Upcoming commissioning opportunities and announcements
Veteran’s Care Navigation – 1 June 2022
HNECC has recently prepared a submission for the Royal Commission into Defence & Veteran Suicide. Outcomes of the Royal Commission won’t be released until mid-2023, and as an interim support HNECC will commission a Care Navigation service for Veterans and their families. The Veteran’s Care Navigation service will be commissioned and is expected to provide a strong emphasis on mental health supports and safety planning when providing light touch signposting to guide individuals and their families to appropriate services in a timely manner whilst also improving their health literacy.
Further detail regarding the commissioning approach and timelines will be available following consultation with local clinicians and community representatives. Services are expected to commence later in 2022 and will be based in the Central Coast LGA given the large number of veteran’s that reside in the area.
Aged Care Services – Care Finder Service – 1 June 2022
To support the community to access Aged Care Services and the My Aged Care platform, the Commonwealth Government is introducing a localized and face-to-face support to assist people to navigate and access aged care services. As part of the Connecting Senior Australian to Aged Care Services initiative, HNECC will commission a Care Finder Service. The Care Finder Service will:
- provide specialist and intensive assistance to help people to understand and access aged care and connect with other relevant supports in the community, and
- specifically target people who have one or more reasons for requiring intensive support to interact with My Aged Care, access aged care services and/or access other relevant supports in the community
Further detail regarding the commissioning approach and timelines will be available following consultation with local clinicians and community representatives The Care Finder Service is expected to commence in 2023 and will deliver services across the HNECC region.
Commonwealth Psychosocial Support Program - 1 July 2022
The PHN has commissioned the Commonwealth Psychosocial Support (CPS) program to be delivered across our region from 1 July 2022. CPS provides non-clinical services to people with severe mental ill health, who aren’t accessing NDIS, to help build functional capacity and enable personal recovery. Providers that will be delivering the consolidated Psychosocial Service are:
- Anglicare for the New England North West Regions (Peel, Mehi & Tablelands regions)
- Flourish in the Mid Coast, Upper Hunter and Lower Hunter regions
- Hunter Primary Care for Greater Newcastle region, and
- New Horizons for Lake Macquarie and Central Coast regions.
Existing clients will be supported to transition to the local new providers (where required) before this date. Referrals can be made directly with the providers from 1 July 2022.
To maintain probity and confidentiality, HNECC will only announce the outcome of the tender exercises when internal endorsement processes have been finalised and contracts with all successful tender respondents have been executed.