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Nexus Primary Health and Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health are two of 12 providers that will work with Murray Primary Health Network to deliver a new $6.9 million care finder program across northern Victoria.

The new care finder program focuses on supporting senior Australians who need intensive assistance to help them understand and access aged care, to connect with other support in the community and to stay connected with other services they need.

The program works with My Aged Care, but provides intensive face-to-face support for people who might otherwise ‘fall through the cracks’, perhaps resulting in homelessness or poorer health and social outcomes.

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The care finder program, funded until June 2025, is part of the Federal Government’s response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Murray Primary Health Network, PHN, is one of 31 primary health networks across Australia working to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of primary health care and service systems.

Murray PHN chief executive officer Matt Jones said he was pleased to welcome the 12 new service providers to the care finder program.

“Many older people in our community have the benefit of family, friends or neighbours who can advocate for them when they need additional help in the house, with housing itself, or with getting aged care services,” he said.

“But for others, the lack of face-to-face support means that getting older can make it difficult to access the services they are entitled to.

“These service providers will offer caring and personalised services for older people who may be accessing services for the first time.”

Murray PHN, which covers almost 100,000 square kilometres of regional Victoria, works to develop and maintain sustainable models of primary health care for their communities.

The other 10 service providers are Gateway Health, Housing for The Aged Action Group, Haven Home Safe, Mallee Accommodation and Support Program, Mallee Track Health and Community Service, Mansfield District Hospital, Mount Alexander Shire Council, NCN Health, The Salvation Army (Victoria) and Wintringham.

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