Rural & Remote

How does rural and remote factor as a ‘special need group’ in the CHSP and Aged Care Act 1997?

Consideration to geographical location and isolation brings into play a person’s ability to access transport, technology, social connection and service support.  Intersection with other factors such as being a family carer, having cognitive, chronic health issues, disability or low English proficiency can create further barriers to accessing and receiving support; needing identification and targeted support.

Some local government areas in Loddon Mallee have Access and Support workers that are able to provide outreach and support to individuals towards accepting practical service support through e.g. CHSP, including Aboriginal specific Access and Support workers based in Bendigo, Robinvale and Mildura.

Loddon Mallee has some areas defined as Outer Regional Areas – go to the  Australian Department of Health to discover more about geographical area classification.