The Home and Community Care (HACC) Program is a national service program that aims to provide basic, long-term services for frail older people, younger people with disabilities and the carers of both of these groups, so they can live safely and appropriately in the community in their own homes, rather than institutions, like nursing homes or hostels.
The Eastern Sydney HACC Development Project is auspiced by Inner Sydney Regional Council for Social Development Inc (Regional Council). HACC is jointly funded by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments. Through the HACC Development Officer, the Project provides support to existing HACC services in the region and looks at bigger picture issues such as planning and development of services, identifying needs, liaising with other health and disability services, identifying training needs and coordinating training at regional level, promoting consumer involvement and advocating on behalf of consumers, reporting important issues to the funding body, producing promotional material about HACC funded services, informing and assisting HACC services in the Region to respond to and implement HACC program initiatives.
Eastern Sydney HACC Forum
The Eastern Sydney HACC Forum is a meeting place for HACC funded and HACC related services, such as NSW Health, National Respite for Carers Program, Community Aged Care Packages, covering the Local Government Areas of the City of Botany, City of Sydney, Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra.
HACC services are provided by many different organisations that specialise in particular types of service, and have specific knowledge, expertise and skills. Organisations that provide HACC serivces incldue community organisations, councils, government departments, charities, churches and some private organisations.
There are very strong networks between HACC services in Eastern Sydney, with some staff having worked along side one another in the HACC sector for many years. These strong networks are important to ensure that coordinated and quality services are provided in our region. A local community-based approach to service provision helps tap into a supportive community to help frail aged people, people with a disability and their carers feel valued and cared for.
The major network for HACC services is the monthly HACC Forum, as well as the Aged and Disability Interagencies convened by the respective local councils.
The Terms of Reference set out the aims and key activities of the Eastern Sydney HACC Forum.
The aim of the Forum is to:
- support the development and delivery of quality services to the HACC target group in response to identified needs;
- facilitate effective information flow between stakeholders;
- provide a basis for joint advocacy on HACC related issues; and
- support the wellbeing and effective functioning of member agencies.
This is achieved through a combination of regular meetings, working parties and cooperative action.
The Forum holds service provider expos twice a year to provide opportunity for sharing information between the range of community, health and private providers that assist older people and people with disability in Eastern Sydney.
Inner Sydney Voice our quarterly publication also covers HACC issues you can see some of these articles on our Inner Sydney Voice website