Community Nursing and Community Care Allied Health

Community Care Program: Community Nursing and Community Care Allied Health Services

The Community Care Program provides multidisciplinary services in the community setting.  Services are available to residents of the ACT. Eligibility criteria apply and information can be obtained through the Community Health Intake.

Community Care Program is a registered provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) which is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Our Services

Community Nursing:

  • Community based clinical nursing services including wound, catheter and drain management, palliative care, medication administration and education.

  • Specialist wound, stoma, and catheter services.

  • Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions courses available.

  • Services are usually delivered in health centre clinics in the first instance unless Community Nursing deem that a home visit is required.

  • Ambulatory clinics operate Monday to Friday in all health centres except Dickson with limited services operating from some Community Health Centres at weekends, bookings required.

  • Link Team provides after hours community nursing services, including palliative care to patients overnight.

Continence Service:

  • Community nurses and continence physiotherapists offer assessment and management of continence and pelvic pain issues. Pre-prostatectomy and Pelvic Floor education sessions are available.

Podiatry:

  • Initial assessment and advice available for ACT residents holding a Centrelink Pension or Health Care Card.
  • General podiatry treatment including minor foot wounds.

  • Management of in-grown nail including nail surgery.

  • Biomechanical assessments.

  • Prescription and supply of foot orthoses.

  • Footsure health promotion group session – to help self manage foot health and foot care.

Physiotherapy:

  • Provides services for a wide range of conditions such as muscle and joint strains and sprains, arthritic conditions, neck and back conditions and recovery after surgery.

  • Continence physiotherapy offers assessment and management of continence and pelvic pain issues.

Occupational Therapy:

  • Provides services to assist people with physical disabilities to retain independence and safety in their home.

  • Assessment and recommendation of equipment and home modifications e.g.: shower chairs; raised toilet seats; wheelchairs; bathroom modifications; access ramps.

  • Independent Living Centre – provides shopfront display, information and assessment clinics for assistive technology and equipment.See Independent Living Centre web information.

Nutrition:

  • ACT residents 25 years and over (except for Enteral feed clients - 18 years and over).

  • Dietary assessments, advice and counselling for nutrition related needs that are associated with medical conditions such as: minor gastro intestinal conditions; malnutrition; chronic diseases; palliative care and wound healing.

  • Enteral Nutrition Service providing assessment, prescription and advice, including equipment issues.

  • Healthy weight management and heart health group education sessions.

Social Work:

  • Provides short term counselling/ casework support for social and psychological needs relating to adjustment to changes in health conditions, treatments and recovery.

  • Service also for partners, family members, carers and meaningful others who are affected by the illness of someone.

Living a Health Life with Long Term Conditions

Do you have a chronic health condition lasting six months of longer?

This free course is being conducted by ACT Health’s Community Care Program. Carers and friends of people with chronic conditions are encouraged to attend the course. The course runs for six consecutive weeks at 2.5 hours per week.

For further information please visit the Living a Healthy Life with Long Term Conditions page

Referrals and bookings

If you have an impairment that is likely to be permanent and the impairment makes it difficult to take part in everyday activities call National Disability Insurance Scheme. You can access the Scheme by calling 1800 800 110 or online through their contact form.

Commonwealth Home Support Program is for a person aged 65 years and over or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 50 and over. Visit the Department of Health website or call My Aged Care Contact Centre on 1800 200 422 (Mon – Fri 8am – 8pm; Sat 10am – 2pm). Commonwealth Home Support Program services include Community Nursing, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and/ or Occupational Therapy.

GPs / other health practitioners:  please complete an online My Aged Care Health Practitioner referral via the website https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/referral. NOTE:  You must make a record of the Referral Number in case you need to contact MAC staff about this referral.

Referral for all other services is via the Community Health Intake Line on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays). Referrals are prioritised according to the clinical care needs of the client.

Contact us

Community Health Intake (CHI) - Tel: (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays) or Fax 02 6205 2611.

Find us

Services are provided from community health centres across the ACT.

NOTE: Not all services are provided from each health centre. Limited home visiting services may be available for some services.

  • Belconnen Community Health Centre

    56 Lathlain Street, Belconnen

    (Corner of Lathlain and Cohen Streets, opposite Westfield Belconnen)

     

  • Gungahlin Community Health Centre

    57 Earnest Cavanagh Street, Gungahlin

    (Corner Ernest Cavanagh Street and Fussell Lane)

     

  • City Health Centre

    1 Moore Street, City

    (Corner of Moore Street and Alinga Street)

     

  • Dickson Health Centre

    111 Dickson Place, Dickson

    (Dickson Shopping Centre)

     

  • Phillip Health Centre

    17 Corinna Street, Phillip

    (Corner Corinna Street and Keltie Street)

     

  • Tuggeranong Community Health Centre

    147 Anketell Street, Tuggeranong

    (Corner Pitman and Anketell Streets)

     

  • Independent Living Centre

    24 Parkinson Street, Weston

Community Care Services

Independent Living Centre (ILC)

The Independent Living Centre is an independent provider of information, clinical assessment and consultation in the area of equipment and assistive technology.

Our Services

  • Independent Living Centres (ILC) are committed to providing the community with the resources needed to "make every day living easier". The ACT Independent Living Centre is located at 24 Parkinson Street in the Canberra suburb of Weston.

  • The ILC is an information resource centre displaying hundreds of items of equipment that you can try and compare, to help you make informed choices when purchasing products or accessing services.

  • Health professionals and assistants can provide individual assessment and advice to people seeking information on assistive technology and equipment. A small resource and reference library is also available.

For further information please visit the Independent Living Centre page

Links

Referrals and bookings

  • Everyone can use the ILC service, including people with disabilities, older people, their carers, parents, advocates, other service providers, health professionals, architects, builders, suppliers, manufacturers and students.

  • Booked appointments are available.

  • Telephone and email advisory service.

  • Group visits and some education sessions can also be arranged. Speakers may be available for a session, off site, with Community or Special Interest groups.

Contact us

  • Phone us on 02 6205 1900 or email: ilcact@act.gov.au (Monday to Friday, 9am-4.30pm). All other times by appointment.

Find us

Independent Living Centre
24 Parkinson Street
Weston  ACT  2600

Designated 'disabled' car parking spaces available.