Health Care Planning

Chapter 3.4.11 of the Casework Practice Manual (Health Care Planning) has been amended to include the following:

All requests by foster and family carers (carers) for medical assessment must be considered by a District office and a decision to proceed and/or fund the request must be made within 20 working days.

In instances where a decision cannot be made within this timeframe, for example, if further information is required, the district workers have been instructed to inform the carers. Carers should be given this information and provided with an opportunity to discuss the outcome of their request and talk through any suggested next steps.

Where a request for assessment will not be supported, a clearly documented rationale, endorsed by the District Director, must be provided to the carer, unless it is already included in the child’s care plan or modified care plan. Carers should be provided the opportunity to discuss the decision to ensure transparency and development of a shared understanding of the rationale.

Decisions that involve the child remaining on a waitlist for public services should also outline additional supports for the child and carer during the interim period. Where significant wait times apply for assessment or services, decisions to fund private services should consider the need to support and maintain the care arrangement and the significant cost, and potential further impact on the child, of this care arrangement breaking down.

$1000 Grant Opportunities Available For Young People Leaving Care

In July 1981, upon his death, the proceeds of Mr John Connor’s estate created a charitable trust of which Centrecare was the beneficiary.  It was his wish that the funds be used for young people leaving care to assist them transition to independent living.

The fund has now been renamed and relaunched as the Centrecare Youth Fund.

To be eligible for a grant of up to $1,000, a young person should be

  • aged 15-18 years; and
  • have been in out of home care and transitioning to independence.

All the information is now available on the Centrecare website and once received, applications are reviewed by the Director and submitted to the Board for approval.

Centrecare won’t give cash grants and prefer to assist with the purchase of goods and services for recipients to ensure they receive maximum benefit.  The funds can be used in a variety of ways including: 

  • Vacuum cleaners, washing machines, televisions.
  • Irons, kettles, toasters, and various kitchen appliances.
  • Bedding, pillows, quilts, blankets, towels
  • Cutlery, crockery, pots, frypan.
  • Bond for University accommodation and rent assistance for two months.
  • Dining suites, beds, and mattresses.
  • Laptops for young people going to study at University and TAFE.
  • Electrical work on a granny flat to allow a foster child to remain with the family but retain their independence.
  • Connection charges for moving into residential accommodation.

If you would like to know more, please contact Carolyn Vitek at Centrecare on 08 9325 6644 or cvitek@centrecare.com.au