Palliative Care. If you are interested in becoming involved as a volunteer, contact the Volunteer Program on 5143 8889.
Diabetes Services include Diabetes Nurse Educator, Dietician, Podiatry and Exercise programs. The Diabetes Nurse Educator provides a three day per week service.
Asthma Nurse Educator offers specific training in asthma management and first aid in line with Asthma Victoria Guidelines. The Asthma Educator works closely with other health professionals to ensure the best possible client care and support. Services include one to one client consultation, plus asthma education for groups such as Asthma First Aid, Asthma Friendly School Training.
Community Social Work/Counseling offers support for people experiencing a range of issues, including relationship breakdown, grief and loss and depression. The counsellor works with the client to identify their goals and offers strategies to achieve these goals. A Youth Counsellor is part of this team.
Maternal and Child Health is available to families with children between the ages of 0 – 6 years. Access is at our range of locations and attendance can be as often as the family feels necessary. Maternal and Child Health Nurses are notified of any births in our area and will make contact with families within five working days of receiving the birth notice to arrange a first visit, which is usually carried out in the home.
Current guidelines recommend that at minimum children attend a centre for key assessments at two, four and eight weeks, then at four, eight, twelve and eighteen months and also at two years and three and a half years of age.
Maternal and Child Health can be contacted on 5143 8814.
The Loch Sport Community Health Centre is open five days a week, from 9.00 am until 3.00pm Monday to Friday. This small centre offers a range of services on site, but can also link clients in with many other services. The Community Health Nurse provides community based nursing both centre based and in the home through referrals.
To find out more about the services available and membership information, call Loch Sport Community Health on telephone 5146 0349.
Rosedale Community Health Centre is located in the Rosedale Multipurpose Centre in Cansick Street. It is open 9.00am until 4.00pm Monday to Friday. Services include a Community Health Nurse, a visiting General Practitioner, home nursing, maternal and child health, podiatry, alcohol and drug counselling and social worker. A Planned Activity Group operates regularly.
Telephone the centre on 5199 2333.
Carer Support Groups offer carers the opportunity to meet with other carers. A carer is a person who provides support to an individual who for reasons of illness, trauma, aging or birth, is unable to independently perform activities of daily living. There are an estimated 2.6 million carers in Australia, one in every five households If you need respite to attend meetings, contact the Carer Respite Centre Gippsland on 5143 9888 or on free call 1800 059 059.
Carer support groups meet in Maffra (telephone 5147 0100) Loch Sport (telephone 5146 0349) and Sale (telephone 5143 8889). Call the relevant number for details.
Emergency Relief offers short term and one off financial assistance for people in need. Funds can be used to purchase food, petrol, accommodation and pharmaceutical assistance. An application process is required which involves a short interview with a trained volunteer. Referrals can be made in person or by a General Practitioner, Police, Centrelink and other care agencies. Phone 5143 8600 for further information.