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Carers NT successful tenderer for new Integrated Carer Support Services

August 22, 2019 1 minute, 52 seconds read
Carers NT successful tenderer for new Integrated Carer Support Services

Commonwealth Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston announced yesterday that the new regional network of service providers will deliver more than five times the number of services currently available to better support Australia’s 2.7 million carers, under a Government commitment of $493 million over five years.

Carers NT Chief Executive Steve Vitone welcomed the announcement, which he said had been designed in consultation with carers and carer organisations.

“The new regional network of service providers will play a significant part in delivering necessary supports for Australia’s family and friend carers, providing an increased range of service types and improved access,” Mr Vitone said.

“Having a specific understanding of the local area, the new model promises to deliver a suite of support services on a more geographically equitable basis which will be easier to navigate and less fragmented than has previously been the case.”

Carers NT will be one of 16 new Regional Delivery Partners across Australia, and the only one in the NT, with the responsibility of coordinating the delivery of carer services.

Carers will have a single point of entry within their region to have their needs assessed and be referred to supports, including in-person counselling, in-person coaching, and in-person peer support.

They will also be assisted to develop care plans to help manage their existing and changing circumstances. Emergency respite and financial packages can be made available if needed to assist with particular circumstances and individual purchases.

The new Regional Delivery Partners will begin operations in April 2020. In the Northern Territory, Carers NT will continue to support carers and provide an update on changes to services throughout the transition period.

“We understand that changing to the new way of doing things always comes with some uncertainty, but our first priority is to make the transition as smooth as possible for carers.

“Having worked with carers in the NT for many years we understand that they are often faced with challenging and stressful situations. We look forward to working with other like-minded support organisations to deliver on this new service model and encourage carers to contact us if they require our help during this period of change,” Mr Vitone said.

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