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Grampians Region CHSP and HACC-PYP

Service Providers Annual Forum


‘Managing The Message:  Enabling Better Care’

9 June 2022


The countdown is on for our Annual Service Providers Forum being held virtually on the 9th June. 

This year’s forum will showcase what the future could hold for CHSP and HACC-PYP, spotlighting what the evidence is telling us, the need to create value for sustainability and the importance of aligning teams in change.  

The program and registration link is available here.


There are still places available for the Forgotten Australian sessions on ‘About Me’ One Page stories.

Register here:  Forgotten Australians ‘About Me’ One Page Client Stories Tickets | TryBooking Australia


Developing a Consciously Inclusive Workplace

Has your workplace thought about developing a Consciously Inclusive Workplace Action Plan. Here are a few points to consider when doing so.

Sunday 19 June – Saturday 25 June, 2022

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to promote greater awareness of refugees, the issues they face and the contributions refugees are making to the Australian community. Refugee Week provides a platform where positive images of refugees can be promoted in order to create a culture of welcome throughout the country.

This year’s theme is HEALING.

Check out www.refugeeweek.org.au for more information & ideas on events you can do within your organisation & community.

June is Pride Month –  an opportunity to drive acceptance & inclusion.

Pride month is a month-long celebration of LGBTI pride. It is a time for awareness-raising & advocating for the changes we still need to see in order to make our communities safe & inclusive for all LGBTI pride. Pride Month is a time for each individual to be proud of who they are and the unique offerings they have to bring to the world.

Why not start to learn more about your local LGBTI community & organise some wonderful LGBTI events for the month of June & celebrate the community.

Natalie Miller, Regional Advisor – Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness, nataliem@bchc.org.au

Regional Assessment Service Spotlight – Hindmarsh Shire Council

Name: Karen Barton

Position: Regional Assessment Officer and Living at Home Assessment Officer 

Agency: Hindmarsh Shire Council

Contact DetailsEmail:  kbarton@hindmarsh.vic.gov.au  Phone:  0499694589

Days of work (RAS): 

Monday – Thursday

How long have you worked as an Assessment Officer?

10 years

What other roles in the Health/Community Care service system have you held?

Enrolled Nurse – 30 years, No lift Coordinator, Community Nurse, Community Ambulance Officer, Infection control Nurse and Mentor for Enrolled Nurse trainees.

Can you please tell us a career highlight?

Career highlight was becoming a nurse as I always wanted to be a nurse. I was very fortunate to work for 30 years in a career that I loved.

What would you say is the best part of your role as a RAS Officer?

Being a Ras Assessor allows me to continue to work and care for people and support them to access services so they can stay in their home.

What is the most difficult aspect of your role?  Why?

The most difficult part of the role is not being able to refer clients to the services that they need, as often the services are limited or not available.

What inspires you?

I am inspired with my work as I get to meet new people and see them benefit from the support they receive. I also have a great support network from my peers and other assessors in my local area.

What’s your favourite way to spend a day off?

I love to spend time with my family or cooking.

Do you have a particular reablement story or learning that you would like to share with us?

I recently assessed a client who was struggling to attend to the high dusting. I suggested a long handled duster that the client could purchase which they did and so did not need to add high dusting to their support plan as this enabled them to do the dusting themselves safely. 

Service Provider Spotlight


In order to achieve great client outcomes, it is essential that providers and assessors are aware of services that exist within the community. The Service Provider spotlight aims to provide an opportunity for Service Providers to highlight their programs.  Sharing information about programs and activities can also lead to collaboration between providers.


If you would like to highlight any of your programs or activities, please reach out via email to sectordevelopment@bchc.org.au

Melanie Perks, Wellness & Reablement Consultant: melaniep@bchc.org.au or Ph. 0409 945 301

National Sorry Day

Every year on 26 May, National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as ‘The Stolen Generations’.

The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998, one year after the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in Parliament. The Bringing Them Home report is a result of a Government Inquiry into the past policies which caused children to be removed from their families and communities in the 20th century.

Today, 23 years after the Bringing Them Home report and 12 years since the National Apology, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are still 10.6 times more likely than non-Indigenous children to be removed from their families.

Sorry Day asks us to acknowledge the Stolen Generations, and in doing so, reminds us that historical injustice is still an ongoing source of intergenerational trauma for Aboriginal and Torres Islander families, communities, and peoples.

National Reconciliation Week 2022

National Reconciliation Week directly follows National Sorry Day and is a time for all Australians to learn our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Reflection without action is not progress; it’s stagnation. Consequently, this year’s NRW theme, Be Brave. Make Change is a rallying cry to all reconciliation allies, accomplices, advocates and activists to dig deep, stay motivated and use the tools and education available to be brave while creating a more just and equitable Australia.

For more information, please visit https://www.reconciliation.org.au/

Jimmy Driscoll, Aboriginal Development Officer: jimmyd@bchc.org.au or Ph. 0491 176 010

Keeping Up to Date – Aged Care

Are you aware of where to find the information and updates regarding Aged Care updates – including reform works, regular updates and opportunities for engagement?


Engagement Hub

In the Engagement Hub you can get involved in the reforms and help drive change in aged care in Australia.  Home Page – Ageing and Aged Care Engagement Hub (health.gov.au) 


Newsletters and Alerts

To stay up to date with Newsletters and Alerts for the aged care sector – you should subscribe to the following:  https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/aged-care/providing-aged-care-services/newsletters-and-alerts-for-the-aged-care-sector.
News, newsletters and alerts starting from 2019 are contained there, and you can search for previous announcements vie that Department of Health’s  web archive. 


We encourage you to subscribe to both of these websites, to ensure that you receive current and timely information – which is critical as we proceed through the reform.

Data Exchange Update May 2022

This month the Data Exchange Update is focusing on Cyber Security.  The focus in on information and security management and the importance of having security controls in place.  This is not only for the Data Exchange but for your organisation’s systems and information security.

A report published on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner website found 43% of all data breaches resulted from cyber security incidents and under the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme, 298 malicious or criminal attacks were reported.

It is important for organisations to have a cyber security mitigation strategy in place in case there is a data breach. A data breach is when personal information is shared with or accessed by an unauthorised person. This can be by accident or because of a security breach.

Everyone is at risk of data breaches, including individuals, small businesses, large organisations and the government. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) recommends a plan to be implemented for all users and computers storing sensitive information. The ACSC has developed some strategies to help organisations protect themselves against various cyber threats which can be found on their website.

If your organisation becomes aware of any security or privacy breaches you must notify your Funding Arrangement Manager as soon as possible, even if you do not believe it impacts the Data Exchange. For further information, please refer to the Data Exchange Protocols.


For more information, please subscribe to:  Notifications and updates | Data Exchange (dss.gov.au)  

Contact Us:

Melanie Perks

Wellness and Reablement Consultant

0409 945 301


Kathleen Steenhuis

Grampians Regional Project Consultant

0418 309 849


Jimmy Driscoll

Aboriginal Development Officer

0491 176 010


Natalie Millar 

Regional Advisor – Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness

0491 091 699


Sector Development Team


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