Tasmania requests HACC plan feedback

The Tasmanian Government is seeking feedback from consumers and providers for its three-year HACC program plan.

The Tasmanian Government is calling for feedback as it prepares a new three-year plan for the state’s Home and Community Care (HACC) program.

The Department of Health and Human Resources has released a consultation paper for the plan that will extend from 2008-09 to 2010-11.

Information gained from the feedback will be used to identify service requirements and trends that will shape the three-year plan.

It will also be used to decide the program’s funding priority’s for 2008-09.

“We are seeking input from the consumers and providers of HACC services on what we need to do to sustain and improve HACC service delivery over the next three years,” said the state’s HACC Manager, Janet Carty.

“All interested parties are invited to have their say.” 

Advocacy Tasmania has praised the consultation paper, saying it recognises some of the key issues faced by consumers.

The organisation’s CEO, Ken Haradaker, told the ABC:  “They’ve made reference to vulnerability and elder abuse, which is an area we think HACC can make some inroads into.”

“Services for people living with dementia – we know that’s an area that’s also going to grow and not get smaller – and that gets some prominence there also,” said Mr Hardaker.

In the last financial year, almost 30,000 Tasmanians used HACC services.

The closing date for responses to the consultation paper is Friday, 25 January. For more information, contact Amanda Daly on (03) 6233 8536 or at: amanda.daly@dhhs.tas.gov.au

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