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Macedon Ranges Health now a one-stop-shop for community health and care

17th September 2020

Long-standing community health provider, Macedon Ranges Health, has extended its Home and Community Care services to ensure that the local community receives the care they need.

Newly appointed Coordinator, Bernice Mathers, said this is an important additional offering given the challenging environment so many in the community currently face.

“Designed to keep us safe and improve our wellbeing, these health and community care services that are often delivered direct to a person’s home have never been so important,” Ms Mathers said.

“While we’ve been providing a range of health care services for many years, it’s wonderful to work with the Department of Health and Human Services to extend our offering under the Government’s Home and Community Program for Younger People (HACCPYP).”

This Government funded program is designed to support people under the age of 65 years of age to access valuable subsidised health and care services.

This includes everything from allied health, in-home nursing, support with household tasks and cleaning, through to home safety and meal delivery.

Alongside the aged care and NDIS funding solutions that Macedon Ranges Health currently offers, Ms Mathers says that the latest increase in funds under this program means the community health provider is a now a one-stop-shop for many of communities’ health and care needs.

“If you are under 65 years of age and living in the Macedon Ranges Shire, you may be eligible to a wide-range of wellbeing and health supports through this program at a significantly reduced cost,” she said.

“The fact is many people in their 30s, 40s and 50s are experiencing mental or chronic illness, or recovering from an injury, or even are recouping at home from surgery.

“It’s at those times when we need support and care most to stay healthy and safe in the community. Access to meal delivery, personal care support or in-home nurse visits, can make all the difference to a person and their family’s life.”

Ms Mathers said that “soldiering on” can often increase the risk of a person encountering an acute health issue that requires higher care or clinical support.

“While so many of us often resist seeking additional supports or decline a helping hand when we’re not doing so well can cause its own challenges.

“Seeking support is particularly important in the current climate given how challenging it can be to receive the care we would otherwise rely on from our family and friends.

“I hope these services bring people across our community the support and care they need to lighten the load during this period and ensure they remain safe and independent at home wherever possible.”


Macedon Ranges Health can assess your eligibility and book your services for you.

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About the program

Macedon Ranges Health delivers the Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC-PYP) in the Macedon Ranges Shire. This program is funded by the Victorian Government and is designed to support eligible individuals to stay independent at home and in the community by providing them access to a range of affordable health care and support services.


Services available through HACCPYP

Social support and community access

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  • Opportunities to stay connected, enjoy companionship and involvement in the community
  • Respite for carers
  • Social support groups, outings and visits from entertainers via the MRH Lifestyle Enhancement Program
  • Transport to and from appointments, shopping and more

Health care and exercise

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Health Care

As a HACC-PYP recipient you have access to a range of health care services to support your independence, safety and wellbeing:

Exercise classes

Exercises classes available at Macedon Ranges Health include:

Personal and nursing care

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Personal Care

We can support you with tasks such as bathing, showering, grooming, dressing, toileting, getting in and out of bed and moving around the house. We can also assist with general activities of daily living such as taking medication or using technology.


Our Registered Nurses work closely with you to develop an individual care plan that best supports your health in your own home. Services include:

  • Comprehensive nursing assessments
  • Diabetes management
  • Infusion therapy
  • Medication management including administering intravenous medication
  • Managing complex acute and chronic wounds
  • Assistance with daily living requirements including showering, application of compression stockings and general wellbeing checks
  • Recommendations and care plans for safe ongoing support or for the prevention of failing health
  • Post-acute care

Continence Nursing

Services provided by our skilled nurses include continence management, catheter care, stromal care and product advice and ordering.

Help around the home

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Domestic Assistance

Enjoy support around the home from one of our home assistants. They can assist with housework and cleaning such as washing, ironing, mopping or vacuuming. It could also be as simple as changing the sheets, folding or putting away your clothes or assisting with odd jobs.

Home Maintenance

We can support you to arrange:

  • Installation of small mobility aids, grab rails, ramps, shower rails, special taps and other items that support your safety and independence for home based activities
  • Minor home repairs (e.g. Blocked drains or replacement on tap washers)
  • One-off garden clearing or modification to enable you to maintain a low maintenance garden
  • Clearing of long grass or gutter cleaning in preparation for fire season (if you live in a high risk area)


You have a range of options to support your dietary and nutrition requirements. These include:

  • Meal vouchers from local registered cafes – These vouchers will reduce the cost of meals eaten at a café for lunch and/or to take home for dinner
  • Meal preparation kits delivered weekly – These kits can be prepared independently or with assistance from us
  • Support with the purchase of fresh supermarket meals – We can visit the supermarket for you and then take the ingredients home to prepare with you

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