CALD Communities Reference Group – 26 March

The last CALD Communities Reference Group Network meeting (26 March) held at MAC was an absolute ‘corker’, with a total of 51 people attending.

Clearly, the main drawcards for the afternoon was the Commonwealth HACC Funding Agreement Training (in two parts), and the ACAR Information Session, all delivered by leading members of the Department of Social Services.

The afternoon kicked off with Kirin Moat (Departmental Officer, Aged Care Planning and Allocations, DSS), giving a highly informative (though at times, not altogether encouraging!) ACAR Information Session. It turns out that the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) funding is a highly competitive process, with very few places released. It was also noted, that in South Australia alone, funding is worth $900 million in subsidies per annum.

People interested in ACAR funding should keep an eye out, as advertisements will soon be booked into major press media (sometime in May, 2014). The advertisements will direct potential subscribers to a website which will indicate current places available.

Organisations wishing to further discuss Home Care Packages or Residential Care ACAR funding, are more than welcome to contact Kirin at kirin.moat@dss.gov.au.

Next up was Margot Chiverton (Departmental Officer, HACC, DSS), presenting Part 1 of the Commonwealth HACC Funding Agreement Training.

Many topics were covered, including such subjects as Spending and acknowledging the Funding, Police checks, Subcontracting, Requirements for subcontractors, Insurance, Notification of incidents and issues and Repayment of funding.

Commonwealth HACC Funding Agreement Training Part 2 was delivered by Louise Hamilton (HACC Program Manager, DSS).

Again, a multitude of subjects were touched upon including Definitions – Target Population, how the 19 HACC service types are grouped into 7 service groups, Performance indicators, Fees or other income, Reports and Plans, Assets Register, and much more.

Most importantly, both Margot and Louise reminded everyone present that they should be checking the Aged Care Provider Portal, commonly referred to as the ‘HACC Portal’, at least weekly for any updates.

(Anyone needing help with access [logon ID and passwords] should certainly call the HACC Service Provider Helpdesk on 1800 057 616, or email HACC.reform@health.gov.au, though this email will soon change, but it’s still uncertain when.)

The final big news for the afternoon was the announcement of CAFÉ 94 – MAC’s Exciting New Social Support Program. (Yes, MAC’s finally branching out.) Presented by Donna Young (MAC’s Support Services Coordinator), Donna explained how MAC has been recently funded by the DSS to run a social support program.

Two programs are currently being held: North West metro program, to be held at MAC and the South East metro program, to be held at Cooinda, City of Marion. Aimed at “younger” active older people 65+, this particular social support program is predominately targeted to CALD specific persons, (though non-CALD are also very welcome). Incorporating a multicultural flavour, the program will include such activities as: cooking, craft, music, dance, fitness, etc. and then finishing with a light lunch.

Best of all, this new social support program has been designed to complement existing one-to-one social support as a group program. (But even better, there’s no charge!)

Anyone wishing more information about the Café 94 Social Support Program is more than welcome to contact Donna at MAC on either 8241 9900, or donna@mac.org.au.

At the end of an extremely informative and busy afternoon, it was realised it had only been made better by the people who attended.

The next CALD Communities Reference Group Network meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 26 June 2014. Suggested to save the date, now.

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