The Sector Development Team’s fortnightly newsletter in which we will provide information relevant to CHSP and HACC-PYP service providers.

In this update:
Sector Development
– Grampians Region Best Practice Forum 2021: Doing Business Differently
– Workshop: Motivational Interviewing
– Seeking your feedback!
Wellness & Reablement
– Reablement Services: Why is it important?? Where to start??
– Positive Ageing – the marvellous abilities of a gymnast
– RHV: Rainbow Tick standards: A framework for LGBTIQ cultural safety (new resources)
Department of Health
– Information for the Aged Care Sector: Issue 2021/7
– Survey – Aged Care Sector Communication

Grampians Region CHSP/HACC-PYP
Best Practice Forum: 2021
Virtual Event: Thursday 10 June 2021, 9.00am – 3.30pm _____________________________________________________ “Doing Business Differently”
This one day virtual event will provide a platform for Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC-PYP) funded providers in the Grampians Region to unpack, share, and reflect on how they have been doing things differently!
The event will explore the following themes:
 –  Moving from Diversity to Inclusion
 –  Workforce Planning & Engagement
 –  Evaluation / Frameworks / Outcomes

To be facilitated by Lucy Bloom
Change maker, exceptional communicator and business fixer. 
Lucy will provide the keynote presentation and take you on a roller coaster ride of fascinating experiences and business learnings. Discover how to do business differently, why fun should be a factor in your strategic plan, how kindness and optimism fuel your bottom line and why courage needs daily practice.
Others presenting at the virtual forum include….
The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council: The first leadership group of its kind in Australia’s aged care industry.  The Council will provide an overview of one of its six core priorities, ‘to enhance workforce sustainability’ – by creating a qualified, skilled workforce that operates in an environment that is professionally rewarding and invested in its future.
Katherine Cape Consulting: Will share how she has been working collaboratively with community and organisational leaders to help deliver better results through developing and using outcomes measurements and undertaking evaluations.
Aged & Community Services Australia: One of Australia’s aged care provider peak bodies will join a local CHSP funded service provider, to outline how they worked together to develop a strategic workforce plan.
Impacto Consulting: Experts in social innovation for not for profits and government will host a panel discussion.  Hear how local service providers have been using co-design to create better services that deliver impact.
… and many other local service provider representatives, who will share their projects, successes, insights, challenges and learnings!

Final Agenda to follow.
Visit to register.
Cost: $22.50 per person (inclusive of GST and booking fee)
To secure your delegate pack, registrations close 21 May 2021.
Motivational Interviewing Workshops
are available for CHSP/HACC-PYP funded Allied Health and Community Nurses.

Sessions will be 4 hours in duration, and will be virtual.
3 session dates to choose from in June, but places are strictly limited.
Registrations close 24 May 2021 (for all sessions!)
Register at:

We are seeking your feedback
and it will take less than a minute!

Thank you to those who have already completed the survey, we appreciate your input for our future planning.
The Grampians Region Sector Development Team (SDT) is planning its activities for the 2020/21 financial year, and we need your help to understand how future meetings and capacity building initiatives would best be facilitated.
A challenging aspect of the last 12 months has been engagement with providers in a virtual format.  On some occasions, attendance at virtual meetings is less than 50%.  We look to overcome barriers by further understanding how you would best like to connect with SDT activities.
The survey will take less then a minute to complete and is available at:

 Reablement Services: Why is it important??  Where to start??
The Aged care sector is rapidly changing. Providers need to evolve their business model to support clients to remain independent longer.
Service providers who provide short-term supports and embrace wellness and reablement:

  • Can support more clients

  • Improve outcomes for clients

  • Increase repeat business and become a ‘provider of choice’ as clients’ needs become more complex

Offering short-term care focused on individual client goals means you are delivering support that improves client outcomes and independence – giving them more good days doing the things they love.
A range of resources have been developed are available to support providers to evolve their business and work toward embedding wellness and reablement.  Over the next few newsletters, we will explore some of the tools that may be useful for you to incorporate within various aspects of your business – including staff recruitment and induction, staff training, newsletters and internal communications.
As a great starting point, it is worth exploring the:
Practical Guide for Embedding Wellness and Reablement into Service Delivery”.

This document is a practical guide covering the stages of intake, care planning, service delivery and review – and providing tips and tools on ways to embed a wellness and reablement approach.
For individual organisational discussions and/or support to work with the guide and resources, please contact me via or on 0409 945 301.

Positive Ageing – The Marvellous Abilities of a Gymnast!
Check out the abilities and strength of Johanna Quaas – a 91 year old gymnast, her strength and motivation is inspirational.

Melanie Perks, Wellness & Reablement Consultant,

Rainbow Tick: A framework for LGBTIQ inclusion

Rainbow Health Victoria recently launched two new resources, the Rainbow Tick Standards: a framework for LGBTIQ cultural safety, and the Rainbow Tick Accreditation and Evidence Guide.
Both of these resources can be downloaded here, and if you missed the launch you can also access the recording as well.
In addition, if you haven’t already, download the Val’s Review Tool, which uses the Rainbow Tick Standards together with the Aged Care Quality Standards and LGBTI Action Plan to guide services supporting or caring for older people to be LGBTI safe and inclusive. It’s available here.

Information for the Aged Care Sector: Issue 2021/7

This newsletter provides important information on matters affecting the aged care sector, including aged care initiatives, programs and processes. We encourage you to share this newsletter with your colleagues and workforce, particularly your communications teams, and encourage them to subscribe for future updates. In addition to the newsletter, we also send announcements which provide short snippets of targeted information and are sent as required. To help ensure you haven’t missed any important information from us, we’ve added links to recent announcements including all COVID-19 updates. In this issue:

Survey – aged care sector communication

The department is seeking your feedback to help improve its digital communication for the aged care sector. We’d like to know how people in the aged care sector, particularly providers and workers, access information about aged care. To contribute, please complete a brief online survey. Alternatively, you can also copy and paste the link into your browser. We also encourage you to forward this link to other people you work with who may be interested. This anonymous survey is open until 12 noon (AEST) on Thursday 6 May 2021 and only takes about 2-5 minutes to complete. Please email if you have any questions about this project.

We are happy to help.

 Melanie Perks  Wellness and Reablement Consultant 0409 945 301  Kathleen Steenhuis  Grampians Regional Project Consultant 0418 309 489
 Jimmy Driscoll  Aboriginal Development Officer 0409 945 301  Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness Advisor
Sonya Irvine Administration 0477 304 402
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