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Community Support Services

Housing Support

Some individuals and families at times find themselves without adequate housing. This service provides assistance to help find and maintain stable accommodation, and is funded by both State and Commonwealth Governments. We can help people of all ages including Families, Adults and Young People.

We support people who are homeless to resolve crisis, re-establish family links (where appropriate), to achieve the maximum possible degree of self-reliance and independence, and to participate in community life. Anyone who is homeless or experiencing a housing crisis is eligible.

How can we help? Direct Support to people in housing crisis and those in Transitional Housing (up to three months).

Referral

Referral when required to other support services including accommodation, counselling, drug and alcohol support, family support and others.

Increase access to a range of programs and services including training, education, employment, health and other community support programs.

Advocacy

Assistance when required with Centrelink or Public Housing and other organisations.

Children of clients have access to the service. We can help them and their parents, with specific regard to the needs of the child.

We provide information on how to access:

  • Private Rental
  • Bond Loans
  • Share accommodation
  • Long Term Government Housing
  • Tenant Information Services
  • Transitional Housing (Short Term, up to three months), when available
  • Crisis accommodation including refuges
  • Financial Assistance to help with
  • Rent in advance
  • Rent arrears
  • Relocation
  • Overnight Crisis Accommodation
  • Food vouchers

Koori Health Liaison Officer

Koori Health Liaison Officer is employed at Orbost Regional Health to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in accessing health care services. The Koori Health Liaison Officer aims to increase cultural awareness of Hospital staff to ensure that health services are delivered to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner. To assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and their families with understanding the hospital system, procedures and their health care options. They also aim to provide relevant information to clients and their families so that they can make informed decisions regarding their health care.

Diabetes Education and Support

The Diabetes Educator is available Fridays to provide assistance, support, education, maintenance and supplies for those with diabetes.

Youth Services

Orbost Regional Health supports youth based enterprise programs, giving young people an opportunity to learn skills and work in an environment where they are valued and appreciated.

The Mowhawks program is the current activity; a partnership between Orbost Regional Health's Home Base Services and Orbost Secondary College where young people are maintaining the grounds of aged and infirm residents, at the same time working towards a training certificate.

These programs provide an enhancement to, and an increased incentive for, students to continue their education at Secondary College level.

Disability Services

Early Childhood Intervention Services

Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) provide specialist support to children with a disability or developmental delay from birth to school age, and their families, who require a range of additional services and support not usually obtained through universal services.
Contact: Jacque Archer 5154 6636 or ECIS Intake 1800 336 010

Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm

Disability Services

This program offers support and case management to families who care for people with moderate to severe disabilities and high support needs on a short term basis . Assistance in receiving ongoing supports is also provided.

Who can use this service: families who care for a person aged 6-64 years with an intellectual, physical or sensory disability, or acquired brain injury residing in the Orbost area.
Contact: Jacque Archer 5154 6636 or DHS Intake and Response 1800 783 783

Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm

Respite

This program offers short term Respite to families who care for a person with a disability.
Contact: Jacque Archer 5154 6636 or DHS Intake and Response 1800 783 783

Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm