Grampians Community Health in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Grampians Community Health (GCH) is committed to keeping our clients, staff, volunteers and community safe and healthy during this time.  Our service continues to offer support to our clients, just in a different way to meet the requirements of COVID-19 isolation guidelines.

Grampians Community Health provides a wide range of services to the communities of the Pyrenees, Grampians, Wimmera, Central Goldfields and Southern Grampians.

In the fight against the spread of Coronavirus, Grampians Community Health are temporarily closing the doors for client attendance at its Horsham, Ararat, Warracknabeal and St Arnaud offices as GCH staff are now working from their homes where possible while delivering ongoing  support to clients.

Grampians Community Health CEO Mr. Greg Little said, “In order to ensure the long term availability of staff for client services, Grampians Community Health has enacted its business continuity plan, the priority is to continue to provide essential services while modelling the recommended practices of social distancing, hand hygiene, and support to vulnerable people.”

Grampians Community Health delivers a wide range of services in areas of aged care, home care, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, family violence, gambling, general counselling, Employee Assistance Programs, the NDIS, community transport, housing, community nursing, chronic disease management and Drink and Drug Drive courses.
“Grampians Community Health programs including counselling, case management, NDIS, therapeutic treatment, behaviour change, family violence and homelessness support, mental health and aged care packages, and home support will mainly be delivered via video conference or telephone contact by our staff working from their home”, said Mr. Little.

Grampians Community Health has also commenced a ‘Home Isolation Support Service’ to residents of Northern Grampians Shire in response to the Coronavirus to assist people to get the support they need to remain at home safely.

Mr Little said “depending on what kind of assistance people need we put them in contact with our intake workers for further information and referral to services within Grampians Community Health. We also connect people with other organisations if we don’t have the services they require.”

Regular updates from the Department of Human Services and the Australian Government are provided to Grampians Community Health other health services in the region so that health services can be provided in the safest possible manner.

“If you or other people you know are planning to come to Grampians Community Health for support or services, before coming please contact us on 5358 7400, we might be able to save you a trip to get your support.” said Mr Little