District Nursing

District Nursing Service provides quality nursing care to clients in their own home; to support and assist people to maintain or achieve their maximum health, retain their independence and the District Nurses act as a resource for people seeking information about their health care needs.

The District Nursing Service strives to maintain people's health and dignity by empowering clients. On 1 July 2016 the funding and management of Home and Community Care (HACC) program services changed significantly. Access to these services is now based on age.

Services for older people (people aged 65 and over and Aboriginal people aged 50 and over) are now funded and managed by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services  through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

The CHSP provides the similar types of services that were provided by the HACC program.
These services include help with housework, personal care, meals, social support and groups activities, nursing care, allied health and home maintenance.

Older people who were getting HACC services at 30 June 2016 will continue to get these services funded by the CHSP from their existing provider(s).

Further information about Commonwealth aged care services can be found at the My Aged Care website  or by phoning 1800 200 422.

Services for younger people (people aged under 65 and Aboriginal people aged under 50) remain funded and managed by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services under the HACC Program for Younger People (HACC PYP).

Younger people who are getting HACC services as at 30 June 2016 will continue to receive these services from their existing provider(s).

Eligibility

  • CHSP eligible clients - frail older people and people with disabilities and their carers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the financially disadvantaged, and persons with dementia
  • Is subject to an assessment by a District Nurse following a referral
  • The service is available to persons living within approximately 35km (radius) of the towns of Beaufort and Skipton
  • Referrals can be made by any authorised health care provider
  • In some instances self-referral and family referral can occur
  • For Department of Veterans' Affairs clients, a doctor's written authority is required to access the service
  • Transport Accident Commission and Work Cover clients can access the service if the insurer approves
  • The person must agree to being referred to the service

Care is undertaken by Registered Nurses and Medication Endorsed Enrolled Nurses who can provide an assessment of health needs and work with clients, their families and carers to establish a care plan that is tailored to the individual needs.

Services provided by the District Nursing Service include:

  • Wound management
  • Medication management
  • Nursing support and maintenance to the highly dependent and/or frail and aged
  • Palliative care nursing
  • Nursing care following hospital discharge
  • Assessment and referral to other service providers

The District Nursing Service operates 8.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

If clients require a service out of normal hours they are advised to attend their GP or local hospital if necessary.

Occupational Health and Safety

Our staff require a smoke free workplace - so we request no smoking while we visit.  Prior to starting visits and care, staff complete a client and home assessment.  Occasionally changes need to be negotiated, to reduce risk, before staff can visit.

Fees

  • Pensioners or Health Benefit cardholders pay an agreed amount discussed during the first visit.
  • Other fees are charged according to client income (above a prescribed level)

Referrals will be accepted between 8.00 am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)