Community Interlink winner

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

Community Interlink which includes Yarrawonga Health, has been named winner of the 2019 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards’ Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Award for Excellence in Public Sector Aged Care. 

The award celebrates Victoria’s aged care sector that supports programs and services to meet the needs of the increasing number of older Victorians. 

In what is believed to be an Australian first, the Community Interlink health services consortium was formed in 2015 to ensure ongoing home care could be provided to those most in need in the communities the consortium services. 

Accepting the award on behalf of the consortium at the VPHCA gala presentation at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre last week, GV Health Chief Executive Matt Sharp said receiving the award was wonderful recognition for the outstanding work carried out by the entire consortium. 

“The primary goal of the consortium is to build on a shared philosophy and commitment to supporting local communities through local health services and providing the best possible services we can to those in need,” he said. 

“We now have 19 health services working together to deliver outstanding care across our region and improving the health and wellbeing of our community. 

“I am very proud of the work that all the staff has undertaken to ensure the success of Community Interlink and I look forward to continuing to work together with all our partners to achieve even better health outcomes for our collective community.” 

The consortium works toward building the capacity of member agencies to deliver direct and co-ordinated care while opening up new contracting opportunities and encouraging organisational learning and development. 

Other Community Interlink members include Goulburn Valley Health (lead agency), Albury Wodonga Health, Alexandra District Health, Beechworth Health Service, Benalla Health, Euroa Health Inc, Gateway Health, Indigo North Health, The Kilmore and District Hospital, Mansfield District Hospital, Nagambie Healthcare, Nexus Primary Health, Northeast Health Wangaratta, Numurkah District Health Service (NCN Health), Nathalia District Hospital (NCN Health), Seymour Health, Tallangatta Health Service and Yea & District Memorial Hospital.