What we do - Gippsland
The Acute Health and Aged Care team has primary responsibility for:
- Public Hospitals Acute, Sub-Acute and Post Acute Care Services
- Public Sector Residential Aged Care facilities and Supported Residential Services
- Bush Nursing Centres
- Home and Community Care (HACC) Services for the aged and disabled.
The Acute Health and Aged Care team has responsibility for monitoring the implementation of Victorian Government policy and funding guidelines associated with service provision, service and capital planning, governance and safety in the Victorian public health system. The team also works with key service partners to promote recruitment and retention of the rural health workforce.
The Public Health, Primary Health and Planning Team works with Local Government, Primary Care Partnerships, Primary Health Services and Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations on integrated approaches to promote, protect and improve population health. In particular the team focuses on:
- Primary health services.
- Aboriginal Health
- Public health.
Working with local government and community service organisations the team focuses on:
- Supporting the development and implementation of a strong primary health service system that supports people to maximise their health.
- Protecting the health of the people of Gippsland through actions in immunisation, food safety, communicable disease control, water fluoridation and the minimisation of risks to human health from air and water.
- Promoting the health of people through physical activity, healthy eating, mental wellbeing and sexual and reproductive health initiatives.
- Supporting a range of planning activities by translating data into useful information for planning and decision making. Most of this is published on Gippsland Health Online.
The Mental Health and Drugs team work to reduce the impact of mental illness and the effects of harmful alcohol and other drug usage by:
- Driving implementation of the Mental Health Reform Strategy, AOD Blueprint and VIFA guidelines
- Undertaking service monitoring of agency performance according with funding agreements and departmental guidelines
- Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with funded health agencies and other community service organisations
- Supporting the improvement of practice and promotion of best practice
- Service planning and development
- Developing regional mental health and Alcohol and Other Drug strategic plans and supporting their implementation.
The Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS) subsidises the travel and accommodation costs incurred by rural Victorians and if appropriate, their escorts, who have no option but to travel a long distance to receive approved medical specialist services. This single state-wide VPTAS office is administered by the Grampians Region from its office in Ballarat.
All claim forms can now be sent to:
Victorian VPTAS Office
PO Box 712
Ballarat VIC 3350
If you have any questions about VPTAS or to enquire about your claim please
- visit Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS) or
- contact the Victorian VPTAS office freecall: 1300 737 073.