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Macedon Ranges Health selected to deliver further home and community care services

21st April 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has selected Victorian community health and aged care provider, Benetas, to deliver the Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACCPYP) in Macedon Ranges Shire from 1 July 2020.

Benetas’ longstanding community health provider, Macedon Ranges Health, will continue to provide this service to community members in the region in a strong and consistent way.

Council decided to exit providing HACCPYP services in August last year, and will work collaboratively with Macedon Ranges Health and DHHS to transition its 19 clients across to the new provider as smoothly as possible.

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills OAM said as a longstanding community health provider, Macedon Ranges Health valued the opportunity to further provide this service to clients in the region.

“We’re committed to providing the highest quality service to clients in the shire and we look forward to continuing to do so as we build this offering further.”

Macedon Ranges Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Margot Stork said despite the change it would be business as usual in terms of delivery of services to HACCPYP clients.

“Clients and families remain our key priority, will continue to receive individualised support during the transition process,” Ms Stork said.

“We are committed to managing this change in a respectful and sensitive way.

“DHHS selected Benetas and its community health provider, Macedon Ranges Health, through an established process that protects the interests of clients. Benetas has a strong history in providing home care services and shares Council’s commitment to putting clients at the centre of service delivery.”

Macedon Ranges Shire Council CEO Margot Stork said Council decided to exit the contract after extensive reform in the aged care and disability sectors.

“HACCPYP provides service to a small number of people in a regulated environment,” Ms Stork said

“With other agencies delivering this service locally, we are better placed to invest in Council’s other health and wellbeing priorities including social connection, improving infrastructure and attracting more services to the shire.

“Regardless of changes to HACCPYP services, Council will always have a role in advocating and planning for the health and wellbeing of residents.”