Local health service honoured

By David Rak

Community Interlink has been named the winner of the 2019 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards’ Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Award for excellence in public sector aged care.

The award celebrates Victoria’s aged care sector which supports programs and services to meet the needs of the increasing number of older Victorians.

In what is believed to be an Australian first, the Community Interlink health services consortium was formed in 2015 to ensure that home care could be provided to those most in need in the communities the consortium services.

The consortium is made up of several health services including Seymour Health.

“We are proud of our strong, collaborative relationship with other regional and local health services through Community Interlink,” Seymour Health chief executive Chris McDonnell said.

“And we are proud of our delivery of quality services both in the areas of aged care packages, as well as for our disability consumers.”

Accepting the award on behalf of the consortium at the VPHA gala presentation recently, GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp said receiving the award was wonderful recognition for the outstanding work carried out by the entire consortium.

“The primary goal of the consortium is to build on a shared philosophy and commitment to supporting local communities through local health services and providing the best possible services we can to those in need,” he said.

“We now have 19 health services working together to deliver outstanding care across our region and improving the health and wellbeing of our community.

“I am very proud of the work that all the staff has undertaken to ensure the success of Community Interlink and I look forward to continuing to work together with all our partners to achieve even better health outcomes for our collective community.”