Community care

We support community care service planning and delivery through policy analysis, advice and advocacy; project support and management; capacity building for inclusive assessment and service; and by facilitating networking opportunities to strengthen relationships with key stakeholders including government and industry bodies.

Current priorities

Our current priorities include:

Committees and reference groups

We facilitate a range of committees and reference groups including the:

Aged and Disability Strategy Group

The Aged and Disability Strategy Group (ADSG) provides a key mechanism for engagement with Victorian councils to identify and advise on policy and operational issues relating to the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP),  Home and Community Care Program for Young People (HACC PYP), National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Regional Assessment Services.

Membership comprises one council representative from each of the 17 regions across Victoria and meets every six weeks to identify and advise on presenting issues.

Aged and Disability Forum

Three statewide forums are convened each year for Aged and Disability Managers with invitations extended to representatives from the Commonwealth Department of Health, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

These forums are convened to update the sector on policy and operational issues regarding aged care, the Home and Community Care Programme for Young People and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Regional meetings regarding NDIS transition

We convene meetings at a regional level with councils, the NDIA and DHHS representatives along with local area coordinators contracted by the NDIA to facilitate strengthened relationships and communication at the operational level and improve pre-planning for client transition.

We also represent the interests of Victorian local government at meetings of the:

National Aged Care Alliance

The National Aged Care Alliance is a representative body of peak national organisations in aged care, including consumer groups, providers, unions and health professionals, working together to determine a more positive future for aged care in Australia.

Trilateral Community Care Officials Group

The Trilateral Community Care Officials Group oversees the Statement of Intent between the Commonwealth of Australia, the Victorian government and local government – as represented by the MAV – to recognise the role of local government in the planning, funding and delivery of aged and community care services.

Victorian Community Care Advisory Committee

This Committee includes a range of stakeholder groups representing consumers and providers, as well as Commonwealth and State Department representatives.

It advises the departments about policy, planning, service coordination and service development in relation to community care for older people, people with disabilities and their carers in Victoria.

Victorian Primary and Community Health Network

The Victorian Primary and Community Health Network aims to promote debate and influence policy development about primary and community health issues in Victoria.

Diversity Working Group

Members of this group are Commonwealth and State government funded, aged-care sector development staff representing health, diversity / special needs organisations. Read more about Diversity in Community Care.

Submissions and briefs

We develop and form a collective local government sector view on a range of aged and community care issues.

Aged Care Reform Post 2020

We, along with councils, responded to the Commonwealth discussion paper on the future directions of care at home which was the first stage of the design process for the potential national community aged care system beyond 2020.

To access other aged and community care-related submissions, visit the MAV submissions page.

Community Care Matters

Community Care Matters - Considerations for Councils is a reference document developed by the MAV to assist Victorian councils prepare their response to the reforms of the community care service system.

The paper presents an historical overview of the roles of local government in the provision of aged and disability services, a summary of recent aged care reforms, an overview of the 2018/19 Commonwealth investment in the provision of services to older Australians and the advocacy being led by the MAV through the Tripartite Community Care Officials Working Group.

The paper has included some tools; the public interest framework and some strategic planning questions that may assist councils’ work through the important decisions that will shape the delivery of community care services to their citizens, into the future.

Resources

Council reports regarding community care

Communiques

Regular communiques ensure CEOs, Human Service Directors and Aged and Disability Managers are kept abreast of our aged and disability policy and operational issues and efforts to address challenges that may impact on councils.

Diversity in Community Care eNetwork

Aged and disability managers and staff receive fortnightly eNews on diversity and inclusion related CHSP and HACC PYP matters through this eNetwork. For details and to join, visit Diversity in Community Care.

Engage with us

For more information about our aged and disability policy work, please email: humanservices@mav.asn.au